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Hydrogen Cars Could Be Headed To Showroom Near You

November 21, 2013 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as early as next spring.

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Kia Recalling About 80,000 Vans To Fix Suspensions

November 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.  The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

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Tyson To Drop Hog Supplier After Abuse Video

November 21, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier.             

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Microsoft and Nokia Ready For Long Fight

November 21, 2013 9:44 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and the ads both companies are running, show they are ready to duke it out with Google and Apple over mobile.                               

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Launching A Tech Startup Behind Bars

November 21, 2013 9:34 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A tech incubator inside San Quentin is turning inmates into entrepreneurs and helping them find work at startups when they're released. Laurie Segall reports.                           

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Dow 16,000: What's Next?

November 21, 2013 9:30 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has hit a record high of 16,000 due to an improving economy and the Federal Reserve. Where does the market go from here?                           

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How A Bolt Is Made

November 21, 2013 9:22 am | by Portland Bolt | Videos | Comments

Take a quick tour of the Portland Bolt shop and follow an order of large anchor bolts through the manufacturing process. This video includes shearing, hot forging, threading, and galvanizing. Find out what it takes to make an order of large, custom bolts.

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Morton Manufacturing Tour

November 21, 2013 9:15 am | by City of Lancaster | Videos | Comments

In the past ten years, Morton Manufacturing has grown from approximately $40,000 a month in sales to more than $2,000,000 per month. This included sales to all of the largest jet engine builders in the world.           

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Gov't To Require Seat Belts On Large Buses

November 20, 2013 1:54 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they will require that new tour buses and buses that carry passengers on scheduled routes between cities be equipped with seat belts. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.   

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Fiscal Reality With Alan Beaulieu

November 20, 2013 1:52 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | Videos | Comments

AMT's Industry Economist, Eric LeMasters caught up with Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics at the 2013 Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference for a quick update on the current Fiscal Reality. Alan's presentation at the conference covered projections for machine tool orders as well as an outlook for the general economy.

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GM Re-Enters Small-Pickup Market With Colorado

November 20, 2013 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new Chevrolet Colorado, to be unveiled Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has little in common with the old version, which was noisy with a cheap-looking hard plastic interior that didn't appeal to many buyers.          

Deere Profit Beats Estimate

November 20, 2013 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere & Co.'s fourth-quarter net income rose 17 percent after it raised prices for farm and construction equipment as it aims to keep its profits intact even as the farm economy slows.                 

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Alabama Officials Wooing Boeing

November 20, 2013 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama officials are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.  Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.

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Apple May Get $10M Ariz. Grant For New Plant

November 20, 2013 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. will qualify for a $10 million grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority if it opens its proposed new plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa and meets job creation and capital investment targets, the agency announced Tuesday.     

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Plant To Spend $84M On Pollution Control

November 20, 2013 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cabot Corp., the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., agreed Tuesday to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on technology to control air pollution at its three facilities in Franklin and Ville Platte, La., and Pampa, Texas, federal officials said.

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Pilgrim's Pride Closing Ala. Poultry Plant

November 20, 2013 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is closing a poultry plant that employs about 1,200 people in north Alabama, local officials said Tuesday, another blow to a region already dealing with job losses.  Mayor Tim Walker and state Sen. Clay Scofield said executives informed them of the decision during a meeting at the plant in Boaz, where Pilgrim's Pride is the largest employer.

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CEO: The Mission Of Tesla

November 20, 2013 12:20 pm | by Elon Musk, Product Architect & CEO, Tesla | News | Comments

"In order to get to that end goal, big leaps in technology are required, which naturally invites a high level of scrutiny. That is fair, as new technology should be held to a higher standard than what has come before. However, there should also be some reasonable limit to how high such a standard should be, and we believe that this has been vastly exceeded in recent media coverage."

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How Remote Wireless Monitoring Improves Manufacturing Operations

November 20, 2013 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

New manufacturing techniques, such as M2M, have recently begun to rely on remote wireless monitoring to improve safety and reliability conditions. Gone are the days of maintenance pros climbing ladders or placing their hands in turbines to collect machinery health information — instead, information is sent to a central repository and analyzed by analysts 24/7 so maintenance personnel fix only the equipment that needs attention.

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J&J To Pay $2.5B To Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 20, 2013 9:50 am | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.     

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OSHA Cites Tyson Plant In Buffalo

November 20, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls. The agency is proposing a $121,720 fine.

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