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Finding The Next Generation Of Manufacturers

April 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Spee-Dee | Blogs | Comments

Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person...

Plastic Machinery Shipments Stay Strong

April 21, 2014 4:40 pm | by Plastics Industry Trade Association | News | Comments

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding...

Labor Talks Sink Platinum & Palladium

April 21, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Platinum and palladium prices dropped sharply Monday on signs that South African mining...

Documents Link SDRC Inc. And Keystone XXL

April 21, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-sponsored company that directed millions of dollars from foreign investors to the idled...

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Halliburton Posts $600M In Q1

April 21, 2014 11:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it was profitable in the first-quarter after reporting a loss for the period a year ago. Its latest results topped Wall Street expectations, and its shares edged up in premarket trading Monday.                      

Hundreds Relocate For Chemical Plant Expansion

April 21, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 200 Mossville and Brentwood residents with property close to the Sasol chemical company's Westlake facility have agreed to sell their property to the company as part of a voluntary relocation plan.                

Stillwater Mining Production Up, VP Resigns

April 18, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.                                

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NorthWestern $900M Dam Deal Nixed By Consumer Counsel Changes

April 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

NorthWestern Energy would have to walk away from a $900 million deal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana if forced to make changes recommended by the state Consumer Counsel, an executive for the South Dakota-based utility said Thursday.

Minnesota Pipe Line Seeks Expansion

April 17, 2014 10:28 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.                               

U.S. Factory Output Up In March

April 16, 2014 10:22 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

Kentucky Drilling Scam Convictions Upheld

April 16, 2014 10:17 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned.                     

Glencore Xstrata Buys Caracal Energy For $1.35B

April 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore Xstrata Plc says it is buying oil exploration firm Caracal Energy Inc. for about 800 million pounds ($1.35 billion) in cash.                             

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Utilities' Defenses Hold Against Hackers

April 15, 2014 10:23 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security.

Court Overturns Conflict Minerals Provision

April 15, 2014 10:15 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.

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 Discusses Shale Gas Plant In Pennsylvania

April 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Chemical LP plans to hold meetings in western Pennsylvania to discuss the possibility of building a huge natural gas processing plant there.                                               

Recent growth in the manufacturing industry has exposed a staggering downward trend that threatens future growth: a severe shortage of manufacturing talent. Quickly advancing technology combined with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market an

Recruit & Retain: Closing The Talent Gap

April 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company | Blogs | Comments

Recent growth in the manufacturing industry has exposed a trend that threatens future growth: a shortage of manufacturing talent. Advancing technology combined with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market and a lack of up-and-coming workers make it more important than ever for companies to focus on employee recruitment and retention.

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Fitch Downgrades Alcoa's Credit To "Junk"

April 14, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings Service downgraded Alcoa's credit rating to "junk" status on Friday, saying it thinks the company's leverage will stay high and aluminum prices and profitability will remain low.                       

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Former Energy Executive Denies Theft

April 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Sheridan energy company executive accused of stealing more than $1 million in royalties has pleaded not guilty to seven felony charges.                                

Arizona Cuts Electricity & Natural Gas Taxes For Manufacturers

April 14, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses.

Glencore Xstrata Sells Peruvian Mine For $5.58B

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Chinese state-owned companies is buying a Peruvian copper mine from Glencore Xstrata Plc for $5.85 billion, adding to a wave of Chinese resource acquisitions abroad.                     

LNG As Locomotive Fuel

April 14, 2014 9:41 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The EIA projects that liquefied natural gas will play an increasing role in powering freight locomotives in coming years. Continued growth in domestic natural gas production and substantially lower natural gas prices compared to crude oil prices could result in significant cost savings for locomotives that use LNG as a fuel source.

Michigan Bans Energy Companies From Lease Auctions

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has barred two energy companies under criminal indictment from participating in oil and gas lease auctions.                          

Industrial Machinery Market Growth To Double In 2014

April 11, 2014 9:54 am | by IHS | News | Comments

High demand for machines in manufacturing sectors ranging from auto making to packaging will push the industrial machinery market to new heights during the next five years, highlighted by a doubling of growth this year, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Senate Urges Full Enforcement On Steel Imports

April 10, 2014 11:30 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of senators seeking to protect jobs is calling on President Barack Obama's administration to fully enforce trade laws in deciding whether imported steel reinforcing bar from Turkey and Mexico unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.                

Judge Gives James River Coal OK To Continue

April 10, 2014 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

James River Coal Co. is being allowed to continue its business operations while the company is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.                                     

Chevron Predicts Q1 Profit Below Q4

April 10, 2014 11:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. said that profit in the first quarter would slip below the fourth-quarter earnings on lower oil and gas production.                                          

Alcoa Leads As Stocks Open Higher

April 9, 2014 11:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Aluminum maker Alcoa rose the most of major U.S. stocks after reporting earnings that were better than investors were expecting. Alcoa rose 3 percent in early trading. Other materials stocks also rose.                   

SD Farmers Raise Issues With Oil Trains

April 9, 2014 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some South Dakota farmers say North Dakota's Bakken oil field has created a shortage of rail engines and crews to move harvested grain to market.                         

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