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Foes Of IN Fertilizer Plant Cite TX Blast

May 15, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant are arguing that state officials should block the project because of dangers highlighted by last month's deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer manufacturer. An Illinois businessman is seeking permission to build a fertilizer plant projected to cost $950 million near the Ohio River city of Rockport.

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North Dakota Pasta Plant To Restart Production

May 15, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Noodles by Leonardo plant in Cando will start producing pasta again next week after six months of closed doors. The facility is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors.

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Paradise Lost For Asian Manufacturers

May 15, 2013 12:55 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

Cheap labor and fast production once made Asia a near-nirvana for Western retailers and manufacturers. Massive factories and a yound population with a strong work ethic created an ideal production location. But as risks, and costs, rise, many of these Western businesses are planning to shift their production closer to home.

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Tough Job - Sweet Deal Giveaway

May 15, 2013 10:28 am | by GOJO Industries | Product Releases | Comments

GOJO Industries today announced a special Tough Soils markets promotion that provides opportunities for customers to win a great trip or valuable prizes. Tough Job – Sweet Deal is designed to appeal especially to those who work in tough jobs and regularly use industrial and automotive hand degreaser and other hand cleaning and conditioning products.

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U.S. Factory Output Falls In April

May 15, 2013 10:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries reduced output. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that manufacturing output dropped 0.4 percent in April from March. It was the third decline in four months and the biggest since October.

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Ford Owners Sue: EcoBoost Engine Defective

May 15, 2013 10:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Three Ohio drivers are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective. The lawsuit says the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine can shudder, shake and then rapidly lose power while drivers are accelerating.

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TX Firefighters Focused Concern On Toxic Gases

May 15, 2013 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

When they saw 30-foot flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters in this tiny Texas town rushed to evacuate nearby buildings and raced to spray water on tanks of chemicals, hoping to prevent a catastrophe. They didn't know, and probably could not imagine, that the plant would soon explode into a deadly fireball and lay waste to much of the community.

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Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp To Cut 3,000 Office Jobs

May 15, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel and elevator maker ThyssenKrupp says it will cut 3,000 of its 15,000 office jobs over the next three years to streamline the company's administration. The company says the move is part of an effort to make its business structure more efficient and transparent.

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Honda To Build Plant For New NSX In OH

May 15, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will build a manufacturing plant for its NSX sports car in the U.S. state of Ohio, aiming to introduce the all-new vehicle in 2015 under its luxury brand Acura. The automaker will invest around $70 million in the new plant, which will be Honda's fifth U.S. factory.

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Judge Slashes $240M EEOC Verdict To $1.6M

May 15, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has slashed a landmark $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle entered judgment Tuesday against Henry's Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Texas. Wolle says he must limit the judgment to $50,000 per employee, the cap included in the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses with fewer than 101 workers.

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MRO Data Key To Unlocking Cost Savings & Operational Efficiency

May 15, 2013 8:00 am | by IHS | Articles | Comments

Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) groups at many companies are facing a major challenge: toxic MRO master catalogs stuffed with incomplete data on replacement parts, a problem that drives up costs and creates large-scale problems for multiple corporate divisions.

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General Motors To Sell Van Made By Nissan

May 14, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have signed a deal for Nissan to build small commercial vans that GM will sell in the U.S. and Canada, the companies said Tuesday. The vans will be based on the Nissan NV200 and will be sold at Chevrolet dealers starting in the fall of 2014.

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France Approves Major Labor Reform Package

May 14, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

France's parliament has passed a package of significant labor reforms Tuesday that the government hopes will help halt rising unemployment and jumpstart the country's stagnant economy. The bill is one of President Francois Hollande's signature pieces of legislation designed to overhaul the country's notoriously hidebound labor market.

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Bill Squeezing Out Tesla Passes NC Senate

May 14, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill backed by auto dealers that effectively blocks California's Tesla Motors Inc. from selling in North Carolina has passed the state Senate. The electric car manufacturer says the bill that passed the Senate unanimously Monday effectively bars it from selling to state residents through its Internet-based model.

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Honda To Produce New Acura NSX In U.S.

May 14, 2013 2:23 pm | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's new version of its Acura NSX sports car will be produced at a new plant inside one of the automaker's former facilities in central Ohio, Honda said Tuesday. The new $70 million plant, called the Performance Manufacturing Center, will be inside the former North American Logistics facility and adjacent to Honda's existing factory in Marysville.

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Airbus Parent's Q1 Profits To Nearly Double

May 14, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European aerospace company EADS says strong deliveries by airplane maker Airbus helped drive higher earnings in the first quarter. The Airbus parent company reaffirmed its forecast of lifting commercial aircraft deliveries this year to between 600 and 610, as demand from Middle Eastern and Asian carriers to expand their fleets continues to drive sales for one of Europe's largest exporters.

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BlackBerry CEO Unveils 'Slim, Sleek' New Version

May 14, 2013 2:20 pm | by Kyle Hightower, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. has unveiled a lower-cost BlackBerry aimed at consumers in emerging markets, stepping up its efforts to regain market share lost to Apple's iPhone and Android devices powered by Google's software.

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Inside BMW's Design Lab

May 14, 2013 1:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

An inside look at BMW's North American design lab, where the company works on everything from cars to coffee makers. Designworks is an independent creative agency owned by BMW that is always working on the next generation of cars.   

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GM: Supercomputers To Keep Recalls In Check

May 14, 2013 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says a new supercomputing data center and a fledgling shift to bring software development in-house should help it limit the size of future safety recalls. The Detroit automaker, which formally opened the giant data storage center in suburban Warren, Michigan, said the changes are examples of how it is moving faster to cut costs and serve its customers better by bringing more computer technology inside the company.

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Feds Probe 3 Chrysler Models For Engine Stalling

May 14, 2013 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the engines can stall without warning in three Chrysler and Dodge brand cars. The probe covers more than 192,000 Chrysler 300C luxury cars, Dodge Charger muscle cars and Dodge Magnum wagons from the 2006 model year. The cars have 5.7-liter or 6.1-liter V-8 engines.

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