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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations to the U.S.

That Thermoplastic Was Made From What?

December 16, 2014 3:35 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

It may sound fishy, but researchers say they’ve discovered a way to make thermoplastics from squid. In a recent issue of Advanced Functional Materials, a team at Penn State reveal how they were able to synthesize a protein complex from squid to create a thermoplastic that could be used in a variety of ways—from product packaging to 3-D printing.

Boeing Factory to Use All Clean Energy

December 16, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boeing factory says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, announced the switch Tuesday at the Renton factory, near Seattle.

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New 150 Watt LED Quadpod Mounted Flood Light

December 16, 2014 10:24 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has added a 150 watt quadpod mounted work light. Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time, the WAL-QP-1X150RT-GCR50 provides operators with an ideal lighting solution that features a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and a single 150 watt LED light head.

New Safety Signs

December 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Brady | Product Releases | Comments

Under OSHA’s November 2013 update, users can now use either the latest American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard from 2011 (ANSI Z535.1, Z535.2 & Z535.5) or the previous standard from 1967-1968. The ANSI Z535 signs allow for clearer messages.

The Surprising Chemical History of Tinsel

December 16, 2014 10:01 am | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

How is the shiny tinsel that decorates many Christmas trees made? Today it's mostly made of plastic. But did you know tinsel used to contain lead, aluminum or copper? Find out all about tinsel's chemistry history in this very special holiday episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

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Feds Target Toxic Chemical Emissions From Mine Blasts

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Some who live near the big coal mines say they've suffered from headaches and respiratory irritation when such clouds waft over their neighborhoods.

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Regulators Consider Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

December 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility regulators will continue their review of the costs of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia. The Public Service Commission plans to meet Tuesday as it debates whether to approve Georgia Power's recent spending as it builds two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

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Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

There’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. Here's what to expect in the coming year.

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Are Oil Prices Fueling a Global Price War?

December 15, 2014 5:08 pm | by Russia Today | Videos | Comments

As Iraq offers price discounts on oil to Asian consumers, Katie Pilbeam investigates if this is a sign that crude producers are waging a price war. Also, Greece's election chaos sends markets crashing on fear that an elected leftist government would pull the country out of the eurozone.

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Deborah Borg Named President, Dow USA

December 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Deborah Borg, vice president of the Human Resource Partner Organization, has been named president of Dow USA. Borg will be responsible for coordinating Dow’s activities across the U.S. and play an instrumental role in representing Dow's interests to key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, joint venture partners, key government organizations and communities.

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Magnum Hunter Loses Control of Gas Well

December 15, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. says that it lost control of a natural gas well in Ohio over the weekend. The well located in Monroe County had been temporarily plugged while work was being done elsewhere onsite. But when workers tried to resume production operations Saturday afternoon, the well began to flow uncontrollably.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 4:34 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. Additional gains came from food and wood, plastics and rubber-based products. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. 

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Study: All-Electric Cars May Not be so Green

December 15, 2014 4:27 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.

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Congress Clears Way For Copper Mine in Arizona

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk as part of the nation's annual defense funding bill. The annual defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Friday includes the trade that will allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. to develop the mine near Superior, touted as the largest in North America.

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