BNN Bloomberg on the federal election call: which issues matter most? Click image to enlarge

With the federal election just announced for October 21, BNN Bloomberg has conducted an informal poll to find out which issues matter most to Canadian voters.

The Open Energy policy seems to top the list by a hefty margin. Other issues: the economy, housing, taxation, the environment, health care, employment and the future of work and how much the SNC-Lavalin scandal will sway voters.

Watch the BNN Bloomberg video report.

BLM Group announces new sales managers for Canada, U.S. regions

Jon Tibbets (left) and Scott Osborne

BLM Group USA has announced the appointment of two new regional sales managers to help develop sales of the company’s laser tube cutting systems, benders and machining equipment product lines.

ABB to manufacture robots in US

ABB plans to produce robots in the US, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing operation, according to the company. The new production facility will serve customers in Canada and Mexico, in addition to the US.

Mike Whitehead new president at Lincoln Electric Canada

Mike Whitehead has been appointed president of Lincoln Electric Canada effective January 1, 2015. He succeeds Joseph G. Doria, who has retired as president and CEO of the company.

6% NA growth to $1.8 B for machine vision systems

Despite an economic contraction in North America, sales of machine vision systems and components grew six per cent to $1.8 billion US through September, making it the market's highest total for the first nine months of a year in history, according to statistics from AIA, the industry's trade group.

NAFTA: US pushes for stringent auto content

The Canadian automotive manufacturing industry is concerned about ongoing NAFTA negotiations in light of recent reports that the US is pushing for more stringent US auto content, according to media and industry reports.

Dave Barber joins Doosan Infracore

David Barber has joined Doosan Infracore America's Tool Division as general manager of marketing. He will be responsible for branding and marketing activities in North, Central and South America.

Bossard steps down at Salvagnini America

Bill Bossard will retire as president of Salvagnini America this year.

Haas donates $50,000 to Ontario Skills Competition

Haas Automation, a long time supporter of the Skills Competitions in Canada, donated $50,000 to the Ontario Technological Skills organization to support ongoing training for skilled trades. The donation came through the Gene Haas Foundation, which supports skills training in North America.

Canada to top-up small business relief fund

The Government of Canada has committed to provide an additional $600 million to support small and medium-sized businesses and their workers through its Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Forget electric cars, try a flying one

Flying car manufacturer PAL-V has officially started the sales of its commercial models, making the company the first in the world to sell flying cars.

RoboVent launches clean air initiative

RoboVent has launched a new program to help the manufacturing industry better understand and address air quality issues in manufacturing facilities.

Quebec firm offers improved 3D metallic powder production process

PyroGenesis Canada Inc., Montreal, QC, a manufacturer of plasma waste-to-eneergy systems and plasma torch products, has developed a new plasma automization process that will enable the company to produce metallic powders at higher production rates while controlling particle size distribution.

Bank of Canada holds key rate, downgrades economic forecast

The Bank of Canada, citing the sharp drop in oil prices and consequent softness in the economy, is holding its benchmark interest rate steady at 1.75 per cent.

Learning at breakfast

BIG Kaiser's most recent Breakfast and Learn sessions attracted more than 250 manufacturers. Held at the company's Chicago area facility in Hoffman Estates, IL, the sessions, which ran May 17, 18 and 19, were an opportunity to learn and network.

Supply chain problems hammering small biz: CFIB

Supply chain delays and interruptions are increasingly impacting small business operations and will result in higher prices, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

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