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SolarCity Unveils Industry's Most Efficient Solar Panel

October 5, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new panels will be built at the company's forthcoming plant in Buffalo, New York, beginning in 2017.


Poll: Chemical Companies Largely Unprepared For Labeling Standards

October 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The report, produced by labeling software provider Loftware, polled 150 professionals from global chemical companies.


ISM: Manufacturing Hits A Soft Spot

October 2, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 33rd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 76th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.


Third-Party Logistics Acquisitions Expected To Increase

October 2, 2015 1:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Mergers and acquisitions in the logistics sector roared back to life last year, and a recent survey of industry executives suggested that more transactions could be on the horizon.


AAM: Manufacturing Sheds 9K Jobs In September

October 2, 2015 1:08 pm | by Alliance For American Manufacturing

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector shed 9,000 jobs in September. 


Apple Names Ex-Boeing CFO To Board, Diversifying Its Ranks

October 2, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press

James Bell becomes the only African American on Apple's board, helping the iPhone and iPad maker diversify its corporate hierarchy at a time when major technology companies are under fire for not having enough women and minorities in leadership roles and in their overall workforce.


Honda Recalling 143K Civics, Fits To Fix Faulty Software

October 2, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press

The recall announced Thursday is for the 2014 and 2015 model years for the Honda Civic and the 2015 model for the Fit.


Chicken Producer Fined Over Accidents, Including Teen's Leg Amputation

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

A 17-year-old subcontractor with cleaning company Cal-Clean had his left leg amputated from the knee down following an April 7 accident while cleaning a liver-giblet chiller machine.


U.S. Auto Sales Jump In September

October 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The robust sales numbers were at least partly due to a later Labor Day weekend, which counted toward August sales numbers in 2014.


ContiTech Introduces New Marketing Campaign Called ‘Ability’ For North America

October 1, 2015 4:42 pm | by ContiTech

ContiTech, a leading worldwide manufacturer and distributor of rubber products for a variety of applications, has introduced a new marketing campaign, called Ability, for a variety of services and product lines for North America.


Liquefied Gas Port, Pipeline Get Environmental OK In Oregon

October 1, 2015 2:36 pm | by Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press

The Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal at Coos Bay would be the first LNG port on the West Coast and would be linked to existing pipelines by construction of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline across southwestern Oregon.


Slim Jim Maker ConAgra Cuts 1,500 Jobs; Moving HQ From Omaha To Chicago

October 1, 2015 2:30 pm | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer

The changes should create about $200 million in cost savings, with more than half of that realized by the end of fiscal 2017, according to ConAgra. 


VW Plant Cuts Shift, Financial Arm Freezes Hiring

October 1, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The scandal has raised concerns that the reputation of German automakers and engineering as a whole could be tarnished, though Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he doesn't see the affair damaging Germany as a business location.


Lawsuits Against Monsanto Allege Link Between Roundup And Cancer

October 1, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto faces separate lawsuits from individuals in New York and California who blame the company's Roundup herbicide for causing their cancers.


Report: Mobile Device Choices Can Impact Business Costs, Productivity

October 1, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Kyocera — which includes "rugged" devices among its smartphone offerings — tabbed VDC Research to conduct a poll of more than 200 IT executives throughout the manufacturing, transportation, health care and hospitality industries.


GM Plans $5.5B In Cost Cuts To Help Finance New Mobility

October 1, 2015 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The company told investors Thursday that the savings in logistics, manufacturing, information technology and other costs will more than offset increased investments in brand development and new technology.


Ford Recalls 342K Minivans, 37K F-150 Trucks

October 1, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press

The recall covers about 342,000 vans from 1998 through 2003.


United Auto Workers Reject Contract Deal With Fiat Chrysler

October 1, 2015 10:34 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Official totals weren't released, but workers at many large factories voted against the pact by large margins, making victory impossible.


Feds Reach Nearly $2B Legal Settlement With Fertilizer Maker

October 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Jason Dearen and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

The department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agreement with Minnesota-based The Mosaic Co. on Thursday. The deal still needs to be finalized by the court.


Metalworking Group Announces Funding To Help Address Skills Gap

October 1, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The project is one of 12 initiated by the National Network of Business and Industry Associations to help bolster the industrial workforce.



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