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Wyoming Ethanol To Suspend Operations

August 31, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Terry Oldfield, chief executive officer for Renova Energy, parent company of Wyoming Ethanol, said the plant will be going into an "indefinite suspension of operations" by the end of this week.

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Tensions Rise On Iron Range As Steel Talks Near Deadline

August 31, 2015 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor contracts are set to expire Tuesday for 30,000 American steelworkers. That includes 2,300 on the Iron Range, an area recently hit by 1,400 layoffs.

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Blue Bell Resumes Selling Ice Cream After Listeria Recall

August 31, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama.

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General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal For Greenhouse Gas Cuts

August 31, 2015 3:06 pm | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Ken Powell said General Mills is compelled to act because climate change ultimately will be bad for business.

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Five Things You Didn't Know Could Get Hacked

August 31, 2015 2:36 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Hackers aren't always after personal information. As more devices get connected, there's more risk to what can be taken over by hackers.

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Workers Overcome By Gases At China Paper Mill, 7 Die, 2 Hurt

August 31, 2015 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The statement on Friday's accident didn't say what type of toxic gas was involved.

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Death Toll Rises To 158 In Blasts At China's Tianjin Port

August 31, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tianjin government's official microblog said the confirmed toll rose from 150 last week, but it wasn't clear how the tally increased.

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Tesla To Buy Lithium From Mexico For Battery Factory

August 31, 2015 11:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The mine and processing facility, once opened, is expected to produce 35,000 tons of lithium per year initially and could be scaled up to 50,000 tons. 

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Manufacturers Push Expansion To Pursue Growth In 2015

August 31, 2015 10:51 am | by Alastair Borthwick | Articles | Comments

To drive the most growth, CFOs should focus on the employee benefits and retention strategies, as well as overall business initiatives that need financing to succeed.

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Industrial Distribution's 2015 Big 50 Video Countdown

August 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Industrial Distribution | Videos | Comments

Industrial Distribution's 2015 Big 50 Countdown of the biggest industrial suppliers by revenue is now available to view. Watch as ID editors Anna Wells, Mike Hockett and Jack Keough take you from No. 50 to No. 1.

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ACC Report: Global Chemical Production Slows In July

August 31, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The industry group's Global Chemical Production Regional Index showed a 0.1 percent increase across a three-month moving average.

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The FX-HM Linear Position Transducer

August 31, 2015 9:11 am | by Unimeasure Unimeasure Product Releases | Comments

The FX-HM linear position transducer provides up to 15 inches (380mm) of measurement range.

Boeing’s New Folding-Wing Jet Hits Design Milestone

August 28, 2015 2:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six different airline customers have ordered a total of 320 airplanes from the 777X series so far. Production is expected to begin in 2017.

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McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farmer Tied To Abuse Video

August 28, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.

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Tech Startups Want To Change The Way You Drive

August 28, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's no secret that technology is changing the car industry. Here are six startups that want to change the way you drive. 

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Infographic: The Cost Of Downtime

August 28, 2015 2:42 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Every manufacturing operation wants to avoid downtime; with downtime comes unforseen costs and losses to a company's bottom line. Take a look at some of the statistics and costs related to downtime in the manufacturing sector.

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Field Report: What is a “Perfect MRO Storeroom?” Is the ROI Worth the Effort?

August 28, 2015 2:42 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions | Articles | Comments

Here follows a definition of what the “perfect” storeroom would be, the condition of a typical MRO store situation (aka the problem source) and the ROI benefits of a “world-class MRO storeroom”.

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Global Trends: Expanding? Make Sure Your Risk Management Processes Are Updated

August 28, 2015 2:41 pm | by John Mostofi, Central Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch | Articles | Comments

As more U.S. manufacturers look to expand overseas — whether through joint ventures or M&A activity — it is vital for them to consider ways to boost operational efficiencies. 

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Tech Trends: Modern Manufacturing: Control via the Cloud

August 28, 2015 2:41 pm | by Danny Weiss, Senior Product Manager, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

New developments in automation and wireless that were once on the fringes of industrial engineering are making their way into more and more facilities around the country.

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Maintenance Matters: In-Depth Alloy Chain Sling Inspection

August 28, 2015 2:41 pm | by Peter Cooke, Training Manager, Columbus McKinnon Corporation | Articles | Comments

Understanding the major elements that professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. 

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