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SEC Filing: Duke Energy Says It Expects To Settle Criminal Probe

February 18, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant. The details are contained in an earnings report filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

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NAM Partners With Ecolab To Support Manufacturers Nationwide

February 18, 2015 10:20 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today named Ecolab Inc. an exclusive Manufacturing Partner to provide thought leadership at NAM regional and national events and engage with manufacturing executives nationwide. "Ecolab has consistently been an industry leader in providing water...

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Report: High Chemical Levels Found In Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group. Fracking operations use a highly pressurized solution to crack shale rock and access oil or...

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U.S. Factory Output Rose A Modest 0.2% In January

February 18, 2015 10:04 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production edged up last month as manufacturers cranked out more computers, clothing, steel and other metals, offsetting declines in autos and aerospace. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that factory production increased 0.2 percent in January, after a flat reading in December. The data suggests...

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Re-Skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

February 18, 2015 9:40 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side. As more and more companies migrate toward increased connectivity on...  

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Fiery Derailment Should Reignite Rail, Pipeline Debate

February 18, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This most recent crude-by-rail disaster wasn’t quite the major catastrophe many have feared. But it got close. Real close. On Monday, a train carrying more than a 100 tankers of crude oil derailed and sent an atomic-looking fireball into the sky. One witness reported to the BBC that the locomotive of the...

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Did NSA Plant Spyware In Computers Shipped Abroad?

February 17, 2015 6:30 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other targets under surveillance abroad? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified malicious programs or worms...

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Quartz Surface Manufacturing Plant Expanding In GA

February 17, 2015 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures quartz surfaces is planning to expand a plant near Savannah. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that Caesarstone is planning to expand its plant in Richmond Hill and create 130 jobs. Deal said in a statement that the company is expanding its U.S. manufacturing...

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Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent In 2014

February 17, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year. That's according to data compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit The Solar Foundation, which...

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Sansa Security Joins The Industrial Internet Consortium

February 17, 2015 4:14 pm | by Sansa Security | News | Comments

Sansa Security, a provider of embedded security technologies, today announced that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the hopes of accelerating the growth of the industrial Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The IIC brings together nearly 140 members from various industries including...

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WV Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy At Crossroads

February 17, 2015 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case of Freedom Industries, whose January 2014 chemical spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days. The Charleston Gazette reports Judge Ronald Pearson scheduled a March 3 status conference in...

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced To Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 17, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. A news release says 54-year-old Mark Kershey of Akron was sentenced to 58 months Friday. He was the Orrville, Ohio, company's chief...

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Judge: Oil, Gas Firms Not Liable For LA Coastal Erosion

February 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana's coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they...

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3 Steps For Evolving IoT Architectures

February 17, 2015 3:10 pm | by Jack Tison, SVP Emerging Business, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

As the Internet of Things (IoT) moves into the industrial space, studies show 86 percent of manufacturers are investing in IoT as they go after an estimated $4 trillion in benefits for manufacturing applications. Why now? The cost of sensors, networking, storage and computing have dropped...

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Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold For Overtime Exemption

February 17, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements. Under current guidelines, employers may exempt salaried workers earning at least $23,660 annually from requirements that they pay overtime rates for more...

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VW Certifies UAW Alternative Group At TN Plant

February 17, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volkswagen has certified a group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, setting the stage for the group's continued showdowns with the United Autoworkers union. The ACE formed at the plant as an alternative to the UAW, which had long sought...

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Families: Send Suit Against Gun Manufacturer To State Court

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding. The families and shooting survivor Natalie Hammond...

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MI Governor Puts Renewed Emphasis On Blue-Collar Jobs

February 17, 2015 1:31 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only a few short years ago, Michigan leaders talked excitedly about diversifying the state's economy beyond the auto industry, envisioning a Silicon Valley-style workforce that would be less dependent on manufacturing and more invested in technology and green...

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Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite At Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 12:14 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline. A refinery strike, however, would seem...

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Growing Pains: Oil Boom Turns Prairie School To Melting Pot

February 17, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Every morning as principal Brad Foss arrives at his school — after just a 60-second commute — he's reminded of oil's giant footprint in this town. There's the revolving-door student roster that reads like random pages of a school atlas: Jiang from China, Emma from Utah, Jose from Guatemala, Omar from Arizona...

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