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NAM: President’s Call For Pro-Trade Policies Promising Sign For Manufacturers

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight: “Manufacturers powered the American resurgence the President hailed tonight. Manufacturing...

Canada Threatens To Block Project Over U.S. Steel Requirements

January 20, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The project is on Canadian soil that is leased by the state in British Columbia. The port at Prince Rupert is part...

The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

What can we expect from the President’s State of the Union address tonight? Probably some gloating. With gas now below $2 a gallon in most of the U.S., stocks soaring to record new highs, unemployment down to pre-recession levels, trade deficits shrinking and inflation...

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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett announced the new initiatives in a post on the job networking...

New Rules Could Open Cuba To Wide Range Of American Trade

January 16, 2015 1:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products. Analysts warn, however, that companies looking to expand into Cuba should proceed with caution after more than five decades...

Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

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Obama Renews Push For Paid Leave For Working Parents

January 15, 2015 3:02 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave. "How can we support working families so they have the tools to succeed in this new economy?" Obama said at a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick...

NAM On Tax Code: Doing Nothing Costs Us Something

January 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

The delay by Washington lawmakers in overhauling the nation’s tax code is holding back the economic benefits of enacting a series of pro-growth tax policies, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by economists at the University of...

Obama Pitching More Access To Fast Internet

January 14, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications...

WA Lawmaker Proposes Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Washington Rep. Joe Schmick introduced a bill emulating Idaho's "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. According to the Capital Press, if House Bill 1104 becomes a law, anyone who is caught recording activities at...

MI Supreme Court Hears Major Right-To-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions...

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 12:52 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. House Republican leader...

CA Unveils Strictest Rules On Pesticide

January 14, 2015 12:46 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce. The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a...

'Ghost Guns' Manufactured On Steps Of TX Capitol

January 14, 2015 12:24 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

Yesterday when the Texas State Legislature convened in the Austin state capitol, they were greeted with a very unique form of demonstration — Advocates of open carry were manufacturing ‘ghost guns’ in front of the capital to celebrate three proposed open carry...

Energy Department Predicts Shale Slowdown As Oil Falls

January 14, 2015 10:32 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

As oil's long slide continued, the Energy Department forecast Tuesday that production from U.S. shale operators will begin to tail off in the second half of the year. The decline would mark the first such drop in what has been a 6-year boom in U.S. onshore crude...

Obama Moves To Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 10:21 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President...

Obama's Cybersecurity Proposals Receive Mixed Reviews

January 13, 2015 2:42 pm | by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past. Privacy advocates criticized...

What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Low gas prices are a double edged sword, for some it is a blessing while others are less pleased about the plummeting prices. For many consumers decreasing gas prices is cause for celebration, but are we as consumers busting out the party supplies to soon? As for the auto...

Senate Advances Keystone Bill Despite Obama Veto Threat

January 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level...

Labor Unions Intensify Opposition To Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 4:42 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal. At issue now is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a measure expected to call for lowering or...

Interview With New U.S. Auto Safety Chief Mark Rosekind

January 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. But after a week on the job, Rosekind says he discovered the shortages are much worse than he thought. Rosekind, 59, who leads the...

Energy Hub Seeks To Improve Production Of Composites

January 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will include 122 public...

Obama: With Tech Advances Come Privacy Risks For U.S.

January 12, 2015 1:56 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked, providing more free access to credit scores and protecting students' private data. Obama said identity theft is a growing problem that costs billions...

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