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Obama Highlights Nation's Manufacturing Gains

October 3, 2014 4:44 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession. Obama was to visit a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part...

NAM Congressional Voting Record Highlights Legislative Champions of Manufacturing

October 2, 2014 9:37 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Manufacturers today are highlighting more than 270 champions of manufacturing in the 113th Congress with the release of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) congressional Voting Record on manufacturing issues. The Voting Record reflects...

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

October 1, 2014 4:55 pm | by Susan Montoya Brown - The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to... 

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Drone Aviation Expands Government Distribution

October 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized lighter-than-air aerostats and tethered drones, today announced that the Blimp in a Box® ("BiB") aerostat system and the Winch Tethered Small Platform ("WASP") product of Drone Aviation Corp., its wholly owned subsidiary, have been included in the...

Pace Of U.S. Manufacturing Slipped In September

October 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its...

Feds Sue WI Plastics Manufacturer Over Wellness Program

October 1, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is suing a Wisconsin company over its wellness program, saying the business cannot require employees to participate and punish those who don't. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that it had filed suit against Flambeau, Inc., a plastics...

U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs In September, 35K In Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 12:59 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that the pace of hiring by private employers was up slightly from 202,000 in...

Cutler Attacks LePage Over Great Northern Paper Deal

September 30, 2014 7:44 pm | by Patrick Whittle - Associated Press | News | Comments

Independent governor's race candidate Eliot Cutler accused Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday of leaving taxpayers on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years with a failed deal that aimed to save a pulp and paper manufacturer that recently filed for bankruptcy. Cutler said that LePage...

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A Look At CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their...

CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 9:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. Senate Bill 270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline ...

China Approves iPhone 6 After Security Assurances

September 30, 2014 6:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start ... 

Consumer Spending Up In August

September 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after...

Biden Announces $450M Grant For Community Colleges Working On Job Training

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and...

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading good old Uncle Sam and his taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama...

CA May Impose Steep Restrictions On Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 11:53 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday. Regulators are proposing ...  

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 6:12 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom. "Drill. Develop. Let's get that oil, but let's get it in a responsible manner," said...

ShipCarsNow Wins EPA Award For Leadership In Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

September 25, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their...

Gold Mine Firm Pays Fine For Not Reporting Pollution

September 25, 2014 4:44 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground. The U.S....

EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 25, 2014 4:25 pm | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a...

Drone Use For Filmmaking Wins FAA Approval

September 25, 2014 3:47 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday. Dozens of other industries are...

Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace For The Inevitable

September 19, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman & Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of... 

FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules For Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the revised rules Friday. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included...

NAM Welcomes Extension Of Internet Tax Moratorium

September 19, 2014 9:40 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy Dorothy Coleman issued this statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved this...

Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 18, 2014 4:49 pm | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs. The Manufacturing Skills Act would create an annual $100 million competitive grant to support initiatives that...

Collective Bargaining And Immigration

September 18, 2014 4:16 pm | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner | Articles | Comments

United States manufacturing industries have increasingly relied on the services of foreign-born employees. Though unions have historically opposed immigration, that trend has completely reversed since the turn of the century. Declining union membership and a new found perception...

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