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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7% In October

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 9.7% from September’s total and...

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:40 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press | Comments

Some companies looking for welders, machinists, and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women. Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is...

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Altoona Ignition Wire Plant Cutting 160 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant plans to cut 160 of 210 jobs next year as it moves its automotive ignition wire manufacturing operation to another plant in Mexico. The Altoona Mirror reports General Cable will keep its Altoona plant open, but only to make ignition wire assemblies that aren't used in...

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GE Opens Predix Industrial Software Platform To SoftBank In First Licensing Deal

December 11, 2014 10:19 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The machines are talking, and the conversation is getting bigger and more complex. That’s why last October, GE said it would open to developers its new software platform for the Industrial Internet, called Predix. Today, the Japanese telecom giant and the country’s third largest mobile...

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Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency. Obama also was to...

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German Automotive Parts Company Opening GA Plant

December 10, 2014 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a German manufacturer of auto components is building its first U.S. facility in northeast Georgia. Deal said in a statement Wednesday that Häring is planning to create 800 new jobs by 2025 and will invest $54 million over five years to develop the facility in...

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Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 10, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives from the Midwest to a...

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers In Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the 2013 crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II was due to manufacturers not providing proper maintenance on the...

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Oil Takes Another Dive On OPEC Report, U.S. Supplies

December 10, 2014 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil took another dive Wednesday to new five-year lows after OPEC projected the world will need less of its oil next year. A U.S. government report showing an increase in oil supplies also pressured prices. Benchmark U.S. crude was down $3.01, or 5 percent, in midday...

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UN Predicts Increased Global Economic Growth

December 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by Cara Anna, The Associated Press | Comments

The global economy will grow by more than 3 percent in 2015 and 2016, the United Nations predicted Wednesday, but that growth will be uneven in some regions. The U.N.'s annual economic report says growth edged up in 2014 at an estimated 2.6 percent. The U.N. is forecasting 3.1 percent...

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Air Fares Dipping Thanks To Oil Slump

December 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | Comments

Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices. Carriers are forecasting record profits for 2015 thanks to cheaper fuel and rising demand. As a result, they expect to cut the average ticket price by 5 percent in 2015, excluding...

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U.S. Issues Commercial Drone Permits To 4 Companies

December 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | Comments

Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The new permits bring the total number of...

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Governor: Detroit Bankruptcy Officially Ending

December 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

Detroit is formally emerging from bankruptcy, marking the end of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday. Snyder said during a news conference that the city's bankruptcy will officially end at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but that paperwork...

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Advanced Energy Economy Survey Projects Growth For IA Firms

December 10, 2014 12:42 pm | by Advanced Energy Economy Institute | Comments

Advanced energy employment in Iowa is more than 22,000 strong and on pace to reach nearly 24,000 jobs in 2015, according to the first-ever comprehensive industry survey conducted for the Advanced Energy EconomyInstitute. The AEE Institute is a nonprofit educational and charitable affiliate of...

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IAC Celebrates Grand Opening Of AL Manufacturing Operation Expansion

December 10, 2014 10:42 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala. The 126,000 square foot expansion, constructed adjacent to the existing IAC manufacturing plant, expands IAC's Anniston...

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Meet The Jet Engine Powering A $22B GE Business

December 10, 2014 10:32 am | by GE Reports | Comments

What is the most disruptive idea since the Wall Street Crash of 1929? Bloomberg Businessweek, which turned 85 this fall, picked one idea for every year it’s been publishing, and the jet engine soared to the top of the list, above “The Pill,” Google search, television, e-mail and microchips...

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Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 10, 2014 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to reverse a deep-rooted problem that isn't going to be as...

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Lawmakers To Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make...

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Northern IN Renewable Energy Project To Power 3.2K Homes

December 10, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Republic Services announced today the start of operations at its latest landfill gas-to-energy project. The new six megawatt project at County Line Landfill involves four engines operating at one energy generation facility. The project is capable of generating enough energy to power more...

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BMW Gets New CEO, Another BMW Exec Bails For VW

December 9, 2014 5:34 pm | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | Comments

Tuesday was a day of change at the top of Germany's auto industry. The biggest news: Luxury carmaker BMW AG said its chief executive, Norbert Reithofer, was leaving his post to become board chairman. He's being replaced as CEO by 49-year-old Harald Krueger in what a member of the company's...

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