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Thor Industries Plans Expansions For 2 Indiana Factories

September 19, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana. Thor Industries says the projects will boost production at its Heartland RV plant in Elkhart and for its Keystone subsidiary in Goshen. Thor officials say it is spending $8 million on...

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Workers Accused Of Stealing Parts From Texas Plant

September 19, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company. The Seguin Police Department says nine people — including the eight workers — were taken into custody on Friday after the owner...

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California Unemployment Rate Stays At 7.4 Percent

September 19, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

California's unemployment rate was unchanged for a third month, holding at 7.4 percent in August, officials said Friday.The state added 44,200 nonfarm jobs during the month, bringing the total to 15.5 million, the California Emloyment Development Department...

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Auto Part Suppliers Unsure Of Medium & Heavy Commerical Vehicles Segment

September 19, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ashutosh Shyam, The Economic Times | Comments

The medium & heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) segment has seen improving sales in the past three months. The expansion, after a prolonged period of falling sales, gives credence to expectations of an economic turnaround and much-needed relief to vehicle manufactures, but...

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CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation. The Day of New London reports that Bill Sheehan, chairman...

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Bibby Financial Provides $1.25M Facility For Apparel Manufacturer

September 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Bibby Financial Services announced today that it has funded a $1.25M non-recourse factoring facility for a California-based apparel manufacturer. This new business saw increased demand for private-label denim, but as a start-up had struggled to...

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FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules For Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the revised rules Friday. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included...

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Production Of New GM Cadillac To Be At Detroit Plant

September 19, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal...

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Chesapeake Utilities To Build Heat, Power Plant In Florida

September 19, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, LLC, is pursuing the development and construction of a combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The plant will be...

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Ohio Unemployment Rate Unchanged For August

September 19, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ohio's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from the previous month, according to state statistics released Friday. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said last month's 5.7 percent unemployment rate was identical to July's, with overall non-agricultural employment increasing by...

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NAM Welcomes Extension Of Internet Tax Moratorium

September 19, 2014 9:40 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy Dorothy Coleman issued this statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved this...

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Alibaba Poised To Surge On The NYSE

September 19, 2014 9:32 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Comments

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba's began trading on the New York Stock Exchange today in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion. The company priced its initial public offering of stock Thursday evening at $68 per share, the top end of the expected...

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Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 18, 2014 5:16 pm | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.United Launch Alliance, a collaboration of two aerospace giants that launches unmanned rockets, announced Wednesday...

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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 18, 2014 4:49 pm | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs. The Manufacturing Skills Act would create an annual $100 million competitive grant to support initiatives that...

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AKM Manufacturing Selects Epicor ERP 10 For Division Integration

September 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced that AKM Manufacturing (AKM) has selected the next-generation...   

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PepsiCo CEO Criticizes NFL

September 18, 2014 2:05 pm | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Comments

PepsiCo Inc.'s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL's problems handling domestic violence, calling some players' behavior "repugnant" but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is "a man of integrity." The boss of the...

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Japanese Automakers Compete With Google For Autonomous Car

September 18, 2014 2:01 pm | by Japan Economic Newswire | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake. With a solid track record of building...

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Reed Exhibitions Japan Organizing Manufacturing World Osaka 2014

September 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd. will be organising Manufacturing World Osaka 2014 - Western Japan’s largest trade show for the manufacturing industry, known as the “must-attend-show” for all people working in the manufacturing industry. 980 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors are expected to participate. As a...

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IL Delays Decision On Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect. The legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules received proposed rules for...

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Deconstructed Locomotive Will Power Nigeria’s Economy

September 18, 2014 12:07 pm | by GE Report | Comments

Nigeria has fast become Africa’s largest economy, but its infrastructure is still lagging. The electrical grid is so unpredictable that many businesses use natural gas to produce their own power. But that’s not enough. Sand and water often clog up pipelines and idle generators...

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