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Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion.                                 

Roche To Buy U.S. Biotech Firm InterMune for $8.3B

August 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.                        

Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 9:47 am | by Martin Benedyk and Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency.                      

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California Winemakers Cleaning Up After Quake

August 25, 2014 9:29 am | by Ken Sweet and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.                                   

Dynergy To Spend $6.25B on Power Plant Acquisition

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners.                                

McDonald's Names New U.S. President, Again

August 22, 2014 11:26 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

On Friday McDonald's named a new president for its flagship U.S. division, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years.                              

Keurig Strikes Deal With Kraft

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

Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S.                          

Deere To Lay Off 460 From Iowa Plant

August 22, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.                            

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Laser Alignment System

August 22, 2014 9:56 am | by Mr. Shims | Product Releases | Comments

Mr. Shims Belt/Sheave Laser Alignment Tool can eliminate misalignment and guesswork that can eventually destroy your expensive equipment, says the company.  

USS Saratoga Carrier Heads Off To Be Scrapped

August 21, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.                             

Storing, Lifting and Guarding Solutions from Wildeck

August 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Contact the only U.S. manufacturer who can provide storing, lifting and guarding solutions.                                               

Pabst To Resurrect Ballantine IPA

August 21, 2014 2:07 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After the renaissance of 'PBR', Pabst Brewing Company is reviving Ballantine's India Pale Ale, which was first brewed in 1878.                                    

Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K for Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law.                                  

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Hostess Closing Bakery That Created the Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

Outdoor Rubber Stair Tread

August 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Musson Rubber Company | Product Releases | Comments

Musson outdoor rubber stair treads, made from recycled rubber, are an excellent solution to make steps safe even during wet and snowy conditions.

Pet Food Factory Opens in Joplin

August 21, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 415,000-square-foot production plant will slowly begin operating. It is expected to be near full production by April.                                      

How Much Do Fantasy Football and Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With fantasy football, social media and other timewasters more popular than ever, let's take a look at how much money employers are actually losing because of them.                         

Animal Health Company To Open Plant in Missouri

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that handles animal medicines plans to open a massive new warehouse and packaging plant in St. Joseph next week.                                      

Women Small Business Owners Struggle To Get Loans

August 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.                                    

Fortune Brands To Sell Window Business for $130M

August 20, 2014 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fortune Brands, which makes Master Lock padlocks, Kemper kitchen cabinets and Moen water faucets, said it is selling its window business to focus on its Therma-Tru door business and Fypon home trim business.             

Grand Opening Set for First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 20, 2014 9:54 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.                               

Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

Officials Detail $40M Rockford Jet Repair Facility

August 19, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A planned 200,000 square foot jet-repair and maintenance center will run 24 hours a day when it opens in Rockford, a move that'll create up to 500 jobs in the northern Illinois region that's become a hub for aerospace-related business, officials said Monday.

Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms has not formally committed to build the plant proposed for an industrial park east of Interstate 95. The company says the plant would create about 1,000 jobs.                      

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

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