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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

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Man Gets 10 Years For Copper Thefts

October 14, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado...

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Costco Makes China Market Debut

October 14, 2014 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Costco Wholesale Corporation, America’s leading membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide range of quality, brand name merchandise, today announced it will enter China for the first time through the opening of an online flagship...

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Two Takes On The CA Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied...

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies For Your Business

October 14, 2014 4:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available. Why is customization so important? Smaller organizations may...

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Navigating The Challenge Of Choosing ERP Software

October 14, 2014 4:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors. An ERP system puts all the data—from...

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No Vote On IL Fracking Rules Until November

October 14, 2014 4:25 pm | by Jason Keyser, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has...

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Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 3:20 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study. This was the finding of a new report, titled Lifting the Curde Export Oil Ban: The Impact on U.S. Manufacturing that was...

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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County, Burlington, Washington as Gielow Pickles recently started up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit. The plant joins Sakuma...

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Huf Brings Door Handle Facility To Tennessee

October 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp., a member of the Huf Group, began operation of its new paint facility in Greeneville, Tennessee. The existing factory was extended with an addition of 5,300 square meters. For the purpose of process optimization, it will...

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Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

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Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat following disagreements over...

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U.S. Indexes Slide, Airlines, Energy Stocks Drop

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices. Airlines, energy, and materials stocks were amoing the biggest decliners. Stocks are coming off their worst week in more than two years. The downturn...

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Toyota Is Global Hybrid Leader With 7 Million Sold

October 14, 2014 1:13 pm | by Toyota USA Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation announced today global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. “Hitting the 7 million mark represents our...

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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said. Executives at the Fort Wayne plant are trying to make a case to company leaders for...

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Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders. A Canadian company recently withdrew its $450 million proposal to build a...

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Converting Plastic Into Oil Could Add $9B To U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 11:25 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Wide-scale deployment of emerging technology that converts used, non-recycled plastics into oil could generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output and create upwards of 40,000 domestic jobs, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council. The report...

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GE Gas Turbines To Help Provide Uninterrupted Power In Iraq

October 14, 2014 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to...

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Vega Biofuel Breaks Ground On Pilot Torrefaction Plant

October 14, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products. When completed in Q1 2015, the plant will use a patented torrefaction technology to produce the...

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Wyman-Gordon To Establish New Manufacturing Plant

October 14, 2014 9:59 am | by South Carolina Department Of Commerce | News | Comments

Wyman-Gordon, a manufacturer of large titanium and super alloy forgings for the aerospace and power generation markets, will establish its newest manufacturing operations in Dillon County, South Carolina. The investment is expected to create more than 400 new jobs over the next five years. Wyman-Gordon's new facility...

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