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Oil Dealers Suing Over Gas Expansion Plan

October 10, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Connecticut oil dealers are suing over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews. The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents about 600 oil companies, said they were fling lawsuit in Hartford Superior...

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Hengst Announces Manufacturing Facility Expansion

October 10, 2014 11:04 am | by State News Service | Comments

Hengst of North America Inc. will expand its Kershaw County manufacturing facility for the third time in less than a decade. The company, which located its North American headquarters in Camden in 2005, will invest an additional $8 million, create 20 new...

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GE Introduces Next-Generation Jet Engine

October 10, 2014 10:54 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Over the last several weeks, crews at GE Aviation’s flight test base in Victorville, CA, at the edge of the Mojave Desert, installed a next-generation jet engine with ceramic components and 3-D printed parts to the wing of a modified Boeing 747, and readied it for its maiden flight. The engine, called...

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OSHA Launches Dialogue On Workplace Safety

October 10, 2014 10:38 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue...

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How To Build The Skilled Talent Pipeline

October 10, 2014 9:37 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce presented an action plan from its yearlong effort to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities to the NAM Board of Directors and Chairman Doug Oberhelman, chairman...

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Western Lithium Opens Plant For Hectatone Drilling Fluid

October 10, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Western Lithium USA Corporation is pleased to announce that on October 8th it hosted a ceremonial opening to mark the completion of construction of its Hectatone organoclay plant in Fernley, Nevada. The Hectatone plant is expected to commence production of its...

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Nissan Recalls Altimas, Hoods Could Fly Open

October 10, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they're being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models. The automaker says in...

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Musk Makes Tesla Mystery Announcement

October 10, 2014 8:52 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

Taking the stage before an adoring crowd, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk played both catch up and leap frog. At an open-to-the-public unveiling Thursday night that included bumping music, free alcohol, and test rides on an airport tarmac, Musk unveiled a new version of...

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Obama Makes Economic Pitch, Public May Not Agree

October 9, 2014 5:31 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn and Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message. In a midterm campaign strategy fraught with risk, the White House is betting that Obama's...

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Summit Materials Acquires Concrete And Aggregate Companies

October 9, 2014 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Summit Materials is pleased to announce the acquisitions of Southwest Ready-Mix, a ready-mix concrete company in southwest Houston, Texas; Colorado County Sand & Gravel, an aggregates company in Colorado County, Texas; and Concrete... 

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East Coast Possible Focus For Offshore Oil

October 9, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | Comments

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America's East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues. Oil companies looking...

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Craft Brewers Take The Lead On Reducing Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 5:03 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | Comments

By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013.  These findings, based on a study by John Heckman, Ph.D with PE International and commissioned...

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Lego Scraps Shell After Greenpeace Video

October 9, 2014 4:55 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press | Comments

Danish toy manufacturer Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling. Environmental activists Greenpeace launched in July a video showing an...

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Tesla Announcement Sparks Speculation

October 9, 2014 4:26 pm | Comments

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors was expected to unveil an all-wheel-drive system — and perhaps more — at a much-hyped mystery event Thursday night near Los Angeles.Tesla didn't confirm what it would show ahead of the event. The only hint came...

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Oshkosh To Cut About 370 Jobs

October 9, 2014 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday that it plans to lay off about 370 workers from its unit that makes military vehicles. The company said it is cutting the jobs because it is making less military vehicles due to a drop in defense spending by the U.S. government. Oshkosh said...

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Stone Brewing To Build Virginia Facility

October 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | Comments

Stone Brewing Co., one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce on Thursday afternoon that the Escondido, California-based brewery...

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Toledo Nervously Awaits Fate Of Jeep

October 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | Comments

The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on...

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PC Market Still Ailing Despite Gains

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The personal computer market is still ailing, despite showing some signs of recovery in several key markets. PC sales in the third quarter rebounded in the U.S. and western Europe. But shipments continued to fall in China, Japan, and other Asian countries, where...

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Alcoa Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business. The results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company's stock rose 2 percent in after-hours...

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300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 300 workers have been on strike at a northern Indiana factory after rejecting a proposed contract. The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...

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