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Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open in a Year

June 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is going smoothly and it should be operational within a year.

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U.S. Opens Probe of Ford F-150 Power Brake Failures

June 26, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the power brake assist can fail on some Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

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Google's New Self-Driving Cars Cruising Silicon Valley Roads

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.

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Boeing CEO Transition Could Impact Relationship With Unions

June 26, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chicago-based Boeing saw record revenues and profits from orders for its new planes, but McNerney also oversaw dramatic cuts in benefits for union workers at the company's Washington State plants, along with the addition of a non-union facility in South Carolina and the shifting of thousands of engineering jobs from the Seattle area to other states.

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Don't Sleep Through a Chance at Maximum Efficiency

June 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Everyone has been there — eye lids drooping, blinks getting longer, the mind starting to get foggy and that overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. But for many this feeling might not come from your average night of restless sleep; it could be the result of an undiagnosed sleep disorder that could be very harmful to your health and your work.  

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Norton Vortex Rapid Prep Belts

June 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Norton Abrasives Norton Abrasives Product Releases | Comments

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has launched Norton Vortex Rapid Prep Belts that are used for aerospace, metal and stainless fabrication, and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) applications.

Company Picks Ky. Site for Facility to Build Automated Machinery

June 25, 2015 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky officials say a company that will design, build and install automated machinery for manufacturers will open a facility in Hodgenville.

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Next-Generation Trucks: 18 Wheels and One Turbine

June 25, 2015 3:40 pm | by Bloomberg Business | News | Comments

Ian Wright, CEO and founder at Wrightspeed Inc., explains the use of turbines to power next-generation electric trucks.

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EPA To Hear Testimony From Hundreds on Renewable Fuels Plan

June 25, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bill Draper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans last month to reduce renewable fuels requirements by 4 billion gallons in 2015 and more than 3 billion in 2016. It is conducting a public hearing on Thursday in Kansas City, Kansas, before making a final determination on the standards in November.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 271,000

June 25, 2015 2:52 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week, but remained at a historically low level that signals an improving job market.

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Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern California Solar Plant

June 25, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

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The First 3D-Printed Supercar

June 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Meet Blade — a super-light sports car with a 3D printed chassis, designed as an alternative to traditional car manufacturing. Through 3D printing, entrepreneur Kevin Czinger has developed a radical new way to build cars with a much lighter footprint.

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Get an Umbrella Before it Rains

June 25, 2015 2:21 pm | by Jon Wikstrom | Blogs | Comments

Instead of waiting until new environmental laws are officially handed down, many of the most forward-thinking manufacturers are taking steps now to prepare for the future.

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Subaru Recalls 72K Vehicles

June 25, 2015 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.

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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

With only a handful of days remaining in the current fiscal year many states have not passed legislation targeting GMO food labeling in the past 12 months, according to a report in Food Safety News.

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Iranian Crude Exports Plummet Following Sanctions

June 25, 2015 12:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Exports of crude oil from Iran decreased by nearly half since the U.S. levied additional sanctions three years ago.

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Acura Recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs

June 25, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.

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General Mills To Slash Up to 725 jobs

June 25, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Progresso said Thursday that it will record pre-tax costs of about $57 million to $62 million, mostly for employee termination benefits.

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TLS Pro Preset Torque Screwdriver

June 25, 2015 10:41 am | by Mountz, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mountz, Inc. introduces the new TLS Pro preset torque screwdriver series. These new torque tools are an upgrade to the Mountz cam-over torque screwdriver technology.

Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 25, 2015 10:10 am | by Daniel Erickson | Articles | Comments

An investment in business intelligence (BI) software would be a wise move in these times of fluctuating profit margins, increased global competition, and expanding regulations. BI empowers your organization to make well-informed, timelier, and more intelligent business decisions.

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