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Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate, the flights must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.                                                                                             

U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens To $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A widening trade deficit contributed to the slowdown in overall economic growth in the fourth quarter and is expected to be a drag on growth in 2015 as the stronger dollar makes American products less competitive on overseas markets. 

Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring economy and the copying of foreign technology has largely reversed the trend.

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

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

ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit From West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 9:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in February as the PMI registered 52.9 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percentage...

Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Amazon's drone delivery program may be grounded, but who needs a drone to drop off an item when you could have it produced curbside of your home? That's what the e-tailer's latest ambition entails, as last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile...

Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. The iconic Southern breakfast chain will serve as the first official pickup location for drivers using the Roadie app. Roadie, launched late last month by...

Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...

Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers. More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the...

NAM: Ports Agreement Staves Off Economic Disaster

February 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the contract agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union: “For months, the NAM has pressed the Obama Administration, Congress and the...

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Two Sides In Port Dispute Race Against Deadline

February 20, 2015 3:20 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a Friday deadline looming, negotiators labored to reach a deal in a contract dispute that has snarled international trade at seaports from Southern California to Seattle. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told dockworkers and their employers that if they cannot find common ground in...

Honda Cuts Production At Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. The Japanese automaker had previously announced a 20,000-vehicle production cut at its North American plants between Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. The company said...

Japanese Automakers Adjust To Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories. Honda began curtailing production this week at three of its North American plants, saying "critical parts" arriving from Asia, including electronics...

U.S. Appeals To Japanese Business To Help Push For Trade Pact

February 13, 2015 10:31 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken urged members of...

Retailers Fret As Products Languish On Ships, Docks At Ports

February 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports. The critical gateways for international trade have...

Bustling West Coast Ports Fall Quiet Amid Labor Dispute

February 12, 2015 2:27 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet. Companies that operate marine terminals said they weren't calling workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics — just about anything made in Asia and...

U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses. The U.S. Trade Representative announced the dispute would...

U.S. Alleges That China Unfairly Helps Its Exporters

February 11, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The United States is challenging China at the World Trade Organization, alleging that the Chinese government unfairly subsidizes exports in seven industries. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says that China designates certain export companies as "demonstration bases" that...

Sluggish Ports Cause Problems For Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going. Complaints are coming from managers responsible for containers filled with products such as...

West Coast Seaports Fully Reopen As Contract Talks Resume

February 9, 2015 3:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports fully reopened Monday morning after two days during which no ships were unloaded amid a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. The two sides are negotiating a new contract, and bargaining table tensions have spilled over to the waterfront, where cargo is moving far slower than normal through ports...

Angry Over Trade, Labor Gets Union-Friendly Pitch From Obama

February 9, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

On a cold overcast morning in January, President Barack Obama briefly delayed his departure for an Iowa day-trip to huddle in the Oval Office with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams. The topic was Obama's upcoming State of the Union...

MAPI: Is Cuba Open For Business?

February 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The announcement by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 that the icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba may begin to thaw was met with surprise and mixed reactions. What, many asked, will the future hold for tourism, a potential new economic paradigm, and...

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