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Strategic Alliance Formed To Advance National Biodefense Programs

September 8, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PharmAthene and Nanotherapeutics, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, have announced that they have formed a Strategic Alliance to advance the development of certain medical countermeasures for the U.S. biodefense market. Under the Alliance Agreement, each company will contribute...

Elextrolux To Buy GE Appliances In $3.3B Deal

September 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, and boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the...

ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in August as the PMI registered...

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Hoeven Celebrates Grand Opening Of Bobcat's $28 Million Acceleration Center

September 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Targeted News Services | News | Comments

Senator John Hoeven today marked the grand opening of the new $28 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility. The 190,000 square-foot facility will house...

U.S. Employers Add 142K Jobs, Employment Flat In Manufacturing

September 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate dropped because...

U.S. Economy Rises to No. 3 Global Ranking

September 4, 2014 12:55 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.In its survey released Wednesday, the Forum said...    

Sen. Coons Touts Bipartisan Progress On Manufacturing Workforce Training

September 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by U.S. Senator Chris Coons | Videos | Comments

Senator Coons spoke on the Senate floor on June 26, 2014 to applaud the Senate's passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by a broad bipartisan majority. The bill includes five provisions from...         

Corbett Announces Low-Interest Loans To Support The Continued Growth Of Manufacturing

September 4, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that new state investments recently approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will support the continued growth of manufacturers and will also support regional efforts to...

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U.S. Investigating Kansas Chemical Company

September 4, 2014 9:37 am | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations that it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, search warrants unsealed Wednesday show. Jacam Chemical Company 2013 contends...

Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 3, 2014 10:01 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting Tuesday, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city's billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the trial in U.S. District Court begins...

Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws, and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday. The American Chamber of Commerce in China's report adds to mounting complaints about a flurry of investigations of global automakers, technology suppliers, and other companies... 

U.S. Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace In 3½ Years

September 2, 2014 11:34 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals...

Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 1, 2014 5:30 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union...

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Detroit Raced Toward This Week's Bankruptcy Trial

August 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Corey Williams - Associated Press | News | Comments

It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance, and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. After some delays, the confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in...

California Lawmakers Pass First U.S. Plastic Bag Ban

August 30, 2014 3:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote on Friday, and it was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. Senators who had previously opposed the bill, including...

China Military Shows Off Newest Helicopters, Tanks

August 29, 2014 5:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north. State media said ...  

FBI Investigating Reports Of Cyber Attacks

August 28, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several U.S. financial institutions. A report on Bloomberg.com said Wednesday that the FBI is ...     

Apple Loses Bid To Block Sales Of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after ...          

Jobs, Guns Dominate Connecticut Governor Debate

August 28, 2014 3:30 am | by Susan Haigh - Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican businessman Tom Foley officially kicked off their gubernatorial rematch with a feisty debate on Wednesday night, clashing over guns and who is best equipped to grow jobs and improve Connecticut's economy. The tenor of the hour-long event, held in a...

Photos: The Life Of The USS Saratoga, From 1956 To 2014

August 27, 2014 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Saratoga — named for the decisive battle of the American Revolution fought in upstate New York — was commissioned in 1956 and completed 22 deployments before it was decommissioned in 1994. It was off the coast of Cuba during the ...

Feds Seek Comments On 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 27, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The company, whose North American headquarters is in Richmond, Virginia, in June requested ...

State Grant Spurs Toyota Expansion In Michigan

August 26, 2014 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. says it's expanding its technical center in Michigan and moving 250 jobs from Kentucky. The automaker's expansion in Washtenaw County's York Township near Ann Arbor comes ...          

Guilty Plea In California Meat-Recall Case

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge. Robert Singleton, who co-owns the Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered his plea ...

China Deploys Armed Drone To Multinational Drills

August 26, 2014 5:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's air force says it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring its rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying ...

Ashley Furniture Official: No Plans For Layoffs

August 25, 2014 9:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ashley Furniture has no plans for any layoffs and instead plans to add jobs, an official of the Wisconsin-based company told the state's business lobby after a published report saying Ashley Furniture sought $6 million in state tax credits on condition the company ...

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