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Lockheed Celebrates 50 Years In Colorado Springs

August 16, 2014 2:28 am | by Wayne Heilman - The Gazette - Associated Press | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. came to Colorado Springs in 1965 to help get the North American Aerospace Defense Command up and running, and almost five decades later, the defense giant still holds a contract that includes work at the Cheyenne Mountain facility as the...

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Chinese Man Accused Of Hacking For Defense Data

August 15, 2014 7:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies. City News Service says Su Bin was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized...

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Governor Extends Tax Credit To Northrop Grumman

August 15, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that extends a $420 million state tax credit to aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. after approving a similar deal for its competitor, Lockheed Martin Corp. Brown's office announced Friday that he ...

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Alabama Jobless Rate Jumps To 7 Percent For July

August 15, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7 percent last month, keeping joblessness in the state well above the national average, according to figures released Friday. The July unemployment rate, announced by Gov. Robert Bentley's office, was ...  

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Firm To Open Manufacturing Plant In VA

August 15, 2014 3:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Equipment manufacturer Mayville Engineering Company Inc. is planning to invest $10 million at a new facility in Smyth County, VA, creating 160 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that the company will expand its ...      

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Report Shows Adoption Of M2M On The Rise

August 15, 2014 12:57 pm | by Vodafone | Comments

Vodafone has announced findings for the Americas from its second annual ‘M2M Adoption Barometer’, a global survey of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market. The study finds that M2M adoption has increased by more than 80 percent globally in the last year and predicts that ...

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Briggs & Stratton Buying Maker Of Light Towers

August 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is acquiring a Nebraska company that makes towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar-powered arrow boards. Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton said Thursday it agreed to ...    

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Coca-Cola Bets On Energy Drinks With Monster Stake

August 15, 2014 12:46 pm | Comments

Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, with the world's biggest soda maker hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. The Atlanta-based company said ...      

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Chiquita Rejects New $611M Takeover Bid

August 15, 2014 12:41 pm | Comments

Banana distributor Chiquita Brands says it is rejecting the $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and the Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group. Chiquita says ...        

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Ex-Peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 12:33 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | Comments

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after ...      

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Survey: One In Five Manufacturers Have Lost IP To Security Breaches

August 15, 2014 12:28 pm | by Kaspersky Lab | Comments

According to a survey of businesses IT managers worldwide, 21 percent of manufacturers suffered a loss of intellectual property (IP) within the past year. Malware was the most common cause of data loss incidents for manufactures, although other types ...

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Deere To Lay Off 600 At Midwest Sites

August 15, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as ...

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Walmart And The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation In American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 9:38 am | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of ...       

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U.S. Factory Output Surges In July

August 15, 2014 9:31 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals. The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to ...

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls Again In July

August 15, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent, the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate and a six-year low, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security. The July figure represents a ...

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Missouri Utility Still Interested In Nuclear

August 15, 2014 4:39 am | by Jacob Barker - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Associated Press | Comments

Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri's first and only nuclear power plant, there's an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built.Union Electric — the utility now known as Ameren Missouri — envisioned an $839 million, two-reactor facility when ...

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Mattress Maker Bringing 300 Jobs To Indiana

August 15, 2014 4:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

State officials say mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. will locate a new manufacturing plant and distribution facility near Plainfield, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2015. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the Lexington, Kentucky-based company will ...

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84 MPG Car Gets Closer To Production

August 15, 2014 3:31 am | by Dee-ann Durbin - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but ...        

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NJ-Based Toy Company Opening New Plant

August 14, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A New Jersey-based toy company is opening a facility in Fairfield County to supply Wal-Mart Stores. Enor Corp. announced plans Thursday to make toys at a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, creating 151 jobs. Hiring starts ...

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Scientists Racing To Test Ebola Vaccines In Humans

August 14, 2014 6:28 pm | by Matthew Perrone - Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a disease so rare that ...

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