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Kellogg Cereals Struggle To Keep Spot At The Table

February 6, 2014 2:12 pm | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Kellogg's cereals keep getting pushed aside at the breakfast table. The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, and Eggo waffles said Thursday that sales in its flagship U.S. breakfast unit declined 4 percent.              

NC Would 'Do Anything' For Boeing Plant, 7K Jobs

February 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Assembling one of the largest package of tax breaks and other incentives in North Carolina history earned the state consideration for as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs — but its $683 million offer was dwarfed by Washington state's winning promise of nearly $9 billion in corporate sweeteners.

Bombardier Picked For UK Rail Contract Worth $1.6B

February 6, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British government announced Thursday that it intends to award a billion-pound contract to Bombardier, after a 10-day waiting period. Under the deal, Bombardier's rail division will supply 65 trains and a maintenance depot for Crossrail.   

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Senator: U.S. Coal Sales Might Have Cost Taxpayers

February 5, 2014 2:20 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more in lost revenue, a senator said Tuesday.                         

Trustees: GE Misleads In Hudson Dredge Report

February 5, 2014 1:55 pm | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal trustees who will assess General Electric's liability for harm done to the Hudson River's natural resources accused the company Monday of being misleading in a report that found no need to voluntarily expand dredging.        

Kellogg To Close N.C. Plant, Cut Nearly 200 Jobs

February 5, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. says it plans to close its Charlotte snack factory as part of an effort to cut costs, eliminating nearly 200 jobs. Kellogg also said Tuesday that it will close two production lines at its snack factory in Cincinnati.       

Honda To Build New Motorbike Plant In India

February 5, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With the enhanced annual production capacity of 5.8 million units in India, Honda aims to reach top spot in the country's market. The Japanese manufacturer now ranks second in market share behind its former joint venture partner Hero group of India.

Congress: WV Spill Reveals Inadequate Regulations

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although there was disagreement on some of the specifics, Democrats and Republicans on a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee agreed that the federal government needs to do more to protect the water supply from toxic chemicals.   

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Firms Fined For Calif. Plant Implosion That Hurt 5

February 4, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state has cited and issued fines to two companies that worked as subcontractors on the implosion of a central California power plant whose shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators gathered to watch the spectacle. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

February 4, 2014 9:29 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.           

Volkswagen's U.S. Workers Will Vote On Union

February 3, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen AG says it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at the plant Feb. 12 through 14. Workers at the Chattanooga plant will vote on whether to let the UAW establish a German-style works council.  

U.S. Factories Expanded At Much Slower Pace In Jan.

February 3, 2014 1:28 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as factories cut back sharply on production, and new orders plunged. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 51.3 in January from 56.5 in the previous month.

GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal At German Plants

February 3, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saturday's announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.

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Irwindale Spicing Up Suit Against Sriracha Plant

February 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stephen Onstot, an attorney representing Irwindale, tells City News Service that the small industrial city east of Los Angeles will add a breach-of-contract claim to its existing nuisance suit against the Sriracha plant.         

March In Spain To Protest Coca-Cola Plant Closures

February 3, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.                 

Owner Of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

International Nutrition is outsourcing production of the livestock and poultry nutritional supplements it makes following the Jan. 20 fire and collapse of the three-level southwest Omaha plant, company owner and president Steve Silver said in a written statement. The industrial accident killed two workers and injured 17 others.

U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money, and sex.                          

Abbott To Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

January 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.         

Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

Ford Adding 350 Jobs At Ky. Truck Plant

January 30, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said.               

Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

Man Injured In Omaha Industrial Accident Sues

January 30, 2014 10:00 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.           

Crystal CEO: Rail Shutdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said Wednesday could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve.                   

Ford Mustang Flat Rock Assembly

January 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Car Production | Videos | Comments

Follow the one millionth Ford Mustang built at the Flat Rock assembly plant as it rolls off the production line. The Flat Rock plant, which was opened in 1987, currently produces the Ford Mustang and the Ford Fusion.          

Wind Turbine Maker To Close Pa. Plant

January 29, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States. They said the company had to alter its manufacturing and supply chain strategy to keep energy costs low and maintain a strong market presence.

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