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U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month, in part because cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.

U.S. Factories Expanded Slowly In January

February 4, 2014 11:15 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month, in part because cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.                           

U.S. Factory Orders Down 1.5% In December

February 4, 2014 11:01 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers saw orders for their products decline in December by the largest amount in five months although the setback for a key category that tracks business investment was not as large as first reported.                

Global Demand For Benzene Up 43.7M Tons

February 4, 2014 10:43 am | by IHS Chemical | News | Comments

According to a new IHS Chemical global market study, global demand for benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon and one of the primary chemical building blocks for the petrochemical industry, increased to 43.7 million metric tons in 2013, an increase of 2.8 percent above demand for benzene in 2012.

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Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.

Coca-Cola Plant Closing Sparks Protest

February 3, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.

Opponents Still Challenge Keystone Despite State Dept. Report

February 3, 2014 10:50 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into the November elections.                   

Five years after the pipeline's backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo. It's stuck in a complex permitting process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision.

Obama Running Out Of Reasons To Reject Keystone

February 3, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the pipeline's backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo. It's stuck in a complex permitting process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision.

A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.

Suit Against Sriracha Heats Up

February 3, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stephen Onstot, an attorney representing Irwindale, tells City News Service that the small industrial city east of Los Angeles will add a breach-of-contract claim to its existing nuisance suit against the Sriracha plant. 

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Why Women Belong In Manufacturing

January 31, 2014 3:32 pm | by CBIA Education Foundation | Videos | Comments

Women can make a critical difference in an industry in dire need of qualified skilled workers -- and they have the same opportunities as men to succeed and excel in the new world of manufacturing.                               

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Key International Announces New Site

January 31, 2014 1:55 pm | by Key International | News | Comments

Key International is pleased to announce the release of a new website, designed with loyal customers and valuable suppliers in mind.                                                 

Abbott Closes Puerto Rico Plant

January 31, 2014 11:12 am | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.

Chevron Earnings Fall

January 31, 2014 11:01 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Chevron profit fell 32 percent in the fourth quarter on lower oil and gas production and lower prices for refined fuels relative to the cost of crude.

Alaska LNG Project To Cost Billions

January 31, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska's contribution toward building a liquefied natural gas project could range from $4.6 billion to $11.4 billion, depending on the state's equity stake and whether it has a partner.

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 Releases First Quarter Dividend

January 30, 2014 11:44 am | by Exxon Mobil | News | Comments

The Board of Directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) today declared a cash dividend of 63 cents per share on the Common Stock, payable on March 10, 2014 to shareholders of record of Common Stock at the close of business on February 10, 2014.

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ND Oil And Gas Leases Fetch $17.5M

January 30, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bureau of Land Management says its most recent sale of oil and gas leases in North Dakota totaled more than $17.5 million.                                              

Oil companies' rush to find reserves off Alaska's Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good.

Shell Withdraws From Arctic Reserves

January 30, 2014 10:56 am | by TOBY STERLING, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Oil companies' rush to find reserves off Alaska's Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good.                                 

More Novartis employees have lost their jobs in Lincoln as the drug maker continues to restructure its manufacturing plant there.

Novartis Cuts More Jobs In Lincoln

January 30, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More Novartis employees have lost their jobs in Lincoln as the drug maker continues to restructure its manufacturing plant there.

The Right Tools For The Job: Implementing FEL

January 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Last week an industry expert examined Front-End-Loading - the project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success, and broke down the first implementation steps. This week moves on to a discussion of the next two phases of the FEL process and breaks down the cost-benefit analysis for the process.  

Dakota Gasification Co. is moving forward with plans to add a $402 million urea fertilizer production facility at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant in western North Dakota.

Synfuels Plant To Add $400M Fertilizer Facility

January 29, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dakota Gasification Co. is moving forward with plans to add a $402 million urea fertilizer production facility at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant in western North Dakota.

R&D Spending To Remain The Same In 2014

January 28, 2014 3:07 pm | by Industrial Research Institute | News | Comments

Innovation leaders from a broad cross-section of industries are anticipating a period of stagnation in R&D spending in 2014, according to the 30th Annual R&D Trends Forecast conducted by the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). However, while little to no change is expected in the areas of spending and budget allocation, there is a positive outlook for hiring in the new year.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

U.S. Economic Recovery To Continue Throughout 2014

January 28, 2014 2:55 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

The first Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading of 2014 strengthened slightly, pointing to continued growth and an improving U.S. economy throughout 2014.                          

Martin Marietta Materials Acquires Texas Industries

January 28, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Martin Marietta Materials is buying Texas Industries in an all-stock deal worth $2.06 billion, creating a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials with a strong presence in large, fast-growing markets like California and Texas.

One of the state's largest taconite mines does not need a new environmental study in order to expand and operate for another 16 years, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

MN Mine Expanding Without Red Tape

January 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the state's largest taconite mines does not need a new environmental study in order to expand and operate for another 16 years, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.                            

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.

Juror Misconduct Calls BP Verdict Into Question

January 27, 2014 11:03 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer is basing his request for a new trial on improper interviews with jurors who had convicted him of trying to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill, federal prosecutors say.

AR Lifts Stay On Steel Mill Permit

January 27, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Expanded In December, 2013 Ended High

January 27, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose by 0.8 percent in December, following a 0.3 percent gain in November. This gain was driven by increases in the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions. For the second consecutive month, production increased in all seven regions of the U.S. during December. 

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