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SC Watchdog Questions Agency, Nonprofit Spending on Wetland

April 29, 2015 4:20 pm | by Susanne Schafer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State auditors faulted the South Carolina Commerce Department for setting up a nonprofit organization with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League to disperse $5 million to offset the destruction of wetlands at what is now Boeing's manufacturing site near Charleston.

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Audi Runs on Green Diesel for the First Time

April 29, 2015 4:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

German company Sunfire has made diesel fuel out of carbon dioxide, water, and electricity, and successfully tested the synthetic fuel in an Audi A8 on April 21.

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Bud Light Withdraws Slogan After Outcry

April 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev is reacting to public protests on social media for a marketing campaign slogan on bottles of its Bud Light brand. 

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Makes Another Pitch for Auto Mergers

April 29, 2015 3:14 pm | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says the auto industry faces grave risks if companies don't start consolidating and share skyrocketing product development. 

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Jeni's To Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 29, 2015 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is destroying more than 265 tons of ice cream after listeria was found in the production facility and in products last week.

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Report: Foreign Investors Turning to U.S. Industrial Property

April 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Foreign investors are increasingly buying up logistical and industrial properties as part of their American real estate holdings, according to a recent report by JLL.

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Dymaxion Car – Cool, But How Does It Drive?

April 29, 2015 2:28 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Buckminster Fuller's 1933 foray into automobiles gave us the Dymaxion Car, and enthusiast Jeff Lane has one of the only working replicas in the world. Dan Neil takes the road zeppelin for a spin...or should we say wobble?

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California Touts Aggressive Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 29, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under an ambitious plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

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UAW Reports 55 Percent Membership at VW Plant

April 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according to the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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5 Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking To Go Lean

April 29, 2015 1:56 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

Because we are living in an age where increased efficiency is not only desired, but also required in order to stay competitive, every manufacturing company can benefit from implementing a sustainable lean strategy.

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Cobra QuickSet

April 29, 2015 1:49 pm | by KNIPEX Tools | Product Releases | Comments

The new 10-inch Cobra QuickSet pliers, an addition to KNIPEX Tools’ flagship line of Cobra Water Pump Pliers, features a new slide and lock system that makes repetitive tasks easier and more convenient than ever before.

Volkswagen Profit up 19 Percent on Cost-Cutting, Europe Recovery

April 29, 2015 10:15 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen said first-quarter profit rose 19 percent from a year ago as cost-cutting improved profit margins at its namesake brand and as European car sales showed a modest recovery.

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Industrial Mergers Decline at the Outset of 2015

April 29, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industrial mergers and acquisitions decreased in the first quarter of this year following a robust 2014, according to research firm Mergermarket.

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Justice Department Seeks Charges Against Lumber Liquidators

April 29, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators said Wednesday that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the Virginia-based company over its imported laminate flooring.

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Tyson Hopes To Rid Chicken of Antibiotics by 2017

April 28, 2015 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken house by September 2017 and it will explore doing the same in its beef, pork and turkey operations. 

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Retrospective: Safety in Chem Over the Years

April 28, 2015 5:19 pm | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

In the past, no one knew what “culture of safety” meant, but we sure knew the problems that resulted from not caring about safety. It was a tough trail – much more frontier medicine than safety science.

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Report: Manufacturing, Mining Productivity Increased in 2014

April 28, 2015 5:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Labor productivity increased in about three-quarters of manufacturing and mining sectors tracked by federal labor officials last year. 

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Ford Engineer Creates Record-Breaking Hot Wheels Track

April 28, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Talk about epic parent-child projects: Ford employee Matt West and his son Blade set up a massive Hot Wheels ramp at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn on the company’s “Take Your Child to Work Day,” breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.

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The Millennial Challenge

April 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

The generational divide is the biggest diversity issue facing the workforce - even bigger than sex or race, says Christine Hassler. 

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The Fate of the Export-Import Bank

April 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The charter for the Export-Import bank is nearing its expiration date, but the question remains — will it be renewed?

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