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Spectrum To Buy Procter & Gamble's Remaining Pet Care Business

September 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Procter & Gamble Company today announced that Spectrum Brands has agreed to buy IAMS ® and EUKANUBA ® brands in Europe for an undisclosed amount.In April, P&G announced the sale to Mars, Inc. of 80% of its global Pet Care business, including...

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Mexio: Alert Over Mine Spill Into River To AZ

September 22, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a binational alert over contamination from a copper mine that spilled into a waterway that flows into the U.S. state of Arizona.Carlos Jesus Arias is director of the Sonora state civil protection agency. He said Monday that contamination from...

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Tips For Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by Kara Simon | Comments

When manufacturing operations get behind and deliverables don’t meet the schedule, it impacts every internal and external department from assembly line to warehouse to transportation, and so on. Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for...

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Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 4:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base. The factory, which is the only N-type solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Texas, will create...

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GM Expert: 21 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 22, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have...

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Apex Plastics Expands Manufacturing Facility To Accommodate Growth

September 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Extrusion plastics blow molder, Apex Plastics, announced the opening of its newly remodeled and expanded manufacturing facility at 570 S. Main Street in Brookfield, Missouri. The expansion includes 2,000 sq. ft. of additional office space and 2,500 sq. ft. of added warehouse and...

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International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Names Top Distributors In Foodservice

September 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) announced the winners of the 8th Annual Distributor Awards. The prestigious awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. The winners will be celebrated at Presidents Conference, Nov. 2-5, 2014, co-hosted by...

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Siemens To Acquire Dresser-Rand For $7.6B

September 22, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

German electronics and engineering company Siemens AG has reached a deal to acquire oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion. Under the deal announced early Monday in Germany, Siemens will pay $83 per common share of Dresser-Rand Group Inc., $3.09 more than the...

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TTM Technologies To Acquire Viasystems Group

September 22, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

TTM Technologies, Inc. and Viasystems Group, Inc. today announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which TTM will acquire all outstanding shares of Viasystems for a combined consideration of $11.33 in cash and 0.706 shares of TTM common stock, which...

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Oil Producer Unveils New Formation

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer. Continental Resources Inc. said western Oklahoma's Springer Shale deposit is in the heart of the...

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'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 1:47 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. But a safety advocate says the recall doesn't cover enough models, contending the same problem can happen in millions of other...

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Groundbreaking Planned For Arkansas Steel Mill

September 22, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials will break ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill that's promised to be an economic boon for northeast Arkansas.A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Monday near Osceola, where the Big River Steel mill is being built. The project is expected to bring about...

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Indiana UAW Approves Lear Corp Contract

September 22, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.The United Auto Workers said in a statement that...

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Axiall Investigates Plant Accident That Injured 4

September 22, 2014 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An Axiall Corp. spokesman says the company is investigating an accident at its Natrium plant that injured four workers. Axiall spokesman Tony Ventry tells media outlets that two employees remain hospitalized at the West Penn Burn Center in Pennsylvania with what are...

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SpaceX Launches First 3-D Printer Bound For Orbit

September 22, 2014 11:05 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | Comments

A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of space station supplies for NASA. Dragon should reach the...

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Tesco Suspends Execs Over Inflated Profit Report

September 22, 2014 10:43 am | by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press | Comments

Tesco, the world's second-largest supermarket chain after Walmart, has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by 250 million pounds ($407 million). The scandal deepens the financial woes...

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2015 Superbowl To Be Played Under LED Lights

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Syracuse-based company, the facility will be the first NFL venue to...

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Sciaky Provides Turnkey Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing System To Lockheed Martin

September 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Phillips Service Industries, Inc. | Comments

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing solutions, announced today that it recently received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. The EBAM system will help...

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CSA Group Announces Energy Efficiency Verification Program For Small Electric Motors

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today officially announced an expansion to its scope of accreditation as a nationally recognized testing laboratory for small electric motors to the...

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The Panama Canal Is Opening Up To A Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:16 am | by GE Report | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion. When work is completed...

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