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SunPower Announces New Solar Plant in Colorado

May 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunPower Corp. plans to double its solar power generating capacity in the San Luis Valley with a new 50-megawatt solar power plant.                                   

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Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include Walker-based automotive supplier Challenge Mfg. Co. expanding into Pontiac.                                

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New Mexico Biofuel Facility on Fire

May 28, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A biofuel facility near Anthony in southern New Mexico caught fire Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said.                            

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Patching and Repairing Concrete in Your Plant

May 27, 2014 4:33 pm | by L&M Construction Chemicals | Videos | Comments

Perk Restore is a fast setting, low odor, two-component advanced polymer resin designed for patching and repairing concrete.                                     

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Waterproof and Restore Existing Metal Roof

May 27, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Garland Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This lightweight, multi-layer waterproofing system will only add one-fifth of a pound per square foot to existing roof systems when completed, eliminating the time and cost associated with engineering a new roof system. 

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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

May 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by By Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Articles | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once.        

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Manufacturing & the Decline of the Middle Class, Part One

May 27, 2014 3:39 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

For all practical purposes, we are now in the post-industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has become a crisis of the middle class.                              

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Malaysia Releasing Satellite Data on Missing Jet

May 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by Eileen Ng and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency.             

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Del Monte Processing Plant Evacuated

May 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tim Williams of the Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says 14 employees were sent to four different area hospitals Friday.                                    

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Move Over Tesla, the Elio Is Here

May 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The success of Tesla has inspired other independent American car makers. Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors has designed an efficient sporty car that gets 84 miles per gallon.                      

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The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

May 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.           

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Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda as Greenest Automaker

May 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.                                             

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Median CEO Pay for Large Companies Crosses $10M in 2013

May 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from 2012.                

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Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                                   

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Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm | by IMPO Staff | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, despite their critical role in manufacturing, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s information technology network, making the endeavor costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient.             

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GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                                

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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 27, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The ambitious project implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.            

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The Evolution of HVAC-Hacks.com

May 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Tim Gibson, P.E., Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With HVAC-Hacks.com, technicians and other HVAC-related people post their experiences to educate people and further the industry. It has become an Internet success story beyond expectations.                   

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WSU, Beechcraft Team Up to 'Insource' Manufacturing Jobs

May 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle | News | Comments

The idea they devised was unusual: Take a bunch of WSU engineering undergraduates. Train them intensely. Then integrate them as full team members on real projects at Beechcraft.                      

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China to Take 6M Vehicles off Roads

May 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.                        

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