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Weak Demand, Plentiful Supply Drive Decline In Oil Prices

September 25, 2014 5:57 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil prices have remained under the symbolic $100/barrel level since September 5, falling to $94.13/barrel this afternoon, the lowest level in more than two years. Prices have declined almost $21 (18%) from the 2014 daily peak of $115/barrel on...

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ShipCarsNow Wins EPA Award For Leadership In Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

September 25, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their...

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Gold Mine Firm Pays Fine For Not Reporting Pollution

September 25, 2014 4:44 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | Comments

The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground. The U.S....

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Duke Energy To Build Solar Plant In NC

September 25, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy says it plans to build a solar plant in Bladen County. The Fayetteville Observer reports the utility said Arizona-based Phoenix Solar is the contractor, and the solar panels will be manufactured by Yingli Solar. A Duke spokesman said...

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Brew U? University Launches Beer-Making Program

September 25, 2014 4:07 pm | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press | Comments

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant this week announced plans to...

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Old Forester Bourbon Distillery Planned For Louisville

September 25, 2014 4:00 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. is returning to its roots to build a distillery to produce Old Forester bourbon, its founding brand. The company revealed its plans Thursday to invest about $30 million to transform two historic buildings into the production facility and tourist attraction along...

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Drone Use For Filmmaking Wins FAA Approval

September 25, 2014 3:47 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday. Dozens of other industries are...

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Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Chrysler Group, LLC | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an average of an additional...

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Victory Packaging Receives Global Standard For Storage And Distribution Certification

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Victory Packaging is pleased to announce that its storage and distribution warehouse located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has received certification from British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Scheme recognized by the...

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Chicago Says Coal Facility Will Shut Down

September 25, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company embroiled for the past year in legal skirmishes over piles of petroleum coke and coal products on Chicago's southeast side will close its facility and pay a $50,000 fine for violating a cease-and-desist order, city officials said...

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Grainger's Minooka DC LEEDing By Example

September 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

It should be no surprise that a $9+ billion company like Grainger has the ambition to think big. The company’s Minooka, IL branch--a one million square foot central stocking distribution center--has all the finishing touches of a top-of-the-line, premium efficiency...

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Victims Of GM Recall Given Choice To Settle Or Fight In Court

September 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle. Among them were the families of two...

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Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an...

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Siemens Powers First Flex-Plant In Texas

September 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy Inc. dedicated the Panda Temple Power Project in Temple, Texas. This is the first Flex-Plant in commercial operation in Texas. Siemens Energy supplied the natural-gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in consortium with its...

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Vortex International Expands Manufacturing Facility To Meet Global Demand

September 25, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, has announced that it will expand its manufacturing plant. Groundbreaking will be held Sept 25. The expansion, adding...

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Photos Of The Day: UPS Worldport At A Glance

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Besides all the automation, Worldport houses an army of sorters, flight technicians and directors, pilots, and even a team of meteorologists to keep logistics moving in the wee hours of the morning ...        

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1 Injured In Plastic Manufacturing Plant Explosion

September 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says the person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's condition...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Rise To 293K

September 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose...

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India Releases Image Of Mars Craters

September 25, 2014 8:45 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | Comments

India's space agency released a blurry image of Mars pockmarked with giant craters, taken by the nation's first interplanetary spacecraft after it began orbiting the red planet. The image released Thursday was taken while the Martian Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was about...

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Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent In August

September 25, 2014 8:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft. But orders in a key category that tracks business investment plans posted a gain. The Commerce Department says that orders for durable goods fell...

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