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West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries Paid Out $6M Before Bankruptcy

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill paid about $6 million to executives and associated companies in the year before filing for bankruptcy.

PA Marcellus Shale Production Increases

February 20, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators report that Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania topped three trillion cubic feet in 2013.

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyb

Wireless Technology Heightens Manufacturer Security Risk

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyber-attacks, compelling companies to seek ways to protect their networks.

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GA Recruiting Textile Plant Workers

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

The Georgia Department of Labor is hosting a recruitment event to fill hundreds of jobs at a textile manufacturing plant in northwest Georgia.                               

Offshoring & Outsourcing: A Mixed Bag For Jobs, Wages

February 19, 2014 11:10 am | by Kathleen Mclay, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

A new study by University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers finds that the practices of outsourcing and offshoring jobs appear to have both positive and negative effects on American jobs and wages.

A panel of Montana lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Missoula's requirement that companies pay $309 for a permit to move a megaload of oil-refinery equipment through the city, on top of the permit and fees already required by the state.

Lawmakers Question Missoula Megaload Permits

February 19, 2014 11:04 am | by MATT VOLZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A panel of Montana lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Missoula's requirement that companies pay $309 for a permit to move a megaload of oil-refinery equipment through the city, on top of the permit and fees already required by the state.             

Legal Dispute Over Salem Power Plant Settled

February 19, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The developers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant and an environmental group have settled a legal dispute that will allow the $800 million project to proceed.                     

Taking Control Of Energy

February 19, 2014 4:37 am | by Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE | Articles | Comments

Over the past generation, energy has been a defining economic issue. Fluctuations in price and availability of energy have a significant impact on profitability, and the unpredictability of the energy markets is a common source of worry for anyone managing energy supplies. The uncertainty that has characterized energy markets has taken a toll on manufacturers.

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Why It Makes Sense To Manufacture In The United States

February 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by David C. Chavern, Exec. VP & COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Blogs | Comments

One of the many signals of the manufacturing renaissance in America is the growing practice of “reshoring.” A number of firms are bringing operations that they had located outside of the United States back to American soil. This is unquestionably good news for U.S. industry, the economy and workers.

Oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is selling its Chinese subsidiary for about $1.08 billion as it focuses more in the U.S. and Mexico.

Anadarko Petroleum Selling Chinese Subsidiary

February 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is selling its Chinese subsidiary for about $1.08 billion as it focuses more on the U.S. and Mexico.

Duke Energy says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.

Duke Energy Sheds Midwest Power Business

February 18, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.                                   

Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration's actions in a North Pole oil refinery's impending closure don't see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.

AK Governor Defends Oil Refinery's Future

February 18, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration's actions in a North Pole oil refinery's impending closure don't see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.                             

Alcoa Closing Smelter, Mills In Australia

February 18, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Monday that it will close an aluminum smelter and two mills in Australia by the end of the year.                                           

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Marathon Expands OH Headquarters

February 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp. is planning an $80 million expansion of its headquarters.                                            

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Exxon Mobil Announces First Production From Damar Gas Development

February 18, 2014 9:50 am | by Exxon Mobil | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced the start of natural gas production at the Damar field off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.                                 

Nothing affects productivity as dramatically as essential equipment downtime and while most manufacturers have comprehensive equipment maintenance and service programs in place to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service when downtimes d

Productivity Plagued By Power Quality Problems

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

Nothing affects productivity as dramatically as equipment downtime. While most manufacturers have comprehensive maintenance and service programs to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service, the vast majority pay little attention to a problem that causes 30 to 40 percent of business downtime: power quality fluctuations.

Chemical M&A Expected To Keep Rising

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited | News | Comments

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2014 for the global chemical industry will likely increase due to downstream value-added opportunities, continued strength in specialty chemicals, and portfolio realignments in North America. 

Steel Coke Plant Recognized For Outstanding Safety

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by AK Steel | News | Comments

AK Steel announces that the company's Middletown (OH) Works coke plant has received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI), a leading industry trade organization. The award recognizes the company for operating one of the safest cokemaking facilities in America during 2013. 

18M Farmers Chose Biotech Crops In 2013

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications | News | Comments

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications released a report which indicates more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage.

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Chemical M&A Boosted In Q4

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by PwC US | Articles | Comments

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely due to divestitures and mega deals.

Residents Sue Comstock Mining Inc.

February 16, 2014 11:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of residents is suing Lyon County commissioners and a mining company over a decision that it fears could pave the way for mining expansion close to Silver City, about 30 miles southeast of Reno.            

TVA To Open $1B Gas Plant

February 16, 2014 10:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority is hoping to open a $1 billion gas plant within three years in western Kentucky to replace its two oldest coal-fired facilities.

NC Governor Denies Duke Coal Ash Deal Involvement

February 16, 2014 10:50 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administration's scuttled deal to settle environmental violations at two of the $50 billion company's coal ash dumps for $99,000.

Saving Energy & Money With The Better Plants Challenge

February 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Check out this video profile of Alcoa and ArcelorMittal, participants in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants Challenge, to see how through the program companies have increased recycling efforts, dramatically reduced emissions and saved almost $20 million dollars a year in energy costs.

Billions Of Petrodollars Missing In Nigeria

February 14, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria's Senate is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of missing petrodollars after the Central Bank reported that nearly $50 billion worth of oil sold by the state oil corporation had not been paid to the government.

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