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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-To-Work Proposal

March 5, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River

Dow's Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow has increased production of ethylene, propylene and derivatives for the packaging industry. The plans will expand the Gulf Coast facilities by 40 percent.

Fallout From Formaldehyde Scandal Continues For Lumber Liquidators

March 5, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A lawmaker is calling for an investigation while the company's stocks have tumbled and they've bowed out of several public appearances. 

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement comes as the fast-food giant struggles to shake its junk-food image amid intensifying competition from smaller rivals positioning themselves as more wholesome alternatives.

Nuclear Company Areva in Turmoil After Billions in Losses

March 4, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear manufacturer Areva has announced a 4.8 billion euro loss for 2014, more than its entire market value, plunging the powerful French nuclear industry into turmoil.

Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

US Manufacturing Slows as Output And Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 4:08 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly.

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Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The MAPI Foundation's latest quarterly economic forecast predicted the cost per barrel of imported crude oil to average less than $50 this year, down dramatically compared to the $80 per barrel forecast in the group's November report.

South Korea Renews License of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.

Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, Louisiana | News | Comments

The Advocate reports the group represents more than 57 petrochemical, energy, paper, pharmaceutical, pipeline, storage terminal and other industrial facilities in the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge.

What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 27, 2015 1:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations | Blogs | Comments

Here's a list of some of the key advantages and disadvantages associated with union membership in today’s society.

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety in Oregon Television Interview

February 27, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A small startup biotech firm says it has a software platform that can come up with 100 times more chemicals from microbes than were previously thought.

How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 5:10 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere — and some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost-conscious company is in your MRO inventory.

Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Attracting more women to the STEM fields could also help address the ongoing skills gap in manufacturing. Women represent more than 46 percent of the overall U.S. labor force, but they comprise just less than one quarter of workers in durable goods manufacturing, according to research by the Manufacturing Institute.

How Many Beagles Does it Take to Prove BPA is Safe?

February 26, 2015 9:53 am | by Steven Hentges, PhD | Blogs | Comments

The Journal also criticized the absurdity of further government-funded study of BPA driven by “periodic scares over chemicals in vaccines, foods and other products”. In its opinion piece “Snoopy Is Safe After All,” the publication states that BPA “deserves exoneration."

"Oil Company Death List" Report Reveals 19 Energy Companies in Danger

February 25, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

BASF And Yara Announce New Ammonia Plant in Freeport

February 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The plant will tap into what some industry forecasters have predicted will be a burgeoning ammonia market in the coming years, with global capacity reaching nearly 250 million tons by 2018.

ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 3:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The U.S. remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes to Energy-Rich Colorado

February 20, 2015 3:33 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies.

TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

Company Whose Train Exploded Had Spent Millions on Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report.

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