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Chevron Halts Shale Gas Search After Protests

October 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Chevron says it has suspended searching for shale gas in northeast Romania following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.                  

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PwC: Manufacturing Hiring Plans Hit 5-Year High

October 18, 2013 12:39 pm | by PwC | News | Comments

Optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the global economic outlook reached the highest level since the first quarter of 2012.                   

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Target Of BP Settlement Probe Lashes Out At Freeh

October 18, 2013 12:36 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the lawyers singled out in an investigation of alleged misconduct in the settlement program for victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill is questioning the chief investigator's impartiality.          

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Volvo Adding Up To 140 Jobs In Maryland

October 18, 2013 12:33 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Sweden's Volvo Group says it's adding up to 140 jobs in Hagerstown in a $30 million expansion of a plant that makes truck engines and transmissions.                   

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Estimate: New Waste Landfill Would Cost $817M

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy says a new Oak Ridge landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes would cost roughly $817 million — a figure that's cheaper than shipping the material to an off-site disposal facility. The department estimates that shipping out the wastes would cost almost three times that much.

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Boston Scientific, Guidant To Pay $30M Settlement

October 18, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries will pay $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that health care facilities implanted in Medicare patients from 2002 to 2005.

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EU, Canada Reach Landmark Free Trade Deal

October 18, 2013 9:25 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada and the European Union have struck a tentative free trade agreement meant to boost growth and employment.                       

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Energy Bar Company Plans Bakery In Idaho

October 18, 2013 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private California-based company that makes energy bars and other nutritional products has announced plans to build a 300,000-square foot baking facility in Twin Falls.              

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China's Economic Growth Rebounds

October 18, 2013 9:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's economic growth rebounded in the latest quarter, easing pressure on communist leaders for more stimulus and allowing them to focus on longer-term reforms.               

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Parts Didn't Breach Failed Airline Engine's Casing

October 18, 2013 9:19 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The outer casing of an engine that failed aboard a Spirit Airlines plane earlier this week wasn't breached by parts from inside the engine, contrary to initial reports provided to the National Transportation Safety Board, the board said Thursday.

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Shutdown Affected Us In Ways We Did Not See

October 18, 2013 9:18 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.                

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How Producers And Power Generators Are Fueling The Next Energy Evolution

October 18, 2013 9:14 am | by Nathan Pascarella, Global Energy Solutions Manager, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

It’s an energy evolution — fueled by the confluence of Industrial Internet Protocol (Industrial IP), EtherNet/IP communications and energy management applications in industrial plants. Industrial plants’ energy partners — their power suppliers — will play a central role in this progression, working to advance plants’ energy efficiency goals.

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Pot Pies And Auto Supplies

October 18, 2013 9:09 am | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry have their own unique set of challenges that need to be successfully addressed before investing large amounts of capital into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suite.

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Black Streak & Tire Mark Remover

October 18, 2013 9:04 am | by North American Bioindustries | Product Releases | Comments

North American Bioindustries (Milwaukee, WI), manufacturer of environmentally responsible cleaners and degreasers, has introduced NAB Black Streak & Tire Mark Remover.

Efficient Warehouse Lighting

October 18, 2013 9:01 am | by Magnaray | Product Releases | Comments

Magnaray (Sarasota, FL) introduces the WLED-48, WLED-96, and WLED-192 luminaires.

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Temperature Data Logger

October 18, 2013 8:57 am | by Onset | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO UX120 Thermocouple Logger, a four-channel LCD data logger for measuring and recording temperature in a broad range of monitoring applications.

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Mid-Wave Infrared Camera

October 18, 2013 8:54 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Portland, OR) announces the introduction of the FLIR A6700sc, the company’s newest science-grade mid-wave infrared camera that redefines affordable high performance.

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Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

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Rise, Fall, & Rise Of Rockford Factory

October 17, 2013 1:51 pm | by ALEX GARY, Rockford Register Star | News | Comments

Founded in 1854 as the Eagle Foundry, the Gunite plant is the oldest continuously operating manufacturing business in Rockford and even perhaps the Midwest. Crews make brake drums, disc wheel hubs and rotors, spoke wheels and automatic slack adjusters for such customers as Ford Motor and Daimler Trucks North America.

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Factory Growth Slows Slightly In Philly Area

October 17, 2013 1:48 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A survey showed manufacturing growth in the Philadelphia region slowed only slightly this month, suggesting the 16-day partial government shutdown had less impact on U.S. factories than many had feared.         

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