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Fight For IL Boeing Plant Fizzles

December 18, 2013 10:47 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois has joined more than 20 other states trying to lure Boeing's production of the 777x airliner out of Washington state, but the company's long list of requirements could prove problematic.                                                     

Verdict Reached In BP Engineer's Trial

December 18, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Novelis Invests $120 Million In NY Expansion

December 18, 2013 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego.                                             

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U.S. Chemical Industry Poised For Dynamic Expansion

December 17, 2013 5:01 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Favorable oil-to-gas price ratios driven by the production of natural gas from shale continue to drive a renewed U.S. competitiveness that is boosting exports, and driving greater domestic investment, economic growth and job creation within the business of chemistry, according to the Year End 2013 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook.

A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance…Or Does It?

December 17, 2013 3:40 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter.                                                    

Putting the Pedal to the Metal in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 17, 2013 3:30 pm | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

To remain competitive in the world’s busiest pharmaceutical market, U.S. manufacturers must increase their speed, running lines constantly while continuing to adhere to stringent FDA regulations at the research and development, preclinical and clinical work phases. Advancements in equipment for material handling, process flow, automation, product inspection and form-fill-seal have enabled manufacturers to speed production like never before.

UT Mine Collapse Investigation Complete

December 17, 2013 10:35 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration released an investigation into the coal mine collapse that killed Elam Jones in Carbon County about 10 miles west of Huntington. Federal regulators determined that the mine hadn't done enough to support the ceiling of a tunnel that collapsed on the machine operator.

Oil Tanker Attacked

December 17, 2013 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek authorities say an oil tanker has come under armed attack off the west coast of Africa, and the ship's Ukrainian captain and Greek first engineer have been kidnapped.                                       

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Trading Wetlands For Mines

December 17, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company hoping to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota says it will add wetlands elsewhere to offset the loss of more than 900 acres the project would cause.                                   

Still No Fracking Decision In NY

December 17, 2013 10:22 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would decide whether New York should allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by Election Day next year — maybe.                                                        

FDA Questions Anti-Bacterial Soaps

December 17, 2013 10:09 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

Look Inside A Candy-Cane Factory

December 16, 2013 4:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Check out how Hammond's Candies makes candy-canes, marshmallows and caramels all by hand.                                                                          

Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 16, 2013 3:54 pm | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

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Productivity And Cost Update For Q3

December 16, 2013 3:10 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 3.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

U.S. Factory Output Up In November

December 16, 2013 11:25 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories increased output in November for the fourth straight month, led by a surge in auto production. The gains show manufacturing is strengthening and could help boost economic growth at the end of the year.                              

Harvest Natural Closes Venezuela Deal

December 16, 2013 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Harvest Natural Resources Inc. jumped Monday after the energy company said it closed the first of two transactions in a $400-million sale of its Venezuelan assets.                                      

BP Trial Winding Down

December 16, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                                                          

Worker Killed In Steel Plant Blast

December 16, 2013 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.                                

Flowrox Establishes Joint Venture With Rocsole

December 15, 2013 4:16 pm | by Flowrox | News | Comments

Flowrox and Rocsole established a joint venture to manufacture topographic imaging scaling sensors.                                           

Boston Company Building Hydroelectric Plant In IN

December 13, 2013 11:30 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boston-based company announced plans Thursday to retrofit and reactivate a long-idle southern Indiana hydroelectric power plant in a $12 million project that's expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 2,000 homes.                              

Chinese CEO Caught Stealing Monsanto And Pioneer Seed

December 13, 2013 11:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six men from China including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate have been charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of the nation's leading seed developers, prosecutors said Thursday.                  

BP Engineer Won't Testify At His Own Trial

December 13, 2013 11:15 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer isn't expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                             

Legal Battle Over Ash Ponds In IL

December 13, 2013 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois coal plant operator says it's eager to address an environmental group's claims that the company's ash ponds pollute groundwater.                                           

PA Plant Recycling Shale Water

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by ANYA LIVTAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Starting in January, Daniel Ertel's wastewater processing plant in Williamsport will start churning out commodities: Oil. Methanol. Sodium chloride.                                               

Mexico's Oil Opening Looms Closer

December 13, 2013 11:05 am | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's sweeping away of seven decades of nationalist protections and letting foreign companies back into its oil fields is crucial to bringing the expertise and money needed to rejuvenate its sclerotic energy industry, supporters say.

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