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Chinese Firm Debuts New Jet In Effort To Rival Boeing, Airbus

November 2, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China — or Comac — unveiled the C919 in a ceremony at its Shanghai factory. The C919 project launched in 2008 and, after a series of delays, is China's first large passenger jet produced domestically since an ill-fated attempt in the 1980s.


U.S. Manufacturing Grew At Slowest Pace In 2½ Years In October As More Factories Cut Jobs

November 2, 2015 10:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press

U.S. manufacturers have been squeezed this year as a strong dollar and weak economies in China and other key foreign markets have cut into exports.


General Mills To Close New Zealand, UK Plants

November 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The closings are just the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves by the Minnesota-based food giant, which suffered in recent years as consumers increasing turned away from packages and frozen items.


Blue Moon Sued Over Craft Beer Marketing

November 2, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Evan Parent, of San Diego, originally sued MillerCoors in April. He claimed that he purchased Blue Moon in 2011 and 2012 believing that he was sipping craft beer instead of a product owned by one of the largest brewers in the world.


New Welding Technique Could Make Advanced Metals More Practical

November 2, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite significant upgrades in advanced materials in recent years, they remain impractical for manufacturers in large part because traditional resistance spot welding makes them weaker.


By The Numbers: Manufacturing Halloween

October 30, 2015 2:56 pm | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor

The spooky holiday means big business for a lot of industries across the United States.This year, that spending is expected to nearly reach $7 billion. Let’s see where all that cash is going.


The Blimp On The Loose Saga Explained

October 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press

The U.S. military has begun efforts to remove an Army radar blimp from the woods in northeast Pennsylvania, where the high-tech radar system crashed after it broke free from its mooring at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.


Kraft Heinz Could Close Three N.Y. Plants, Cut More Than 900 Jobs

October 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The food giant said it is conducting a "close review" of three plants and would make a decision about their future over the next week.


Study: VW Emissions Scandal Will Contribute To 60 U.S. Deaths

October 30, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University researchers found that Volkswagen's cheating on emissions tests will contribute to 60 premature deaths in the U.S. alone.


Chevron Cutting Up To 7,000 Jobs; Profit Falls To $2B

October 30, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press

The company said Friday that it would cut capital and exploratory spending next year by one-fourth, with further cuts in 2017 and 2018 depending on the oil industry's condition then.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls 894K SUVs For Brake, Air Bag Trouble

October 30, 2015 10:38 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 894,000 Jeep, Dodge and Fiat SUVs worldwide to fix problems with anti-lock brakes and air bags.


Amazon Drivers File Lawsuit Over Contractor Status

October 30, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of four drivers for Amazon's Prime Now delivery service, which promises at-home delivery of selected products in as little as one hour. The service launched in Southern California last month.


Montana's Top Coal Producer Expects To Cut Asian Exports

October 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

The lost shipments could reduce state tax revenue by up to $15 million in 2016, Montana Coal Council executive director Bud Clinch said.


Gulf States Settle With Transocean Over 2010 Spill Damages

October 29, 2015 2:58 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

A filing from Transocean and attorneys for Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas says all of the states have entered a settlement agreement.


VW Affirms Commitment To Chattanooga Plant Despite Scandal

October 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

The company, based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said in a statement that it will invest $600 million in Tennessee and reiterated plans to build a new midsize SUV there starting from the end of 2016.


Study: Controlling Bubbles In Boiling Water Could Make Power Plants More Efficient

October 29, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Controlling the rate of bubble formation, scientists said, allows greater control over the rate of heat transfer between metal and liquid, which could enable more efficient adjustments of boilers in power plants.


Verizon Unveils IoT Strategy

October 29, 2015 10:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new IoT platform titled ThingSpace headlined the announcement at a company event in San Francisco. The platform will allow IoT developers to manage their work from end-to-end, including devices, networks and applications.


Green Self-Driving Cars Take Center Stage At Tokyo Auto Show

October 29, 2015 10:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan, home to the world's top-selling automaker, has a younger generation disinterested in owning or driving cars. The show is about wooing them back. It's also about pushing an ambitious government-backed plan that paints Japan as a leader in automated driving technology.


New GE Plants Will Make Advanced Composites For More Efficient Jet Engines

October 29, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The $200 million facilities will particularly supply raw materials called ceramic matrix composites to the nation's first CMC factory, a GE plant in Asheville, North Carolina.


Report: Websites Lacking Among Top B2B Manufacturers

October 29, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The 2015 XConnect B2B Analysis — produced by tech company Siteworx and researchers from Syracuse University — polled company purchasing and procurement officials about several attributes of their digital experience with suppliers.



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