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Chicago Says Coal Facility Will Shut Down

September 25, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company embroiled for the past year in legal skirmishes over piles of petroleum coke and coal products on Chicago's southeast side will close its facility and pay a $50,000 fine for violating a cease-and-desist order, city officials said...

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Grainger's Minooka DC LEEDing By Example

September 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | News | Comments

It should be no surprise that a $9+ billion company like Grainger has the ambition to think big. The company’s Minooka, IL branch--a one million square foot central stocking distribution center--has all the finishing touches of a top-of-the-line, premium efficiency...

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Victims Of GM Recall Given Choice To Settle Or Fight In Court

September 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle. Among them were the families of two...

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Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an...

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Siemens Powers First Flex-Plant In Texas

September 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy Inc. dedicated the Panda Temple Power Project in Temple, Texas. This is the first Flex-Plant in commercial operation in Texas. Siemens Energy supplied the natural-gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in consortium with its...

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Vortex International Expands Manufacturing Facility To Meet Global Demand

September 25, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, has announced that it will expand its manufacturing plant. Groundbreaking will be held Sept 25. The expansion, adding...

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5 Things To Know When Sharing Information In Food Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Part of the recently held Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Fall Sales Conference held in Milwaukee, WI from September 8-10, was a presentation from Kevin Ward, sales manager for Food Manufacturing--one of the leading brands in Advantage Business Media’s Manufacturing Group. Attendees included owners, presidents, and...

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The IoT Uplink: The Human Connection To Big Data And The Internet Of Things

September 25, 2014 12:43 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

As manufacturers continue to warm up to the idea of the internet of things, big data, and using the cloud, questions of security and visibility have continually emerged. In this industry, there isn’t much room for error, if any, so management teams and software experts have been working to make ...

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Photos Of The Day: UPS Worldport At A Glance

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | News | Comments

Besides all the automation, Worldport houses an army of sorters, flight technicians and directors, pilots, and even a team of meteorologists to keep logistics moving in the wee hours of the morning ...        

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UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 11:09 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

UPS recently gave me a tour of the company’s 5.2 million square foot Worldport facility in Louisville, KY. This overnight shipping/sorting facility accepts, sorts, and reloads at a rate of 416,000 packages per hour (that’s 115 packages a second). With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport on a daily basis, this facility is ...

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Getting More Entrenched In Your Supply Chain Is A Few Clicks Away

September 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Being stuck in the middle is often a bad thing. But what if you’re not stuck? What if, instead, you’re entrenched? An entrenched distributor, for example, would likely be in the driver’s seat, capable of straddling manufacturers and customers and calling the shots to...

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1 Injured In Plastic Manufacturing Plant Explosion

September 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says the person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's condition...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Rise To 293K

September 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose...

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India Releases Image Of Mars Craters

September 25, 2014 8:45 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | News | Comments

India's space agency released a blurry image of Mars pockmarked with giant craters, taken by the nation's first interplanetary spacecraft after it began orbiting the red planet. The image released Thursday was taken while the Martian Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was about...

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Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent In August

September 25, 2014 8:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft. But orders in a key category that tracks business investment plans posted a gain. The Commerce Department says that orders for durable goods fell...

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India Launches Campaign To Boost Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

India's prime minister has launched a campaign to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy. The "Make in India" campaign is as much a slick marketing campaign as it is a promise to streamline bureaucracy and make India investor friendly. Prime Minister...

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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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