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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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Volvo 2015 Polestar: Only 40 Available

June 1, 2015 3:25 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Volvo will release only 40 Polestars in the U.S. for model year 2015. 

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What Really Makes People Work Hard?

June 1, 2015 3:21 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Duke University Professor of Behavioral Economics Dan Ariely discusses the science of incentives. President and CEO of BBDO Worldwide Andrew Robertson also speaks on “Market Makers.”

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Latest Self-Driving Google Car Ready For Debut

June 1, 2015 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The self-driving Google car, introduced last year, will be on public roads this summer. 

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How Mr. Ice Bucket is Freezing Out the Competition

June 1, 2015 3:12 pm | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

For 50 years, Mr. Ice Bucket has been the oldest continuously managed ice bucket manufacturing facility in the world.

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E-Invoicing Requirements Facilitate Supply Chain Finance Opportunities

June 1, 2015 3:05 pm | by Scott Lewin | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers can capitalize on government mandated electronic invoicing to realize internal efficiencies and benefit from supply chain and liquidity improvements — which can vastly improve the stability and efficiency of their local supply chains.

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Southwest Steel To Expand Newport Plant, Add 100 Jobs

June 1, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Steel Processing has announced plans to expand its plant in Newport and to add 100 new jobs.

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