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Discovery Of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday morning. She says the plant "is taking every precaution to protect the...

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Women In Manufacturing: Q&A With Allison Grealis

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field. Ms. Grealis is the founder and executive director...

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Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

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Fuel Costs Ease, U.S. Airline Profits Soar

October 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines, and a chunk of credit goes to those savings at the pump. Fuel is an airline's...

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts In 3Q

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year. Shares rose nearly 4 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The company has wrestled with a slowing global economy and took a restructuring charge...

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Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.The Atlanta-based company said it will reach its cost-cutting goal by 2019 through a variety of measures, such as restructuring its global supply chain. It did not specify how...

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Gulfstream Jets Get Smarter

October 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Large passenger jets are pretty much all alike, but each private jet is different in its own way. “We now make it a bit easier for customers to stand out,” says Vic Bonneau, president of GE Aviation’s Electrical Power Business. Bonneau and his team have decided to...

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New Partnership Brings Aerospace Innovation In Ontario To New Heights

October 23, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ontario's aerospace industry is about to boldly go where it hasn't gone before as the result of a new research and development partnership. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) are teaming up with the newly formed Consortium for Aerospace Research...

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Large Companies Funding State Ballot Initiatives

October 23, 2014 1:31 pm | by Philip Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto, and...

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SunEdison Closes Financing On 26 MW Solar Plant

October 23, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunEdison, a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services announced today that it has closed on construction financing underwritten by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. The funds will be used to construct the 26 megawatt (MW) DC Vega solar power plant located in...

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GM Profits Nearly Double, Led by North American Sales

October 23, 2014 12:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America. The automaker posted net income of $1.38 billion, or 81 cents per...

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2 Michigan Businesses Receive $500K In Grants

October 23, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is awarding $500,000 in grants to two business expansion projects that are expected to add up to 200 jobs in southeast Michigan. The MEDC announced the strategic fund grants Wednesday for Lippert Components Manufacturing in Sterling Heights and...

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Wolverine Power Plans New $100M Plant

October 23, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. Cadillac-based Wolverine announced Wednesday the electric generating facility is planned for Otsego County's Elmira Township, west of Gaylord. Wolverine says the...

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The IoT Uplink: Exploring A $2.9T Market In Manufacturing

October 23, 2014 10:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

While only 13% of those surveyed in a 2013 study by the American Society for Quality have made their factories "smart," a survey by ARM Holdings shows that 95% expect to be using the industrial IoT in the next three years. In this episode of the IoT uplink, we explore why manufacturers have...

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Coal-Rich Countries May Block New EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 9:56 am | by Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new...

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Oklahoma Manufacturer Expands, Creates 250 Jobs

October 23, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Bartlesville are celebrating a new expansion at ABB Totalflow that's expected to create 250 jobs over the next 10 years. The $14 million expansion will double the size of Bartlesville's complex, where more than 300 people now work. The employees design, develop, and manufacture natural...

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Chevron Discovers Oil In U.S. Gulf Of Mexico

October 23, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Keathley Canyon Block 10 Well No. 1 encountered significant oil pay in the Lower Tertiary Wilcox Sands. The well is located approximately 180 miles off the Louisiana coast in...

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First Natural Gas GM Pickups With 5.3L Engines Announced

October 23, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services. GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado...

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India Picks Up Pace On Economic Overhaul

October 23, 2014 2:33 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy. Over the past week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled an overhaul of India's...

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China's Manufacturing Fails To Fire In October

October 23, 2014 12:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A gauge of the health of China's manufacturing industry inched higher in October but factory output was at a five-month low in a sign of slowing domestic and foreign demand. HSBC said Thursday the preliminary version of an index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers rose to 50.4 from...

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