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Ford Adding 350 Jobs At Ky. Truck Plant

January 30, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said.               

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Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

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BlueWater Manufacturing Acquired By Safety Products Group

January 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Safety Products Group | News | Comments

BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of pre-engineered, modular guardrail systems, announced that it has been acquired by Safety Products Group. Under its lead brand, SafetyRail 2000, BlueWater has provided its industrial and commercial customers easy-to-install, non-penetrating roof top safety solutions since 2001.

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Google's Motorola Misstep Could Be Lenovo's Boon

January 30, 2014 10:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The deal announced Wednesday will rid Google Inc. of a financial headache that has plagued the Internet company since buying Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has lost nearly $2 billion since Google took over, while trimming its workforce from 20,000 to 3,800.

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U.S. Economy Grows At 3.2 Percent Rate In 4Q

January 30, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years, an encouraging sign for 2014.                     

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Seat Fabric May Force Toyota Recall in U.S., Canada

January 30, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese automaker has already halted sales of the problem vehicles, which are only those equipped with seat heaters, because the fabric may not clear flammability standards, company spokesman Naoki Sumino said Thursday.        

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Man Injured In Omaha Industrial Accident Sues

January 30, 2014 10:00 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.           

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Crystal CEO: Rail Shutdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said Wednesday could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve.                   

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Ford Mustang Flat Rock Assembly

January 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Car Production | Videos | Comments

Follow the one millionth Ford Mustang built at the Flat Rock assembly plant as it rolls off the production line. The Flat Rock plant, which was opened in 1987, currently produces the Ford Mustang and the Ford Fusion.          

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Robots Still Have A Lot To Learn

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.                                    

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2014 UK Automotive Production Looks Bright

January 30, 2014 9:27 am | by SMMT | Videos | Comments

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, discusses UK car, commercial vehicle, and engine manufacturing performance in 2013. Ford of Britain Managing Director, Mark Ovenden, and other automotive executives also give insights into the year's performance and their expectations for 2014.

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Safety Hat Manufacturing

January 30, 2014 9:14 am | by MSA and Grupo José Pinto | Videos | Comments

Take a tour of the MSA facotry in South Africa that turns out hard hats for use around the world. This start to finish production line tour takes you from raw material,through the assembly line, and on to warehouse and shipping logistics.   

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Dutch Find More Horsemeat In Beef Products

January 29, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products.             

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Ethanol Industry Set To Fight EPA On Blend Rule

January 29, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol industry officials promised Tuesday a long fight against moves by federal regulators to cut the amount of biofuels blended into the nation's gasoline.                           

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Wind Turbine Maker To Close Pa. Plant

January 29, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States. They said the company had to alter its manufacturing and supply chain strategy to keep energy costs low and maintain a strong market presence.

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ND Synfuels Plant To Add $402M Fertilizer Facility

January 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Urea is a granular fertilizer used by farmers. It requires anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide, both of which are produced at the synfuels plant that turns coal into natural gas for distribution in the eastern U.S.          

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Beretta To Build New Firearms Plant In Tenn.

January 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee. The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs.                

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Pressure Mounts For Apple To Expand Its Horizons

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

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W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.

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3D Printing Helps Nike Design Super Bowl Cleat

January 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nike used 3D printed prototypes to speed up the design process for its latest football cleat.                                             

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