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OR House Passes Bill To Track Toxic Chemicals

June 19, 2013 2:24 pm | by Lauren Gambino, Associated Press

The Oregon House passed a bill Tuesday that would set up a public database to track 19 toxic chemicals used in children's toys and products and would require manufactures to remove the chemicals from their products within five years. The bill, which passed 39-21, would require companies with gross sales of more than $5 million per year to report the presence of the chemicals in their products.


GM Breaks Ground On China Cadillac Plant

June 19, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. executives broke ground for a new Cadillac factory in China on Wednesday to target luxury buyers in the world's biggest auto market, though they said the segment would grow slower than expected this year. Company leaders said they were optimistic about long-term growth in the luxury segment and have aggressive plans to expand Cadillac's dealer network.


Unmanned Aircraft Struggle To Shed 'Drone' Image

June 19, 2013 2:19 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

Unmanned aircraft have helped rescue stranded hikers, worked to contain wildfires and gathered data at nuclear accidents. One helped a Russian tanker find its way through Arctic ice to bring oil to a stranded Alaskan community. These remote-controlled planes have many more potential peacetime uses.


U.S. Senators Introduce Export Bill

June 19, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are teaming up to help small businesses make the most of their export opportunities. The senators on Tuesday reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Export Growth Act, which is aimed at cutting down on bureaucratic hurdles and giving businesses more exporting assistance.


United Tech Sees Impact From Fraud Charge

June 19, 2013 2:15 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

A federal court order that United Technologies Corp. pay $473 million plus interest to compensate for alleged fraud in its sale of fighter jet engines could cut into revenue and profit, the aerospace giant said in a regulatory filing. Judge Thomas M. Rose of the U.S. Southern District Court of Ohio issued the order on Monday.


Aerospace Company To Expand In OK

June 19, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

An Australian aerospace company says it will open a facility in Grove, Okla. and hire 20 workers. Gov. Mary Fallin announced Tuesday that Ferra Engineering would expand in Oklahoma. The governor made the announcement from the Paris Air Show.


Chrysler Agrees To Recall Of Jeeps At Risk Of Fire

June 19, 2013 10:11 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

After initially defying federal regulators, Chrysler abruptly agreed Tuesday to recall some older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions. But the recall, which came in an 11th-hour deal between the automaker and the NHTSA, covers only 1.56M of the 2.7M Jeeps that the government wanted repaired. The rest are part of a "customer service action" and many may not get fixed.


Fire At PA Titanium Plant Causes $3.5M In Damage

June 19, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Investigators say a fire earlier this week at a titanium-manufacturing plant in eastern Pennsylvania caused $3.5 million in damage and has been ruled accidental. The blaze started in a building at the Timet Corp. facility in Caernarvon Township around 8 p.m. Monday.


Tesla Model S Recalled For Rear Seat Latch Issue

June 19, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla is recalling as many as 1,228 of its Model S vehicles, citing a problem with a rear seat latch in the electric sports sedan. The company says no injuries or customer complaints have been reported. Chairman and CEO Elon Musk said in a blog entry Wednesday that the strength of a mounting bracket for the rear, left seat latch may be weaker than intended.


Union Presents Plan To Save Jobs At GE Erie Plant

June 19, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

Union officials presented a plan Tuesday to keep 950 jobs at a General Electric Transportation plant in Erie, but the company cast doubt on the proposal. The Erie Times-News reports that the leadership of Local 506 said the union can save $20 million a year in exchange for the company agreeing to keep all the jobs.


IN County Allowed To Develop Fertilizer Plant

June 19, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

The state won't stand in the way of a fertilizer plant that a Pakistan-based group is developing in southwestern Indiana despite reservations expressed by Gov. Mike Pence, his office said Tuesday. Pence directed the Indiana Finance Authority not to block Posey County from backing the Midwest Fertilizer Corp. plant.


United 787 Heading To Tokyo Diverted To Seattle

June 19, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

A Boeing 787 flying from Denver to Tokyo diverted to Seattle because of an oil filter issue, a United Airlines spokeswoman said. An airline maintenance team was inspecting the jet after Flight 139 landed normally Tuesday afternoon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, United spokeswoman Mary Ryan said in an email statement.


U.S. Safety Agency Investigating Suzuki SUVs

June 18, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators said Tuesday that they are investigating problems with air bag sensors in the seats of some small Suzuki SUVs. The probe covers 205,000 vehicles including Grand Vitaras from the 2006 through 2011 model years and SX4s from 2007 through 2011.


Boeing Nets Orders For 102 Stretch 787s

June 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. won major orders from five customers for a stretched-out version of its popular 787 Dreamliner jet at the Paris Air Show Tuesday, further evidence of a strengthening market for more expensive long-haul jets. Boeing announced the formal launch of its 787-10 program at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday and says it already has commitments for 102 jets from five customers.


Glenwood Springs Plastics Company Shutting Down

June 18, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

A manufacturer of high-tech plastic parts for everything from skateboards to jet engine components, which was touted in 2011 as one of the Colorado companies to watch by a state agency and investors, has called it quits. Fiberforge co-founder Jon Fox-Rubin said the company based in Glenwood Springs struggled to become profitable with a broad range of offerings, but couldn't make it successful.


VT, Quebec Announce Electric Car Corridor

June 18, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Starting this fall, people who drive electric vehicles should be able to travel the 138-mile route between Burlington, Vt. and Montreal without worrying they'll run short of a charge thanks to a planned electric vehicle charging corridor, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced in Montreal.


Gevo Restarts Isobutanol Production At MN Plant

June 18, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Gevo, which makes fuels and chemicals from plant matter, has restarted commercial production of isobutanol at its plant in Luverne, Minn. Isobutanol is an alternative to ethanol that is blended into fuel. Gevo Inc. CEO Patrick Gruber said that there was some microbial contamination at the plant that the company has since learned how to control and manage.


Smithfield Foods Lays Off 120 More At VA Plant

June 18, 2013 2:02 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. said Tuesday that it is laying off 120 more workers as part of its previously announced closure of a Virginia facility that makes hot dogs and deli meat. The Smithfield, Va.-based pork producer plans to close the Portsmouth plant in the middle of August, said Jeff Gough, Smithfield's senior vice president for human resources.


SDI Intelligrated To Host Students From Brazil

June 18, 2013 10:53 am | by SDI Intelligrated

SDI Intelligrated, a joint venture in São Paulo, Brazil between Intelligrated® and SDI Group USA, announces that it will host three interns from Brazil in the U.S. this summer as part of a scholarship program sponsored by the Brazilian government for the country’s top students. The interns will be hosted in St. Louis and gain experience in engineering.


Chrysler Expected To Formally Refuse Jeep Recall

June 18, 2013 10:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

In one of the biggest-ever showdowns between an automaker and the government, Chrysler on Tuesday is expected to file papers explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs that are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions.



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