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Solar Energy Co. SunEdison Buying Wind Power Co.

November 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.                                      

Unilever Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

Actavis To Spend $66B on Allergan

November 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Actavis will pay $66 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal that could finally end a months-long takeover push from Valeant Pharmaceuticals for the Botox maker.                       

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Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit Gets Second Life

November 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit claiming vapors from Jefferson County bourbon warehouses are causing a black fungus to form on nearby houses, businesses and vehicles.                   

Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 9:52 am | by John Flesher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said.     

Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes in $34.6B Deal

November 17, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion.               

German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 14, 2014 3:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.                            

U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 2:52 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                                           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

Breaking the Lubrication Mentality Barrier

November 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Stacy Heston, Senior Project Manager – Reliability Services at Des-Case | Articles | Comments

When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.                 

Baker Hughes Talks About Possible Merger With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said it is in talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                                    

November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

China Must Change Economy to Meet Climate Targets

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Jack Chang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese leaders pledged for the first time to cap the country's decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Fulfilling its pledge, however, will require China to transform a booming economy that still largely depends on polluting industries such as steel production and manufacturing.

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Berkshire Buying Duracell in a $3B Deal

November 13, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                           

'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off.                                 

GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania

November 12, 2014 2:10 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE.                           

iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:58 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

Google Signs 60-Year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.               

Arizona Beverage Dispute Continues

November 10, 2014 4:39 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

After a judge ruled that Arizona Beverage Co., maker of Arizona iced tea, is worth $2 billion, its co-founders are now battling over the payout.                               

NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc.                     

6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Danielle Iera | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory for Apple

November 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense.                                     

6 Ways to Manage Product Complexity

November 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements.

Two Companies to Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs in Michigan

November 10, 2014 11:40 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic fund approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in investments and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan.     

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