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Fight Over Odor At Sriracha Plant Heats Up

October 30, 2013 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

It looked like things were really starting to heat up for this little Southern California factory town when the maker of the Sriracha chili sauce known the world over decided to open a sprawling 650,000-square-foot factory within its borders.   

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EMO Hannover 2013 Explores Trends & Issues In Manufacturing

October 30, 2013 10:27 am | by EMO Hannover

Under the motto of “Intelligence in Production”, solutions were presented at EMO Hannover 2013 that efficiently integrate new information technologies. The focus was on innovations that automate, simplify or enhance the efficiency of the work sequences involved. 

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Wyo. OSHA Seeks $700K In Penalties Vs. Sinclair

October 30, 2013 10:06 am | by by Mead Gruver, Associated Press

 State safety regulators announced Tuesday they are seeking $707,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. after alleging 22 safety violations at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming, including a toxic gas release that sickened dozens of workers in May.

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CAT To Close Texas Plant, Idling 100

October 30, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will close an East Texas plant and move the work elsewhere, putting about 100 employees out of work.The announcement to close the dippers plant in Kilgore comes a week after the Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment maker revealed third-quarter earnings fell 44 percent.

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GM Revenue Rises 4 Pct, Just Short Of Wall Street Estimates

October 30, 2013 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors says third-quarter net income fell 53 percent compared with a year ago, as one-time expenses and losses in Europe offset strong performances elsewhere. The company earned $698 million in the quarter, or 45 cents per share. That compares with $1.48 billion, or 89 cents per share, a year ago.

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Chrysler Group Reports Third-Quarter Net Income Of $464 Million

October 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC today reported its preliminary third-quarter 2013 results, including net income of $464 million, marking the Company’s ninth consecutive quarter of positive net income.                  

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Treasury To Lose $9.7B On Bailout Of GM

October 29, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The government spent $49.5 billion to save GM five years ago. The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the government has recovered $34.5 billion. That leaves $15 billion.             

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Jobs Top Issue In Pratt & Whitney-Machinists Talks

October 29, 2013 2:02 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations on Thursday for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs.          

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Senators Launch Effort To Put Focus On Manufacturing Jobs

October 29, 2013 1:36 pm | by Manufacturing Jobs for America

The Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative aims to build bipartisan support for legislation that will modernize America’s manufacturing sector, help American manufacturers grow and create jobs, and assist American workers in getting the skills to succeed in the next generation of manufacturing jobs.

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Businesses Boosted Stockpiles 0.3% In August

October 29, 2013 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in August, a sign that they expected stronger demand for their products. Stockpiles rose 0.3 percent in August compared with July, when they had risen 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. 

Henry Repeating Arms To Manufacture Rifles In Wisconsin

October 29, 2013 1:25 pm | by Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms, the leading lever action rifle manufacturer headquartered in Bayonne NJ, will begin manufacturing their steel centerfire rifles in their Rice Lake, Wisconsin facility in 2014.           

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Honeywell To Build New Production Facility In China

October 29, 2013 1:11 pm | by Honeywell

Honeywell announced today it will establish a new manufacturing campus in Zhangjiagang, China, to support growing demand in Asia for energy technology and advanced materials.                 

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Owens Corning To Construct Manufacturing And R&D facility In Gastonia

October 29, 2013 10:03 am | by Gaston County Economic Development Commission

The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Owens Corning will construct an advanced manufacturing plant in theGastonia Technology Park (GTP). The initial investment will be $120 million and at full operations the company will employ up to 110 persons.

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Judge Approves Settlement With Wis. Manufacturer

October 29, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge has approved a $4.6 million settlement of an environmental lawsuit against a Madison manufacturer by a group of its neighbors. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb approved the settlement Monday against Madison-Kipp. Under the settlement reached in July, the 32 homes will receive money and pollution control equipment.

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Fall In Auto Sales Lowers U.S. Retail Spending

October 29, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans boosted their spending on most other goods, suggesting confidence in the economy ahead of the government shutdown.     

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Apple's Earnings Fall Despite Rising iPhone Sales

October 29, 2013 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

 Apple's quarterly earnings are still sagging even as sales of its iPhones are rising, a vexing phenomenon feeding investor worries about whether stiffer competition in the mobile device market will continue to undercut the company's prosperity.

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DuPont To Pay $800K In EPA Agreement In W.Va.

October 29, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

DuPont Co. has reached a proposed agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg.                                  

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MSC Adds 3K Safety Products

October 29, 2013 9:35 am | by MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

MSC Industrial Supply Co. has added more than 3,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) and facility safety products to its safety portfolio.                             

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Deere Sells Stake In Landscape Business For $300M

October 28, 2013 2:39 pm | by AP

Farm and construction gear maker Deere & Co. says it reached a deal to sell a majority interest in its landscapes business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, for $300 million.             

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U.S. Factory Output Rises Just 0.1 Pct. In September

October 28, 2013 2:36 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Automakers boosted their output in September, but the gain was offset by declines at makers of computers, furniture and appliances.                     

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