On April 17, a fertilizer plant owned by West Fertilizer Company, in the Texas town of West, caught fire. As firefighters battled the blaze, of which the cause is still not known, the plant exploded, leaving six or seven firefighters, and at least two EMS responders, unaccounted for or missing and assumed dead.
U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy during the holiday shopping season.The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales rose 0.7 percent, the biggest gain in five months.
A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation.
NASA is scrambling to figure out what's wrong with a key cooling unit on the International Space Station. On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect a bad valve.
Semiconductor companies have pockets of excellence within their business operations, but fragmented and often outdated systems make real time intelligence a difficult proposition in the current landscape. This is why the concept of a connected factory that is supported by an analytical framework is critical for the semiconductor organizations and can truly result in efficiency improvements for the semiconductor manufacturers.
Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2014 as economic conditions solidify and business confidence continues to recover, according to the Annual 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. Equipment investment is expected to grow across most verticals.
California safety officials have issued $54,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara. Mechanic Don White, 63, was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.
The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.
On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.
A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.
New Zealand's government on Thursday dropped all charges against the former boss of a coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion and instead accepted a financial settlement — a decision that left some of the victim's relatives angry.The government last year charged former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall with 12 counts of violating labor laws following the 2010 methane-fueled blast.
Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind those produced for consumers in the U.S. and Europe despite Brazil now being the globe's No. 4 auto market.
IKEA is recalling millions of children's lamps following the death of a child who choked on the lamp's cord. Another child was injured.The "SMILA" series wall-mounted children's lamps were sold at IKEA from 1999 through May 2013 for $10 to $13.
The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.
A new website is now available from Deublin Company, a global manufacturer of rotary unions used in a variety of equipment and process industries. The new website includes hundreds of products available for purchase via secure credit card transaction, along with detailed specifications and application information.
October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 13.1 percent from September’s total but down 5.8 percent from October 2012.
A new report finds that the federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations. The report from Democratic leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable.
The U.S. government ran a much smaller deficit through the first two months of the budget year than last year, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances. The Treasury Department says the gap between revenue and spending for November was $135.2 billion. That's 21.4 percent lower than November 2012.