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U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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USDA Boosts Corn, Soybean Harvest To New Records

September 12, 2014 5:34 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from...

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Maple Leaf Initiates A Medical Marijuana Growing Operation in U.S.

September 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Maple Leaf Green World announced that they have engaged Mr. Brian Patterson, Marc Montoya, and Dillon Patterson to develop a medical Marijuana growing operation plan in California, U.S.A., as part of the Company's business strategy. The medical marijuana business in California is estimated...

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Empeiria Announces Acquisitions Of Oilfield Production Equipment Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Empeiria Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, today announced that its affiliate, Tank Partners Holdings LLC, has completed the acquisitions of JL Bryan Equipment & Lease Services, Inc. and Tank Partners LLC.Based in Perryton, Texas, JL Bryan manufactures...

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Why Synchronize Time? 3 Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 4:31 pm | by Dieter Pape | Comments

It’s a challenging time to be a manufacturer — or exciting, depending on your point of view. You’re dealing with shifting customer demands, sourcing and supply chain challenges, government regulations, and more. Worrying about...  

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INVISTA Seaford Celebrates 75th Anniversary Of World’s First Nylon Plant

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

When the world’s first nylon manufacturing plant started production in Seaford in 1939, there were only a few applications for the new “miracle fiber.” As the site celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, nylon-based...    

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Halla Visteon Climate Control To Begin Prodution At New Plant In Mexico

September 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. plans to start production this month at a new plant in central Mexico to support its growing business with global vehicle manufacturers in the region. The new manufacturing facility in the State of Queretaro will manufacture automotive...

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IN City Backs Deal For $800M Power Plant

September 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A northern Indiana city council has approved a development agreement for a proposed $800 million power plant despite some doubts remaining over the project's financing. The Logansport City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to...  

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New Backup Imperative For Manufacturers In The Digital Era

September 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information (ESI) to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements include...

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Emerging Regions Prove Increasingly Profitable For Industrial Valve, Actuators Market

September 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | Comments

The increase in oil exploration activities, investments in new refineries, and modernization of existing facilities will spur the uptake of valves and actuators, particularly in emerging markets such as Africa and Latin America. Demand from the offshore oil and gas industry in Latin America, in particular, is expected...

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Pennsylvania DEP Announces Listening Session On EPA Proposal

September 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a listening session to obtain public input on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and the...

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Atlantic Signs Agreement, Purchases 3 International Paper Coverting Facilities

September 12, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington, North Carolina, announced today a definitive agreement to purchase International Paper's three largest paperboard converting facilities in Greensboro, N.C., Hazleton, P.A., and Sturgis, M.I. Atlantic has 12 branch locations across the...

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NAM Opposes Resolution Limiting First Amendment Rights

September 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

On September 10th, Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) penned a letter to the Senate, urging opposition to S.J. Res. 19, a proposed amendment to the Constitution that the NAM claims would "place limits on right guaranteed by the First Amendment." The proposed amendment increases...

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Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments To Reach 14 Million By 2030

September 12, 2014 11:31 am | by ABI Research | Comments

Global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million. “While autonomous driving under the control of a human standby driver is quickly gaining acceptance, robotic vehicles mostly remain out of bounds, especially for car manufacturers, despite...

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Scotland’s Fight For Independence And The Manufacturing Sector

September 12, 2014 10:49 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

On Thursday, September 18th, every registered voter in Scotland over the age of sixteen will be asked to answer a massively important question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” If Scotland’s people vote “yes,” the entire structure of the UK will never look the same again, and Scotland will transform from...

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Treasury To Limit Profitability Of Overseas Shifts

September 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries. A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to...

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OSHA Proposes $70K Fine After Plant Accident

September 12, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal officials are proposing a $70,000 fine for a Wisconsin manufacturing plant after a machine crushed a worker's hand and partially amputated his thumb.The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday Loparex LLC has been cited for one safety violation...

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Vystar Board Approves Natural Rubber Latex Business Spinoff

September 12, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Vystar® Corporation's Board of Directors has authorized management to pursue the spinoff of its Vytex® natural rubber latex business into a separate publicly-traded entity initially concentrating on the foam markets (mattresses, pillows, and mattress toppers), while the parent will continue to focus on...

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GreenTech Automotive Claims MS Factory Construction Complete

September 11, 2014 8:42 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | Comments

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles. But it's unclear how many employees the company has in Mississippi or if it has sold any vehicles from its temporary factory in nearby Horn Lake. A unit of...

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Arizona Public Service Planning Changes For Power Plant

September 11, 2014 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Arizona Public Service Co. is planning to close one of its four generators at a northern Arizona power plant in less than two years. Under a proposal APS is discussing with the Environmental Protection Agency, the 260-megawatt Unit 2 of the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City will...

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Toyota Recalls 130,000 Pickups

September 11, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags. The recall affects Crew-Max and Double Cab versions in the U.S. from the 2014 model year. The company says...

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