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Ash Grove Cement To Furlough MT Workers Again

October 25, 2011 9:51 am | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Ash Grove Cement Co. says it plans to furlough workers at its manufacturing plant in Montana City for a third straight winter because of poor economic conditions that continue to affect the industry. The company, based in Overland Park, Kan., said in a news release Monday the furloughs will affect fewer workers than in previous years, with roughly 220 on the national furlough list, compared to 500 in 2010.


DuPont Reports 23 Percent Increase In 3Q Earnings

October 25, 2011 9:49 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chemical maker DuPont says strong demand for its agricultural products helped boost third-quarter net income by 23 percent. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. on Tuesday reported net income of $452 million, or 48 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 30. That's up from $367 million, or 40 cents per share, for the same period a year ago.

Nissan Aims For No. 1 In Green Vehicles

October 25, 2011 9:48 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is aiming to be the world's No. 1 in green cars, targeting cumulative sales of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2017 with alliance partner Renault SA of France. The Japanese maker of the Leaf electric car announced Monday its six-year strategy, planning a plug-in hybrid by the fiscal year ending March 2017 and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent per vehicle compared with 2005 levels.


Sodium-Sulfur Battery Sales Halted After Fire

October 25, 2011 9:45 am | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Oct. 25 (Kyodo) — NGK Insulators Ltd. has suspended sales of its sodium-sulfur batteries until the cause of a fire in September at Mitsubishi Materials Corp., one of the batteries' corporate users, can be identified, company officials said Tuesday. NGK Insulators is the sole firm worldwide that manufactures sodium-sulfur batteries, known for its capability to store large volumes of electricity.


OSHA Cites Grenada Stamping $113K

October 25, 2011 9:41 am | News | Comments

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Grenada, Miss., company for 26 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $113,400. OSHA officials say in a news release that the penalties against Grenada Stamping and Assembly Inc., doing business as Ice Industries Grenada, come from an April inspection following a work-related amputation at the plant.


Report: Ford's Quality Is Slipping

October 25, 2011 9:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Quality should be Job 1 at Ford again. The brand's ranking fell 10 spots in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability survey, hurt by glitchy touch screens and transmissions. It now ranks 20th out of 28 major brands, based on a survey of the magazine's subscribers.

A Mosaic Of Solar Energy

October 25, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Errol Barnett talks to Dan Rosen of Solar Mosaic about the future of solar energy. Solar Mosaic allows people to own a share of a community solar project. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


A 'Yardstick' To Simplify ERP Implementation

October 25, 2011 7:06 am | by Nikhil Kumar, Industry Principal, Oracle Practice, Infosys | Articles | Comments

While rapid globalization and inorganic growth have been the cornerstones for defining business strategies for most of the CEOs and business leaders today, these have also created a nightmare for CIOs with the ever evolving IT landscape and struggle in maintaining a common layer across diverse business units.


A Down Economy Is A Great Time To Launch A New Product

October 25, 2011 7:02 am | by Judson Luke, LePoidevin Marketing | Articles | Comments

Launching a new product is a risky business. According to the Harvard Business Review in 2004, only 1 in 10 new products were considered successful. Of course, it’s often the case that the bigger the risk, the bigger the potential rewards. With continuing low consumer confidence, media reports of foreclosures, high unemployment and talk of “double dip” recessions, the course of action for many companies has been to...

Americal Crystal, Worker Talks Resume

October 25, 2011 5:27 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out union workers headed back to the negotiating table Monday, but refused to talk about the results. A federal mediation service in Minneapolis said talks between the company and the union representing about 1,300 workers would resume, but didn't disclose the place and time.


AR Joist Facility Completes $4M Upgrade

October 25, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

HOPE, Ark. (AP) — A manufacturer has reopened a factory in Hope and announced Monday it plans to hire as many as 178 workers now that a $4 million upgrade is complete. New Millennium Building Systems, which makes steel joists at the plant, has hired 58 workers and said it plans to hire up to 120 more.


DEP Gives Approval To PA Tire-Burning Plant

October 25, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air-quality permit for a $350 million tires-to-energy plant planned in northwestern Pennsylvania. Monday's permit was the final regulatory approval needed for Crawford Renewable Energy to begin building the plant about 10 miles south of Meadville at the Keystone Regional Industrial Park in Greenwood Township.


U.S. Steel Earns $22M In 3Q On Higher Prices

October 25, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Steel said Tuesday it earned a profit of $22 million in the third-quarter as steel sold for higher prices. The company lost $51 million in the year-ago quarter. That marks two straight profitable quarters for U.S. Steel, which had suffered through an eight-quarter losing streak.

2 Injured In PA Industrial Furnace Blast

October 25, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two workers were injured in an explosion at a Pittsburgh railcar parts factory where another man died in an industrial accident over the summer. WTAE-TV reports the workers were injured Monday afternoon in a furnace explosion at McConway & Torley. They were hospitalized in good condition.


Execs Admit Guilt In Price-Fixing Case

October 25, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two executives from a Japanese auto parts maker have admitted in a U.S. court that they conspired to fix prices of parts their company sold to auto companies, which may have raised car prices. Furukawa Electric Co. is to pay a $200 million fine, which the Justice Department said last month is among the largest it has won.

Revenge Of The Electric Car

October 24, 2011 10:31 am | Videos | Comments

Despite many failures over the years, the new documentary ''Revenge of the Electric Car'' follows the comeback of the once dismissed electric car. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Outsourcing Management

October 24, 2011 10:19 am | by Linda Elkins, EVP, PolyDyne Software, | Articles | Comments

“Outsourcing management” defines the processes required to manage product pricing data, select outsourcing partners, manage pricing negotiations, maintain updated pricing across EMS providers, and rollup product costing. A cursory look at interactions between electronic OEMs and EMS providers clearly indicates the complexity that exists between supply chain partners.

Fabrinet Thai Facilities Remain Shuttered

October 24, 2011 9:31 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Manufacturing company Fabrinet said Monday that it expects its Chokchai plants in flood-hit Thailand to remain shuttered through the rest of the quarter. Fabrinet, based in Bangkok, provides services and parts for optical, electro-mechanical and electronic manufacturing companies.


Dayton Welcomes Immigrants As Policy Point

October 24, 2011 9:29 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the same afternoon thousands of Hispanics in Alabama took the day off to protest the state's strict new immigration law, Mexican-born Francisco Mejia was ringing up diners' bills and handing containers piled with carnitas to drive-thru customers on the east side of Dayton.


Air Compressor Causes NE Plant Fire

October 24, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Beatrice manufacturing plant has resumed production after a fire. Fire crews were sent to the Neapco (nee-AP'-coh) plant a little after 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Beatrice Fire Capt. Jake Carrel (KEHR'-ohl) says the plant's fire sprinkler system kept down the flames before firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze.



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