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Nucor Takes $14M Write-Down On Dome Collapse

October 21, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

The storage dome collapse at Nucor Corp.'s plant in Convent, La., has prompted the company based in Charlotte, N.C., to take a $14 million write-down in its third quarter earnings.            

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Government Investigates Hyundai Brake Problems

October 21, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of brake problems on Hyundai Genesis full-size luxury cars.                       

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Toyota Recalls 803K Vehicles For Air Bag Defect

October 18, 2013 12:45 pm | by AP

Toyota says water from the air conditioning condenser can leak onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. That could illuminate the air bag warning light, disable the air bag or cause the air bags to deploy inadvertently.

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Chevron Halts Shale Gas Search After Protests

October 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by AP

Chevron says it has suspended searching for shale gas in northeast Romania following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.                  

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PwC: Manufacturing Hiring Plans Hit 5-Year High

October 18, 2013 12:39 pm | by PwC

Optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the global economic outlook reached the highest level since the first quarter of 2012.                   

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Target Of BP Settlement Probe Lashes Out At Freeh

October 18, 2013 12:36 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

One of the lawyers singled out in an investigation of alleged misconduct in the settlement program for victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill is questioning the chief investigator's impartiality.          

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Volvo Adding Up To 140 Jobs In Maryland

October 18, 2013 12:33 pm | by AP

Sweden's Volvo Group says it's adding up to 140 jobs in Hagerstown in a $30 million expansion of a plant that makes truck engines and transmissions.                   

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Estimate: New Waste Landfill Would Cost $817M

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by AP

The U.S. Department of Energy says a new Oak Ridge landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes would cost roughly $817 million — a figure that's cheaper than shipping the material to an off-site disposal facility. The department estimates that shipping out the wastes would cost almost three times that much.

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Boston Scientific, Guidant To Pay $30M Settlement

October 18, 2013 9:26 am

The Justice Department says Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries will pay $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that health care facilities implanted in Medicare patients from 2002 to 2005.

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EU, Canada Reach Landmark Free Trade Deal

October 18, 2013 9:25 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press

Canada and the European Union have struck a tentative free trade agreement meant to boost growth and employment.                       

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Energy Bar Company Plans Bakery In Idaho

October 18, 2013 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

A private California-based company that makes energy bars and other nutritional products has announced plans to build a 300,000-square foot baking facility in Twin Falls.              

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China's Economic Growth Rebounds

October 18, 2013 9:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's economic growth rebounded in the latest quarter, easing pressure on communist leaders for more stimulus and allowing them to focus on longer-term reforms.               

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Parts Didn't Breach Failed Airline Engine's Casing

October 18, 2013 9:19 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The outer casing of an engine that failed aboard a Spirit Airlines plane earlier this week wasn't breached by parts from inside the engine, contrary to initial reports provided to the National Transportation Safety Board, the board said Thursday.

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Shutdown Affected Us In Ways We Did Not See

October 18, 2013 9:18 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press

Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.                

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Rise, Fall, & Rise Of Rockford Factory

October 17, 2013 1:51 pm | by ALEX GARY, Rockford Register Star

Founded in 1854 as the Eagle Foundry, the Gunite plant is the oldest continuously operating manufacturing business in Rockford and even perhaps the Midwest. Crews make brake drums, disc wheel hubs and rotors, spoke wheels and automatic slack adjusters for such customers as Ford Motor and Daimler Trucks North America.

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Factory Growth Slows Slightly In Philly Area

October 17, 2013 1:48 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A survey showed manufacturing growth in the Philadelphia region slowed only slightly this month, suggesting the 16-day partial government shutdown had less impact on U.S. factories than many had feared.         

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UN Sees Mercury Use Phase-Out Within 3 Decades

October 17, 2013 1:47 pm | by AP

The head of the U.N. environment agency says a new global treaty could eliminate harmful emissions of mercury from the planet within three decades.                 

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Ithaca Gun Company To Hire 120 In S.C. Expansion

October 17, 2013 1:45 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The company plans to invest $6.7 million, creating 120 new jobs for machine operators, gunsmiths, engineers and assemblers.                      

GM To Sell Impala Powered By Natural Gas, Gasoline

October 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by AP

General Motors says it will start selling a Chevrolet Impala sedan next summer that runs on both natural gas and gasoline.                             

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Gov't Reopens After Congress Ends 16-Day Shutdown

October 17, 2013 1:43 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The White House directed all agencies to reopen promptly and in an orderly fashion. Furloughed federal employees across the country are expected to return to work Thursday.             

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