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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

February 25, 2014 2:14 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico. 

2 Methanol Plants Planned For OR

February 24, 2014 11:22 am | by ERIK OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Low natural gas prices are causing a boom in methanol manufacturing nationwide, and the Lower Columbia region should be quick to seize on the skilled jobs and tax revenue that the clean industry will bring.                        

Gas Boom Expected To Boost PA Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 11:00 am | by TIMOTHY PUKO, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

The gas boom could be the biggest opportunity for local manufacturers in at least 30 years, company officials said.                                                          

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Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell Sells Australian Assets For $2.6B

February 21, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).                         

NY Village Appeals Ban On Fracking Water Sales

February 20, 2014 4:10 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a Steuben County village are headed to an appeals court over water sales to a Shell Oil Company subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Nuclear Whistleblower Firings Under Investigation

February 20, 2014 4:08 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wants an investigation into the treatment of whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after two were fired in the past five months after raising safety concerns about the construction of a $13 billion plant to treat the site's most dangerous radioactive wastes.

Supreme Court Affirms Pipeline Value Decision

February 20, 2014 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday handed Alaska municipalities a victory in a dispute over the value of the trans-Alaska, affirming that the structure for 2006 should have been valued at nearly $10 billion, not the $850 million claimed by owners.

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

BP Gets Closer To EPA Agreement

February 20, 2014 10:43 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of BP America Inc. says he believes the company is moving closer toward once again being allowed to bid on federal contracts.                                

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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.

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.

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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.

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.                                           

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.

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.

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