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Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes

July 11, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

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UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 7:39 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.         

Chinese Export Growth Edges Up To 7.2 Percent

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's export growth edged higher in June in a small sign of improvement for the world's second biggest economy as it undergoes an uneven recovery.                 

TRW Automotive Gets Preliminary Acquisition Offer

July 10, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

TRW said that it is evaluating the non-binding proposal. It did not name the bidder. TRW also said it is looking at other strategic options that may help boost shareholder value.                     

Wholesalers Slow Restocking As Sales Weaken

July 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.                          

Meeting To Discuss Silicon Plant Project

July 10, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

A North Carolina group plans a meeting Saturday in Iuka to call on local residents to press state regulators to hold a hearing on what it believes is health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.    

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The IoT Uplink: Connecting With A $12 Billion Technology

July 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.

Container Maker Adding Jobs In Kentucky

July 10, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

The Horse Cave facility makes cups, lids, bowls, plates and deli containers and opened its facility in 1980. About 1,400 people work there now.                  

Southeastern Nebraska Might Get New Poultry Plant

July 10, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

The Gage County Board is mulling a special-use permit that would allow a 26,000-chicken poultry operation east of Blue Springs in southeast Nebraska.                  

Edgewater Fullscope Receives The 2014 Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Excellence Award

July 10, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

Edgewater Fullscope, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Edgewater Technology, Inc. and leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM solutions to manufacturers, has received the inaugural 2014 Customer Reference Excellence Award from the U.S. Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Team.

Boeing Raises Forecast For Airplane Demand

July 10, 2014 7:37 am | News | Comments

Boeing expects orders of 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with total list prices valued at an estimated $5.2 trillion.                        

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Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim In China

July 10, 2014 7:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                  

Apple Wins Court Case On Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 7:30 am | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                       

I&M Proposes 5 Solar Facilities

July 9, 2014 3:39 pm | News | Comments

Indiana Michigan Power plans to seek permission to build five solar generating facilities in the two states it serves.                              

General Mills Unveils Recipe For Higher Sales

July 9, 2014 3:05 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Minneapolis-based company is doing things like adding more cinnamon to its Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and rolling out fiber-packed "better for you" cookies to boost the performance of its brands.                

Samsung Earnings Hurt By Sluggish China Sales

July 9, 2014 2:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China.              

Roller Bearing Firm To Create Jobs In S.C.

July 9, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

An Italian company that makes roller bearings plans to open a plant in Colleton County, creating 50 jobs over the next five years.                     

Miss. Regulators Want Input On Carbon Dioxide Rule

July 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi's power plants.          

Ford Expects Return To Profit In Europe In 2015

July 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year, but Ford Europe president Stephen Odell said three plant closures and more than a dozen new products are helping reverse that.            

Fighting For American Jobs

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Steelmakers have called for new import penalties and have filed the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, there are 40 anti-dumping and injury cases pending on steel products.    

Alcoa Reports 2Q Profit Of $138M

July 9, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

The company reported strong results in its engineered-products business, which makes parts for industrial customers, while looking to cut costs in its aluminum-smelting segment.             

Va. Manufacturing Research Center Gets New Partner

July 9, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The Virginia Beach-based company will provide digital 3D equipment and software used by commercial and military equipment manufacturers.                         

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

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