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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...

ParkOhio Acquires Autoform Tool & Manufacturing

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

ParkOhio today announced that it has acquired Autoform Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. (ATM), headquartered in Angola, Indiana, for its Assembly Components segment in an all-cash transaction valued at $48.2 million. ATM is an important supplier of high pressure fuel rails and...

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Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 13, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy. Low fuel prices can help boost economic growth by reducing fuel bills and leaving consumers and companies with...

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 178 death claims since...

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Acura Recalls 43K Vehicles For Seat Belt Issue

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Acura says it is recalling 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace both front seat belts. The car maker owned by Honda Motor Co says that in temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the seat belts might not release. Acura says no injuries have been reported related to the seat...

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Toyota Unveils 2015 Camry For NASCAR Competition

October 13, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing Writer | Comments

Toyota unveiled a remodeled Camry it will race next season, and the street version was the designated pace car for the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.Toyota is the first manufacturer to move to an updated version of its race car. It closely resembles the 2015 Camry consumers can purchase. Chevrolet, Ford...

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Alcoa Manufactures New Hull For Combat Vehicles

October 13, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight, high-performance metals, has produced the world’s largest single-piece forged aluminum hull for combat vehicles to improve troop protection as part of a joint Alcoa-US Army initiative launched last year. Announced in Washington, DC at the Association of...

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Ford Continues Job Creation Momentum

October 13, 2014 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford Motor Company today announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping, and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150 launching in a matter...

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Unequal Pay Stats In The Wake Of Microsoft CEO's Comments

October 13, 2014 12:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was widely derided Thursday for his foot-in-mouth...

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