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5 Injured In Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city. Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant. Bradley says one person was...

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Toyota Tops Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

October 27, 2014 2:24 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings. The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings...

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A Warship So Quiet, It Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The British Royal Navy may be the world’s most storied sea power. Its fleet has included famous ships like the Mary Rose and the Victory, and it has notched triumphs such as the destruction of the Spanish Armada, Lord Nelson’s victory over Napoleon at Trafalgar and the sinking of the Bismarck, the...

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DTE Energy Among Cleanest Coal-Fired Plants

October 27, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DTE Energy has completed a project at the Monroe Power Plant to significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality in the region, making the coal-fired plant one of the cleanest in the country. The Monroe plant is the first in Michigan to operate...

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Fed Will Likely Signal No Rate Hike Anytime Soon

October 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy. Yet when the Federal Reserve meets this week, few foresee any major policy changes. The Fed is expected to complete a bond-buying program, which was...

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OH Gas Prices Stay Below $3 Per Gallon

October 27, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prices at the gas pumps in Ohio at the start the new work week were well below the $3-per-gallon mark, according to a survey Monday. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.94 in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago and 38 cents lower than last month at this...

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Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products. The Great Falls Tribune reports the plant ceased bottling operations last week. It will continue as a distribution facility with about 50 employees. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Jennifer...

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Parker Hannifin Announces Same Day Turnaround Via Custom Manufacturing Operation

October 27, 2014 11:10 am | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation. Created to serve the immediate needs of customers when timing is vital, the Rapid Service Unit can turn certain orders for critical fittings, hose-tube combinations, and other custom pieces...

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B&W Awarded $35M To Supply Equipment To AK Power Plant

October 27, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced today that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc., has been awarded a contract for more than $35 million to design and manufacture two boilers and air quality control equipment for a power plant owned by the University...

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GE Intelligent Platforms User Summit Begins

October 27, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today marks the start of GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit: Making the Industrial Internet Real at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Oct. 27-30, 2014. This sold-out event features more than 50 presentations from GE’s global customer base and will be headlined by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt...

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Global Interest Rises As SUVs Shrink

October 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around. It's a surprising rebirth for a vehicle that was the subject of obituaries when gas prices spiked in 2008. Automakers won back customers by making smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs...

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6 Ways To Manage Product Complexity

October 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these...

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Valeant Willing To Raise Allergan Takeover Bid

October 27, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian drugmaker Valeant said it would be willing to raise its takeover bid for Allergan by almost 12 percent, which would mean $200 or more per share for the maker of Botox. The letter to Allergan's board Monday did not break down the exact terms of the new offer, but Valeant...

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Goya Opens New Facility, Distribution Center

October 27, 2014 9:35 am | by Goya Foods | News | Comments

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, expands its West Coast headquarters with a new facility and distribution center in Southern California in response to the increased consumer demand of Goya's healthy and nutritious products. As the only...

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U.S. Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 27, 2014 9:29 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements. A federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against Bill Aossey, Jr., who founded the Midamar Corp. in...

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Chiquita Shareholders Reject Merger

October 27, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier. Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Friday that the shareholders didn't approve a revised transaction agreement between the two companies during a...

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Obama Taking Action To Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 6:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers. The White House is announcing the executive actions Monday as part of...

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Drugmakers Race To Produce Safe Ebola Vaccine

October 26, 2014 9:32 am | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It's unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, in large part because...

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Manufacturer Halts Sales Of Highway Guardrails

October 24, 2014 5:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. said Friday that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal...

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Union Says Ford Picks Mexico Over Ontario For Engine Plant

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Unifor says Ford Motor Co. has decided to build its new engine in Mexico after it was unable to reach a deal with the federal and Ontario governments. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the union is disappointed the company and the...

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