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Noranda Aluminum Lays Off 200 Employees And Suspends Expansion

September 5, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates.            

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Meat and Cheese Maker To Build New Castle Plant

September 5, 2014 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boar's Head Brand plans to build a meat processing plant in central Indiana that company executives say will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.                         

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VIDEO: U.S. Now No. 3 Among World's Most Competitive Economies

September 5, 2014 11:19 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Ranking by the World Economic Forum showed the U.S. rising from No. 7 in 2012 to No. 3 currently.                                           

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Infographic: Where Are All The Women In STEM?

September 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all. 

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Manufacturing & Education: Understanding The Connection

September 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing & Education: Understanding the Connection. That is the name of an educators’ workshop I just attended that brought teachers and manufacturers together to share perspectives and opportunities. Panelists talked about workforce needs and what they find in job applicants. 

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Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.                           

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U.S. Employers Add 142K Jobs

September 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.                             

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Compact Vertical Mast Lift

September 5, 2014 9:52 am | by Lift-A-Loft Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Vertex by Lift-A-Loft corporation is a compact vertical mast lift that is very maneuverable.

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Gigafactory Gets Tesla Closer To Electric Car For Masses

September 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Justin Pritchard & Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will transform an expanse of desert where pioneers passed on their way to the California Gold Rush and wild mustangs still roam the hillside.                  

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ISM: Numbers Are Up On Strong Demand

September 5, 2014 9:12 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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Fiat-Chrysler Merger Moves Forward, Insufficient Opposition

September 5, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat SpA says its merger with Chrsyler is going ahead since there isn't enough opposition to derail it.                                          

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Court Ruling Could Cost BP Added $18B

September 4, 2014 2:17 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

BP shares slumped 5 percent after a judge ruled that the oil giant's reckless conduct led to the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a decision that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion.           

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Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.        

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Boeing's Dreamliner To Be Built In Charleston

September 4, 2014 9:57 am | by Warren Wise, Charleston Post & Courier | Articles | Comments

The only Boeing airplane that will be built exclusively in North Charleston has landed a supplier, an aerospace division of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp.                       

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Targeted News Service LLC | News | Comments

Governor Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. 

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Hoeven Celebrates Grand Opening Of Bobcat's $28M Acceleration Center

September 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Targeted News Service LLC | News | Comments

Senator John Hoeven announced the grand opening of the new $28 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility.                

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California Builds Desalination Plant In Midst Of Drought

September 3, 2014 4:54 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Using an elaborate filtration system, the $1 billion new desalination plant will turn 100 million gallons of salty Pacific Ocean water into 50 million gallons of drinking water for San Diego County residents.            

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Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

September 3, 2014 4:41 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.                               

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Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

September 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.                                     

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How Manufacturers Are Adapting To Trends For The Urban Car

September 3, 2014 4:23 pm | by Chris Needes, Global Market Manager, Saint-Gobain | News | Comments

Much of the talk in the automotive industry in recent years has been about the rise of the urban car. Growing demand from consumers for these lightweight vehicles has been reported. As a result, car manufacturers worldwide are developing their own urban car models to tap into this burgeoning market. 

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