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SunCoke Proposes Plant In Greenup

October 30, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC has filed an application with Kentucky officials to build an electric generating plant in conjunction with a coke plant on about 250 acres along the Ohio River. The Independent reports the proposed plant in northeastern Kentucky would use the coke-making process to generate up to...

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Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget

October 30, 2014 1:14 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pay for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices. The Microsoft Band will work with the company's new Microsoft Health system for consolidating health and fitness data...

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Pharma Firm To Establish Operations In VA

October 30, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese pharmaceutical ingredients maker is planning to invest $22.5 million to establish operations in Virginia, creating 376 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that UniTao Pharmaceuticals LLC has purchased the Boehringer Ingelheim plant that's slated to close by the end of the year. Officials say the project is a...

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3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 30, 2014 12:13 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like many NASA experiments, the science that precipitates from manufacturing in space will not only help our civilization get to mars, but it will also add to the quickly growing launching pad of additive manufacturing and its uses ...     

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Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 12:07 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall, and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. OSHA issued 11 citations...

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Tick Up To 287K

October 30, 2014 11:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market. Weekly applications increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined...

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Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal. The petition filed in state Supreme Court in Albany seeks a halt to resumption of operations at the 500-megawatt Danskammer power plant...

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Entergy Cuts Money It's Seeking In MS Rate Case

October 30, 2014 11:33 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entergy Corp. has agreed with Mississippi regulators to cut $35 million from the amount it is seeking from customers under a new rate plan, dropping the total to $14 million annually and setting the stage for the Public Service Commission to approve the plan by Dec. 9. Mississippi's largest private utility also...

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Vega Biofuels Lays Out Construction Schedule For Torrefaction Plant

October 30, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vega Biofuels, Inc. announced today that construction has started at the site of its Joint Venture with Agri-Tech Producers, LLC in Allendale, SC. Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other...

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Goldie, The Newest Pioneer For Women In STEM

October 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

My attention has been drawn to the issue of woman in STEM careers a few times in the past couple of weeks. First, when Manufacturing.Net Associate Editor, Bridget Bergin, wrote about the lack of women in manufacturing and STEM careers, and the need for a modern Rosie the Riveter to drum up more...

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Government Pushes Airbag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters...

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Niche Segments Offer Opportunities For Process Mixing Equipment

October 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

Process mixing is essential in the manufacture of various products in a large number of process industries. Since mixing requires the right amount of technique and technology to achieve its ultimate goal of a homogenous mixture, choosing the right equipment is crucial. As industrial growth intensifies in Europe, rising...

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Colder Weather Drives Forecast Of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions

October 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Today In Energy | News | Comments

In the long term, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a very significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting...

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Bar Sues Florida For Restricting Beer Sales

October 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers. The lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday and names the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Crafted Keg in Stuart said a state law that allows unlimited...

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AI Is Summoning Demons

October 30, 2014 9:24 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium, further describing AI as the biggest existential...

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New Software Helps Hold Ships Steady In Heavy Seas

October 30, 2014 9:14 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

One of the many characters in Melville’s Moby Dick is Bulkington, an intrepid sailor for whom “land seemed scorching to his feet” and who on a “shivering winter’s night” thrust the mighty ship Pequod’s “vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves,” as it set out on its fatal whale hunting expedition. Bulkington would be right at...

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Appalachian Biofuels To Establish Facility In VA

October 29, 2014 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Appalachian Biofuels LLC is planning to establish its headquarters and biodiesel production facility in Russell County, creating 40 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the company will invest $3.5 million for the project. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the...

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Costs Rise Another $496M At MS Power Plant

October 29, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $496 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $6.1 billion. And, unlike other recent overruns, customers could have to pay $167 million of the charges if regulators...

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NY Revises Liquefied Gas Facilities Proposal

October 29, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have revised their proposed liquefied natural gas storage rules to include size restrictions in response to public comments. The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed...

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Survey Shows Growing Preference For 'Made In USA'

October 29, 2014 3:23 pm | by Jolie Darrow | News | Comments

It’s no surprise that recent years have brought a surge in demand for products made in the USA. The financial crisis of 2008, and subsequent recession, have caused Americans to rethink the importance and position of the US economy. Now, a renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be...

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