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GM Expert Says 19 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 15, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims due to... 

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GE Aviation Plans New Plant

September 15, 2014 1:39 pm | by Chelsey Levingston | News | Comments

New plans for another GE Aviation manufacturing facility in the United States have emerged this week, as it was revealed that the Ohio-based jet engine maker will open a second plant for the production of ceramic composite materials. GE Aviation announced in 2013 plans...

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Chemical Industry Tries To Shape Regulations

September 15, 2014 11:54 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for states to enact...

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Airbus Officials Meet With Ohio Businesses

September 15, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Officials of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus planned to meet Monday with representatives of nearly 100 Ohio companies to talk about doing more business with them.Airbus officials arranged the meeting with companies at a procurement conference in suburban Dayton to promote...

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Nucor Buying Gallatin Steel For About $770M

September 15, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest. Taking out an anticipated tax benefit, the purchase price is approximately $630 million, the company said on Monday. Nucor is purchasing...

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Dominion Plans To Acquire Two California Solar Energy Projects

September 15, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion announced an agreement to acquire two solar energy projects totaling 42 megawatts from EDF Renewable Energy, one of North America's largest independent power producers and renewable energy project developers. The acquisitions of the California projects are expected to close in...

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2001 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says...

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Detroit Bankruptcy Trial May Be Suspended Again

September 15, 2014 11:03 am | by Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Detroit says it has ironed out details of a settlement with a major opponent in its bankruptcy case.The disclosure was made as a judge resumed the trial Monday after a three-day break. The timeout allowed Detroit and bond insurer Syncora to finish...

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U.S. Factory Output Drops 0.4% In August

September 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants fell 0.4 percent in August after a 0.7 percent...

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European Space Agency Picks Comet Landing Site

September 15, 2014 6:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a maneuver that is one of the key elements of a decade-long mission. The Paris-based agency plans to drop the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander, called Philae, from its Rosetta space probe...

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Samsung Accuses LG Execs Of Damaging Products

September 14, 2014 11:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives from rival LG Electronics Inc. of vandalizing its washing machines at stores in Germany earlier this month and has asked for an official investigation. In a statement Sunday, Samsung said it had asked...

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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

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USDA Boosts Record Corn, Soybean Harvest

September 12, 2014 5:34 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | 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 U.S. Medical Marijuana Operation

September 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | 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 Acquires Oilfield Equipment Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | 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? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 4:31 pm | by Dieter Pape | News | 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 Celebrates 75th Anniversary Of First Nylon Plant

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | 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 Begins Plant Prodution In Mexico

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