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GM's Barra Promises Investment For Lossmaking Opel

January 27, 2014 9:42 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

New General Motors chief Mary Barra is stressing the company's support for its struggling Adam Opel AG subsidiary in Europe, saying Opel workers will get the job of building a new vehicle at the company's main plant in Germany.       

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Boeing Supplier Hired To Help Build 787

January 27, 2014 9:32 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

A Virginia-based aerospace products supplier has won a Boeing contract to build substructural composite components for the 787 Dreamliner assembled in North Charleston as the airplane builder ramps up its production rates.        

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Samsung, Google Sign Patent Agreement

January 27, 2014 9:28 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants.     

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Agency Clears Way For $1B Steel Mill Construction

January 27, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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German TV: Snowden Says NSA Also Spies On Industry

January 27, 2014 9:17 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

In the interview aired Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the U.S., but had nothing to do with national security needs, the National Security Agency would still use it.

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USDA Gives Tenn. $4M In Rural Development Aid

January 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press

The largest loan is for $2 million to build a manufacturing plant in New Tazewell. According to the USDA, the pass-through loan will go through the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative to Homesteader, Inc., a trailer manufacturer.       

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Colgate-Palmolive Building New Tenn. Plant

January 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the company will invest $25 million in manufacturing equipment and building and infrastructure improvements in Morristown.                

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Event Brings Glitz, Glamour Of Tricked Out Rides

January 24, 2014 1:47 pm | by David Kaplan, Houston Chronicle

"It's the baddest truck I've ever seen," college student London Muse said Thursday while admiring the Tuscany Black Ops edition, a Ford F-150 customized by a Fort Worth company to give the truck a total sticker price of $68,542.       

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Fear Of Slowing Growth Pushes Down Global Economy

January 24, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

The downturn began Thursday following signs that manufacturing was contracting in China, a major importer of raw materials and a key driver of global economic growth. The values of currencies in several emerging markets have dropped.     

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Bono, Cameron Talk Poverty, Climate At AP Debate

January 24, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

British Prime Minister David Cameron says efforts to eradicate poverty must go hand-in-hand with curbing global warming. The comments came Friday at an Associated Press debate looking ahead to the expiration of the United Nations' "millennium goals."

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Yokogawa Expands U.S. Production In Georgia

January 24, 2014 1:33 pm | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation

Yokogawa Corporation of America, a manufacturer of equipment measurement, control, and automation, has announced the opening on its new facility in Newnan, Ga., which was built in response to increased demand for its products and service offerings.

Fla. Gov. Wants To Boost Job Training Efforts

January 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for spending $30 million a year on new job training programs. Scott on Thursday announced the initiative during a stop at a convenience food manufacturer. The programs will be focused on fields in science, technology, engineering and math and high-demand areas.

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Union Membership Holds Steady At 11.3 Pct.

January 24, 2014 1:26 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

In a turnabout, there are now slightly more union members working for private firms than in government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That reverses a five-year trend. Although the rate of membership among all workers didn't budge, the overall number of union members grew slightly, rising about 162,000 to nearly 14.5 million.

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Sprint Gearing Up To Layoff Workers

January 24, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

A regulatory filing says the Overland Park, Kan.-based company began drawing up layoff plans last week. A Sprint spokesman says the company's managers are still reviewing how many jobs they will need to cut. The purge is expected to be completed by the end of June.

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Apple's Mac Still Influences, 30 Years After Debut

January 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Anick Jesdaun, AP Technology Writer

The Mac introduced real-world metaphors such as using a trash can to delete files. It brought us fonts and other tools once limited to professional printers. Most importantly, it made computing and publishing easy enough for everyday people to learn and use.

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Barra To Stay The Course At GM, But Accelerate

January 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Among her priorities is making GM's brand messages clear and consistent worldwide. New vehicles like the Cadillac ATS sedan — which goes on sale in China this year — can help Cadillac become a global luxury brand. Chevrolet needs to show that it provides a lot of value to buyers.

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Mo. Senate Panel Considers Blocking E15 Gasoline

January 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press

Amid warnings from business groups and car manufacturers about using higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline, a Missouri Senate committee considered Thursday whether to permanently block a proposal allowing gas stations to sell fuel containing 15 percent ethanol.

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Parts That Can Cause Toilets To Burst Are Recalled

January 24, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

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Pepsico, Nestle To Boost Mexico Investments

January 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press

PepsiCo said it plans to invest $5 billion in the country over the next five years, with the funds going toward efforts such as the expansion of its production lines and delivery infrastructure, and the strengthening of research and development capabilities.

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Lenovo Buys Part Of IBM Server Business For $2.3B

January 23, 2014 2:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business.

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