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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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Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds of Chicken

September 29, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.                 

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Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From the Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 9:24 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast and attract foreign investors, a challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines.

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U.S. Consumer Spending Up 0.5 Percent in August

September 29, 2014 9:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.                         

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Air Berlin Cancels Order for 33 Boeing Jets

September 29, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, says it has canceled an order for 33 new Boeing jets with a list price of some $5 billion.                                 

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Duke Energy To Build Solar Plant in NC

September 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke announced plans to spend $250 million building three solar farms in North Carolina, including one in Bladen County.                                   

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Brew U? University Launches Beer-Making Program

September 26, 2014 12:16 pm | by David N. Goodman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."               

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Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars

September 26, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.                                     

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