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China Warns Local Leaders To Cut Industry Bloat

November 5, 2013 1:57 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing has been trying since 2009 to cut excess production capacity, which has triggered price-cutting wars that threaten the financial health of some industries. But lower-level leaders whose promotions depend on economic development have continued to support local industries.

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What Is Google Building Out In San Francisco Bay?

November 5, 2013 1:44 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory. Construction became obvious a few weeks ago.

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UAW Lawyer Knocks Detroit Over Pre-Bankruptcy Acts

November 5, 2013 1:35 pm | by Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

The UAW's chief lawyer is portraying the city of Detroit as inflexible in the weeks leading to last summer's bankruptcy filing.  Unions opposed to Detroit's bankruptcy say there was a lack of good-faith negotiations with creditors before the Chapter 9 filing in July. 

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GT Advanced Technologies Strikes Deal With Apple

November 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. shares soared in extended trading Monday after it struck a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. for sapphire material.                           

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Nucor Working To Block Big River Steel Air Permit

November 5, 2013 1:22 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The start of construction for a $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is being delayed because a competing steel mill is trying to block the new company from receiving its environmental permit.              

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Report: 30 Pct. Renewable Energy Mandate Doable

November 5, 2013 1:19 pm | by David Eggert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan is positioned to double its share of electricity from wind and other renewable sources within two decades but risks falling behind other states if nothing is done, state officials said in a final report issued to Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.

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3D Printing A Manufacturing 'Game Changer'

November 5, 2013 11:58 am | by KSTP News | Videos | Comments

Minnesota news channel KSTP features an Eden Praire manufacturer that has embraced 3D printing without laying off workers.                                     

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Maker's Row And The Future Of American Manufacturing

November 5, 2013 11:30 am | by Small Empires with Alex Ohanian | Videos | Comments

Navigating the world of manufacturing hasn't always been a walk in the park. Factories and sourcing facilities are hard discover, unless you know people in the business or are willing to shell out a huge fee for directory information. 

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Southeast Manufacturing Activity Climbs In October

November 5, 2013 10:10 am | by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast climbed in October, pushing the monthly index to 50.4 and narrowing the gap with the National PMI, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

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Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughterhouses

November 5, 2013 10:06 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily halted plans by companies in two U.S. states to begin slaughtering horses, continuing on-again, off-again efforts to resume domestic equine slaughter two years after Congress lifted a ban on the practice.

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CAT To Close W.Va. Highwall Miner Plant

November 5, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is closing a highwall miner plant in southern West Virginia and moving production to a facility in Pennsylvania.  Caterpillar says its plant in Beckley will close by mid-2014.               

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Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi To Expand Cooperation

November 5, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Renault-Nissan alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday they will expand cooperation in developing new vehicles, including small cars and full-size sedans.                        

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Apple To Open Phoenix-Area Plant, Employ 700

November 5, 2013 9:41 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech giant Apple Inc. on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

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OECD: Economic Crisis Hits Trust In Governments

November 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The financial crisis of the past few years has severely sapped confidence in government around the globe, a think-tank representing the world's wealthiest economies said Tuesday.                     

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Demand Response Programs Lower Electricity Costs, But Also Pose Risks

November 5, 2013 9:26 am | by David Cousineau, Kimberly Frank, and Jeffrey Fuisz, Kaye Scholer’s Energy & Infrastructure Group | Articles | Comments

Take our poll!  Many industrial manufacturers with the ability to control their electricity usage are now taking advantage of demand response programs to help reduce their energy costs. Demand response programs pay participants to reduce electric energy usage for short periods of time. 

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Does A Manufacturing Decline Reduce The Capacity To Innovate?

November 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Penny Olmos | Articles | Comments

The key phrase here is “new ideas entering the market.” It's not like there aren't any new ideas floating in the heads of enterprising individuals, but the ideas just don't reach the shop floor. The resources needed to bring innovative ideas to life are in short supply in U.S.

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New Videoscopes For Remote Quality Control

November 5, 2013 9:00 am | by Titan Tool Supply | Product Releases | Comments

The new Titan Tool model TVSG videoscopes have the capability to record video or still images on the supplied 8GB SD card. 

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New Solvent-Based Part Cleaning System

November 4, 2013 5:08 pm | by Dürr Ecoclean | Product Releases | Comments

Dürr Ecoclean released its EcoCCore system for solvent-based part cleaning.

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Twenty-One New Shelf Bins from LEWISBins+

November 4, 2013 4:48 pm | by LEWISbins+ | Product Releases | Comments

LEWISBins+™ is launching a series of 4” and 6” tall plastic shelf bins designed for 12”, 18" and 24” shelving units to create an integrated storage and organizational solution for many types of retail, assembly and storage applications. 

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Quantum Storage Releases Black Wire Shelving

November 4, 2013 4:40 pm | by Quantum Storage Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems is now stocking black wire shelving.  Quantum’s black wire shelving has a black epoxy finish which uses a low cost process in which the raw metal is treated with an iron phosphate.

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