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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

2013 Closed With Solid Manufacturing Numbers

January 3, 2014 10:59 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Locking The Media Out Of Unemployment Reports

January 3, 2014 10:48 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

A Labor Department watchdog has recommended ending a practice that allows reporters to review a key unemployment report before it is made public.                                 

Denbury Resources Boosts Buyback Program

January 3, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Denbury Resources Inc. is increasing its stock buyback program by $250 million.                                                                        

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Juror Misconduct Jeopardizes BP Verdict

January 3, 2014 10:40 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense attorneys for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill claimed Thursday that jurors engaged in misconduct that warrants a new trial.

10 Sustainable Energy Trends That Shook Up 2013

January 2, 2014 4:17 pm | by Garrett Hering, GreenBiz.com | Blogs | Comments

With the New Year upon us, let's take a few moments to consider the major sustainable energy trends in business from the past year. Many of these 10 trends represent milestones achieved in 2013 as the result of years of dedicated efforts. Others are of a more short-term nature. Each, however, played a big role in 2013.

Manufacturing: Moving Workers Into The Middle Class

January 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by cafwd.org | Videos | Comments

There's no arguing the facts: in California, manufacturing is a huge element of the state's economy. Now, California's community colleges are stepping up to the plate—educating folks about the manufacturing industry while preparing them for real job opportunities.

Miners Granted Extended Unemployment In KY

January 2, 2014 11:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pike County's judge-executive is calling on elected officials from Kentucky to extend federal unemployment benefits to help out-of-work miners.

EPL Oil & Gas Purchases Assets From Nexen Petroleum

January 2, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

EPL Oil & Gas Inc. is buying some oil and natural gas assets from Nexen Petroleum Offshore U.S.A. Inc. for $70.4 million. The assets are located in the shallow-water central Gulf of Mexico and currently produce about 900 net barrels of oil equivalent a day.

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OK Pipeline To Begin Shipping This Month

January 2, 2014 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a $2.3 billion pipeline between Cushing and the Gulf Coast expects to begin shipping oil Jan. 22.                                                           

ND Oil Train Derailment Raises Questions

January 2, 2014 11:13 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiery oil train derailment's near-miss of a small North Dakota town had its mayor angrily calling for federal officials to do more to guarantee the safety of the nation's growing shipment of oil by rail.                    

Northwest Pipe Acquires Permalok

January 2, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Northwest Pipe Co., which makes steel pipes used to transport water, said Thursday that it has acquired Permalok Corp. to expand its pipe offerings for customers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.                      

Blue Island Phenol Plant Down Pending Investigation

January 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge says a Chicago-area chemical company can't restart a manufacturing unit involved in an explosion and fire until it figures out what happened.

Indiana Iron Pellet Plant Makes Progress

December 30, 2013 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Minnesota company says it is making good progress toward opening within a year a $350 million factory in northern Indiana to produce iron ore pellets.                                    

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Cooper Tire Calls Off Apollo Tyres Deal

December 30, 2013 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion sale to India's Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world's seventh largest tire company.                                                                          

Westlake Chemical Opens New Chlor-Alkali Plant

December 30, 2013 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Westlake Chemical Corp. has started its new chlor-alkali plant located at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar.                                     

Mitsubishi Evaluating AR Turbine Plant

December 27, 2013 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is evaluating its completed but unopened $100 million wind turbine factory in Fort Smith now that the company has settled a technology lawsuit with General Electric Co.                               

Production Begins At LA Iron Plant

December 27, 2013 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nucor Corp. says it has started production at its direct-reduced iron plant in Convent, the first phase of what could become a $3.4 billion complex employing as many as 1,250 workers.                             

Decatur Chemical Plant To Undergo $95M Expansion

December 26, 2013 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP Amoco Chemical Co. says it will invest $95 million in the factory to improve production of three chemicals used for manufacturing.                                                   

Historical Lead Smelter Closes In MO

December 26, 2013 12:48 pm | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the day its founder arrived here, this Mississippi River town has been tied inseparably to lead, the heavy, dull-gray metal that has been mined in southern Missouri for more than two centuries. As home to the nation's only primary lead smelter, Herculaneum processes raw ore into metal to make car batteries, X-ray shields and many other products.

Alabama Steel Plant Sold

December 26, 2013 10:47 am | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

When German steel manufacture ThyssenKrupp began construction of its $5 billion plant just down the road from Webbs Cafe in 2007, business boomed as construction crews poured into the area to build the most-modern steel production factory in the Americas.

Virginia Bio-Fuel Plant To Open In 2014

December 23, 2013 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a bio-fuel plant in Hopewell, VA has decided to open the facility instead of dismantling it.                                                                                                 

One Step Closer To Clean Coal

December 23, 2013 3:48 pm | by GSE Systems | News | Comments

Global energy services solutions provider GSE Systems, Inc. is currently working on Phase II of a multi-phase project with Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group to supply an engineering simulator for the first-of-a-kind power plant design, FutureGen 2.0 project, which will be a near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant using oxy-combustion technology.

New Certification Program For Mission Critical Careers

December 23, 2013 3:08 pm | by International Society of Automation | News | Comments

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces today that it will begin developing a new certification program as part of a recently announced $23 million federal grant to fund two-year degree programs in “Mission Critical Operations” at five North Carolina colleges.

INVISTA And CPI Develop Gas-Based, Bio-Derived Process Technology

December 23, 2013 2:24 pm | by INVISTA & CPI | News | Comments

INVISTA and The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) announce a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable gas-fermentation-based processes for the production of industrial chemicals.                                                 

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 10.2%

December 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $435.02 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                                                     

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