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IL Delays Decision on Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                    

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Thor Industries Plans Expansions for 2 Indiana Factories

September 18, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana.                                         

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NAM: Congress Must Focus On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers

The House passed a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank; however, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs, Congress still has more work to do. 

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Elos Fixturlaser Changes Name to ACOEM AB Following Acquisition by the ACOEM GROUP

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by VibrAlign, Inc

VibrAlign, distributor of Fixturlaser shaft alignment systems in the United States, announced that in June 2014 the ACOEM Group, France, acquired Elos Fixturlaser AB, Sweden, the world leading developer and manufacturer of laser-based shaft alignment systems.

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Aircraft Interior Manufacturer Announces New Facility

September 18, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer said Wednesday that it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.                        

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Equipment Manufacturers See Increasing Demand with Horse-Powered Farming

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.              

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U.S. To Train Veterans To Install Solar Panels

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, said the White House.                                       

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Japanese Automakers Face an Odd Adversary: Google

September 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Japan Economic Newswire

In the race to invent and refine autonomous car technologies Japanese automakers are apparently feeling competition from across the Pacific, not just from their peers like General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. but, to an even greater extent, an unconventional player -- Google Inc.

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Over Half of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency in 2015

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Schneider Electric

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to Schneider Electric.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

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Shoe Manufacturer CEO, Cash Vanish

September 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement Tuesday it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since the weekend.                     

New York Awards $55M in Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research.                               

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Lincoln Logs To Be Manufactured in the U.S. Again

September 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham Maine instead of China where the toys were previously manufactured.                       

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Lear Factory Investments Will Create 100+ Jobs

September 17, 2014 11:56 am | by Andy Richardson

U.S. automotive manufacturer Lear Corporation plans to create 100 jobs as part of a multi-million pound investment to more than double the size of one of its Sunderland factories.                     

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Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 17, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press

Mars Chocolate North America has announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

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H.J. Heinz To Make Baby Food in Pittsburgh

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press

The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods.                        

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Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips to $98.5B

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.             

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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by National Safety Council

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

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RAMI Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

September 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by IPC News Release

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The Act is viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs. 

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