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Mars Breaks Ground On Topeka Plant

August 23, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City, county and state officials joined Mars Chocolate North America in formally breaking ground on its new candy factory south of Topeka. The event Tuesday was the first phase of the $250 million project that will create about 200 full-time jobs in northeast Kansas.

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Wildeck Acquires Arizona-Based Ladder Industries

August 23, 2011 7:08 am | News | Comments

Waukesha, Wisconsin Manufacturer of Mezzanines, Vertical Lifts, and Safety Guarding Products Expands West with Acquisition of Custom Stair and Safety Ladder Products Manufacturer. Waukesha, WI – On the heels of its 35th Anniversary celebration, Wildeck, Inc. – headquartered in Waukesha, WI – has announced the acquisition of Ladder Industries, Inc.

Improving Coin Roll Inspection Productivity

August 23, 2011 6:25 am | by Eascan Automation | Articles | Comments

With a worldwide reputation for product quality, customer service, and minting technology, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is at the forefront of innovation in producing coinage and currency. The Mint uses advanced automation equipment to count and wrap pennies in rolls. However, in the past these rolls were manually inspected for the number of pennies contained and the integrity of each package.

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Quality, Cost, and Speed - Can There be a Balanced Decision?

August 23, 2011 6:19 am | by The QA Pharm, Anonymous Industry Insider and Contributor to Pharmaceutical Processing | Articles | Comments

A report dated July 27, 2011, came out from a special committee of J&J board members in response to investor lawsuits. It reported “an adversarial relationship” between quality and production; and “an emphasis on production volume” over compliance.

Will Your Next Vehicle Be A Golf Cart?

August 23, 2011 6:12 am | Videos | Comments

Do you want to be the envy of your friends and co-workers? Is it possible to achieve this by purchasing a street-legal golf cart as your next vehicle? Can you believe the preceding question was just posed? In this video, TIME reporter Josh Sanburn takes the latest street-legal golf cart for a test spin in midtown Manhattan traffic.

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Firth Rixson Forgings To Create New GA Jobs

August 23, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that Firth Rixson Forgings LLC will expand its forged metal operation in Midway, and anticipates creating 75 to 100 new jobs in the southeast Georgia town. Deal said in a statement that Firth Rixson's Midway operation, which opened in January 2011, provides components for the aerospace industry.

Kingsport To Get 450 Jobs Over 4 Years

August 23, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say 450 jobs will be created over four years in Kingsport, Tenn., after an Ireland-based company locates a manufacturing facility in Sullivan County. C&F Group, an auto exterior trim supplier, will invest $12.5 million in the facility, its first U.

Amazon To Move Into SC Facility, Plans To Hire 2,000

August 23, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Amazon officials say they will move into their Lexington County facility next month. Company officials say they plan to hire up to 2,000 full-time and part-time workers by the end of the year for the distribution center near Cayce. Lexington County officials say the company has received more than 9,000 applications.

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Boeing Up On Helicopter Contract, Delta Order

August 23, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Boeing Co. rose Monday after the aircraft maker said it won a $1.64 billion helicopter contract and media reports suggested that Delta Air Lines Inc. is planning to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets. The helicopter contract from the UK Ministry of Defence calls for Boeing to provide 14 new Chinook helicopters and five years of related support to the Royal Air Force.

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China Begins Bullet Train Inspections

August 23, 2011 5:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has begun inspections of all its showcase bullet train lines following a crash last month that killed 40 people, as authorities try to work out who is ultimately responsible for the disaster. The State Administration of Work Safety will present a report on the July 23 crash to China's top leaders in September, the agency's spokesman Huang Yi said in comments Tuesday on its website.

Toyota To Unveil New Camry

August 23, 2011 5:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Toyota plans to unveil its first redesign of the Camry in five years on Tuesday. While it promises new technology and other upgrades, America's best-selling car faces a fight to stay on top. Toyota has released few details about the new car, which will be shown at simultaneous events in California, Michigan and at the Georgetown, Ky.

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Universal Stainless Buys Patriot Plant For $104M

August 22, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. said Friday it completed its purchase of Patriot Special Metals, which includes a state-of-the-art forge and other equipment for heat treating and finishing metal products that is in a plan now under construction in North Jackson, Ohio.

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Russian Steelmaker Launching $450M Mill In MI

August 22, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Russian steelmaker Severstal says it's launched a new $450 million cold rolling mill at its production complex in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. Severstal said Thursday that it will take about six months for the mill to reach full capacity of 2.1 million net tons per year.

PA Paperboard Plant Closing, 78 Out Of Work

August 22, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania paperboard plant will be closing this fall, leaving 78 people without jobs. Officials said the Yorktowne Paperboard Corp. plant in York County's Spring Garden Township will close by mid-October. The plant, which opened in 1945, makes paperboard used by manufacturers of tubes and cores around which paper is rolled.

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No Storing Of Sulfur Pellets For PCS At NC City Port

August 22, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — A proposed air permit for a phosphate mining company's operation at a North Carolina port leaves no room for melting or storing sulfur. The state Division of Air Quality has made its draft air quality permit for PCS Phosphate's operation at the state-owned port in Morehead City open for public review.

Australia's Largest Steel Maker Closing Plants

August 22, 2011 9:00 am | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's largest steel maker BlueScope Steel Ltd. announced Monday it will shut two production facilities and shed 1,000 jobs as part of a restructure aimed at turning around a 1.05 billion Australian dollar ($1.09 billion) annual loss. Bluescope said it will shut down a blast furnace at Port Kembla in New South Wales state and close its Western Port hot strip mill in Victoria state.

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Electric Boat Recieves $33M Contract Change

August 22, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Monday that its Electric Boat subsidiary received a pair of U.S. Navy contract modifications worth a combined $32.9 million to continue developing the common missile compartment for submarines and for submarine maintenance work. Under the first modification, Electric Boat will design and produce equipment to be used in the production of the common missile compartment for the United Kingdom's ballistic-missile submarine and the United States' Ohio replacement submarine.

Lockheed Martin Presents Airship Of The Future

August 22, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

Inflatable aircrafts have been around since the Montgolfier brothers developed the first untethered hot-air balloon in 1782, but 200 years later, they are making a high-tech resurgence for both civilian and military use. U.S. aerospace company Lockheed Martin's version is called the P-791 airship, which it hopes is about to take off.

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Putting Waste To Work

August 22, 2011 6:20 am | Articles | Comments

With today’s increased environmental regulations and highly educated consumers demanding unprecedented eco-accountability, companies are being forced to rethink their existing waste management and recycling strategies. Further, a recent study by McKinsey & Company shows that 76 percent of executives believe that engaging in sustainability contributes positively to long-term shareholder value.

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The Future Is Now

August 22, 2011 6:15 am | Articles | Comments

In part one of this article, I outlined some reasons for my opinion that America's economy is in trouble, and that long-term growth is not assured. In this segment, I will offer some prospective solutions— I believe we are in an economic war of survival and accepting the old free market solutions is going to ensure that we lose.

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