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Alcoa Unit To Invest $25M In Va. Facility

June 18, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Power and Propulsion plans to invest $25 million in new technology at its Hampton, Virginia operation.                        

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Musk Takes On Carbon With Solar, Battery Bets

June 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.      

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Assembly Line Cooling To Prevent Heat Exhaustion

June 17, 2014 3:48 pm | by MovinCool | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool portable air conditioner units help reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and increase your employee morale, leading to improved manufacturing quality and productivity, says the company. 

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'Pink Slime' Makers Say Sales Are Rising

June 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska | News | Comments

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                                 

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Ben & Jerry's Helping Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight

June 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor Monday to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.        

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CEOs More Optimistic on Hiring, Sales

June 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by a more positive outlook toward hiring and sales.                                

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Robotic Dairies: The Future of Production

June 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The old fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break and let the machines do the work.                       

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Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                            

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MAPI Quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook: Accelerating Growth Ahead

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Stable consumer-driven spending and a strong forecast for business investment bode well for the manufacturing sector, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.                 

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4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 12:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.                         

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First NAFTA Infiniti/Mercedes Engines To Roll of Line

June 17, 2014 12:23 pm | by Graeme Roberts, The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Nissan Motor's luxury unit Infiniti said its Decherd powertrain plant, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler, would start production on June 26.                        

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The State & Future of the Global Electronics Market

June 17, 2014 10:34 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.”            

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Administration, Allies Pushing for Minimum Wage Hike

June 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The increase has been a top second-term political priority for President Barack Obama and his allies in Congress. However, it is stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives.                    

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Feds Not Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 10:18 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom.          

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GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to the infamous ignition switch issue.                               

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Boeing Union Joins Fight Over Wash. Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions representing Boeing machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and thus how clean Washington state waters should be.                    

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How Will GM Fix Its Corporate Culture?

June 17, 2014 9:59 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.            

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Tesla Vote in N.J. Moves to Senate

June 17, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would allow zero-emission carmakers to sell directly to consumers in that state.                                 

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Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping by U.S.

June 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.         

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Clean Solar Panels Efficiently

June 17, 2014 9:18 am | by Kärcher Professional | Product Releases | Comments

iSolar is a new pressure washer accessory from Kärcher Professional designed for thorough cleaning of solar panels.

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