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NAM-Supported Resolutions in the Senate Budget
The Republican-led Senate approved a budget in an overnight session Thursday into Friday. It contains hundreds of amendments, among them, dozens that affect manufacturers and how they run their businesses. The National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, sent a letter to the United States Senate regarding amendment votes on S. Con Res. 11, the Senate Budget Resolution. NAM provided IndustryWeek with the letter. Its views on 12 of the amendments are included in this slideshow.
Consumer Confidence Stays Strong Despite Drop
Much of the fall is attributed to lower income households hit with higher utility costs from the harsh winter. Households in the middle and higher income brackets saw an increase in confidence.
US GDP Grows 2.2% in Fourth Quarter, Up for 2014
Economic growth in the U.S. slowed to 2.2% in the fourth quarter as previously reported, and was not revised up to 2.4% as many economists predicted based on Q3's huge 5% gain.
Apple Co-Founder Talks Smartwatches and the Future
Wozniak has some concerns about smartwatches in general, "every one of them so far just seem to be between me and the better screen that I really want to see on my cell phone
Unemployment Claims Fall to Five-Week Low
Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted average of 282,000, according to the latest report from the Labor Department.
Durable Goods Orders Drop in February
Orders for core capital goods, a benchmark for future business investment, lost 1.4%, continuing six straight months of declines. However, shipments, a sign of economic growth, rose slightly by 0.2%.
World's Steel Production Dips in February
The World Steel Association's monthly report tracks raw (or crude) steel tonnage and capacity utilization across 65 countries. It notes that its participating countries represent about 98% of the world's raw steel output.
A New Face in Industrial Robotics
Weighing 42 lbs, Sawyer features an 8.8 lb payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans.
3-D Tech and Manufacturing Team Up to Make Bigger, Better Printer
Parker Hannifin is partnering with +Mfg to build a new 3-D printing platform large enough and stable enough to print an engine block.
Kraft Recalls Mac & Cheese Over Metal Fragments
Kraft says it's received eight complaints from customers who found metal pieces among the macaroni. So far, there are no reports of any injuries.
Obama in Ohio to Announce Manufacturing Initiative 7
The new White House and Commerce Department plan looks to take advantage of the latest surge in U.S. manufacturing with a series of initiatives.
Housing Starts Feeling the Effects of Winter
Building permits did go up by 3%, to 1,092,000, but most were for multi-family housing, while permits for single-family homes fell 6.6%.
Industrial Production for February Inches Up, Misses Estimate
Despite the slight gain, the report from the Federal Reserve showed manufacturing production dropped 0.2% while the mining industry fell by 2.5%.
Taking the Manufacturing Pulse: 5 Minutes with NAM Economist Chad Moutray
Is U.S. manufacturing on an upward trajectory? NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray reviews findings from the latest NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers.
Retail Sales Down for Third Straight Month, Automobiles Put Brakes On
Automobiles saw one of the biggest drops, losing 2.5%. Sales at building supply and garden equipment stores fell 2.3%. Furniture, electronics and appliances all also saw a drop in sales for February.
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