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GE Invests Green in "Green"

With a $432 million investment, GE plans to create 500 jobs by establishing a U.S. Centers of Excellence for design and manufacture of refrigeration products. The greening of the company began in 2009 and will realize a total investment of $1 million and 1,300 jobs by the year 2014. The new Centers of Excellence will be located in Louisville, Ky.; Bloomington, Ind.; Decatur, Ala.; and Selmer,...

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Manufacturing Growth Accelerates in October

Following several months of lackluster growth, the manufacturing sector expanded at a faster rate in October, rising to a five-month high and boosting prospects for a stronger recovery. After experiencing a slackening pace of expansion in September and through most of the summer, manufacturing in the United States is beginning to strengthen its pace of recovery, posting accelerated growth in...

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First Solar to Build New U.S. Plant

First Solar, one of the largest manufacturers of thin film solar modules, has announced plans to build two new manufacturing facilities, one in the United States and the other in Vietnam; both are expected to be completed in 2012. The two new four-line manufacturing plants will increase the company's annual manufacturing capacity by nearly 500 MW to help meet strong demand for its advanced...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturers More Uncertain about Economy

Plus: U.S. Economy Grows at Slightly Faster Pace in Q3 and Jobless Claims Drop to Three-Month Low. U.S. Economy Grows at Slightly Faster Pace in Q3 The United States economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the third quarter, but not enough to raise hopes that the persistently high unemployment rate may start to decline, the U.S. Department of Commerce indicated on Friday. In its first estimate...

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Forests Fight Against Greenhouse Gas Emissions

It's not easy to see the forest for the trees but the USDA Forest Service wants you to know the importance of forests in fighting global warming. Data released on 10/15 estimates that 41.4 billion metric tons of carbon is currently stored in the nation's forests, and due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million tons...

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Light Friday: Halloween by the Numbers

Plus: Corporate Zombies, Management Monsters, Ghost Phones, Scary Science and Self-Destructing Robots. This week we looked at workplaces inhabited by monster bosses and the living dead, plus sweet facts about candy, the science of fear, zombie computer outbreaks and more. Today's Light Friday offers a look at what didn't make it into this week's Halloween-themed IMT issue. By the Numbers:...

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Autodesk® Educates Students and Designers in Sustainability

Autodesk® is as familiar to engineers as MS Word is to writers: both are tools that are an integral part of the modern-day job. Primarily geared toward engineering students and teachers, the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop can benefit all engineers and designers find new sustainability ideas and the tools that can bring them to life. Looking to "engineer with less environmental impact" the...

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Surge in Aircraft Orders Lifts Durable Goods

Demand for commercial aircraft lifted orders for big-ticket manufactured goods in September. However, excluding a surge in demand for transportation equipment, businesses spent less on product purchases that signal expansion. New orders for manufactured durable goods rose 3.3 percent in September, marking the largest increase since January, according to the United States Department of Commerce...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Follow the Green Leaders

Eight winners were selected from more than 300 nominations for a White House Council on Environmental Quality GreenGov Presidential Award.  The winning entries represent seven Federal agencies that are leading by example in their innovative use of environmentally responsible products and technologies in response to President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental,...

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U.S. Auto Sales Remain Strong

The rate of new vehicle sales in the U.S. is continuing to make steady gains through October, building upon strength from prior months and boosting recovery prospects for the automotive industry, according to new reports. Despite lingering economic challenges depressing demand, automotive sales in the United States continue to make a swift recovery, posting significant gains through September and...

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