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Pesticide Market Being Fueled By Population Growth

October 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent study projects the global market for crop protection chemicals to grow alongside the world's population.


Natural Gas Projects Skirt Russia En Route To Europe

October 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Once completed, the projects will provide a route for gas to reach Europe from the Caspian Sea without assistance from Russia, which faces sanctions from the European Union over its activities in Ukraine despite its massive supplies of natural gas.


Mazda Recalling 923K Vehicles For Faulty Ignition Switches

October 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese carmaker reported 13 fire incidents since 2003 in Japan resulting from the problem.


Kansas Poised To Be A Leader In Emerging Field Of Drones

October 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas is trying to position itself as an industry leader in the emerging field of unmanned aerial systems, building on the framework already in place as an aviation manufacturing cluster and in its technology-driven agricultural sector.


$12M In Bankruptcy Settlement For Ex-Steel Company Workers

October 16, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Steelworkers union says it'll receive about 12 million of the $17.4 million settlement in RG Steel's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.


UPS To Hike Shipping Rates, Alter Fuel Surcharges

October 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Atlanta-based company announced this week that UPS Freight rates will increase by nearly 5 percent on average as of Oct. 26, while UPS Ground rates will jump by the same amount in late December.


U.S. Factory Output Drops In Latest Sign Of Weak Growth

October 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories have had a tough year and there is little sign of improvement any time soon. A strong U.S. dollar and weak overseas growth have hammered U.S. exports.


EPA: Tests Show Water Sent To Navajo Nation Met Standards

October 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results Tuesday, two months after farmers and Navajo officials said the water delivered by a contractor contained oil and was not suitable for use.


Manufacturing's Winner And Loser: Cleaner Cars; Skipping Safety Standards

October 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner from the automotive sector who has made an ambitious emission-reducing goal; this week's loser is facing over 30 health and safety violations following the deaths of two workers. 


Treasury Wine To Acquire Diageo’s U.S., European Wine Assets

October 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

It will reportedly double the company's luxury wine sales in the U.S. and stave off an $80 million investment in a U.S. bottling plant.


Report: AB InBev To Finance SABMiller Takeover With Record Bond Sale

October 16, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to sell bonds worth up to $55 billion as part of the $106 billion needed to take over SABMiller. That would be a record for a corporate acquisition.


Longer Super Air Knives

October 16, 2015 8:15 am | by EXAIR Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Super Air Knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow to blow off, dry or cool large surfaces.

Manufacturing Minute: Building The Iron Man Army

October 16, 2015 8:10 am | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, how the Iron Man suit is becoming a reality


Going For A Ride In A Tesla Model S On Autopilot

October 15, 2015 2:51 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Tesla doesn't have a fully autonomous car yet, but with the addition of Autopilot mode, cruising down the highway is now a hands-off affair.


State, Feds Won't Pursue $92M More In Exxon Valdez Spill

October 15, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a court filing made on Wednesday, government attorneys said patches of lingering oil that remain can no longer be considered an impediment to the recovery of sea otters or harlequin ducks or a significant ongoing threat to their now-restored populations in the area affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.


Kia Recalls Over 419K SUVs To Fix Shift Lever Problem

October 15, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall covers Sorentos from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The cars can roll away unexpectedly and cause a crash, Kia says in documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Tesla's Autopilot Lets Cars Drive, Change Lanes Themselves

October 15, 2015 2:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The autopilot update will be added to around 60,000 vehicles worldwide, including Model S sedans made after September 2014 and Model X SUVs. 


German Order Triggers Recall Of 8.5M VW Cars In Europe

October 15, 2015 2:33 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

German authorities on Thursday ordered a recall of all Volkswagen cars fitted with emissions test-cheating software, a decision that will affect 8.5 million VW diesel vehicles across the 28-nation European Union.


Lawsuit Asks Court To Shut Down Nestlé Water Pipeline Over Expired Permit

October 15, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Three advocacy groups alleged that the pipe removes 68,000 gallons of water a day from the creek and depleted a total of 28 million gallons last year. The group also said that Strawberry Creek's water levels are at record lows.


Walmart Stocks Drop; Company Under Fire For Wage Practices

October 15, 2015 1:33 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Walmart saw a 10 percent drop in shares on Wednesday, its worst stock decline in more than 15 years, after forecasting a 6 to 12 percent decrease in earnings next fiscal year due primarily to raising employee wages.



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