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Trident Seafoods Plant To Employ 175 In GA

August 15, 2013 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press

A seafood company plans to open a $41 million plant that processes frozen fish in west Georgia. Seattle-based Trident Seafoods plans to expand and move into a Carroll County facility once operated by Chiquita. The expanded plant will cover 147,000 square feet.

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IN Justice Won't Withdraw From Power Plant Case

August 15, 2013 12:17 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa said Wednesday he won't withdraw from a case involving a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant, rejecting arguments that his longtime friendship with a representative of the plant's developers would leave him unable to be impartial in that case.

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AEMC Partnership Convenes Top Leaders At GE’s Global Research Headquarters

August 14, 2013 3:39 pm | by Council on Competitiveness

The Council on Competitiveness (Council) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) yesterday held the third in a series of high-level dialogues as part of the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership, a three-year effort to bring together national leaders to address a rapidly shifting national and global energy landscape.

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U.S. To Require Car Makers To Offer Recall Data

August 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Starting next summer, U.S. consumers will be able to search a giant database to find out if recall repairs have been made to their cars or motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that regulates auto safety, says it will require major auto and motorcycle makers to give customers online access to data so it can be searched by vehicle identification number.

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Likely Labor Regs Would Aid Vets, Disabled, Unions

August 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months — a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering. Some long-awaited rules would help boost employment for veterans and the disabled, increase wages for home health care workers and set new limits for workplace exposure to dangerous silica dust.

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A Push For Harmony Among Workers, Young And Old

August 14, 2013 2:09 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press

There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children — or grandchildren. Put people of widely different ages together and there are bound to be differences. Baby boomers, for example, may be workaholics, while younger workers may demand more of a work-life balance.

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Attorney Blasts Firing From BP Settlement Program

August 14, 2013 2:06 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is demanding to be reinstated with back pay. In a letter to claims administrator Patrick Juneau last Friday, Christine Reitano's lawyer said her contract for working on the settlement program was "wrongfully and improperly" terminated.

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Wheeling Approves Drilling Water Recycling Plant

August 14, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Wheeling planners have approved GreenHunter Water's plan to build a plant that will recycle wastewater from natural gas drilling. GreenHunter Water plans to begin construction once it receives building permits for the project. The company expects to receive the permits over the next several weeks, the company's parent, GreenHunter Resources Inc., said Wednesday in a news release.

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Hyundai Recalls 239,000 Sonata, Azera Models

August 14, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

 Hyundai is recalling 239,000 Sonata and Azera sedans in cold-weather U.S. states because road salt can corrode the rear suspension. The recall affects 215,000 Sonata midsize sedans from the 2006 to 2010 model years and 24,000 Azera full-size sedans from 2006 to 2011.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down

August 14, 2013 11:52 am | by AMT & USCTI

June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $155 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 6.6 percent from May and down 12.8 percent from the June 2012 level of $195 million. 

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Hyundai, Kia Labor Unions Vote To Strike

August 14, 2013 10:16 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer

Labor unions at Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said workers voted to strike after talks with management for increased pay and benefits collapsed. Hyundai union spokesman Kwon Oh-il said Wednesday that management refused all demands by the union during three months of annual talks.

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Republic Steel Faces $1.1M In Fines For Violations

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that the Canton-based company failed to provide workers enough protection from falling off runway girders 66 feet above the ground or perched over the plant's slag pit and furnace. 

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Samsung Faces Brazil Lawsuit Over Labor Conditions

August 14, 2013 10:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations including up to 15 hours of work per day and insufficient breaks at Samsung's Manaus factory. 

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Wind Farm Coming To TX Nuclear Weapons Plant

August 14, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

America's only plant for disassembling and assembling nuclear weapons will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm. Ground was broken Tuesday for a wind farm that will have five turbines located on 1,500 acres east of the Pantex Plant, about 18 miles northeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle.

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Icahn Sets Sights On Apple, Talks To CEO Cook

August 14, 2013 10:07 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price, and wants to help CEO Tim Cook with the resuscitation. Icahn, an outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signaled he has Apple Inc. in his sights in two short messages posted Tuesday on his Twitter account.

ANA, Japan Airlines Check 787s For Wiring Problem

August 14, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

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AME Unveils Workshops, Tour Details For 2013 Atlanta Lean Summit

August 13, 2013 5:19 pm | by AME

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is proud to announce the details of the workshops and off-site plant tours being offered at the 2013 Atlanta Lean Summit, Aug. 26-29. These educational experiences provide an opportunity to learn from professionals whose expertise demonstrates the various benefits of lean.

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Pipeline Fire Lights Up IL Sky

August 13, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

A fuel pipeline exploded beneath a western Illinois cornfield, sending flames hundreds of feet into the sky and leaving a 15-foot-deep crater before pipeline crews were able to stem the flow of fuel and bring the fire under control, authorities said. Nobody was injured in the explosion, which was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday.

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Jet Engine Maker Pratt Announces 400 Job Cuts

August 13, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

 Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney has announced it is laying off 400 workers, including 200 in Connecticut. The company said more cuts would be necessary as it grapples with the winding down of military operations in Afghanistan and what it called uncertainty in the commercial jet engine spare parts business.

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Sturm, Ruger To Open New NC Gun Factory

August 13, 2013 2:18 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer

Sturm, Ruger & Co. said Tuesday that it aims to keep up with demand for its guns by opening a new factory in the small North Carolina community already home to America's largest firearms maker. Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger says it will open a new factory in Mayodan to meet firearm demand that has spiked since Congress and some states sought to toughen gun controls. 

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