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Recent growth in the manufacturing industry has exposed a staggering downward trend that threatens future growth: a severe shortage of manufacturing talent. Quickly advancing technology combined with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market an

Recruit & Retain: Closing The Talent Gap

April 15, 2014 | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company | Comments

Recent growth in the manufacturing industry has exposed a trend that threatens future growth: a shortage of manufacturing talent. Advancing technology combined with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market and a lack of up-and-coming workers make it more important than ever for companies to focus on employee recruitment and retention.

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

American Perceptions Of Power

April 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? A poll conducted in February shows that the majority of Americans make small efforts to save energy, but larger lifestyle changes have yet to materialize. 

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Looking Back At The West Virginia Chemical Spill: Myths & Facts

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Unsurprisingly, many are using the West Viriginia chemical spill to push the government to tighten chemical regulations across the country. The typical reaction to this kind of incident is to demand increased transparency - but is that the real problem? And is it a real solution? A new report lays out some of the myths and facts surrounding the spill and the media frenzy that followed. 

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

The Misconception Of Manufacturing Decline

March 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector. 

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Chemical Transparency: A Window Of Opportunity?

March 4, 2014 5:47 am | by Joel Makower, Greenbiz.com | Comments

Concerns over toxic substances in everyday life have been around since Rachel Carson penned "Silent Spring" more than a half-century ago. But getting these chemicals out of products and supply chains has been slow-going, especially as government regulation of such chemicals has been timid. Regulation by the marketplace is another matter. 

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Chevron's Pizza Apology Blunder Goes Viral

February 28, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Earlier this month one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire near a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apologize for this kind of accident and what will this viral snafu mean for Chevron?

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

February 25, 2014 2:14 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Comments

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico. 

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Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyb

Wireless Technology Heightens Manufacturer Security Risk

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by IHS Technology | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyber-attacks, compelling companies to seek ways to protect their networks.

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Why It Makes Sense To Manufacture In The United States

February 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by David C. Chavern, Exec. VP & COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Comments

One of the many signals of the manufacturing renaissance in America is the growing practice of “reshoring.” A number of firms are bringing operations that they had located outside of the United States back to American soil. This is unquestionably good news for U.S. industry, the economy and workers.

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Carbon Cap & Trade Versus Energy Efficiency

February 11, 2014 2:48 am | by Carbon Lighthouse | Comments

There is a lot of talk about carbon cap-and-trade and energy efficiency. Carbon cap-and-trade is hailed as a market mechanism for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency is one of the most profitable investments most companies can make. Efficiency is also a great way to reduce energy consumption and hence carbon emissions as well. So what happens when you combine a carbon cap-and-trade with energy efficiency?

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The Next Generation Of GeoThermal: The Future Of Energy?

February 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Garret Hering, GreenBiz.com | Comments

In the United States geothermal power development is limited to hydrothermal sites, highly concentrated in the West, which adds up to only 0.33 percent of the country's electricity generating fleet. But there may be a solution to geothermal power's geographic limitation, which could open up the way for this subterranean resource to play a much greater role in energy systems of the future.

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Missing Opportunities In Manufacturing Post-Mortems

January 20, 2014 11:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

The manufacturing industry is tight-lipped about internal operations, and most plant managers would be more apt to think that a major production disruption would be something to silence as much as possible. They certainly wouldn’t write up a post-mortem. But what if they did? What if they thought others could find value in what went wrong?

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Will A Surge Of Older Workers Take Jobs From The Young?

January 6, 2014 2:31 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | Comments

It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.

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Next Generation Manufacturers - Is Your Technology Protected?

January 6, 2014 2:06 pm | by Mark A. Aiello and Nick E. Kyriakopoulos | Comments

Manufacturing continues to grow in the U.S., fueled primarily by innovations in technology and advances in the manufacturing process itself. With the advent of new, competitive technologies, next-generation manufacturers must zealously protect intellectual property and assets associated with such manufacturing technologies.

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10 Sustainable Energy Trends That Shook Up 2013

January 2, 2014 4:17 pm | by Garrett Hering, GreenBiz.com | Comments

With the New Year upon us, let's take a few moments to consider the major sustainable energy trends in business from the past year. Many of these 10 trends represent milestones achieved in 2013 as the result of years of dedicated efforts. Others are of a more short-term nature. Each, however, played a big role in 2013.

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When Culture Stifles Innovation

December 5, 2013 10:48 am | by Girish Malhotra, President & Founder, Epcot International | Comments

Who are the technical innovators in the US? The image we often have is that of the young Silicon Valley geek or the surfing California biopharma scientist -- sometimes brash and unafraid to challenge authority and champion new and better ideas.

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