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3 Arrests At Protest At Wood-Burning Power Plant

July 8, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The protesters spoke out against Seneca Jones Timber Co.'s purchase of public forestland east of Reedsport and repeated previous claims that the Seneca Sustainable Energy biomass cogeneration plant is polluting the air in its neighborhood.       

Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

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

Growth was strongest in Europe, up over 60 percent, with Asia Pacific sales up almost 40 percent, the company said in a statement. Middle East sales were also strong, up 30 percent, with the United States and China also seeing double-digit growth. 

Robbers Raid Samsung Plant In Brazil

July 8, 2014 8:18 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil police in Sao Paulo state.                    

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How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.           

Company Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                        

Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake In UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.           

People, Processes And Problems: Better Understanding The Three P’s Of Manufacturing

July 7, 2014 5:44 pm | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Blogs | Comments

Far too often, an engineer is sitting in the backroom creating plant floor programs that are perfect from a process perspective, but are not practical when it comes to real-world situations. This needs to change.            

Most Union Members Have Ties To Gov't

July 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

"The basic structure of the labor union movement has changed, reflecting changes in the economy," said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. "Manufacturing is a diminishing segment of the economy. Also, a lot of the manufacturing that's being done today is being done nonunion."

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Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation's highest unemployment rate.      

5 Manufacturing Business Benefits Of Shifting Paper Forms To Mobile Apps

July 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Jason Peck | Articles | Comments

The ability to download an app in seconds, share photos and data via the Cloud in real-time, and communicate from any location at any time have evolved from “nice to have” to “need to have.”             

Lawsuits Aim To Stop Work At Mines In 3 States

July 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.        

1 Hurt In Georgia Chemical Leak

July 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Georgia say an industrial area on the city of Dalton's northwest side has been deemed safe after a chemical leak injured one person and prompted road closures.              

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 8:26 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs At Risk

July 7, 2014 8:20 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute.                

Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 8:11 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.  

California Chicken Tied To Salmonella Strain Recalled

July 7, 2014 8:06 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.               

Gov. Bentley To Visit Whiskey Barrel Production Plant

July 7, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit a plant where workers will build oak barrels that will hold Jack Daniel's Whiskey.                     

ADM To Buy Flavoring Maker For About $3B

July 7, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.               

Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Chinese enterprises and Chinese-born employees of companies abroad have been implicated in a growing number of attempts to steal technology and other commercial secrets.               

Group: Coal Ash Dumps Polluting 3 N.C. Rivers

July 2, 2014 2:54 pm | by Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at three plants along North Carolina rivers.                 

Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agency is asking the company why it's taking so long to recall as many as 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles. The tanks could rupture in rear collisions, leak fuel and cause fires.           

Chinese Woman Charged In U.S. Trade Secrets Case

July 2, 2014 2:40 pm | News | Comments

U.S. agents have charged a Chinese woman in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.                        

Small Business Owners Learn Recession Lessons

July 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Many owners whose businesses failed during the recession have taken the plunge again, restarting or opening new businesses, but they're not repeating past mistakes. Their companies are leaner, smarter and less risky.              

Last Cigar Factory In Tampa Fights For Survival

July 2, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. Political events that include the U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.

First Bill Reacting To West Explosion Meets GOP Pushback

July 2, 2014 11:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

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