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GE Appoints Four New Officers

November 21, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE announced today the appointment of four new Company officers. GE has 196 officers globally who lead large revenue-generating businesses or are in critical technology or functional roles, helping to drive growth. Harel Kodesh, 56, has been named...

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Japan Orders Air Bag Maker To Conduct Probe

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to...

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NAM CEO: Congress Must Take Action On Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014 9:22 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement following President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration: “Today’s announcement further underscores that congressional action is critically needed on immigration...

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Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 6:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding Takata air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. During a Thursday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee,...

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged In Oct

November 20, 2014 4:00 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay. The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said...

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Honda: Apology, Admission In Air Bag Hearing

November 20, 2014 3:44 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality, said the...

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Nominee For Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for nodding off at the wheel. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist...

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Takata Quality Chief Shuns National Air Bag Recall

November 20, 2014 1:59 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary. In testimony before the Commerce Committee, Senior Vice President of Quality Hiroshi Shimizu said recalls should be limited to...

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NAM: Coalition Representing U.S. Economy Calls For Extension Of Temporary Tax Provisions

November 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

More than 500 organizations representing millions of individuals, businesses of all sizes and community development and nonprofit organizations delivered a letter to Congress today urging policymakers to work together during the lame-duck session to extend seamlessly, enhance...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall To 291K

November 20, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid. Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a...

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts 0.9% October Gain

November 20, 2014 11:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in October at the fastest pace in three months. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.9 percent last month following a 0.7 percent rise in September, which had been initially reported...

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EPA Approves 2 Permits For TX Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi...

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General Mills CEO: Water Conservation Is Critical

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Wednesday evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company's efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business. He shared the company's journey of "uber-collaboration" with...

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NAM: Manufacturers Call On Congress To End Tax Hike

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Manufacturers hosted a press conference call Nov 19 to discuss the urgent need for lawmakers to pass a long-delayed bipartisan jobs bill—the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB is critical legislation that would support job creation, spur economic growth and enhance manufacturers’ global...

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VA To Re-Examine Spaceport Deal After Explosion

November 20, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate a memorandum of understanding and launch services agreement...

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Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 10:33 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity jumped to 40.8 in November from 20.7 in...

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Michelin Making Airless Tires At Its 10th SC Plant

November 20, 2014 6:06 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | Comments

Michelin's 10th plant in South Carolina, opening Thursday, will produce the company's innovative airless radial tire and develop the concept's future generations, company officials told The Associated Press in advance of a news conference. Commercial production of the Tweel, named to reflect the...

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China Manufacturing Activity At 6-Month Low

November 19, 2014 10:07 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

Manufacturing activity in China fell to a six-month low in November, reflecting sluggishness in the world No. 2 economy and weakness abroad, according to an early survey of factory conditions released Thursday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index fell to 50.0 this month from 50.4 in...

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New "Center For Workforce Technology Education" Opens In NJ

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | Comments

There are about 2 million U.S. manufacturing jobs that go unfilled because of shortfalls in skills, training or education. Festo – which services 300,000 customers in 176 countries internationally – is unveiling a workforce technology education center in...

State Releases Proposed Air Quality Rules

November 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Proposed state regulations for meeting federal air quality standards include limits on what could be burned in wood stoves. In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and...

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