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Gulf States Get First $113M From Oil Spill Fines

November 15, 2013 2:02 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the next five years, the foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive about $1.3 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana, $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.

AP: U.S. Union Vote Won't Affect VW Plans

November 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico.

Japan Dials Back Climate Change Emissions Target

November 15, 2013 9:57 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new target approved by the Cabinet on Friday calls for reducing emissions by 3.8 percent from their 2005 level by 2020. The revision was necessary because the earlier goal of a 25 percent reduction from the 1990 level was unrealistic, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters in Tokyo.

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Official: Tesla Factory Had Previous Violation

November 15, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an accident investigation.

Heinz Closing 3 Plants, Cutting 1,350 Jobs

November 15, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associate Press | News | Comments

The food maker said Thursday that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months. The cuts total 200 jobs in Florence, South Carolina, 410 jobs in Pocatello, Idaho and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, in Canada.

It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

Next Generation Of Biofuels Still Years Away

November 14, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.

Lockheed Martin Cutting 4,000 Jobs, Closing Plants

November 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.                     

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3 Hurt In Tesla Factory Hot Metal Spill

November 14, 2013 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three Tesla Motors employees were injured Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.                              

Onsite: A Brain For Grain

November 13, 2013 4:38 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the spring of 1996, 20 producers, land-owners, and businessmen in Missouri developed a local cooperative called AgraMarke, in order to pool the group’s knowledge and resources to grow non-GMO grains. AgraMarke grew to 350 producers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.  In June 2001, the group established LifeLine Foods, LLC.

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.  Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station was down when a turbine tripped due to a loss of a condenser vacuum.             

Glass Manufacturer Announces Shreveport Plans

November 13, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass manufacturer Libbey Inc. plans to spend $20 million on new technology, research and development at its factory in Shreveport.  The Louisiana Economic Development department announced Tuesday that Libbey expects to create 70 jobs.    

Lincoln Hopes For Smoother 2014 With New MKC SUV

November 13, 2013 10:06 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

After a bumpy start to its reinvention as a luxury brand, Lincoln hopes to smooth things out with a graceful new SUV.                                      

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Nissan Starts Production At New Plant In Mexico

November 13, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two-billion-dollar manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, central Mexico, is capable of assembling 175,000 cars annually. It will initially produce Sentra compact sedans, which are to be shipped to over 20 markets globally.      

5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 8:10 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.

Boeing Breaks Ground On SC Propulsion Plant

November 12, 2013 1:53 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Company officials broke ground on Tuesday for a new propulsion facility in North Charleston that will make engine air intakes for the company's new 737 Max aircraft. The location is several miles from Boeing's existing plant that assembles the 787 Dreamliner.

Sogefi To Expand W.Va. Plant

November 12, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sogefi Group plans to expand its auto parts plant in Wayne County and create 250 new jobs.  The governor says in a news release that the expansion project is scheduled to begin in January.                 

Counterpoint: Ethanol Industry Fires Back

November 12, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Associated Press investigation, which claimed that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry.                  

Laid-Off Steelworkers Target OH Governor

November 12, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor union seeking the reopening of Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio is launching a multimedia campaign aimed at Ohio Gov. John Kasich.                            

Point: The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama's Green Power Push

November 12, 2013 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.                

Raytheon Adds Jobs, Expands In Miss.

November 12, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor Raytheon Co. has announced an expansion in Forest that will bring 150 new jobs to the area.  The Mississippi Development Authority is giving the company $6 million to pay for renovation and infrastructure, as well as for the construction of the 20,000-square-foot addition. 

N.C. Drug Manufacturing Plant Closing

November 12, 2013 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Lincoln County pharmaceutical plant will be closing, putting about 310 people out of work.  Actavis PLC said Monday it will take until the middle of 2015 to close the plant, which makes creams and ointments.           

Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness On The Plant Floor

November 12, 2013 8:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.

BMW Announces New S.C. Manufacturing President

November 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Manfred Erlacher, a 29-year veteran with the company, has assumed responsibility for the Spartanburg factory. Erlacher succeeds Josef Kerscher who has returned to Germany to run the plant in Dingolfing.

Nuclear Expansion Suspended In TX

November 11, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas-based Luminant Generation had asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to double the number of nuclear reactors at its Comanche Peak plant from two to four.                   

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