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Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 28, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.                                       

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Chemical Company Plans To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant in Illinois

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, state economic officials confirmed Tuesday.                                   

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A Brief Look at the U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger growth.

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One-of-a-Kind BMW 507 Boat Found After 6 Decades

October 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

BMW made just one BMW 507 boat, but it was lost for decades until a young man found and restored it.                                           

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GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

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Detroit: City On The Rise?

October 28, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? Film for 'We the Economy' explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs.           

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New Jersey Firm Recalls Packages of Cashews

October 28, 2014 10:53 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Chetak New York L.L.C.  is recalling packages of deep raw cashew pieces because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.                               

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New Series of Heavy Duty Stationary Compactor Solutions

October 28, 2014 10:42 am | by SP Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SP Industries introduces the CP-4002 Heavy Duty Stationary Compactor. With a dual cylinder design and dozens of customizable features these industrial trash compactors are ideal for various industrial uses. 

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5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 28, 2014 10:26 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Undoubtedly, maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money, however, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to the following issues: lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

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Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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A Warship So Quiet, it Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Britain’s sailors are looking towards the future. The Royal Navy has recently commissioned a new high-tech frigate designed to become the “workhorse of the fleet” and focus on a variety of maritime missions ranging from complex combat operations to counter piracy and disaster relief. 

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.     

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent in September

October 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.             

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Ferrari Becomes More Exclusive

October 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ferrari is making six "invite-only" super cars that are available only to the most elite car lovers. Alanna Petroff looks at the brand's drive to feed demand for unique, high-end vehicles.                 

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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lori Payne | Blogs | Comments

Small manufacturing enterprises are more than balance sheets to the CEO, who has usually built the business from the ground up, painfully learning every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker.     

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Liquor Company's American CEO Adapts To New Climate

October 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Chinese drank 11 billion liters of Baijiu last year, making it the most consumed spirit by volume. After suffering a significant loss in revenue, Sichuan Swellfun CEO Jim Rice is hoping a new approach will reinvigorate the business.    

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific

October 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth, after parachuting into the Pacific on Saturday.                                     

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Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products.                                              

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Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal with Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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