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Cleanup Of Lead, Arsenic At Charleston Plant Begins

September 4, 2014 7:31 pm | by Bruce Smith - Associated Press | News | Comments

Work begins next month on cleaning the lead and arsenic-laced ground and water at the site of an old fertilizer plant in Charleston, the fifth such site in the area to be cleaned in seven years. The Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting Thursday on plans for the $8.5 million...

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Noranda Aluminum Lay Off 200 Employees And Suspend Expansion

September 4, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced Tuesday that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates. The cutbacks come less than two weeks after the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request for...

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Boeing's Dreamliner To Be Built In Charleston

September 4, 2014 4:53 pm | by Warren Wise, Charleston Post & Courier | News | Comments

The only Boeing airplane that will be built exclusively in North Charleston has landed a supplier. An aerospace division of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. said it has been picked to design and manufacture external engine housings for the...

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Bulk Metallic Glasses: A Tough New Material For Manufacturing

September 4, 2014 4:25 pm | by YaleCampus | Videos | Comments

Yale Professor Jan Schroers and his graduate students have developed some unique uses for metallic glasses, a particularly tough metallic alloy that can be molded into useful products (like cell phone cases) at...       

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Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have...

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Biofuel Plant And Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined...

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U.S. Economy Rises to No. 3 Global Ranking

September 4, 2014 12:55 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.In its survey released Wednesday, the Forum said...    

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SiliconExpert Announces Major Data Release

September 4, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SiliconExpert Technologies, the leading provider of electronic component management tools and solutions announces its largest data release yet, increasing the number of electronic components it carries, the number of engineers behind the data, and the number of total manufacturers...

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Sen. Coons Touts Bipartisan Progress On Manufacturing Workforce Training

September 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by U.S. Senator Chris Coons | Videos | Comments

Senator Coons spoke on the Senate floor on June 26, 2014 to applaud the Senate's passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by a broad bipartisan majority. The bill includes five provisions from...         

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Manufacturing & Education: Understanding The Connection

September 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Randy Ohman, Teacher, The STEM Academy, NEISD | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing & Education: Understanding the Connection. That is the name of an educators’ workshop I just attended that brought teachers and manufacturers together to share perspectives and opportunities. Panelists talked about workforce needs and what they find in job applicants. Teachers toured facilities ranging...

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Judge Rules BP's Reckless Conduct Caused Gulf Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could...   

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Corbett Announces Low-Interest Loans To Support The Continued Growth Of Manufacturing

September 4, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that new state investments recently approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will support the continued growth of manufacturers and will also support regional efforts to...

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Sutherland Global Services’ CloudSource Solution Selected to Support Video Gaming Console Company

September 4, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sutherland Global Services, the global provider of world-class innovative, analytics-driven business solutions and services, today launched an aggressive recruiting and hiring campaign seeking intermediate to experienced video game enthusiasts with strong customer service skills to provide...

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Trimble Selects Digi-Key to Distribute its Embedded UHF RFID Modules

September 4, 2014 10:49 am | by Trimble | News | Comments

Trimble has announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, to offer ...             

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Anheuser-Busch Converts To Natural Gas Vehicles

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet and supply chain solutions, announced today that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered engines. This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an entire fleet and represents...

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iPhone And iPad Supplier Exploits and Endangers Safety of 20,000 Workers

September 4, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A factory in Suqian, China that makes iPhone and iPad parts was found to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations, as was revealed in a new investigative report.  The investigation was conducted in August 2014 and released...

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million. Chevron said that its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide operations are a better fit at Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC, which...      

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Samtec To Build Scottsburg Factory That Will Employ 300

September 4, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southern Indiana manufacturer of cables and other electronic interconnection products plans to build a new factory in Scottsburg that will employ about 300 workers. The Courier-Journal reports that New Albany-headquartered Samtec, Inc., announced...

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U.S. Investigating Kansas Chemical Company

September 4, 2014 9:37 am | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations that it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, search warrants unsealed Wednesday show. Jacam Chemical Company 2013 contends...

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Chevron Phillips Chemical sells business for $220M

September 4, 2014 7:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million. Chevron said that its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide operations are a better fit at Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC, which is buying its factories and laboratories. Solvay has a strong...

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