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Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 15, 2014 | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | Comments

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a lithium battery factory to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.

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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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U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.                            

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GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

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U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged In August

September 16, 2014 12:01 pm

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.                                

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AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                           

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United Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Fly New, Longer Dreamliner

September 16, 2014 11:37 am | by GE Report

The Dreamliner is growing up. A new, longer version of the plane powered by a pair of GEnx jet engines recently landed an FAA certification.                                

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MAPI Quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook: Broad-Based Growth

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

U.S. manufacturing is poised for steady growth through 2016, according to the MAPI Foundation’s U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries.                     

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Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

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Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

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ZF Buying TRW Automotive For About $11.74B

September 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by The Associated Press

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive for approximately $11.74 billion.                                             

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TorqTek Design and Manufacturing Plans $12M Expansion in Charleston

September 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by State News Service

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility and is expected to create 50 new jobs in the process.                  

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GE Aviation Plans New Plant in U.S.

September 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Chelsey Levingston, Dayton Daily News

New plans for another GE Aviation manufacturing facility in the United States have emerged, as it was revealed that the Ohio-based jet engine maker will open a second plant for the production of ceramic composite materials.       

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Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How to Use it

September 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Economist Intelligence Unit

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it.

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19 Deaths Ruled Eligible for Compensation By GM

September 15, 2014 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company.                       

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Hundreds of Workers On Strike at Lear Corp. Plant

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Charles D. Wilson, The Associated Press

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling fast-food-like wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana.                              

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta Latches

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.                                    

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Nucor Buying Gallatin Steel for $770M

September 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest.                                    

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