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Novo Nordisk Hiring For NH Manufacturing Facility

October 29, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company that produces medicines for patients with diabetes, hemophilia, or growth-related disorders, announced plans to hire up to 90 people at its newly-acquired manufacturing plant in West Lebanon, NH. The facility was formerly owned by Olympus...

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SodaStream To Move Its West Bank Factory

October 29, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Israeli drink maker SodaStream International Ltd. will relocate a factory next year that activists criticized for being in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a representative said Wednesday. Nirit Hurwitz said that the decision to move the facility to Lehavim in Israel's southern Negev...

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Williams Partners Expects Plant To Start Producing In November

October 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

 Williams Partners L.P. today announced it expects its expanded Geismar Olefins plant to begin manufacturing ethylene for sale in November. That timeline is consistent with the financial guidance the partnership provided in July. All major construction related to the...

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National Institute For Metalworking Skills Launches Job-Search Website

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. Nimsready.org provides concise information, tools and how-to guides to help employers...

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Heat Exchange Institute Releases Addendum To Deaerator Standard

October 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Cunningham Baron | Comments

The 9th edition of Standards and Typical Specifications for Tray-Type Deaerators contains practical information on the design, construction, and operation of tray-type deaerators and is intended to serve as a guide for individuals who design, purchase, and specify these deaerators. This standard has been renamed from its...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

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Cause Sought For Space-Supply Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 4:37 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | Comments

NASA and officials from a commercial rocket company are searching for debris and answers following the explosion of a rocket and cargo module that were to deliver supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Bill Wrobel is director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops...

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Commercial Supply Rocket Explodes At Liftoff

October 28, 2014 7:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the...

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Google At Work On Cancer-Detecting Pill

October 28, 2014 5:28 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable...

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation Launches Asia Pacific Innovation Center

October 28, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Johnson & Johnson Innovation today announced the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center, located in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia, and Japan. The Asia Pacific Innovation Center extends the network of Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers in life sciences hotspots around...

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Rentech Commences Start-Up Of Atikokan Wood Pellet Facility

October 28, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Rentech, Inc. announced today that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing, and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach...

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A Brief Look At The U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 4:32 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

The U.S. durable goods numbers fell in August and September, a likely temporary dip in the market. As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in...

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Digi-Key's 2014 European Sales Revenue Hits Record Level

October 28, 2014 4:28 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery, today announced exceptionally strong growth in Europe, averaging 26-percent growth year-over-year across the entire region. The company attributes this rapid sales...

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How Well Did The Fed's Stimulus Work?

October 28, 2014 4:11 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | Comments

Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up. Over the past five years, as the Fed has pumped ever-more money into the financial system, critics have warned...

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Magna Celebrates Facility Grand Opening In MI

October 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Magna International Inc. announced today the grand opening of DexSys, a new greenfield facility in Delta Township, Michigan, for the manufacture of automotive exterior products. Company officials were joined by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, members of local...

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Minibike Company Fined By Government Safety Agency

October 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A South Carolina company that sells minibikes and go-carts has agreed to pay $4.3 million in a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the largest-ever civil penalty levied by the agency. CPSC alleged that Baja Inc. and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of...

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Chronus To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant In IL

October 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois. Department spokesman David Roeder said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about...

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Apple CEO Says Apple Pay A Success

October 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. "We're already No. 1. We're more than the total of the other guys," Cook boasted Monday...

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Apple CEO Challenges Home State On LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | Comments

Alabama was too slow to guarantee the rights of minorities during the civil rights era, and now it's too slow to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday in challenging his home state to do better. Cook's comments came as he,...

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Softbank Ready To Splash $10B On India Investments

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday it bought stakes in two Indian technology companies and could splash $10 billion on investments in the country over the next decade. Softbank, which sells the iPhone in Japan, is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest...

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