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Tentative Deal In Suit Against Neb. Manufacturer

October 22, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Twelve former employees have reached a tentative agreement in their lawsuit against Dempster Industries and CEO Wallace Davis.                     

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U.S. To Probe 7 Manufacturers Over Optical Drive Patent

October 22, 2013 9:58 am

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it will launch a probe into three Japanese and four other Asian manufacturers and their local arms for alleged patent violations over optical disc drives for computers, DVDs, game condoles and other products.

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Beijing Adopts New Smog Emergency Measures

October 22, 2013 9:56 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.          

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Intelligrated's Subsidiary Knighted Relocates Headquarters

October 22, 2013 9:53 am | by Intelligrated

Intelligrated®, a North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the relocation of its software subsidiary company, Knighted® to a new, larger facility in Elmsford, N.Y.        

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Super Smog Hits North China City

October 21, 2013 2:51 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.        

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RuMo Group Announces Acquisition Of CECOR

October 21, 2013 2:48 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

CECOR will continue to be headquartered in Verona, Wisconsin and do business under the CECOR brand.                             

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Carlisle Selling Transportation Unit For $375M

October 21, 2013 2:46 pm | by AP

 Carlisle Transportation Products makes and distributes bias-ply and radial tires, stamped and roll-formed steel wheels, and tire and wheel assemblies to non-automotive customers.               

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Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

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Utah Utility To Retire Coal-Fired Power Plant

October 21, 2013 2:38 pm | by AP

The Carbon Power Plant near Helper, UT is being slated for early retirement after 60 years because of new federal limits on mercury emissions.                       

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KMG to Close Fremont, CA Site

October 21, 2013 2:36 pm | by AP

As part of a global restructuring of its Electronic Chemicals operations, the company will close its Fremont, California manufacturing site and shift production primarily to the company’s Hollister, California and Pueblo, Colorado facilities.  

Survey: U.S. Economists Upbeat On Economic Growth

October 21, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Despite uncertainty in Washington and rising oil prices and interest rates, companies are upbeat on the prospects for economic growth in the next year, according to a quarterly survey of business economists.       

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Marketing Of Detroit Heats Up Despite Bankruptcy

October 21, 2013 9:43 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

Convincing top executives that Detroit is a comeback city where they should hold company meetings and conventions could only be characterized as the most monumental of pitches or the slickest of con jobs.        

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Argentines Worry Agrochemicals Are Killing Them

October 21, 2013 9:40 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press

Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996.                     

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Seafood Processor Plans 120 Jobs At N.C. Plant

October 21, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

A seafood processor plans a new North Carolina operation employing 120 in about four years, and expects to benefit from millions in state and local incentives to open near Wilmington.           

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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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