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Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | News | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming.           

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Is LED Really that Efficient and Cost Effective?

December 16, 2014 1:45 pm | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics LLC | Articles | Comments

Not only do LED lights improve efficiency and reliability, but light levels and quality are either maintained or improved over metal halide systems as well. So, to answer the question of whether or not LEDs really are that efficient, and can they really save that much money, the answer is a resounding yes.  

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Cheap, Clean, Fusion Power One Step Closer to Reality

December 16, 2014 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels.                         

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Portucel, S.A. Invests $110M in New Greenwood Facility

December 16, 2014 10:43 am | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County, S.C. to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A.’s investment of $110 million is expected to create 70 new jobs.               

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Powered Heavy-Duty Stacker

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Presto Lifts | Product Releases | Comments

The all new PowerStak Model PPS-3000-AS from Presto Lifts is a compact, easy to use, yet a heavy-duty stacker that boasts a full 3,000 lbs. of capacity with a 24” load center. 

Survey: Chinese Manufacturing Decreased in December

December 16, 2014 10:22 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing contracted in December for the first time in seven months in another sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is quickening, according to a survey of factories released Tuesday.             

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Powdered Alcohol? Not so Fast, Lawmakers Say

December 16, 2014 10:08 am | by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Powdered alcohol hasn't even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go.                       

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U.S. Household Gasoline Expenditures Nearing 11 Year Low

December 16, 2014 9:54 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The average U.S. household is expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014, as annual motor fuel expenditures are on track to fall to their lowest level in 11 years.                 

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6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

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Why Oil is Down by Half, What it Means for You

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.         

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Alcoa Buying Tital to Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

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Build-it-Yourself Computer for $150

December 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's kind of like Legos, but for computers. Kano is a kit that offers kids the basics of building hardware and coding software.                                   

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Former Muncie Chevy Plant Workers Compile History

December 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Keith Roysdon, The Star Press | News | Comments

Grobey and Dawson have become the unofficial historians of the Muncie plant. Dawson collected thousands of photographs and documents covering the history of the General Motors transmission plant, in its various names and incarnations, from the years when it employed more than 3,000 people to its final days.

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14 Cities Receive Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants

December 15, 2014 2:03 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday.

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UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

December 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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OLK-444 Industrial Leak Detection Kit

December 15, 2014 10:45 am | by Spectroline | Product Releases | Comments

 According to Spectroline, the OLK-444 Industrial Leak Detection Kit is a powerful kit that pinpoints leaks in any size oil-based fluid system.       

Manufacturing in New York Contracts in December

December 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments.                             

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

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