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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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2015 Superbowl To Be Played Under LED Lights

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Syracuse-based company, the facility will be the first NFL venue to...

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Sciacky Provides Turnkey Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing System To Lockheed Martin

September 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Phillips Service Industries, Inc. | Comments

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing solutions, announced today that it recently received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. The EBAM system will help...

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CSA Group Announces Energy Efficiency Verification Program For Small Electric Motors

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today officially announced an expansion to its scope of accreditation as a nationally recognized testing laboratory for small electric motors to the...

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The Panama Canal Is Opening Up To A Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:16 am | by GE Report | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion. When work is completed in 2015, new locks will...

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Merck To Buy Sigma-Aldrich

September 22, 2014 8:42 am | by David Mchugh - AP Business Writer | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment. Darmstadt-based Merck KGaA said Monday it is paying $140 per share in cash for all of...

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San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 19, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest Siemens order ever for light rail cars...

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Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace For The Inevitable

September 19, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman & Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | Comments

Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of... 

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Panasonic To Enter Electrical Construction Materials Market In Tanzania

September 19, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa-–the regional headquarters based in Dubai, UAE for Panasonic Corporation, Japan and a leading player in the environmentally friendly eco solutions category, is looking to expand in the potential Tanzania market, as part of its...

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Methanex Restarts Chile Plant

September 19, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Methanex Corporation announced today that it has successfully restarted its Chile I plant at its site in Punta Arenas, Chile. The Chile operation had been idled since May 2014 due to insufficient natural gas supply. John Floren said, "We are pleased to have restarted our Chile I plant, supported by...

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Pabst Brewing To Be Sold To Russian Company

September 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum. Oasis is buying Pabst with TSG, an investment firm known for its work with consumer products companies. TSG Consumer Partners will take...

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Exxon To Wind Down Russian Drilling Project

September 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will wind down a drilling project in Russia in compliance with U.S. sanctions, but said it received a license to keep working beyond the sanctions' deadline in order to complete the work. U.S. Sanctions against Russia...

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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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