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U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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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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Acsis And Intermec By Honeywell Webinar: How To Achieve End-To-End Supply Chain Visibility

September 23, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Acsis Inc., the market leader for supply chain visibility, traceability, and serialization solutions, announced it will be co-presenting a free webinar on end-to-end supply chain visibility with Intermec by Honeywell. The event, "How to Achieve End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility" will take place on...

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Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 23, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. Shares jumped 3 percent before the opening bell Monday. The consumer products company said that for almost...

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Peak Rock Affiliate Acquires Roses Southeast Papers

September 23, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Atlas Southeast Papers, Inc., an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital, an Austin, Texas based private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired Roses Southeast Papers, LLC, a leading manufacturer of tissue paper products. Headquartered in Sanford, Florida, Atlas Southeast is now a leading integrated manufacturer...

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Polaris Announces Grand Opening Of Manufacturing Facility

September 23, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square-foot facility will be the first Polaris plant dedicated to manufacturing Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) outside...

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Torrent Energy Services Partners With CSL Capital Management

September 23, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Torrent Energy Services, LLC and CSL Capital Management are pleased to announce they executed definitive agreements that will provide Torrent with growth capital to accelerate its business plan. Torrent offers modular gas processing equipment and services...

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Spectrum To Buy Procter & Gamble's Remaining Pet Care Business

September 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Procter & Gamble Company today announced that Spectrum Brands has agreed to buy IAMS ® and EUKANUBA ® brands in Europe for an undisclosed amount.In April, P&G announced the sale to Mars, Inc. of 80% of its global Pet Care business, including...

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Mexio: Alert Over Mine Spill Into River To AZ

September 22, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a binational alert over contamination from a copper mine that spilled into a waterway that flows into the U.S. state of Arizona.Carlos Jesus Arias is director of the Sonora state civil protection agency. He said Monday that contamination from...

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Tips For Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by Kara Simon | Comments

When manufacturing operations get behind and deliverables don’t meet the schedule, it impacts every internal and external department from assembly line to warehouse to transportation, and so on. Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for...

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Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 4:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base. The factory, which is the only N-type solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Texas, will create...

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