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Factory Output Surges in July

August 15, 2014 9:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals.                              

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Ex-peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, he testified Thursday.

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Ford Recalls More Than 83,000 Cars and SUVs

August 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked.                                      

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Chiquita Rejects New $611M Takeover Bid

August 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Banana distributor Chiquita Brands says it is rejecting the $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and the Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                     

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Deere Announces Factory Layoffs

August 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Deere & Company | News | Comments

The action will place more than 600 employees at four locations on indefinite layoff. In addition, Deere is implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at several of the affected factories.          

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Ebola Puts Focus on Drugs Made in Tobacco Plants

August 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Malcom Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.                         

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Improved Oscillating Circulation

August 14, 2014 4:26 pm | by Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Geared for performance, Twister's oscillating motor utilizes only the highest quality metal gear design and construction, providing strength and reliability in a fan market saturated with less dependable plastic gears. 

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Current Diverter Ring and Motor Guarding Seal

August 14, 2014 3:59 pm | by lnpro/Seal | Product Releases | Comments

lnpro/Seal's Current Diverter Ring protects motor bearings by diverting stray shaft currents that can cause bearing damage and premature motor failure.

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GE In Talks To Sell Historic Appliance Division

August 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.                 

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Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

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Briggs & Stratton Buying Maker of Light Towers

August 14, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is acquiring a Nebraska company that makes towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar-powered arrow boards.                            

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Cash for Carp: Illinois Company Tests Market

August 14, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

This company is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.        

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Nissan's Clean Car Put to the Test

August 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. Watch as it gets put to the test.                                  

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iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 1:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.           

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Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties to Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.          

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Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

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Parts Cleaning and Collection Unit

August 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Custom Service Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using one existing shop air line at your CNC machine, the pneumatically driven MiJET cleans parts and saves money by capturing expensive coolants for reuse.

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