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Kraft, Mondelez Seek Dismissal of Price Manipulation Charges

June 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Kraft and Mondelez asked a federal judge to dismiss two counts in a civil lawsuit over alleged wheat price manipulation.


Alcoa Invests in Facility to Meet Jet Engine Demand

June 2, 2015 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. is investing $22 million in a Michigan plant so it can meet demand for jet engines


ISM: Economy Well Positioned for Continued Growth

June 2, 2015 3:11 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With West Coast port disputes and the winter season behind us, things are looking up. 


U.S. Factory Orders Slump in April; 8th Decline in 9 Months

June 2, 2015 3:05 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory orders tumbled in April, a sign that manufacturers are struggling amid a stronger dollar and cheaper oil.


May U.S. Auto Sales Likely to Beat Forecasts

June 2, 2015 3:03 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales were stronger than expected in May, boosted by Memorial Day promotions and strong demand for new SUVs.


Lawmakers Seeking Answers From Takata, U.S. On Faulty Airbags

June 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are seeking answers from the maker of defective air bags and federal regulators as they focus on the biggest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.


Amtrak CEO Vows to Put Safety Technology Into Operation

June 2, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation.


Inside Watts Bar Nuclear Plant — One of The Longest Building Projects in U.S. History

June 2, 2015 2:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It’s taken so long to complete, the newest nuclear plant in the U.S. will run on 1970s-era technology. But finally, after nearly four decades, the second reactor at the Watt Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is 90 percent finished.


American Start-Up Promises 1700-hp Hybrid Supercar

June 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

PSC Motors announced a 1700 horsepower hybrid supercar. 


Blue Bell OKs Deal on Listeria With Alabama Health Officials

June 2, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.


Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks

June 2, 2015 2:02 pm | by Terence Chea, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets.


Takata Executive Urges New-Design Inflators or Rival-Made Ones

June 2, 2015 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top executive says Takata Corp. is encouraging automakers to replace defective air bag inflators with newly designed ones from the company, or with those made by competitors that don't include a volatile chemical.


Ductless Fume Hood

June 2, 2015 10:47 am | by Air Science Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science has introduced its NEW Purair ECO line of Energy-Saving Ductless Fume Hoods designed for both chemical and particulate protection over a broad range of laboratory and industrial applications. 

7 Questions to Ask to Improve Asset Maintenance

June 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Monroe Blanton | Articles | Comments

Asset maintenance in manufacturing is more than just a company’s program to maintain its assets. It is a vital link to organizational success because it can reduce unplanned losses and improve overall efficiency.


Syngenta Preparing for Another Monsanto Takeover Bid

June 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG believes rival Monsanto could make another bid to acquire the company within a matter of days.


Chevron Fined $940K for Fatal Gas Well Explosion, Fire

June 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Fined $940K for Fatal Gas Well Explosion, Fire 


Takata Halts Use of Volatile Chemical Linked to Deadly Airbags

June 2, 2015 10:04 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Takata says it will stop using ammonium nitrate as a propellant in its airbags in case the chemical is responsible for the defective bags. 


Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Union Election Rule

June 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from business groups over union election rules established by the National Labor Relations Board. 


Ford Keeps Plants Running Longer for Third Consecutive Year

June 2, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford will shorten the traditional summer shut-down at some of its plants for the third consecutive year to meet rising demand.


GOP Pledges to 'Rein in' Obama on EPA Rules, Global Warming

June 1, 2015 3:38 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The majority of Republicans are working to slow President Barack Obama on one of his second-term priorities: his environmental legacy, especially his efforts to reduce the pollution linked to global warming.



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