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Porsche 911, Viper Probed For Safety Problems

April 30, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating coolant leaks in Porsche 911 sports cars that could cause roadway spills and send vehicles careening out of control, and complaints that a rear suspension part can fail on the iconic Dodge Viper muscle car.

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Power Company, Smelter Reach Tentative Deal

April 30, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A regional utility has reached a tentative agreement with an aluminum smelter on electric rates that would keep the facility in western Kentucky open. Media report that Henderson-based Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Hawesville-based Century Aluminum announced the agreement on Monday.

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GE Sues Utility As Dredging Restarts On Hudson

April 30, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. said it sued a utility for a share of costs associated with the $1 billion-plus Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River on Monday, the day the fourth season of dredging began to remove contaminated sediment from the river.

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NE Lawmakers Debate Approaches To Wind Energy

April 30, 2013 1:42 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers have advanced a bill intended to attract more wind-energy companies to Nebraska as long as residents receive some of the benefits. The measure would make it easier for renewable energy firms to qualify for sales-tax exemptions under an existing state program — the Rural Community-Based Energy Development Act — that was created to encourage wind-energy projects.

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Heat, Air Conditioning Maker Expanding Dayton

April 30, 2013 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodman Manufacturing will expand its plant in Dayton, creating 200 new jobs. State and company officials announced Tuesday that Goodman is investing $2 million in the plant in Rhea County, which makes commercial and light commercial heating and air conditioning equipment.

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Brazil's Embraer Inks 30-Jet Deal With United

April 30, 2013 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian plane maker Embraer says it's signed a firm order with United Airlines for 30 regional jets. With the option for United to buy an additional 40 jets, Embraer says the deal could eventually be worth nearly $4 billion. The first planes are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2014.

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Shelby's 575-hp Raptor

April 30, 2013 1:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Shelby America just unveiled its new Shelby Raptor pickup truck and CNN Money senior editor Peter Valdes-Dapena took the new truck out for a spin at Monticello Motor Club, which offers both a performance track and an off-road course. The 575-hp Shelby Raptor has monster performance and rugged off-road capability, making it a pick-up truck for the not-so-faint-of-heart.

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Caterpillar To Close Summerville Plant

April 30, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar says it plans to close its Summerville remanufacturing plant next year, a move that will put 280 people out of work. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the company said Monday that the decision came after an extensive strategic review of the business.

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Ford To Enter Myanmar With Showroom By August

April 30, 2013 10:09 am | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. announced its entry into Myanmar on Tuesday, saying it plans to open the nation's first sales and service showroom for new vehicles by August. Myanmar's vehicle market has been stunted by decades of international sanctions and strict import controls put in place by the military junta that ruled for nearly 50 years, handing out import licenses to a few favored tycoons.

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Japan Manufacturing, Hiring Rise In March

April 30, 2013 10:08 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan manufacturing and employment showed slight improvements in March, buttressing hopes that the economy may be headed for a moderate recovery. Factory output rose 0.2 percent, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday, in the fourth straight monthly increase. It pointed to strength in chemicals, electrical components, telecommunications equipment and steam turbines.

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Yokohama: Tire Demand Calls For U.S. Plant

April 30, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives with Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. say they will build a new tire plant in Mississippi because they see a global supply shortage for tires. The company plans to invest $300 million, hiring 500 people, in a first phase, and could invest $1.2 billion, hiring 2,000 people, over time. State and local governments could give more than $340 million in aid and tax breaks.

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U.S. Steel Posts 1Q Loss As Costs Rise

April 30, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel says it lost $73 million in the first quarter because of tough competition and rising prices. A year ago it made money in its flat-rolled steel segment, but that was a money-loser in the most recent quarter. Production costs rose, but selling prices didn't.

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Subaru Recalls More Than 10,000 Forester Wagons

April 30, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is recalling just over 10,000 of its 2014 Forester wagons because the floor mats can interfere with the clutch, brake or gas pedals. The recall affects Foresters made from January 2013 through March. The company says the floor mats can curl when exposed to heat.

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Scan Before You Replace

April 30, 2013 8:05 am | by Brian Lambert, The Garland Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Thankfully, rather than simply doing a quick visual assessment of the roof and deciding it needs to be replaced, today’s roofing professionals can rely on several different non-destructive moisture tests to help make solid recommendations based on unbiased scientific information. The decision of when to repair, restore or replace a large commercial roof often involves a million dollars or more.

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Please Turn Out The Lights

April 30, 2013 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

After years of advice, prodding, urging and incentivizing, manufacturers are greener than ever, and so are their pocket books. According to statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average retail price of electricity for industrial customers has risen steadily from 5.05 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2001 to 6.82 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2011. 

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Disston Company Buys Industrial Building In MA

April 29, 2013 4:51 pm | News | Comments

The Disston Company’s CEO and President, Stephen Chen, purchased a 130,000 square foot industrial building in Chicopee, company spokesperson, Mark Marzeotti, today announced. Disston is a manufacturer of saw blades, drill bits, and other hand and power tool-related accessories for the DIY, contractor, and industrial markets. Its brands include Blu-Mol, RemGrit, Aggressor, and Blu-Mol Xtreme.

Intelligrated Hires Vice President Of International Division

April 29, 2013 2:52 pm | by Intelligrated® | News | Comments

Intelligrated®, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, today announces the appointment of Bob Wilson to the position of vice president, international division, Intelligrated. Based in Mason, Ohio, Wilson will oversee international sales and operations.

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Goodyear, Union Begin Contract Talks For 6 Plants

April 29, 2013 2:24 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the backdrop of an uncertain economy, shrinking unions and company cost-cutting, Goodyear and the Steelworkers are negotiating on a new national contract covering 8,000 tire workers at six plants. The first round of talks in Cincinnati ended Thursday and recessed.

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Fiat Reports Q1 Loss As Sales Slip

April 29, 2013 2:23 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Weak sales in Europe and lower profits at U.S. partner Chrysler pushed Italian carmaker Fiat to a loss in the first quarter. Fiat SpA on Monday said it lost 83 million euros ($108 million) during the first three months of the year, compared with a restated first-quarter profit of 35 million euros in the same period of 2012.

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Hostess To Open Bakeries In Indiana, Illinois

April 29, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands. The predecessor to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of turmoil and later decided to go out of business after a nationwide strike crippled its operations.

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