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Ethanol Maker Offered $6.3M For 65 Fuel Plant Jobs

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant operated by Biochemtex, a partnership headed by Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi, plans to employ 65 people in three years near Clinton in Sampson County. The jobs will pay an average of $47,000 a year plus benefits, above the county average of $30,822.

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Employers Step In To Prevent Worker Burnout

December 3, 2013 1:33 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.         

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Holiday Weekend Gives A Boost To Auto Sales

December 3, 2013 1:28 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as sales reports indicate the auto industry is on track to beat strong sales numbers from a year ago. Chrysler's U.S. sales rose a surprising 16 percent in November, while General Motors posted a 14 percent gain. Toyota sales rose 10 percent, and Ford notched a 7 percent increase.

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Potash Corp. To Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs

December 3, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Potash Corp. is cutting more than 1,000 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, because of slumping demand for potash and phosphate, two key fertilizer ingredients.  The Saskatchewan-based company said Tuesday it will cut 440 jobs in Saskatchewan, 130 in New Brunswick, 350 in Florida, 85 in North Carolina, and 40 in other U.S. regions and Trinidad.

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Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side. He's asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called "petcoke" — is blowing off the piles. Petcoke is a powdery black byproduct of oil refining that can be burned in power plants.

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Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 3, 2013 11:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

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At 11Th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban

December 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

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Mohawk Valley Firm Gets $47M Arms Contract

December 3, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressman Richard Hanna says Remington Outdoor Company has been awarded a $47 million contract to produce more than 50,000 R4 carbine rifles for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.                   

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Forest Labs To Cut 500 Jobs In $500M Restructuring

December 3, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Forest Laboratories says it plans to cut about 500 jobs as part of a plan to trim $500 million in costs over the next two years. The moves come less than three months after former Bausch & Lomb leader Brenton Saunders replaced longtime CEO Howard Solomon at the helm of Forest Laboratories Inc.

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Gov't Proposes More Steps To Store Fukushima Water

December 3, 2013 9:33 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable. A draft report proposed covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow, building giant tanks and other steps.

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Universal Truckload To Pay $123M For Westport Axle

December 3, 2013 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Universal Truckload Services Inc. said Monday that it will pay $123 million in cash for Westport Axle Corp., which provides parts assembly, packaging and distribution services for makers of cars, heavy trucks and recreational vehicles.    

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Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

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Separating Plant Network From Enterprise Network Improves Operational Performance

December 3, 2013 9:17 am | by Belden Inc. | Articles | Comments

Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.

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Q&A: The FDA And Mandatory Recalls

December 3, 2013 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules, and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.

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Touch Screen-Friendly Glove

December 3, 2013 8:57 am | by Ansell IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Ansell announces the introduction of the new HyFlex 11-101 and 11-105 gloves, the first touch screen-capable HyFlex gloves for industrial work environments.

Handheld Infrared Oil Analysis

December 3, 2013 8:40 am | by Spectro Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The FluidScan method provides direct, immediate measurement of multiple lubricant condition parameters via Spectro’s patented Direct Infrared Spectroscopy (DIR) technology.

Generation II Simotics 1FK7 Servomotors

December 3, 2013 8:17 am | by Siemens Industry, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Highly-configurable to suit a wide variety of applications, this popular line features seven shaft heights, Quick-Connect power connectors and  high-accuracy 20- and 24-bit field replaceable encoders in 10 styles, all combined with a three-week lead time.

Simtronics' GD10 Gas Detectors

December 3, 2013 8:08 am | by Simtronics | Product Releases | Comments

The GD10P point IR gas detectors and GD10PE Extended point IR gas detectors are widely used in the harshest environments to protect worker safety and property from the threat of harmful gases.

MODEX 2014

December 2, 2013 4:32 pm | by MODEX 2014 | Events

MODEX 2014® is the industry's newest expo for the manufacturing and supply chain industries. It’s where the best and brightest thinkers in the supply chain gather to discuss the trends of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

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WestPack 2014

December 2, 2013 4:21 pm | by WestPack | Events

The U.S. is one of the world’s largest consumers of packaging. WestPack is your chance to meet face-to-face with key decision makers from the packaging community who are seeking industrial, food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetics and personal care solutions, among others. 

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