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4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in the eastern Washington town of Plymouth.              

Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                      

Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 11:19 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Marchionne said the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he has long said is the minimum for an automaker to compete in the global market.           

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Mulally's Pay Up 11 Percent In 2013

March 31, 2014 10:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford CEO Alan Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America and Asia.                    

mcaConnect Helps Streamline Global Implementation of AX

March 31, 2014 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In addition to bringing a number of new companies into the fold during an acquisition-fueled growth surge, GSE Environmental also saw their infrastructure balloon to include five different, unintegrated ERP systems. The one common trait amongst these platforms was an inefficient way of sharing new or recent data. In most cases GSE was dealing with a 30-day lag time for accessing key data sets.

ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting.                           

Residents Still Wary Of Water Months After W.Va. Spill

March 31, 2014 9:02 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many don't trust official declarations that the water is again safe to drink, nearly three months after the chemical smelling of licorice ran into the Elk River last Jan. 9, throwing lives into disarray.         

The Benefits And Risks Of Mobile Access To Manufacturing Information

March 31, 2014 8:48 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director, Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Articles | Comments

The use of mobile devices for content and process management has raised questions about information security in demanding and heavily regulated manufacturing environments where protecting confidential data is of the utmost importance.           

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Another $1 For Google Co-Founders

March 31, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million.             

Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 8:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.             

Rolls-Royce Acid Tank Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 8:02 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.     

Fiat Chrysler Aims For 4.5M Car Sales In 2014

March 31, 2014 7:55 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the combined automaker aims to sell 4.5 million to 4.6 million cars this year.                      

UAW Membership Grows Slightly

March 31, 2014 7:53 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year, the union said in a filing with Department of Labor, the fourth-straight year that the union has rebuilt its depleted ranks.             

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White House Plan Aims To Cut Methane Emissions

March 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say methane leaks can be controlled by fixes such as better gaskets, maintenance and monitoring. Such fixes are also thought to be cost-effective, since the industry ends up with more product to sell.            

BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                        

Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                

GM Wants Dealers To Stop Selling Some Chevy Cruzes

March 28, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars, but the company won't say why.                      

$1.5M Needed To Save Rosie's Plant

March 28, 2014 9:43 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those behind the Save the Bomber Plant campaign said they have raised $6.5 million of the $8 million they need by May 1 to buy the Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit.              

BlackBerry Revenue Falls Below $1B

March 28, 2014 8:22 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a dive in profit and revenue as the company transitions itself from a smartphone company to a software business.                       

Japan Nuclear Worker Dies In Mudslide

March 28, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

A worker died Friday at the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 tsunami after getting buried in a mudslide, in the first death from an accident during efforts to control and decommission the facility.        

GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                   

Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.             

Ford Adding 300 Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                    

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel Band For A Better Internet

March 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by Industrial Internet ConsortiumTM (IIC) | News | Comments

An ecosystem of companies, researchers and public agencies is emerging to help drive adoption of Industrial Internet applications, a foundational element for accelerating the Internet of Things. The IIC is a newly formed not-for-profit group with an open membership that will take the lead in establishing interoperability across various industrial environments for a more connected world.

Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.             

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