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Natural Gas Storage Tank Explosion Injures 4

September 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said. The blast occurred as a maintenance crew was cleaning out the tank in the desert about 30 miles northwest of Green River, Lincoln County Sherrif's Office...

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Delphi Acquires Antaya, Expands Automotive Business

September 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business. Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the...

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Aleris To Add Capabilities To KY Aluminum Rolling Mill

September 24, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Aleris announced today that it will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.  The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of...

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GE To Give Penn State $10M For Gas Drilling Center

September 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | Comments

Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research. Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the center will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by...

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Panasonic Manufactures Robot For Eldercare

September 24, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed. Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in... 

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Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Today, from its Charlotte Energy Hub, Siemens announced it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division, which serves thousands of students and commercial companies annually. CPCC will use the...

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European Companies Allowed To Reap Rewards From Deadly Conflict Mineral Trade

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Amnesty International | Comments

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, ahead of weak draft legislation being discussed in the European Parliament. A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are...

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Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine For First Time

September 24, 2014 6:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship. Engineers and technicians have spent months testing systems and preparing for lighting the marine turbines, which are similar...

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India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 3:44 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the...

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Cascade Operations Partially Resume After Fire

September 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cascades announced that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to...

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SpaceX Breaks Ground On Launch Site

September 23, 2014 5:06 pm | by Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | Comments

The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes and crabs skittering around a tent erected for the...

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U.S. Cracks Down On Companies Going Overseas

September 23, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A handful of big companies pursuing overseas mergers to lower their tax bills came under pressure Tuesday after the U.S. unveiled rules to discourage them. The Treasury Department announced new regulations on Monday aimed at making these...

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Great Northern Paper Files For Bankruptcy

September 23, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Great Northern Paper Co. LLC has filed for bankruptcy. The Portland Press Herald reports that the company, which has faced significant financial challenges for years, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Tuesday. The move may allow the company to pay its...

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HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 23, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels. With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for...

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GE Compression Technology Supporting Total S.A. Refinery Expansion

September 23, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE Oil & Gas today announced that it will provide France-based energy company Total S.A. with a variety of compressors for a refinery off-gas (ROG) expansion project at its Antwerp, Belgium, refinery complex. The project is part of Total’s $1.3 billion overall investment to...

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Citidal Partners Acquires Lexel Imaging

September 23, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Citidal Partners LLC, a privately held Detroit based company, has announced today that it has acquired Lexel Imaging Systems Inc.Lexel Imaging Systems Inc. is a world-class manufacturer of special purpose cathode ray tubes, direct view storage tubes, displays, and phosphor coated substrates. Lexel Imaging Systems Inc. was...

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Reduce Lift Truck Damage To Plant

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steel King | Comments

Like busy freeways, plants and warehouses have had to squeeze more traffic into less space as the cost of real estate has risen over the years. With more product and equipment packed tighter, operating with more just-in-time logistics, the risk of...

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PMI For July Is Highest Since April 2011

September 23, 2014 11:43 am | by Tia Nowak, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded...

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Philips To Separate Lighting Arm Into New Company

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Royal Philips NV says it will spin off its lighting division and the rest of its operations into two separate companies, continuing a radical reshaping of one of Europe's best-known corporations. Tuesday's announcement follows the decision in June to spin off its lighting components arm, and it...

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GM To Move Cadillac Brand HQ To NYC

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to those living lives of luxury. The high-end brand, which has lost sales this year as German rivals gain, also will become a separate business unit, giving it more freedom to chase global growth. "There is...

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