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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At MO Plant

September 25, 2014 12:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but so far only 2,085 have been sold through August, according to Autodata Corp. However, demand has been gradually...

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2 Killed In Shooting At UPS Facility

September 24, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two longtime UPS employees killed in a shooting at a package-processing facility in Alabama were supervisors who had worked for the shipping giant for years, the company said Wednesday. Business manager Brian Callans, 46, of Birmingham, and driver supervisor Doug Hutcheson, 33, of Odenville, were the men killed...

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GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 5:08 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Miss."GTA has made significant progress toward our engineering, production, hiring, and industry partnership goals in recent months," said...

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Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 5:03 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled many businesses to...

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Man Injured In Natural Gas Explosion Tuesday Has Died

September 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday. Marissa Villasenor, a spokeswoman for the University of Utah Hospital, said the worker injured in Tuesday's explosion died overnight at...

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EPA Presents First Sustainable Materials Management Award To Sprint

September 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yesterday, Sprint was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Champion Award for its leadership in collecting and responsibly managing electronics waste. Sprint was one of only... 

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Lockheed Martin's New Firefighting Robot

September 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is developing a robot that could change the future of firefighting. It's called the Fire Ox, and it's designed to tackle fires in situations too hazardous for humans. Bloomberg takes a look at the prototype and speaks to the head of...

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4 Injured In Oil Well Explosion

September 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say four people have sustained severe burns in an explosion at an oil well in northwestern Germany. The explosion at the drilling site in Osterbrock, near the Dutch border, happened Tuesday evening following a gas leak. Police said Wednesday that...

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GM Says China Sales This Year To Top 3.1M

September 24, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday. Sales growth for GM and its Chinese partners should be...

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L.A. Looks To The Wind For Electricity

September 24, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging. An alliance of four companies say...

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Natural Gas Storage Tank Explosion Injures 4

September 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said. The blast occurred as a maintenance crew was cleaning out the tank in the desert about 30 miles northwest of Green River, Lincoln County Sherrif's Office...

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Delphi Acquires Antaya, Expands Automotive Business

September 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business. Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the...

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Aleris To Add Capabilities To KY Aluminum Rolling Mill

September 24, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aleris announced today that it will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.  The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of...

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GE To Give Penn State $10M For Gas Drilling Center

September 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research. Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the center will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by...

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Panasonic Manufactures Robot For Eldercare

September 24, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed. Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in... 

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Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, from its Charlotte Energy Hub, Siemens announced it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division, which serves thousands of students and commercial companies annually. CPCC will use the...

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European Companies Allowed To Reap Rewards From Deadly Conflict Mineral Trade

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Amnesty International | News | Comments

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, ahead of weak draft legislation being discussed in the European Parliament. A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are...

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Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine For First Time

September 24, 2014 6:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship. Engineers and technicians have spent months testing systems and preparing for lighting the marine turbines, which are similar...

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India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 3:44 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the...

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Cascade Operations Partially Resume After Fire

September 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascades announced that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to...

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