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Fiat Chrysler Raises Outlook as Q2 Profits Jump 70 Percent

July 30, 2015 10:34 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The rosy results come as the carmaker could be required to pay billions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.


Shell To Cut Jobs To Cope With Long Period Of Cheap Oil

July 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell expects to eliminate 6,500 staff and contractor positions this year as it seeks to reduce operating costs by 10 percent.


Amazon Plans Drone Sky Highways

July 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amazon has a plan to create highway lanes in the sky for drones, geofencing different models depending on their abilities to sense and interact with the drones around them.


ConAgra Removes BPA From Cans

July 30, 2015 10:11 am | News | Comments

As of July 30, all ConAgra Foods canned foods made in its U.S. and Canadian facilities will be packaged in cans with non-BPA liners.


Method CEO Bets On Chicago's South Side

July 29, 2015 10:56 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

A new plant hasn't been built on the South Side of Chicago for 30 years — until now. Poppy Harlow finds out why Method bet big on this community.


U.S. Agency Denies Request For Fiat Chrysler Investigation

July 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators have rejected a request from an advocacy group to investigate power system failures in almost 5 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles that potentially could cause stalling and other problems.


Average U.S. Vehicle Age Hits Record 11.5 Years

July 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.


Danone Reports Higher Sales, Will Sell Formula Line

July 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Danone last week announced strong numbers for the second quarter of 2015, along with its decision to cut ties with its embattled Chinese infant formula line.


NTSB: Company Should Have Prepared For Human Error

July 29, 2015 10:47 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, federal investigators said Tuesday.


Future Unsure For Troubled New Mexico Green Chile Production

July 29, 2015 10:41 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | News | Comments

Green chiles have defined New Mexico for generations, gaining fans and fame around the globe. However, as this year's harvest begins, labor shortages, shrinking acreage, drought and foreign competition have hurt production in the state.


Belgium's Solvay To Buy U.S. Cytec For $5.5B

July 29, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belgium's chemical group Solvay has announced it will buy U.S.-based Cytec for $5.5 billion, making it the second biggest company in the aerospace composite materials market.


Nebraska Trial Set Over Land Seizures For Oil Pipeline

July 29, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Cloud The New Recipe For Success For Food And Beverage Companies

July 29, 2015 9:30 am | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

There’s something special about manufacturers and distributors who sell food and beverages vs. those that produce other products. Not least of which is the fact that these products wind up inside the end customer.


Ga. Judge Cuts Damages In Jeep Fire Death

July 29, 2015 9:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.


GAO: Thousands Of Chemical Facilities Incorrectly Reported Data About Toxic Release Threats

July 29, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said that federal authorities should take steps to verify information reported by chemical facilities and improve compliance with safety standards.


Insulation & Duct Knives

July 28, 2015 4:40 pm | by Milwaukee Tool | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Tool continues to rapidly expand its Hand Tool offering with the introduction of (3) new knives.

Court Orders EPA To Redo Air-Pollution Limits In 13 States

July 28, 2015 4:26 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.


Enfamil Maker Mead Johnson Paying $12M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The SEC said Mead Johnson's Chinese subsidiary paid doctors and other professionals in government-owned hospitals to recommend the formula and to give the company the contact information of patients for marketing purposes.


Manufacturing Minute: Record Auto Recall Fine

July 28, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, the cities driving industrial growth, an electric flying car and a record recall fine.


Federal Officials Examine Probable Cause Of Spaceship Crash

July 28, 2015 2:07 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.



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