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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Company Plans $4B Plastic Factory In ND

October 14, 2014 9:33 am | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | Comments

A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said. William Gilliam, the chief executive officer of Badlands NGL LLC, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Sen. John Hoeven announced the project Monday at the state Capitol in...

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Liquid Nicotine Exposures Up Sharply Among Kids

October 14, 2014 3:44 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | Comments

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked. More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to...

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GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money In Oregon

October 13, 2014 7:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | Comments

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money. With ballots going out to voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents,...

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SME Education Foundation Announces Two Manufacturing Scholarships

October 13, 2014 5:22 pm | by The SME Education Foundation | Comments

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or a closely related field. The application opens Nov. 1, 2014.“The SME Education Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of...

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August Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 13, 2014 5:19 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 0.4 percent from July but down 6.0 percent when compared with the total of $379.26 million...

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Jeffrey R. Hughes Named ISA President, CEO

October 13, 2014 5:03 pm | by Industrial Supply Association | Comments

Industrial Supply Association (ISA) Board Chairman Tommy Thompson announced today that Jeffrey R. Hughes of Winter Spring, Fla., has agreed to serve as President & CEO. The announcement was made at ISA’s Fall Board Meeting and was... 

Economics Nobel Winner Shaped Industry Regulation

October 13, 2014 2:52 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | Comments

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies. Tirole's work is credited with helping shape the deregulation of industries in developed economies...

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 13, 2014 2:45 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | Comments

Toledo's mayor isn't about to pick a fight with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, even if it pulls Jeep Wrangler production out of the city where the vehicle's roots date to World War II. That's because the automaker will still have a large presence in the area and an assembly complex that will need another...

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