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Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                           

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MIT: Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by MIT

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

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Americans' Pessimism on Economy Has Grown

August 28, 2014 1:42 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.                 

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South Korea's Kia To Invest $1B in Mexico

August 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. says it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico.                                       

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Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration, but the federal agency says it has not yet cleared the firm of violations.            

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Agco Laying Off Employees in Hesston

August 28, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press

Agco, an agriculture machinery manufacturer, is laying off 24 hourly workers at its plant in Hesston and more cuts are expected.                                   

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Lafayette Plant to Build Helicopters by 2016

August 28, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press

Bell Helicopter is expected to begin assembly operations by 2016 at a new $26.3 million facility at the Lafayette Regional Airport.                                  

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Explosion Rocks BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 10:25 am

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, rattling nearby homes.                                            

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GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 28, 2014 9:46 am

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                         

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U.S. Economy Grew at Brisk 4.2 Percent Rate in Second Quarter

August 28, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Economics Writer

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, slightly faster than the government first estimated.                       

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Volvo Finally Goes Domestic in China

August 27, 2014 2:47 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

Volvo is hitting the Chinese market for the first time with its first vehicle to be rid of Ford tech, the XC90.                                       

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Exploring Advances In Sustainable Manufacturing

August 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Experts from a range of disciplines explore the latest research on sustainable manufacturing and how life cycle engineering is being used to reduce environmental impact.                       

Labor Day Infographic: Beer Puts People to Work

August 27, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Beer Institute

A new analysis and infographic from the Beer Institute demonstrates how one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside.                                   

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State Grant Spurs Toyota Expansion In Michigan

August 27, 2014 2:01 pm

Toyota Motor Corp. says it's expanding its technical center in Michigan and moving 250 jobs from Kentucky.                                          

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GM Moves Cadillac SRX Production to Tennessee

August 27, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press

The United Auto Workers union says General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to Spring Hill, Tennessee.                          

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Bombardier Workers Turn Down Latest Company Offer

August 27, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press

 Workers at Bombardier in Thunder Bay, Ontario, continue to strike after rejecting the latest offer from the transportation company.                                 

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New York Sees Surge in Local Alcohol Production

August 27, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press

New York has seen an overall uptick in the number of alcohol producers in the state, as more and more consumers turn to locally produced beer, wine and spirits.                         

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California Firm Recalls 93K Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits

August 27, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says a Southern California food firm has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.  

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Minneapolis Company Spends $350M on Another European Deal

August 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Business Writer

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic.             

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Spiders Force Suzuki to Recall Midsize Cars

August 27, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Spiders and their tangled webs have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars.                                             

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