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Conservis Corp Revolutionizing Farm Management

September 8, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conservis Corporation, the global leader in cloud-based farm management software solutions, announced an initial close on $10 million in Series A financing led by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, a Chicago venture fund that focuses on new and emerging technologies in...

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Sirtex Medical Inc. Expands Business Into Brazil

September 8, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sirtex Medical Inc., a subsidiary of Sirtex Medical Limited, a leading manufacturer of targeted liver cancer therapies, announced today the expansion of its business in Latin America. Sirtex’s SIR-Spheres ® microspheres are now available to treat inoperable liver tumors in Brazil. The first SIR-Spheres microspheres treatments took place...

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Elextrolux To Buy GE Appliances In $3.3B Deal

September 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, and boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the...

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Advanced Manufacturing Process From EOS Optimizes Aerospace Technology

September 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephanie Cheong, Marketing Manager EOS Singapore | News | Comments

The latest generation of satellites from Airbus Defence and Space contain special clamps that join the body of the satellite to the feed and sub-reflector assembly at the top end. Clamps manufactured by conventional production methods did not...

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GM To Offer Car That Will Almost Drive Itself

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The company announced Sunday that the semi-autonomous system for freeways will be... 

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Mars Chocolate Recalls Twix Candy Bars

September 8, 2014 9:35 am | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60. Fewer than 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain...

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in August as the PMI registered...

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China's Exports Rise To 9.4%, Imports Shrink

September 7, 2014 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 China's export growth eased in August while imports shrank for the second month in a row. Customs data released Monday showed that exports rose 9.4 percent to $208 billion last month, down from a 14.5 percent expansion in July. Imports contracted...

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Fight Erupts Over New England's Natural Gas

September 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Stephen Singer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England's governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists, and local and state...

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Fines, Hearings Among Lingering Fracking Issues

September 7, 2014 11:31 am | by Tammy Webber - Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing...

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Southeast Nebraska Plant To Lay Off 33 Workers

September 6, 2014 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Nebraska agriculture manufacturing plant will close part of its operations and eliminate more than half its workforce by November. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Agrium plant in Fairbury will eliminate...   

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Pesticide Drift Persistent Problem For Farmers

September 6, 2014 10:31 am | by Steve Karnowski - Associated Press | News | Comments

The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for...

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NV Assembly Speaker Kirkpatrick To Scrutinize Tesla Deal

September 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by Martin Griffith and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it's too early to say whether a huge package of tax breaks and incentives needed to land Tesla Motors Inc.'s lithium battery factory will have smooth sailing at a special legislative session next week. The Las Vegas Democrat said Friday she and her colleagues need to scrutinize...

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Tech Companies Appeal Rejection Of Settlement

September 5, 2014 4:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four tech companies--Apple, Google, Adobe Systems, and Intel--are appealing a judge's rejection of a $324.5 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 60,000 high-tech workers.The lawsuit alleged that...    

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Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Targeted News Service | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. The project is the company's fourth expansion in Water Valley. It represents a company investment of $43 million and will create...

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Hoeven Celebrates Grand Opening Of Bobcat's $28 Million Acceleration Center

September 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Targeted News Services | News | Comments

Senator John Hoeven today marked the grand opening of the new $28 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility. The 190,000 square-foot facility will house...

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Boar's Head To Build Plant In New Castle, IN

September 5, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boar's Head Brand plans to build a meat processing plant in New Castle, Indiana that company executives say will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years. The Sarasota, Florida-headquartered maker of premium delicatessen meats and cheeses announced...

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Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 5, 2014 1:42 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) admits. Lawyers for the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking urged...

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A. C. Simmonds and Sons To Acquire Environmental Waste International

September 5, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc. (ACS) and Environmental Waste International Inc. (EWS) announced today that a non-binding letter of intent has been entered into regarding the proposed acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of EWS by ACS in exchange for...

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