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MaxLite Opens New Facility In Anaheim

October 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, expands its U.S. operations with the opening of a new LEED-certified facility recently. The 48,864-square-foot-building increases MaxLite's product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company's first full showroom on the...

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Tesla Barred From Selling Cars In MI

October 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports...

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Manufacturers Resource Center Hosts Reshoring Initiative

October 29, 2014 1:58 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) announced that they will be hosting Mr. Harry Moser, Founder of the National Reshoring Initiative, on November 5th from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hanover Office Plaza, 961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 200, Allentown, PA 18109. All Pennsylvania manufacturers are invited to...

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GM To Invest $63M In MI Car Plant

October 29, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built. The Detroit-based automaker said Wednesday that the expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly will add about 263,000 square feet to the plant. New robotic equipment also...

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Russia, Ukraine Looking For Gas Deliveries Deal

October 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's energy chief is hoping talks between Ukraine and Russia will yield the breakthrough needed to guarantee Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter. After inconclusive talks last week, Wednesday's negotiations...

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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:59 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day. Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy. Minimum wage referendums are on...

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

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Novo Nordisk Hiring For NH Manufacturing Facility

October 29, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company that produces medicines for patients with diabetes, hemophilia, or growth-related disorders, announced plans to hire up to 90 people at its newly-acquired manufacturing plant in West Lebanon, NH. The facility was formerly owned by Olympus...

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SodaStream To Move Its West Bank Factory

October 29, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israeli drink maker SodaStream International Ltd. will relocate a factory next year that activists criticized for being in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a representative said Wednesday. Nirit Hurwitz said that the decision to move the facility to Lehavim in Israel's southern Negev...

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Williams Partners Expects Plant To Start Producing In November

October 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Williams Partners L.P. today announced it expects its expanded Geismar Olefins plant to begin manufacturing ethylene for sale in November. That timeline is consistent with the financial guidance the partnership provided in July. All major construction related to the...

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Is Detroit Manufacturing On The Rise?

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? CNN Money shows film for 'We the Economy', which explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs...

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National Institute For Metalworking Skills Launches Job-Search Website

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. Nimsready.org provides concise information, tools and how-to guides to help employers...

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Heat Exchange Institute Releases Addendum To Deaerator Standard

October 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Cunningham Baron | News | Comments

The 9th edition of Standards and Typical Specifications for Tray-Type Deaerators contains practical information on the design, construction, and operation of tray-type deaerators and is intended to serve as a guide for individuals who design, purchase, and specify these deaerators. This standard has been renamed from its...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

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Cause Sought For Space-Supply Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 4:37 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA and officials from a commercial rocket company are searching for debris and answers following the explosion of a rocket and cargo module that were to deliver supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Bill Wrobel is director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops...

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Google At Work On Cancer-Detecting Pill

October 28, 2014 5:28 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable...

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation Launches Asia Pacific Innovation Center

October 28, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson Innovation today announced the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center, located in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia, and Japan. The Asia Pacific Innovation Center extends the network of Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers in life sciences hotspots around...

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Rentech Commences Start-Up Of Atikokan Wood Pellet Facility

October 28, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rentech, Inc. announced today that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing, and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach...

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A Brief Look At The U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 4:32 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. durable goods numbers fell in August and September, a likely temporary dip in the market. As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in...

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Digi-Key's 2014 European Sales Revenue Hits Record Level

October 28, 2014 4:28 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery, today announced exceptionally strong growth in Europe, averaging 26-percent growth year-over-year across the entire region. The company attributes this rapid sales...

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