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An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

'Pink Slime' Sales Rebounding

June 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                                       

Power Plant Debate Starts War Of Statistics

June 16, 2014 11:23 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.               

Oilfield Company Leaves Switzerland Over Pay Rules

June 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The oilfield services company Weatherford International Ltd. says shareholders have approved a move from Switzerland to Ireland.                                       

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The Income Gap Widens As American Factories Close Their Doors

June 16, 2014 11:02 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The downfall of manufacturing in the U.S. has done more than displace workers and leave communities searching for ways to rebuild devastated economies. In American factory towns, manufacturing's decline is a key factor in the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else, as workers are forced into far lower-paying jobs.

U.S. Crude Exports At Highest Level In 15 Years

June 16, 2014 10:52 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The United States exported 268,000 barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil in April (the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau), the highest level of exports in 15 years.                              

Judge Backs Alberta Clipper Pipeline Expansion

June 13, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An administrative law judge recommended that Minnesota regulators approve an expansion of Enbridge Energy's Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.                         

Dept. Of The Interior Seeks Over $500K From Gas Developer

June 13, 2014 10:08 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Interior Department office that oversees revenue collection from oil and gas leases announced that it is seeking a $533,520 civil penalty against a gas developer the agency said failed to report production on federal leases in northeast Wyoming.

Nebraska Company Cited For Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it has placed the Geneva-based Bioiberica Nebraska in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.                       

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OPEC: The Price Of Oil Is Just Right

June 12, 2014 10:15 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc. This has helped world oil prices stay high enough to provide OPEC countries with robust income, but not so high that they scare customers away from buying more of their precious product.

Consol & Noble Energy Form Pipeline Venture

June 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas producers Consol Energy and Noble Energy said that they plan to form a new publicly traded joint venture that will operate natural-gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale region in the Eastern U.S.                              

Pacific Future Energy Corp. Announces $10B Bitumen Refinery Project

June 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Pacific Future Energy Corp. | News | Comments

Pacific Future Energy Corporation announced today its plan to build and operate the world's greenest refinery on British Columbia's north coast.                                 

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Judge Questions Lawyer Fees In Freedom Industries Trial

June 11, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge is questioning whether highly paid lawyers are helping keep money in a bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply.                       

Short-Term Energy Outlook

June 11, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Natural gas working inventories on May 30 totaled 1.50 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), 0.74 Tcf (33%) below the level at the same time a year ago and 0.90 Tcf (37%) below the previous five-year average (2009-13).                        

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$400M Investment Will Spur Oil Drilling In Louisiana & Mississippi

June 10, 2014 10:54 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A private equity firm will invest up to $400 million to support efforts by Houston-based Halcón Resources Corp to drill for oil on the 314,000 acres that Halcón has leased in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale of southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana. 

Natural Gas Investor Drops $4.25B On Shale

June 10, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas wildcatter Aubrey McClendon's American Energy Partners LP has invested $4.25 billion in lease holdings and drilling rights in four states.                          

Recycling Chemicals In The Heartland

June 9, 2014 5:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Ranging from feedstock such as used antifreeze to applications that include aerospace coatings, ORG CHEM Group has thrived by finding unique and profitable ways to recycle and repurpose what many saw as simply chemical byproducts, or even waste.

Millennial Energy Partners, LLC Closes Upstream Oil And Gas Fund

June 9, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Millennial Energy Partners, LLC announced that it has closed Millennial PDP Fund V, LP through a private placement conducted under Regulation D. Millennial has organized Fund V primarily to acquire non-operated oil and gas working interests in various basins throughout the United States.

Manufacturing Production Predicted To Keep Increasing

June 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.                               

With Great Growth Projected, Is Your Company Ready?

June 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Tim Robertson, Vice President, Marketing & Sales U.S., DHL Global Forwarding | Articles | Comments

DHL Global Forwarding held its first annual U.S. Chemicals Supply Chain Conference last month to discuss the challenges, security and various global economic factors pushing the industry’s growth in Europe and shale gas production in the U.S. Chem.Info sat down with Tim Robertson to talk more about this projected growth and how companies can prepare for it. 

ISM: Manufacturing On Target With Predictions

June 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained as to how to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements

Active Management: 3 Key Steps To Lasting Improvement

June 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jerry Wanichko, Director of Consulting Operations T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements begin to slip away and managers struggle to motivate a previously enthusiastic workforce.

Chobani Layoffs In Idaho

June 4, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its south-central Idaho plant. Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness says the plant has hit its production target and is making shift changes Tuesday and Wednesday. Instead of two 12-hour shifts seven days a week, production workers will operate three eight-hour shifts five days a week.

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how fas

Four Steps For Uncovering Hidden Capacity

June 4, 2014 1:00 am | by David Pate, Ken Van Winkle, Steve Weise, Keith Yeater | Articles | Comments

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how faster setup times and improved equipment performance can translate into increased capacity, more flexibility, reduced lead time and costs, and better quality and speed. 

Factory Orders Up Again In April

June 3, 2014 10:31 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, pushed higher by a surge in demand for military hardware. But a key category that signals business investment plans fell.                                 

Kentucky Will Not Seek Money From Oil Company Scam

June 2, 2014 11:26 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky is not seeking to collect a $20 million judgment the state won in court from a now-bankrupt oil company found to have bilked its customers in a drilling scam.                           

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