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U.S. Facing Shortage of Technical Skilled Labor

September 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is facing a shortage of technical skilled labor. Many of the positions require training but pay well.                                        

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Navistar Engine Expands Production Capacity

September 30, 2014 10:45 am | by India Automobile News | News | Comments

Navistar International Corporation announced today that Anhui Jianghuai Navistar Diesel Engine Co., Ltd., the company's joint venture with Chinese truck maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd., has begun engine production at its new facility in Hefei, China.

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Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.        

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9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk | Articles | Comments

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

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Cleaner/Protectorant

September 30, 2014 10:07 am | by Solvent Kleene Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Solvent Kleene Inc. is proud to announce Kleeneze 408; a cleaner/protectorant from that offers one-step cleaning, film lubrication and rust protection.  

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Increases to 23

September 30, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals on Monday. Feinberg says he has received 153 death claims since August. Of those, 23 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments, up from 21 last week.

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GE To Build Oil and Gas Plant in Jacksonville

September 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016.                             

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Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy

September 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY | News | Comments

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.                       

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Toyota Recalls 690K Pickups

September 30, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.                               

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Biden Announces $450M Grant for Community Colleges Working on Job Training

September 30, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training.                               

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DHL Set To Use Drones in Delivery Project, Beating Amazon and Google

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Logistics company DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to a German island, beating Amazon and Google to the punch. DHL, owned by Germany's Deutsche Post, will start delivering medicine and other urgent goods to Juist, a German island in the North Sea.

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Where Are the Jobs?

September 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Joe Poole describes his job as a petrochemical process operator at Chevron Phillips Chemical in Houston.                                          

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse | Articles | Comments

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

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Texas Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination.                                   

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Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 2:08 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.                           

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GE Introduces Largest and Most Efficient Gas Turbine in the World

September 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Anyone who’s met her will tell you that Harriet is not like other house guests. That’s because Harriet, whose real name is the 9HA, is the largest and most efficient gas turbine in the world.                 

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Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct in Tires

September 29, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mark Gillispie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires.        

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Solar Powered Metering Pump

September 29, 2014 10:11 am | by Milton Roy | Product Releases | Comments

Milton Roy has announced enhancements to its SOLAROY series of solar powered metering pumps.     

EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 29, 2014 9:50 am | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a wide range of other industries and emissions sources. 

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Ford Invests in New LED Lighting for Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe.                                   

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