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U.S. Issues Commercial Drone Permits To 4 Companies

December 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The new permits bring the total number of...

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Governor: Detroit Bankruptcy Officially Ending

December 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit is formally emerging from bankruptcy, marking the end of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday. Snyder said during a news conference that the city's bankruptcy will officially end at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but that paperwork...

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Advanced Energy Economy Survey Projects Growth For IA Firms

December 10, 2014 12:42 pm | by Advanced Energy Economy Institute | News | Comments

Advanced energy employment in Iowa is more than 22,000 strong and on pace to reach nearly 24,000 jobs in 2015, according to the first-ever comprehensive industry survey conducted for the Advanced Energy EconomyInstitute. The AEE Institute is a nonprofit educational and charitable affiliate of...

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Corner-Over-Corner DrumTumblr

December 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Morse Manufacturing Company | Product Releases | Comments

Morse announces a major advancement for labor-saving, thorough mixing of contents inside drums with the introduction of its new DrumTumblr™. "Corner-Over-Corner" tumbling of drums corrects settling and homogenizes contents. Prevent hazards and worker exposures by not having to open drums...

Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training For New Careers

December 10, 2014 10:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill...

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IAC Celebrates Grand Opening Of AL Manufacturing Operation Expansion

December 10, 2014 10:42 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala. The 126,000 square foot expansion, constructed adjacent to the existing IAC manufacturing plant, expands IAC's Anniston...

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Meet The Jet Engine Powering A $22B GE Business

December 10, 2014 10:32 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

What is the most disruptive idea since the Wall Street Crash of 1929? Bloomberg Businessweek, which turned 85 this fall, picked one idea for every year it’s been publishing, and the jet engine soared to the top of the list, above “The Pill,” Google search, television, e-mail and microchips...

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Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 10, 2014 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to reverse a deep-rooted problem that isn't going to be as...

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Lawmakers To Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make...

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Northern IN Renewable Energy Project To Power 3.2K Homes

December 10, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Services announced today the start of operations at its latest landfill gas-to-energy project. The new six megawatt project at County Line Landfill involves four engines operating at one energy generation facility. The project is capable of generating enough energy to power more...

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BMW Gets New CEO, Another BMW Exec Bails For VW

December 9, 2014 5:34 pm | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday was a day of change at the top of Germany's auto industry. The biggest news: Luxury carmaker BMW AG said its chief executive, Norbert Reithofer, was leaving his post to become board chairman. He's being replaced as CEO by 49-year-old Harald Krueger in what a member of the company's...

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TN Governor Questions UAW Process At VW

December 9, 2014 5:30 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. Volkswagen announced on Monday that an independent...

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Elon Musk’s Big Bet On Battery Technology

December 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Cory Johnson from Bloomberg News discusses how Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disrupting utilities. He discusses the Musk's bet that battery technology will not advance significantly, and that Tesla's $5B gigafactory is to be the largest in the world...

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Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast. And the "almost unspeakable" amount of...

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Company President In Chemical Spill Facing Charges

December 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top executive charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water lied about his role with the company to protect his personal wealth of nearly $8 million from lawsuits, according to an FBI affidavit. Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly told...

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 35.0 percent from September and down 6.2 percent when...

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Short-Term Energy Outlook

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell by more than 15% in November, declining from $85/barrel (bbl) on November 3 to $72/bbl on November 28. Monthly average Brent crude oil prices have declined 29% from their 2014 high of $112/bbl in June to an average of $79/bbl in...

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Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A recent video published by the American Chemical Society unveiled how researchers are trying to create a healthier hot dog. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods? While I am not a fan of the...

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending For IN Plants

December 9, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two transmission factories in central Indiana. The company's plans include expanding production of the eight-speed automatic transmissions built at the Kokomo factories, the Kokomo Tribune reported. The Kokomo City Council voted...

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2015: A Busy Year For OSHA

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow. For starters...

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