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Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

After making a hubbub about testing delivery by aerial drones in December, the company said its Prime Air team is testing fifth- and sixth-generation aerial vehicles and in the design phase on generations seven and eight.         

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GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                      

FEMA OKs W.Va. Chem Spill Request

April 11, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin related to the January chemical spill in Charleston, but refused to consider the event a "major disaster."            

Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.         

Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 8:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March.                     

Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 8:08 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.           

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Ulta Creating Up To 537 Jobs At Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Beauty products retailer Ulta Inc. will locate a distribution center in Greenwood, Ind. and create up to 537 jobs by 2018.                       

Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 10, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said.           

Judge Sets Hearing In Boeing Sale Lawsuit

April 10, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Kansas has set a hearing in the lawsuit against Boeing brought by two unions over pensions and retiree medical benefits.                   

GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 11:17 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                  

GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.           

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                   

Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.              

Auto Parts Maker Adding 200+ Jobs At N.C. Factory

April 9, 2014 3:36 pm | News | Comments

A British-based company that manufactures parts for automakers plans to expand a North Carolina factory by nearly 230 jobs over five years.                       

Wholesale Stockpiles Up 0.5 Percent In February

April 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles for an eighth consecutive month in February as their sales rose at the fastest clip since November, good signs for future economic growth.           

Great Wall SUVs To Be Made In Malaysia

April 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia on Wednesday awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co.                 

Work Underway To Recover Final Corvette From Sinkhole

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.                    

Rupture Caused Washington Natural Gas Explosion

April 9, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

A Northwest Pipeline official says a pressure vessel rupture caused the March 31 natural gas explosion that injured five people and forced an evacuation at Plymouth in Eastern Washington.             

Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks.            

Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.          

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

Mars Buys Some P&G Pet Food Brands For $2.9B

April 9, 2014 10:51 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mars is buying some of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for $2.9 billion to help strengthen its pet care business.                           

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