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Bipartisan Resolution Promotes The Internet Of Things

March 6, 2015 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Why the Senate’s support for IoT is great news for manufacturers.                              

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Q&A: Recalls And Undeclared Allergens

March 6, 2015 10:19 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Recalls involving undeclared allergens are becoming more prominent in the food manufacturing industry. According to the recent Quarter 4 Recall Index from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, the FDA reported 105 recall events in the fourth quarter of 2014 affecting 94 companies...

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IL Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires. Six of the BNSF Railway train's 105 cars derailed Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the...

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Report: Reshoring To Boost Industrial Construction In 2015

March 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers. The Georgia-based group's quarterly forecast suggested lower domestic energy prices and declining overseas competitive advantages...

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More Want Local Beef, But Fewer Want Tough Job Of Cutting It

March 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Mcfetridge, The Associated Press | Comments

Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore. "It's killing cows. It's blood and...

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Another Solid Month Of Job Gains Over 200K Expected For February

March 6, 2015 1:12 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Economy Writer | Comments

U.S. employers are expected to follow the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years with another solid round of job gains in February. Still, the result is unlikely to match the furious pace of November through January, when 1 million positions were added. Economic growth...

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Senate Fails To Override Obama's Keystone Veto

March 5, 2015 2:28 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy...

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The State Of Women In The Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 2:13 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females...

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New Silicon Valley Startup, Stanford Hospital Will Test Digital Device Claims

March 5, 2015 2:01 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

A century ago, Sigmund Freud developed the radical idea that there is a lot more going on inside our heads that we know. Today, many doctors (and patients) still stick by his groundbreaking theory. But it comes with a problem. As neuroscientist Eric Kandel notes in his book...

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Inch Up To A 10-Month High

March 5, 2015 1:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring. Weekly applications rose 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the Labor Department said...

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Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject...

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the Pacific Northwest. San Antonio-based petroleum company Tesoro Corp. and Utah supply chain firm Savage Companies back the Vancouver Energy Project, a proposal to construct...  

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Toyota Names First Woman Executive

March 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Toyota announced that Julie Hamp will lead the Japanese automaker's global communications efforts, reportedly making her the first female executive in company history. Hamp, an American who previously led the company's North American communications, will be based in Tokyo and report to senior managing...

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements. Amid ongoing talks over trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and Europe, the White House sought Trade Promotion...

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U.S. Productivity Falls At Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:03 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, weaker than the 1.8 percent drop that was estimated a month ago, the Commerce Department...

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Low Oil Prices Are Here To Stay

March 5, 2015 9:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has offered his opinion on oil prices, and he thinks they are here to stay. “People need to settle in for a while,” he explains. According to Tillerson, the price of oil will remain low for the next two years due to abundant supply and relatively low economic growth...

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Fallout From Formaldehyde Scandal Continues For Lumber Liquidators

March 5, 2015 9:52 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) is urging a federal investigation of Lumber Liquidators after a news report last Sunday showed how the company has been selling Chinese-manufactured flooring with higher-than-acceptable levels of formaldehyde. The senator sent a letter to several federal agencies...

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China Lowers Growth Target, Promises To Open Industries

March 5, 2015 9:38 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create...

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Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 4, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the revised policy late last year after a federal court ruling struck...

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Judge OKs $415M Settlement In Tech Lawsuit

March 4, 2015 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other's employees. Judge Lucy Koh had...

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Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine With Parts Made From Amazing Ceramics

March 4, 2015 3:06 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material. The material could help pave the way to more fuel efficient planes. The temperatures inside...

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