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UTC Aerospace To Expand In Puerto Rico

July 23, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Tuesday the expansion of UTC Aerospace Systems follows a previous investment of $15 million that has created 200 jobs in the past year.                     

Miner Asks Congress For Help On Black Lung

July 23, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.                     

Michigan Approves 9 Projects To Add 3,900 Jobs

July 22, 2014 5:18 pm | News | Comments

Michigan approved state incentives for nine economic development projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs, nearly half from General Motors consolidating engineering jobs from outside the state at a site in Michigan.       

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Manufacturing Calculator To Show Immediate Value In Reducing Costs, Improving Efficiencies

July 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.                   

California Firm Recalls Fruit

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.              

Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

July 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing supports the economies of local communities in ways that do not show up in national reports. It also accounts for a large percentage of R&D spending and American patents.                  

China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.                 

Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory In Florida

July 22, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                       

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China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Venezuela's socialist government has received roughly $50 billion from China in recent years, paying for the loans with petroleum exports.                   

BlackBerry Appoints New COO

July 22, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.                   

Study: Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

July 22, 2014 7:51 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land.         

U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 7:45 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.                

Environmental Groups Sue Over Steel Plant's Air Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 7:41 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.               

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EPA Proposal Could Block Alaska Mine

July 21, 2014 4:02 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.             

Rhode Island Tied For Worst Jobless Rate

July 21, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment rates for all 50 states on Friday. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months.                           

Nuke Dump Operator Got $1.9M Bonus After Fire

July 21, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.                

NASA Renames Building For Armstrong

July 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony Monday as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, a test pilot and university professor.                    

GE Invests $5M In Mebane Manufacturing Operations For New Jobs

July 21, 2014 12:41 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C., operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that was ...

Survey: Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment In 2Q

July 21, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.           

Drought Impacting California's Clean Energy Goals

July 21, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.                     

Allergan To Cut 1,500 Jobs

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox-maker Allergan says it is cutting about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive.                      

Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 10:03 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                      

Ag-Gag Laws Face Federal Court Challenges

July 21, 2014 9:25 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.            

Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                           

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