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Halliburton Manager Gets Probation In Gulf Spill

January 22, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager apologized to his family and friends Tuesday before a federal judge sentenced him to one year of probation for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.    

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Texas Instruments Cutting 1,100 Jobs; 4Q Profit Up

January 22, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Tuesday that it will cut 1,100 jobs worldwide, about 3 percent of its workforce, to trim costs and will reduce its investments in certain markets. The company said the cuts in its embedded processing unit and in Japan will result in $130 million in annual savings by the end of 2014. The job cuts are in the U.S., India, and Japan.

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Steel Manufacturing Plant Planned For Alabama

January 22, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steel company based in suburban-Chicago is planning to open a plant in the Athens area. The Decatur Daily reports Nexus AG Holdings is buying a 300,000 square-foot building from Calhoun Community College and Alliance Steel will put a steel coil company in the building.

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GM Fairfax Supplier To Open Plant In Mo.

January 22, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics announced that the plant will supply the Chevrolet Malibu model built at GM's Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The plant is expected to create 164 jobs in the next two years.           

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AP: New Regs Sought For Child Car Seats

January 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

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Subcompact Cars Fare Poorly In New Crash Tests

January 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

None of the 12 minicars tested got the highest rating of "good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Chevrolet Spark was the only car that earned the second-highest rating of "acceptable." Six of the cars — including the segment's best-seller, the Nissan Versa — got the lowest rating of "poor."

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Next-Level 3D Printing With Metal

January 22, 2014 9:32 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

3D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price. While the machine is still a work in progress, it opens up the possibility of 3D metal printing for medium and small businesses, and even dedicated hobbyists. Here are some possible pros and cons that result from affordable, open-source 3D metal printers.

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Achieving Net-Zero Use Of Grid Energy In Manufacturing

January 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Articles | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in their manufacturing, product lines, distribution, and administrative operations. 

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Toxic Gas Detector Offers Highly Accurate Ammonia Detection

January 22, 2014 8:21 am | by General Monitors IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The TS4000H Intelligent Toxic Gas Detector from General Monitors delivers accurate ammonia detection and protection, offering reliable monitoring for a variety of applications.

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Explosion Proof LED Lights

January 22, 2014 8:15 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 240 Watt Explosion Proof LED Wall Pack Light fixture that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaires.

Why Electric Cars Matter To GM

January 21, 2014 1:31 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Mark Reuss, President, GM North America discusses why electric cars are crucial to GM.                                               

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Automotive Supplier Invests $90M In Mexico Plant

January 21, 2014 1:31 pm | by HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co | News | Comments

The HELLA Group, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, has officially opened its fifth production plant in Mexico - a $90 million facility built in just eleven months in Irapuato in the State of Guanajuato. The new industrial complex will generate approximately 1,500 new jobs over the medium term.

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China Seized 60,000 Piracy Suspects Last Year

January 21, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese state media say police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion in 2013. The official Xinhua News Agency says more than 90 million tons of counterfeit and substandard goods were confiscated last year, and more than 1,000 criminal networks smashed.

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Volvo Facility Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

January 21, 2014 1:20 pm | by Volvo Group | News | Comments

At the end of December 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment’s site in Braås, Sweden, completed its journey towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral.  It is the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy.

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Chrysler Enters Into Agreement With UAW

January 21, 2014 1:11 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

As previously announced, Chrysler Group and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (the UAW) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to supplement Chrysler Group’s existing collective bargaining  agreement.

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Bombardier Laying Off 1,700

January 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it plans 1,700 layoffs from its aerospace division. The Montreal-based company told employees Tuesday that the cuts are required due to delays in the launch of new planes and tough market conditions. Bombardier Inc. says it needs to preserve cash.

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Third Point Says It Bought Stake In Dow Chemical

January 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hedge fund Third Point LLC says it has acquired a stake in Dow Chemical and wants the company to spin off its petrochemicals division. Dow Chemical Co. shares jumped $2.25, or 5.2 percent, to $45.32 in morning trading after rising as high as $46.70 earlier. Third Point says Dow is now its biggest investment.

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Peltz Joins Mondelez Board, Backs Off PepsiCo Deal

January 21, 2014 11:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is no longer pushing for a deal between PepsiCo and Mondelez, after Mondelez on Tuesday named him to its board. Mondelez, which makes Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, says the appointment expands its board to 12 members and that Peltz will be among its nominees for election at its shareholders meeting.

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EU Suspends Part Of Free Trade Talks With U.S.

January 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says it is suspending a part of the free trade negotiations with the United States to hold a three months-long public consultation amid worries about the deal's proposed rules for investment. EU trade chief Karel De Gucht said Tuesday "some people in Europe have genuine concerns" about the planned investment agreement and the EU therefore seeks their input.

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Emerging Markets Fuel Revenue For SABMiller

January 21, 2014 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SABMiller PLC, one of the world's biggest brewers, says demand in emerging markets fueled sales in the third quarter, which ended Dec. 31. Chief Executive Alan Clark says in a statement Tuesday that growth in Africa, Latin America and China helped overall revenue grow 4 percent despite weaknesses in the North American and European markets.

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