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GE Mobile Turbines Help Baja Rebuild After Deadly Hurricane

October 22, 2014 | by GE Reports | Comments

When Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula in mid-September, it quickly became one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in Mexico. It killed five people, stranded thousands of tourists, and left almost everyone on the peninsula without power. The beautiful, rugged coastline...

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Union Says Ford Picks Mexico Over Ontario For Engine Plant

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Unifor says Ford Motor Co. has decided to build its new engine in Mexico after it was unable to reach a deal with the federal and Ontario governments. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the union is disappointed the company and the...

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EU Reaches Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 24, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Corder & Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | Comments

European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate negotiations...

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Procter & Gamble Spinning Off Duracell

October 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by Michelle Chapman & Candice Choi, AP Business Writers | Comments

Procter & Gamble is removing its batteries and making Duracell a stand-alone company. The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over...

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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a...

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One Company Is All In For A Robot Race To The Moon

October 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

The space exploration company Astrobotic wants to be your robot’s cheap ticket to the moon. The aerospace innovator is planning to start flying missions there in summer 2016. Its lander-in-development, called Griffin, will have enough room on board to take four robotic rovers and scientific...

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Food Giants Spend Big Money To Defeat GMO Labeling

October 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | Comments

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to...

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Manufacturers Announce Plans To Invest And Recruit

October 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions, and expand premises. DPE Automotive is buying new machinery to double its press capacity after completing a management buy-out which has saved...

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Amazon's 3Q Loss Gives Disappointing Holiday Forecast

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast. Investors are increasingly irked by Amazon's strategy of investing heavily...

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Ford Profit Falls In 3Q On Truck Costs

October 24, 2014 9:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is...

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UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge In December Shipments

October 24, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up. The company recently is hiring up to 95,000 people to handle the tremendous volume this year, way up from the 55,000 seasonal workers it hired in 2013. Major U.S. shipping...

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CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology For Police

October 24, 2014 4:36 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where...

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Alcoa To Sell Ownership Stake Of Smelter

October 23, 2014 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company for $67.5 million in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3 percent by Alcoa and 49.7 percent by...

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Renewable Energy Group Completes Biorefinery Upgrades

October 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. celebrated Thursday the completion of upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of raw materials. Several state and local government and business leaders were on hand for...

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New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 23, 2014 4:26 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a...

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OR Investigates Discrimination Claims At Plant

October 23, 2014 3:56 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered...

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Discovery Of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday morning. She says the plant "is taking every precaution to protect the...

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Fuel Costs Ease, U.S. Airline Profits Soar

October 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | Comments

Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines, and a chunk of credit goes to those savings at the pump. Fuel is an airline's...

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts In 3Q

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year. Shares rose nearly 4 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The company has wrestled with a slowing global economy and took a restructuring charge...

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Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.The Atlanta-based company said it will reach its cost-cutting goal by 2019 through a variety of measures, such as restructuring its global supply chain. It did not specify how...

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Gulfstream Jets Get Smarter

October 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Large passenger jets are pretty much all alike, but each private jet is different in its own way. “We now make it a bit easier for customers to stand out,” says Vic Bonneau, president of GE Aviation’s Electrical Power Business. Bonneau and his team have decided to...

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