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Mobile Revolution Shakes Up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 12:12 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to...

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Governor Announces Expansion To Help Create Jobs In New York

October 7, 2014 11:58 am | by U.S. Official News | Comments

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Advanced Atomization Technologies, the joint venture between Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation, will expand and update its manufacturing facility and office building to accommodate an increased demand for...

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Scientists Behind Blue LED Breakthrough Win Nobel

October 7, 2014 11:51 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, The Associated Press | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens, and smartphones...

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KS Supreme Court Rules On FedEx Ground Drivers

October 7, 2014 11:46 am | by Leonard Carder | Comments

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for...

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GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 7, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves, among other... 

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Panasonic, Coronal Group Acquire Solar Project

October 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. announced that it teamed up with Coronal Group LLC to acquire the 6 MW Balsam Lake Solar Project from Balsam Lake Green Energy. The project, based in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, is part of the Ontario...

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U.S. Industrial Manufacturers Forecast Solid Growth

October 7, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Optimism regarding projected company revenue growth increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the third quarter of 2014, according to the Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released today by PwC US.  Survey respondents forecast an average...

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Mirror, Mirror: Testing 3D Printing For Space

October 7, 2014 9:31 am | by European Space Agency | Comments

Global space agencies have prioritised additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, as a technology with the potential to transform the way space missions are put together. But what still needs to be done to ensure 3D-printed products...

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Robots Display Japan's Latest Technology

October 7, 2014 6:42 am | by Haruka Nuga - Associated Press | Comments

A smartphone-controlled dinosaur, synchronized cheerleaders, and a ping pong-playing spider are some of the robot technology showcased at the CEATEC Japan electronics exhibition. Exhibitors used such attention-grabbing gadgets to showcase...

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Boeing To Add 700 Jobs In St. Louis

October 6, 2014 6:43 pm | by Alan Scher Zagier - Associated Press | Comments

The bevy of elected officials and business leaders disappointed by Boeing Co.'s decision earlier this year to build a new commercial airplane on the West Coast rather than in Missouri received a consolation prize Monday. The aircraft manufacturer and...

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Chrysler CEO Talks Future Of Jeep With OH Governor

October 6, 2014 4:51 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | Comments

Ohio's governor and the mayor of the state's fourth-largest city talked with the head of Chrysler over the weekend about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when...

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GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

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Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit

October 6, 2014 3:44 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the...

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Cutler Proposes Plans To Save Bucksport Mill

October 6, 2014 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is calling on the owner of a closing Bucksport paper mill to preserve the mill so it can be sold to a new operator. Cutler sent a letter to Verso Paper Corp. President David Paterson on Monday also asking Paterson to "operate and maintain" the mill's...

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Polyester Fiber Company Opening GA Plant

October 6, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new polyester fiber manufacturing company is opening a facility in northwest Georgia and is expecting to create 114 new jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement Monday that PolyTech Fibers is planning to invest more than $12 million over...

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Why Sustainability Makes Better Business Sense

October 6, 2014 2:30 pm | by Grant Thornton | Comments

The infographic is based on answers from 189 respondents collected in April and May 2014 from C-suite and senior leaders in food and beverage retail, manufacturing/supply, and wholesaler/distribution/brokerage sectors. Participants included... 

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Key Indicators Of Japanese Automakers' Economic Contributions To U.S. Reach Record Highs

October 6, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Today, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) USA office released new 2013 figures showing record-high economic contributions to the United States. The 2013 key data highlights significant increases in Japanese-branded automobile...

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GT Advanced Tech Files For Bankruptcy Protection

October 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

GT Advanced Technologies, which announced last year that it would supply scratch-resistant sapphire materials to Apple, said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Merrimack, New Hampshire, company said it is trying to...

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OH Firm To Redevelop Former GM Factory

October 6, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A national design firm with local headquarters has signed on to redevelop a former Dayton-area General Motors factory into an 800-job automotive glass plant operated by a Chinese company. Woolpert, headquartered in Dayton, on Monday announced an agreement...

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Volvo Plant to Cut CO2 Emissions More Than 40%

October 6, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mark De Mey, Volvo Car Group | Comments

Two of the largest companies in the Nordic region, Volvo Car Group, the global car company, and Stora Enso, the global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant in Belgium by over 40 percent, underlining...

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