State Senate gives first round passage to fuel tax increase for MoDOT funding

The Missouri State Senate this week took the first step to increasing funding for the state’s roads and bridges, giving preliminary passage to a bill that would increase the state’s fuel tax. Senate Bill 623, sponsored by Sen. Doug Libla  would raise the state’s fuel tax from 17 cents per gallon to 22.9 cents per gallon… Read More State Senate gives first round passage to fuel tax increase for MoDOT funding

NAM, business groups sue Labor Department over Union “Persuader” Rule

The Hill reports that in a Wednesday press release, the NAM announced it has filed a lawsuit with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against the Labor Department “over the agency’s union ‘persuader rule.’” A “coalition of business groups,” including the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Associated… Read More NAM, business groups sue Labor Department over Union “Persuader” Rule

Animal products manufacturer, AIM member, adding 144 jobs in Bridgeton

From the St. Louis Business Journal Associated Industries of Missouri member Virbac, a manufacturer and distributor of animal health products, plans to invest $37.9 million to expand its Bridgeton facility and create 144 jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said Tuesday. Virbac, a French firm, will be eligible to receive $5 million through the state’s Missouri Works… Read More Animal products manufacturer, AIM member, adding 144 jobs in Bridgeton

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel warns Missourians of unclaimed property scam

Missourians should never pay to search for or claim their unclaimed property From State Treasurer Clint Zweifel’s office State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) is warning Missourians of an Unclaimed Property scam utilizing a letter purporting to be from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and instructing the recipient to pay a fee in… Read More State Treasurer Clint Zweifel warns Missourians of unclaimed property scam

GDP in Q4 revised upward to 1.4%; corporate profits’ drop not seen as recession sign

From NAM’s Manufacturing Economy Daily blog Bloomberg News (3/25, Jamrisko) cited the Commerce Department as announcing Friday that GDP growth in last year’s fourth quarter was upwardly revised to 1.4% from an initial 1% estimate, “supported by stronger household spending on services.” Bloomberg said the tweaked numbers “also showed that corporate profits dropped in 2015… Read More GDP in Q4 revised upward to 1.4%; corporate profits’ drop not seen as recession sign

The Impact of 3D Printing on Manufacturing and Intellectual Property

By Samuel Digirolamo, Husch Blackwell LLP 3D printing has rapidly advanced from the prototyping stage to producing finished goods by merely developing an electronic digital blueprint of the product.  This digital blueprint can be created from various software applications as well as through the use of known 3D scanners.  Once the digital blueprint is created, it… Read More The Impact of 3D Printing on Manufacturing and Intellectual Property