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Fortune Brands To Sell Window Business For $130M

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. The deal is expected to close in October. Fortune Brands ...  

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Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 20, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area. The Fayetteville Observer reports that more than ...       

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The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 5:11 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

The Factories of the Future (FoF) multi-annual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 under Horizon 2020, the European Union (EU) Framework Program for Research and Innovation, sets a vision that echoes ...         

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Attorney General Sues State Farm Over Auto Repairs

August 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melinda Deslatte - Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in...

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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 19, 2014 12:13 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move ...

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of ...

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Defense Grills Plant Manager In Salmonella Trial

August 19, 2014 11:31 am | by Kate Brumback - Associated Press | News | Comments

A defense attorney grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak. Attorney Tom Bondurant on Tuesday questioned Samuel Lightsey, the former manager of a Peanut Corporation of America plant in ...

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HTC Makes Windows Version Of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to ...

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America's First Electric Supercar

August 19, 2014 11:26 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

What looks like a Shelby Daytona Coupé, goes like a 911 Turbo S and uses no traditional fuel? The Renovo Coupe. It's a car bred in Silicon Valley and it's the first American all-electric supercar. After four and a half years of working in secret, the car is ready ...

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Execution Drug Cost Quadruples For Texas Prisons

August 19, 2014 11:06 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. The prison agency in the nation's busiest death penalty state paid ...

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What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?          

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Arkansas Freight Trains Collide

August 19, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided head-on in northeast Arkansas early Sunday, Arkansas State Police said. The collision happened about ...      

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Ingersoll-Rand To Buy Cameron Unit

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ingersoll-Rand PLC said Monday that it has agreed to buy the centrifugal compression business from Cameron International Corp. for $850 million, as it looks to grow its compression business. The business makes equipment and parts that ...  

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Egypt Picks Consortium To Draft Suez Plan

August 19, 2014 10:30 am | by Maggie Michael - Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said. Egyptian authorities say ...

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North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 19, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow. A report released Friday shows oil drillers in the state produced an average of about ...

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Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 19, 2014 10:05 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa, the nation's top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction ...

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U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in ...         

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5 Tips For Manufacturers To Protect Against IP Theft

August 19, 2014 9:24 am | by Salo Fajer, CTO, Digital Guardian by Verdasys | Blogs | Comments

When the Justice Department issued indictments for five Chinese military officers in May it only reinforced the importance the Obama administration has placed on cyber security. He was, after all, the first U.S. President to ...      

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KPS Capital To Sell Waupaca Foundry For $1.3B

August 19, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners plans to sell automotive industry supplier Waupaca Foundry Inc. to Japan's Hitachi Metals Ltd. for $1.3 billion in cash. Waupaca makes gray and ductile iron castings and supplies the ...     

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Lawmakers: Remington Laying Off 105 In New York

August 19, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama. Sen. James Seward of Oneonta and Assemblyman Marc Butler of Herkimer County tell local media that ...

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