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Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Siemens announced from its Charlotte Energy Hub that it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.       

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Chrysler Redesigns its Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC

The Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. This increase meant rethinking the assembly process and implementing significant changes. The most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.      

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NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers at MO Plant

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van.                                   

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Wisconsin Rep. Takes Stand for Consumers, Food Safety

September 25, 2014 10:11 am | by The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

Tom Petri is cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a 50-state patchwork of laws and regulations that could raise the could cost of food.  

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Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 25, 2014 9:49 am | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.       

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Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent

September 25, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft.                             

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Rise to 293K

September 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago.                                        

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Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

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India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.                     

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GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing energy-efficient vehicles, reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Mississippi.        

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Soda Makers Pledge to Reduce Caloric Intake From Beverages

September 24, 2014 1:47 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer

Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.          

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Airbus Lifts Aircraft Demand Forecast

September 24, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

European jet maker Airbus is raising its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 7 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia.             

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Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine for First Time

September 24, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.                       

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4 Injured in Gas Processing Plant Explosion

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four maintenance workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said.                                    

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L.A. Looks to the Wind for Electricity

September 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging.

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GM Reports China Sales Over 3.1M Vehicles

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday.         

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Clean Harbors Expands El Dorado Recycling Plant

September 24, 2014 9:30 am

A recycling plant in El Dorado, used to incinerate hazardous and industrial waste generated by various business, industries and governmental entities, will expand its operations and hire about 120 new employees.           

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American Honda Honors 15 Suppliers with Premier Partner Award

September 24, 2014 9:24 am | by American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Fifteen distinguished suppliers to American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have received the 2014 Premier Partner Award from American Honda President & CEO Takuji Yamada.                          

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