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USDA Boosts Corn, Soybean Harvest To New Records

September 12, 2014 5:34 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from...

IN City Backs Deal For $800M Power Plant

September 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern Indiana city council has approved a development agreement for a proposed $800 million...

Pennsylvania DEP Announces Listening Session On EPA Proposal

September 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a listening session to obtain public...

NAM Opposes Resolution Limiting First Amendment Rights

September 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On September 10th, Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) penned a...

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Treasury To Limit Profitability Of Overseas Shifts

September 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries. A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to...

Arizona Public Service Planning Changes For Power Plant

September 11, 2014 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Public Service Co. is planning to close one of its four generators at a northern Arizona power plant in less than two years. Under a proposal APS is discussing with the Environmental Protection Agency, the 260-megawatt Unit 2 of the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City will...

LaSalle County Approves Sand-Processing Facility

September 11, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LaSalle County officials cleared the way for expansion of a sand mine this week, voting to allow construction of a sand-processing and transportation facility. The County Board voted 18-5 on Tuesday to approve a special-use permit for...

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Tech Giants Struggle With FDA Regulations

September 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar, Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing...

U.S. Industry Pay Hikes Since The Recession

September 10, 2014 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite steady job growth and a drop in the unemployment rate from 10 percent during 2009 to 6.1 percent in August, most Americans have received little increase in pay. Average wages, before inflation, have risen only about 2 percent a year since the downturn ended five years ago. That's far below...

WV Miners Warned About Layoffs

September 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs. On Tuesday, the St. Louis-based company said it sent federally-required warning notices to...

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 12:23 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a... 

Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 12:01 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its... 

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Big River Steel Gets Extension In Suit Over Mill

September 10, 2014 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes agreed Wednesday for a...     

GE Software Enables Cincinnati's Sewer District To Reduce Overflows

September 9, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that the City of Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District has standardized its Proficy® Software platform for optimizing its wet weather facilities, equipment, and operations. Proficy solutions will assist the city’s management in... 

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...

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...

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...

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