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Global Cash Access Aquires Mulitmedia Games

September 8, 2014 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Global Cash Access Holdings is getting into the casino gaming business, spending about $1.2 billion to buy Multimedia Games Holdings.Both companies make machines found on casino floors. GCA makes ATMs and cash-advance kiosks, while...  

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Strategic Alliance Formed To Advance National Biodefense Programs

September 8, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

PharmAthene and Nanotherapeutics, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, have announced that they have formed a Strategic Alliance to advance the development of certain medical countermeasures for the U.S. biodefense market. Under the Alliance Agreement, each company will contribute...

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Stratasys Announces Thermoplastic 3D Printing Material Option

September 8, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced availability of a new thermoplastic material option for its FDM-based production 3D printers: ASA ( Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate). Stratasys ASA thermoplastic's UV resistance is ideal for manufacturers in...

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GE Boosts Focus On Growing Industrial Core With Appliances Sale

September 8, 2014 11:06 am | by GE Report | Comments

GE will sell its Appliances business to Sweden’s Electrolux in a strategic move that boosts the focus on the company’s core industrial units. The $3.3 billion, all-cash deal follows GE’s recent bid to acquire the power and grid businesses of the...

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Conservis Corp Revolutionizing Farm Management

September 8, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Conservis Corporation, the global leader in cloud-based farm management software solutions, announced an initial close on $10 million in Series A financing led by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, a Chicago venture fund that focuses on new and emerging technologies in...

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Sirtex Medical Inc. Expands Business Into Brazil

September 8, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sirtex Medical Inc., a subsidiary of Sirtex Medical Limited, a leading manufacturer of targeted liver cancer therapies, announced today the expansion of its business in Latin America. Sirtex’s SIR-Spheres ® microspheres are now available to treat inoperable liver tumors in Brazil. The first SIR-Spheres microspheres treatments took place...

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Elextrolux To Buy GE Appliances In $3.3B Deal

September 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | Comments

Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, and boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the...

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Advanced Manufacturing Process From EOS Optimizes Aerospace Technology

September 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephanie Cheong, Marketing Manager EOS Singapore | Comments

The latest generation of satellites from Airbus Defence and Space contain special clamps that join the body of the satellite to the feed and sub-reflector assembly at the top end. Clamps manufactured by conventional production methods did not...

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GM To Offer Car That Will Almost Drive Itself

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The company announced Sunday that the semi-autonomous system for freeways will be... 

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Mars Chocolate Recalls Twix Candy Bars

September 8, 2014 9:35 am | by Mars Chocolate North America | Comments

Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60. Fewer than 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain...

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in August as the PMI registered...

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China's Exports Rise To 9.4%, Imports Shrink

September 7, 2014 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

 China's export growth eased in August while imports shrank for the second month in a row. Customs data released Monday showed that exports rose 9.4 percent to $208 billion last month, down from a 14.5 percent expansion in July. Imports contracted...

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Fight Erupts Over New England's Natural Gas

September 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Stephen Singer - Associated Press | Comments

A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England's governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists, and local and state...

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Fines, Hearings Among Lingering Fracking Issues

September 7, 2014 11:31 am | by Tammy Webber - Associated Press | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing...

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Southeast Nebraska Plant To Lay Off 33 Workers

September 6, 2014 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A southeast Nebraska agriculture manufacturing plant will close part of its operations and eliminate more than half its workforce by November. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Agrium plant in Fairbury will eliminate...   

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Pesticide Drift Persistent Problem For Farmers

September 6, 2014 10:31 am | by Steve Karnowski - Associated Press | Comments

The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for...

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NV Assembly Speaker Kirkpatrick To Scrutinize Tesla Deal

September 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by Martin Griffith and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | Comments

Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it's too early to say whether a huge package of tax breaks and incentives needed to land Tesla Motors Inc.'s lithium battery factory will have smooth sailing at a special legislative session next week. The Las Vegas Democrat said Friday she and her colleagues need to scrutinize...

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Tech Companies Appeal Rejection Of Settlement

September 5, 2014 4:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Four tech companies--Apple, Google, Adobe Systems, and Intel--are appealing a judge's rejection of a $324.5 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 60,000 high-tech workers.The lawsuit alleged that...    

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Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Targeted News Service | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. The project is the company's fourth expansion in Water Valley. It represents a company investment of $43 million and will create...

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