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EPA Rule "Reigns" on Manufacturing

Posted 7:49 PM by
U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently introduced a sweeping initiative to curb national power plant emissions by nearly a third by 2030. The announcement is meant to be the centerpiece of President Obama’s plans to tackle climate change, and it is characterized as “ambitious but achievable.” However, passionate debate has erupted in response to the 645-page proposal, which is set to be finalized next year.
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Weather “Storms” the Bottom Line for Manufacturing

Posted 6:46 PM by
Let’s face it. Fifty-two inches into the snowiest winter in Indianapolis history, challenges extend beyond avoiding deep potholes or figuring out who can watch the kids on yet another snow day. These extreme conditions have thrown a kink into the first quarter of operations for U.S. manufacturers.
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Hubs: A Guide to the Future of U.S. Manufacturing

Posted 3:57 PM by
Washington’s newly touted “Hub” initiative seeks to rejuvenate American manufacturing and restore lost jobs to an industry which has experienced significant losses in recent years. President Obama first called on Congress in his 2013 State of the Union to create a network of manufacturing hubs across the nation. And he once again called for them in yesterday's address.
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Unknown Variables in the Affordable Care Act Sends Fear Skyrocketing Nationwide

Posted 12:00 PM by
And the list grows. In addition to concerns relating to revenue growth, attracting/retaining skilled workers, and rising material/energy costs, manufacturers nationwide are facing catastrophic levels of uncertainty regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the latest National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) IndustryWeek Survey, more than 77% of manufacturers identified rising health care and insurance costs as their most important challenge.
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