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VW Plant Helping TN Build A Manufacturing Future

September 17, 2013 12:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Chattanooga, Tenn., beat out 400 other cities to be the home of a new VW plant five years ago, which created jobs for 2,500 people. Jessica Davis is one of the workers who belong to the manufacturing middle class America is trying to rebuild. CBS News' Mark Strassmann reports.

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September 2013: Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 11:01 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more. 

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GM Working On 200-Mile Electric Car, Exec Says

September 17, 2013 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said. Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks wouldn't say when or if such a car will be built, however.

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Benteler Steel/Tube Breaks Ground On New Plant

September 17, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Benteler Steel/Tube marked the start of construction Monday with a groundbreaking on the company's new $975 million hot rolling seamless steel tube mill in Caddo Parish. The Paderborn, Germany-based company said the Louisiana site at the Caddo-Bossier Port was chosen from more than 100 possible locations due to its proximity to the North American oil and gas production market and the area's skilled workforce.

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Eiji Toyoda, Key Figure In Toyota's Rise, Dies

September 17, 2013 10:04 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Eiji Toyoda, a member of Toyota's founding family who helped create the super-efficient "Toyota Way" production method, has died. He was 100. Toyoda, a cousin of the Japanese automaker's founder Kiichiro Toyoda, died Tuesday of heart failure at Toyota Memorial Hospital in Toyota city, central Japan, Toyota said in a statement.

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AFL-CIO Pushes For Waiver For IL Plants

September 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

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Study: Methane Leaks From Gas Drilling Not Huge

September 17, 2013 9:59 am | by Kevin Begos, Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drilling and fracking for natural gas do not seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says. The findings bolster a big selling point for natural gas, that it's not as bad for global warming as coal. And they undercut a major environmental argument against fracking, a process that breaks apart deep rock to recover more gas.

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Detroit's Packard Plant Could Be Sold At Auction

September 17, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former car plant that's a symbol of Detroit's industrial decline could be sold at public auction after a developer missed deadlines to acquire the property. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Evanston, Ill.-based developer Bill Hults missed a Friday deadline to come up with $1 million. He's leading a group that wants to convert the Packard plant into a commercial, housing and entertainment complex.

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Fouling In Heat Exchangers: A Costly Problem

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The fouling of heat exchangers in processing industries is a chronic operating problem. Costs due to additional fuel consumption and maintenance, loss of production, etc. have been estimated as 0.25 percent of the GNP of industrialized countries. EWT offers companies an environmental, effective, and cost saving method of reducing fouling on heat exchangers which can only prove a win, win, win scenario for all.

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The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

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Employment Gap Between Rich, Poor Widest On Record

September 16, 2013 2:17 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

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South Koreans Back At Reopened Inter-Korea Factory

September 16, 2013 2:14 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

North and South Koreans got back to work Monday at a jointly run factory park after a five-month shutdown triggered by rising animosity between the rivals, with some companies quickly resuming production and others getting their equipment ready. South Korean business owners who have lost millions of dollars because of the hiatus say they'll need several months to recover.

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Havana Sees New Life For Seedy Industrial Port

September 16, 2013 2:10 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Havana's harbor has long been an unsightly jumble of piers left to crumble into piles of rusty, twisted rebar. Its dominant feature is a refinery smokestack across the bay that belches smoke and flame 24 hours a day. But lately demolition crews and towering cranes have been working double-time to finally tear down the ruined docks. 

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FTC Clears Honeywell Acquisition, With Conditions

September 16, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission cleared Honeywell International Inc.'s acquisition of Intermec Inc. on Friday, on one condition. Honeywell will have to license the patents needed to make two-dimensional bar code scanners to Italian rival Datalogic for 12 years. The FTC said that licensing the patents will resolve its charges that Honeywell's acquisition of Intermec is anticompetitive. 

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Suzuki Recalling Vehicles For Air Bag Defect

September 16, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling 193,936 cars and SUVs because of a defective air bag sensor in the front passenger seat. Grand Vitara SUVs from the 2006 through 2011 model years and SX4 small cars from the 2007 through 2011 model years are involved. Sensor mats measure passengers' weight and determine if the air bag should deploy. 

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Suntech CEO Steps Down, Shares Rise

September 16, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suntech Power Holdings Co. said Friday that David King is stepping down as the company's CEO and acting chief financial officer. The news sent the struggling solar company's shares up 8 cents, or 6.7 percent, to $1.27 in afternoon trading. Its shares have traded in a 52-week range of 30 cents to $1.99.

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EMO Hannover 2013 Promises Solutions

September 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

EMO Hannover returns today through September 21,2013. International producers of manufacturing technology are exhibiting their metalworking products, solutions and services under the theme “Intelligence in Production” at the world's leading metalworking trade show.

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IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos | Comments

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

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U.S. Factory Output Up, Led By Strong Autos

September 16, 2013 10:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories increased output in August by the most in eight months, helped by a robust month at auto plants. The gains are a hopeful sign that manufacturing could help boost economic growth in the second half of the year. Manufacturing production rose 0.7 percent last month from July, the Federal Reserve said Monday.

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TX Law Gets Tough On Public, Private Drone Use

September 16, 2013 10:05 am | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40 state legislatures have debated the increasing presence of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace, with most of the proposals focused on protecting people from overly intrusive surveillance by law enforcement. But Texas' law tips the scales in police favor — giving them broad freedoms to use drones during investigations and allowing them to bypass a required search warrant if they have suspicions of illegal activity.

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