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Colgate-Palmolive To Hire 300 At New S.C. Plant

October 8, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Colgate-Palmolive Co. is investing nearly $200 million to establish a new production facility in Greenwood County that will employ 300 workers.                  

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Floods Breach Thai Industrial Park; Factories Open

October 8, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities said a big industrial estate in eastern Thailand faced minor flooding Tuesday although factories were operating normally, triggering concerns the country could see a repeat of the devastation caused by record floods in 2011.   

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Kentucky Electric Steel Completes $6 Million Rolling Mill Enhancement

October 7, 2013 2:05 pm | by KES Acquisition Company | News | Comments

As a result of the upgrades, KES is now capable of producing high-quality round bars with diameters up to 3.8 inches. The expanded product offering enables KES to better serve its current customers and expands the Company’s new business opportunities.

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Olive Branch Factory To Close, Laying Off 100

October 7, 2013 2:03 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Closure Systems International Inc. will shutter its Olive Branch factory in December, laying off 100 people. The company makes bottle tops at the plant, which has operated since 1985. It had about 150 employees in 2007.     

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Wal-Mart Supplier To Build, Ship Toys From Rogers

October 7, 2013 2:01 pm | by AP | News | Comments

A company that makes battery-operated toys that children can ride on says it will open a manufacturing plant at Rogers and hire 74 workers who will build products exclusively for Wal-Mart.           

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Wyo. Coal-Fired Plants Top EPA New-Plant CO2 Limit

October 7, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The standards recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require new coal-fired plants to exceed no more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour.           

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United Technologies Cancels Planned Furlough

October 7, 2013 1:56 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered most of the Defense Department's 350,000 civilian employees back to work, citing a law that exempts civilians from the government shutdown if they're contributing to military morale or readiness.    

Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard.       

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KY Coal Town Suffers Amid Natural Gas Boom

October 7, 2013 12:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The increase in natural gas production has had a devastating impact on coal country, forcing many miners to seek employment elsewhere. Eastern Kentucky has lost 42 percent of its mining jobs, and CBS News' Jeff Glor reports from one of the hardest-hit towns.

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18 Safety Citations Issued At Ga. Plant Since 2009

October 7, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Representatives of a car parts manufacturing company say they've remedied several issues and have increased training after receiving the most federal safety violations in Georgia.                    

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BlackBerry Faces Class Action Shareholder Lawsuit

October 7, 2013 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A class action lawsuit has been filed against BlackBerry by a shareholder claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would fare against competitors.       

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Darling Buying Vion Holding Unit For $2.17B

October 7, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food recycling company Darling International Inc. is buying a unit of Vion Holding N.V. for about 1.6 billion euros ($2.17 billion).                    

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Government's Work Stacking Up A Week Into Shutdown

October 7, 2013 9:21 am | by Connie Cass, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return.

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Worker Dies Of Head Injury At W.Va. Coal Mine

October 7, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unidentified worker died of a head injury Friday at CONSOL Energy's McElroy mine in Marshall County, and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said it was investigating.         

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JAL Makes First Purchase From Airbus, Not Boeing

October 7, 2013 9:09 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion). The purchase of 31 A350 planes deals a blow to U.S. rival Boeing, which had been JAL's star supplier for decades.   

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Turning Air Compressors Into An Energy Source

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Werner Rauer, Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rise in energy prices is an unwelcome reality in today’s manufacturing and business environment. While the rate of price increases for natural gas, heating oil, and other sources may vary from year to year, the upward trajectory is clear. Energy cost reduction strategies are vital to staying competitive.

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Safeguarding The ‘Cool Side’ Of Direct-Chill Billet Casting

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Proprietary Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers of aluminum extrusions are highly dependent on the availability of high-quality billet, which can sometimes be difficult to procure either in cut lengths or logs. Without billet, extrusions do not get run and on-time deliveries do not occur, particularly with custom products. This situation can put customers at risk.

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Exciting Plans For IMTS

October 4, 2013 4:58 pm | by IMTS Exhibitions Department | News | Comments

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

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Lockheed Martin To Furlough 3K Workers

October 4, 2013 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The defense company said Friday that the number of employees put on furlough will increase weekly if the shutdown continues.       

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Daimler's Mercedes Has Record Sales Month

October 4, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler AG's luxury brand Mercedes-Benz sold a record number of cars in September. The Stuttgart-based automaker said Friday it sold 142,994 vehicles during September, up 15.9 percent on the same month a year before.         

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