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Altria, Philip Morris Int'l Partnering On Products

December 23, 2013 8:54 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Altria Group Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. said Friday that they've entered into agreements related to marketing alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.             

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Study: Many Dolphins Sick A Year After Gulf Oil Spill

December 23, 2013 8:50 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government, academic and other researchers made comprehensive check-ups on 29 dolphins in Barataria Bay in August 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment — a federal process to determine the extent of damage and how to repair it. Barataria Bay was one of the areas where pelicans struggled in heavy slicks and thick globs of oil washed onto marshy islands between April and July 2010.

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GPS Mobile MapSight Device

December 23, 2013 8:49 am | by General Electric | Product Releases | Comments

This revolutionary solution integrates laser, camera and GPS technologies, enabling utilities to quickly and accurately collect measurement and location data on any of their joint-use utility poles or field assets.

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U.S. Growth Upgrade Gives Stocks Another Lift

December 23, 2013 8:14 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Government figures showed that the world's largest economy grew by an annualized rate of 4.1 percent in the third quarter, up from the previous estimate of 3.6 percent. The pace of growth is further evidence that the U.S. economy is gaining traction and helps explain why the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to reduce its stimulus by $10 billion a month starting from January.

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Inter-Korean Factory Park Tough Sell To Outsiders

December 23, 2013 8:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two Koreas have taken an initial step to open their jointly run industrial park to overseas investors.  But foreigners who toured the complex on Thursday say the compound in North Korea remains a tough sell despite its cheap labor.    

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ADM Stays In Illinois Despite Lack Of Tax Breaks

December 23, 2013 8:07 am | by David Mercer and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ADM's announcement to stay in Illinois likely will give ammunition to both sides over whether states should play ball when companies make demands, though some incentives skeptics warned not to read too much into one company's decision. Chicago, with its two international airports in the heart of Midwestern farm country, was the best place for ADM's new headquarters, CEO Patricia Woertz said Wednesday.

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Q&A: Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 8:05 am | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Mitch Carrel talks about the case, what considerations food manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

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KNIPEX Larger Pliers With Easy Adjustment

December 23, 2013 7:36 am | by KNIPEX Tools LP | Product Releases | Comments

The Cobra® XL (no. 87 01 400) and Cobra XXL (no. 87 01 560) additions to the Cobra® Water Pump Pliers family from KNIPEX Tools LP offer the performance and comfort of water pump pliers while being lighter in weight and having a greater gripping capacity than comparable pipe wrenches.

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HTP Oil Containment & Absorbent Super Socks

December 23, 2013 7:13 am | by American Products | Product Releases | Comments

HTP Super Socks from American Products will absorb up to six quarts of free standing oil, says the company. 

U.S. Economy Expands At 4.1 Percent Rate

December 20, 2013 1:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department's final look at growth in the summer was up from a previous estimate of 3.6 percent. Four-fifths of the revision came from stronger consumer spending, primarily in the area of health care.            

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Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

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MAPI: Growth Rebound In The Making

December 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing industrial production increased at a 1.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013, but production has rapidly accelerated in the fourth quarter. Inflation-adjusted GDP increased at a 3.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter. MAPI forecasts that manufacturing production will increase 3.1 percent in 2014, a slight deceleration from the 3.2 percent forecast in the September 2013 report.

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Japanese Robot Chats With Astronaut On Space Station

December 20, 2013 12:35 pm | by Emily Wang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions.

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Jazz Pharma To Pay $1B For Rare Disease Drug Co.

December 20, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jazz will make a tender offer of $57 per share for the Italian company, about a 2 percent premium to Gentium's closing stock price in the U.S. on Thursday. Gentium develops drugs to treat a variety of rare diseases and conditions, including orphan vascular diseases related to cancer treatments.

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Whirlpool Reshoring Some Production To Ohio Plant

December 20, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said Friday that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation.

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 7 & 8

December 20, 2013 12:24 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). 

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The Top 3 Manufacturing Trends For 2014

December 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

With the end of the year approaching, manufacturers are looking forward into next year and the trends that matter to them.  Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst with LNS Research, narrows down the list of trends that you should be aware of.

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Financing Deal Set On $1B Ind. Fertilizer Plant

December 20, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A businessman says he has reached a deal with a Chinese company to finance a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant that could cost nearly $1 billion to build.  Ohio Valley Resources president Doug Wilson of Fairfield, Ill., announced Thursday that the Chinese company will provide equity financing for the construction while his company will manage the project near the Ohio River town of Rockport.

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New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The move by Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Co. from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said Thursday that those plans haven't changed.

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Air Bag Safety System Tested On World Cup Skiers

December 20, 2013 9:47 am | by Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Working with the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Italian manufacturer has been collecting information from skiers for four years to find the exact algorithm as to when can the system should go into effect — in other words, at what point in a fall can a racer no longer regain control.

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