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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. 

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UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.    

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake in Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                                     

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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.                      

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Wisconsin Gave Money to 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

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Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship announced Thursday provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.                           

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The IoT Uplink: Connecting With a $12 Billion Technology

July 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.                             

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Alcoa Reports 2Q Profit of $138M

July 10, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter profit of $138 million, reversing a year-ago loss, and the results beat analysts' expectations.                                

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Ford Expects Return to Profit in Europe in 2015

July 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year.                                           

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Is Washington Broken?

July 10, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there's a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it's beyond fixing.                

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GE Engineering Challenge Offers $1M in Seed Money to Inventors

July 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The challenge targets two goals: reducing greenhouse emissions from generators producing steam used for extracting oil from the sands, and finding new ways to capture waste heat at the other end of the process.            

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John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 10, 2014 2:00 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.                           

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Containment Berm Offers Protection Against Spills

July 10, 2014 11:21 am | by Justrite Mfg. Co. | Product Releases | Comments

New Rigid-Lock QuickBerm drive-through containment berm offers superior protection against small-to-large scale spills from drums, IBC totes, tanks and leaky equipment. 

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MultiFLOW Air & Fluid Gun

July 10, 2014 10:57 am | by CEJN | Product Releases | Comments

CEJN’s MultiFLOW blowgun has been given new features to increase productivity with its high blowing force.    

LED High Bay and LED Wall Pack

July 10, 2014 10:46 am | by Shat-R-Shield | Product Releases | Comments

Both fixtures serve as high efficiency direct retrofits for their outdated, inefficient counterparts and are eligible for utility rebates where offered.  

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Apple Wins Court Case on Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                                       

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House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs for America' Provisions

July 10, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that includes five innovative skills-training provisions from the Senate’s Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign.                      

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Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 10, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.               

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China, U.S. Differ on Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.       

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Ford Gets Impressive Mileage out of 3-Cylinder Fiesta

July 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2014 Fiesta four door with SE EcoBoost package has government fuel economy ratings as high as those for some diesel-powered sedans from BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.                         

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Old Tires Find New Lives in Myanmar

July 9, 2014 1:34 pm | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers like Nyunt.                   

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