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Blast At Japan Chemical Plant Kills 5, Injures 17

January 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.

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Airlines Go On A Record New Jet Shopping Spree

January 9, 2014 9:45 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airlines are on the largest jet-buying spree in the history of aviation, ordering more than 8,200 new planes with manufacturers Airbus SAS and The Boeing Co. in the past five years. There are now a combined 24 planes rolling off assembly lines each week, up from 11 a decade ago. And that rate is expected to keep climbing.

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Wanxigang Increases Offer For Fisker

January 9, 2014 9:43 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday that Wanxiang may increase its offer even more if the judge approves a competitive auction for Fisker. "They have told us they have considerable room to go," said William Baldiga, the attorney.

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CES Showcases Smart Car Technology

January 9, 2014 9:26 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlights the latest in smart car technology including self-driving, solar powered capabilities. CNET's Sumi Das looks at the future of cars.                   

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Game-changing Joint Ventures In The Manufacturing Sector

January 9, 2014 9:19 am | by KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice | Videos | Comments

Steve Burch, of KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice, explores some key opportunities and challenges for the Manufacturing sector and how joint ventures and alliances, if well planned and executed, can help deliver growth.       

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A Missing Ingredient In Manufacturing Revival

January 9, 2014 9:05 am | by CA Forward | Videos | Comments

The reports of manufacturing's demise in California are probably exaggerated. In Southern California, the largest manufacturing region in the country, there are still 360,000 workers in the industry. But even successful companies are facing major bumps along the way. 

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Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

January 9, 2014 8:19 am | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted time into productive time using lean countermeasures.          

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Distribution & Manufacturing Profitability Forum 2014

January 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by IMPO Staff | Events

Mark your calendars for the first ever Distribution & Manufacturing Profitability Forum brought to you by Industrial Distribution and its related publications!

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Natural Gas Exports: Slow Walk Or 'Danger Zone'?

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some large manufacturers that use natural gas say the Energy Department is moving too quickly to approve gas exports, pushing the United States into a "danger zone" that could raise prices and harm the economy.            

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Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

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FDA Approves Diabetes Drug With New Approach

January 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Farxiga is a once-a-day tablet designed to help diabetes patients eliminate excess sugar via their urine. That differs from older drugs that decrease the amount of sugar absorbed from food and stored in the liver.           

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Cargill Selects Colorado Industrial Park For Latest Facility

January 8, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Broe Group | News | Comments

Cargill will build its eighth U.S. steel processing center to help meet the increasing demands for steel products in the manufacturing and shale oil industries. The new service center is expected to create up to 25 new jobs over the next three years. 

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Survey: U.S. Companies Add 238K Jobs, Most In Year

January 8, 2014 1:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction. The figures are the latest evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 238,000 jobs in December, up slightly from 229,000 in the previous month.

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EU Makes Carbon Pollution More Expensive

January 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says it is beefing up its carbon trading system to make it more expensive for utilities and other businesses to burn fossil fuels. EU officials on Wednesday voted for a proposal that ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe's prime tool in the fight against climate change.

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Ford Stock Up, Microsoft Down On Mulally News

January 8, 2014 1:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. shares rose while Microsoft Corp. stock fell Wednesday morning on news that Ford CEO Alan Mulally won't leave the automaker to lead the software giant. Mulally said in an interview with The Associated Press late Tuesday that he will stay at Ford at least through the end of this year. 

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2014 Economy Will 'Return To Normal'

January 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Thanks to a more stable international outlook and the housing market comeback, 2014 is expected to be a solid year of modest growth in the economy.                              

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Airbus Chief For North America Stepping Down

January 8, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the Airbus unit that handles business in North America is stepping down because of injuries he received in the 2010 Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens. Sean O'Keefe has run the North America unit since 2009, during a time when Europe-based Airbus expanded its U.S. presence.

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NY Plant Gets $640M Order For Calif. Rail Cars

January 8, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern New York manufacturing plant has received a nearly $640 million order to produce another 365 rail cars for the San Francisco area's public transit system. All of the cars will be built at the company's manufacturing plant in the city of Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border.

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Manufacturing Activity In The Southeast Falls For December

January 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity reversed its previous two-month climb in the Southeast, widening the gap between the region and the nation, according to the Southeast Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center.

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Mulally Puts Focus Back On Ford's Cars, Trucks

January 8, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Mulally ended months of speculation that had already clouded the debut of the new Mustang last month and threatened to overshadow next week's widely expected unveiling of a new F-150, plus the launch of 23 new vehicles this year.      

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