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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.                      

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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.             

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.                      

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$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.             

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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.             

Kodak Founder's Grave Part Of Business Park Sale

March 27, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

The ashes of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, are buried under a memorial located on what is now the Eastman Business Park.                     

Detection Perfection

March 27, 2014 8:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific’s President and CEO Justin McElhattan talks about safety with such genuine passion, that it’s no surprise this company is a leader in its field of portable gas detection.            

Greenpeace Taking P&G Protests Worldwide

March 27, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Greenpeace activists who staged a daring demonstration at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati have taken their message worldwide with protests in five more countries.              

Miss. Senate Gives Final Approval To 3 Anti-Union Bills

March 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments' abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant.         

GOP: Administration Stonewalling On Wind Farm Bird Deaths

March 27, 2014 8:05 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charge.         

$270M Chocolate Plant Highlights U.S.'s Sweet Tooth

March 27, 2014 7:37 am | by John Hanna, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant, built south of Topeka, will be able to produce 14 million bite-sized Snickers each day, as well as 39 million M&M's, enough to fill 1.5 million fun-sized packs.                     

Fire In Chinese Lingerie Factory Kills 11

March 26, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

Guangdong province's emergency management department said the fire happened in the early afternoon in a town in Puning county and covered an area of 208 square meters (2,240 square feet).                   

What Is The Mystery Project That Could Get Millions From Florida?

March 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Gary Fineout - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents from Space Florida, the state's aerospace economic development arm, show that the company that would receive the money is promising to spend up to $500 million on real estate, equipment and furnishing between now and 2020.     

A Radical Company Challenge: Stop The Complaining

March 26, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter D. Winiarski, CEO, Win Enterprises, LLC | Blogs | Comments

When we experience something we don’t like, that is frustrating, or we know can be improved, we have a choice: we can complain about it or we can do something about it. Many times people find themselves willing to make noise (bitch about it) but not to step up to full responsibility for making a change.

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