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Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How To Use It

September 15, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Economist Intelligence Unit | Comments

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it. Manufacturing and the data conundrum: Too much? Too little? Or just right?, commissioned by Wipro, examines...

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AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 15, 2014 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion late Sunday afternoon, blowing out metal doors at the front of...

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When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About It?

September 15, 2014 4:16 pm | by Dr. David Michaels | Comments

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also...

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United Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Fly New, Longer Dreamliner

September 15, 2014 3:51 pm | by GE Report | Comments

The Dreamliner is growing up. A new, longer version of the plane powered by a pair of GEnx jet engines recently landed an FAA certification. In September, Boeing delivered the bigger jet to United Airlines, the first carrier to...  

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The Future Of Chemicals: Natural Supply Chains

September 15, 2014 3:42 pm | by Rohit Singh and Marc Waco | Comments

In an increasingly complex and challenging climate, chemical companies are facing a combination of shifting market forces and an increasingly heterogeneous customer set. Many organizations are focusing solely on all-out growth or across-the-board cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to...

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"An American Renaissance": Why Your Manufacturing Company Is Worth More Than You Think

September 15, 2014 3:24 pm | by Scott Sims | Comments

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors. Changing economic tides, a shortage of sellers, and trillions of investor dollars on the sidelines add up to...

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Customer Demands Put Manufacturers On A Roller Coaster

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Infor | Comments

The manufacturing sector has not been spared from the changing face of customer expectations when it comes to pricing, delivery, and quality. However, in confronting these challenges, manufacturers have learned a number of best practices...

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Vermont's Largest City Runs Entirely On Renewable Sources

September 15, 2014 2:38 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | Comments

Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With little fanfare, the...    

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Nissan Sponsers 'National Drive Electric Week'

September 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

More than 60,000 U.S. consumers have “kicked gas” and are now driving the all-electric Nissan LEAF. To celebrate National Drive Electric Week, held Sept. 15-21, Nissan is the exclusive automotive sponsor for more than 130 grassroots events scheduled for...

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KONE To Add Light Manufacturing To AllenPlace

September 15, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, will build and occupy a light manufacturing facility in AllenPlace and will add 80 new positions to the facility, the company and Allen Economic Development Corporation announced today. KONE will expand...

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GM Expert Says 19 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 15, 2014 1:43 pm | Comments

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims due to... 

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GE Aviation Plans New Plant

September 15, 2014 1:39 pm | by Chelsey Levingston | Comments

New plans for another GE Aviation manufacturing facility in the United States have emerged this week, as it was revealed that the Ohio-based jet engine maker will open a second plant for the production of ceramic composite materials. GE Aviation announced in 2013 plans...

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Chemical Industry Tries To Shape Regulations

September 15, 2014 11:54 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | Comments

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for states to enact...

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Airbus Officials Meet With Ohio Businesses

September 15, 2014 11:47 am | Comments

Officials of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus planned to meet Monday with representatives of nearly 100 Ohio companies to talk about doing more business with them.Airbus officials arranged the meeting with companies at a procurement conference in suburban Dayton to promote...

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Nucor Buying Gallatin Steel For About $770M

September 15, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest. Taking out an anticipated tax benefit, the purchase price is approximately $630 million, the company said on Monday. Nucor is purchasing...

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Dominion Plans To Acquire Two California Solar Energy Projects

September 15, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dominion announced an agreement to acquire two solar energy projects totaling 42 megawatts from EDF Renewable Energy, one of North America's largest independent power producers and renewable energy project developers. The acquisitions of the California projects are expected to close in...

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2001 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says...

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Detroit Bankruptcy Trial May Be Suspended Again

September 15, 2014 11:03 am | by Ed White, Associated Press | Comments

The city of Detroit says it has ironed out details of a settlement with a major opponent in its bankruptcy case.The disclosure was made as a judge resumed the trial Monday after a three-day break. The timeout allowed Detroit and bond insurer Syncora to finish...

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U.S. Factory Output Drops 0.4% In August

September 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants fell 0.4 percent in August after a 0.7 percent...

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European Space Agency Picks Comet Landing Site

September 15, 2014 6:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency says it has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a maneuver that is one of the key elements of a decade-long mission. The Paris-based agency plans to drop the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander, called Philae, from its Rosetta space probe...

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