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Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

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Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

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Nonprofit Files Lawsuit Notice for Kingsport Ammunition Plant

September 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water.                               

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ZF Buying TRW Automotive For About $11.74B

September 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by The Associated Press

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive for approximately $11.74 billion.                                             

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Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 15, 2014 4:11 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a lithium battery factory to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.

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TorqTek Design and Manufacturing Plans $12M Expansion in Charleston

September 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by State News Service

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility and is expected to create 50 new jobs in the process.                  

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GE Aviation Plans New Plant in U.S.

September 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Chelsey Levingston, Dayton Daily News

New plans for another GE Aviation manufacturing facility in the United States have emerged, as it was revealed that the Ohio-based jet engine maker will open a second plant for the production of ceramic composite materials.       

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Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How to Use it

September 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Economist Intelligence Unit

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it.

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19 Deaths Ruled Eligible for Compensation By GM

September 15, 2014 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company.                       

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Hundreds of Workers On Strike at Lear Corp. Plant

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Charles D. Wilson, The Associated Press

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling fast-food-like wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana.                              

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta Latches

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.                                    

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U.S. Factory Output Drops .4 Percent in August

September 15, 2014 10:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants that was due mainly to seasonal adjustment problems.                   

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Nucor Buying Gallatin Steel for $770M

September 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest.                                    

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Heineken Rejects SABMiller Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Family-controlled brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by rival SABMiller.                                              

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Airbus Looks To Ohio for More Business

September 15, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Officials of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus are meeting with representatives of nearly 100 Ohio companies to talk about doing more business with them.                            

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National Association Of Manufacturers Responds To Resolution Limiting First Amendment Rights

September 12, 2014 1:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) penned a letter to the Senate, urging opposition to S.J. Res. 19, a proposed amendment to the Constitution.                       

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HP Fined For Bribery Of Russian Officials

September 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated

Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges that former employees bribed Russian government officials for a contract, and the company has been fined $58.7 million.                   

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GreenTech Automotive Says Mississippi Factory Built

September 12, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles.                               

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Say Hello to a Hot Rod Powered by Water

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by GE Reports

The Quant e-Sportlimousine, a car powered by a saltwater-filled battery, has been making a splash in Europe, where it was just approved for road use, and with the scientists at GE.                     

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Futuris Opens Automotive Components Manufacturing Facility In North America

September 12, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

Futuris Automotive, a leading global automotive components supplier, today announced the expansion of its North American business with the opening of a new manufacturing facility and design center in Newark, California.         

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