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GE To Build Oil And Gas Plant In Jacksonville

September 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott announced the new plant Friday. The company will...

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Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds Of Chicken For Possible Listeria Contamination

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.The frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was...

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Biden Announces $450M Grant For Community Colleges Working On Job Training

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and...

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GE Introduces Largest And Most Efficient Gas Turbine In The World

September 29, 2014 1:28 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Anyone who’s met her will tell you that Harriet is not like other house guests. When she arrived from France in Greenville, SC, earlier this year, her hosts at a local GE gas turbine factory had to build a new train turntable just to get her settled in her quarters. They also erected a gas plant to...

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Solaris Acquires Loadcraft Site Services, Purchases Manufacturing Facility

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure LLC announced two transactions today: the acquisition of the assets of Loadcraft Site Services LLC and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Early, Texas. The Early manufacturing facility will be dedicated to...

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Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 29, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ Luxury car, all sold in...

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Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 12:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million of the...

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HoneyBaked Ham To Hire 10K Employees

September 29, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It may only be September, but HoneyBaked is already gearing up for the holiday season. The company is preparing for the annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts, and full assortment of premium products by providing part-time jobs for more than...

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Enana Buying Athlon Energy For $5.93B

September 29, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin. Canada's Encana Corp. will also assume $1.15 billion in debt, bringing the...

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6 Things You Need To Know About STEM

September 29, 2014 11:37 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

STEM — the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math — has sparked a nationwide debate about education, gender, immigration, and the future of the United States economy. This video covers six important things you need to know about STEM...

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OH Facility Named Finalist In 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Competition

September 29, 2014 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' Fluid Power Automotive Lead Center in Findlay, Ohio has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants competition. The competition annually recognizes the best manufacturing facilities in...

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Infor Modernizes San Antonio Water System

September 29, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced that San Antonio Water System (SAWS), which services more than 1.6 million consumers in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area, has...

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Cartels Stealing Billions From Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are...

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading good old Uncle Sam and his taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama...

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Ford Invests In Future With New LED Lighting At Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting...

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European Space Agency Sets Date For Comet Landing

September 29, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at...

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TX Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat Due To Possible E.coli Contamination

September 29, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday night announced the recall involving Caviness Beef Packers in...

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Woman Beheaded, Another Injured At Food Processing Plant

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police said Friday a man recently let go from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company. The 30-year-old man, who has...

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Groups Launch Campaigns On GMO Labeling In OR

September 28, 2014 11:42 am | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a TV ad paid for by advocates of labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon, voters are told 64 countries have such requirements and labels didn't lead to an increase in their food costs. Opponents of GMO labeling have released an ad that says the opposite: Labels would be costly for food...

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Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Gillispie - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires. Akron-based Goodyear is embracing a technology that converts the ash that...

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