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GE Makes Jet Engine Fan Blades From Carbon Fiber Composite

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EVENDALE, OH—GE is utilizing a next-generation carbon fiber composite for the fan blades that will debut in the GE9X jet engine, which will drive Boeing’s upcoming 777X passenger aircraft.


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Sales of Machine Vision Systems Set Record

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ANN ARBOR, MI—Total sales of machine vision components and systems increased 11 percent to $1.04 billion in the first half of 2014, according to the AIA, the industry’s trade group. This is the best first half performance by the North American machine vision market since the AIA began tracking quarterly statistics in 2009.


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Baxter to Expand Medical Device Assembly Plant in Alabama

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OPELIKA, AL—Baxter International Inc. will invest nearly $300 million to expand its dialyzer assembly plant here. The company plans to add 200 jobs at the plant by 2016.


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GM to Invest $185 million to Make Small Engines in Tennessee

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SPRING HILL, TN—GM is planning to invest $185 million to produce small gas engines at its assembly plant here. The new engine will be used in 27 models across five of brands by 2017.


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Economy Grows 4.2 Percent in Second Quarter

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WASHINGTON—After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter.


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Bell Helicopter Begins Constructing Assembly Plant in Louisiana

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LAFAYETTE, LA—Bell Helicopter has begun constructing a new $26.3 million assembly plant here to make the company’s new line of Short Light Single helicopters.


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Medical Device Manufacturer to Add 1,000 Jobs in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY—Varian Medical Systems, a manufacturer of X-ray equipment, broke ground Wednesday on a new expansion project at its assembly plant here and create 1,000 new full-time jobs in the state over the next 20 years.


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Kia to Build Mexican Assembly Plant

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MEXICO CITY—South Korean carmaker Kia is planning to build a $1 billion assembly plant in Mexico.


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Recycled Tires Could See New Life in Lithium-Ion Batteries

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OAK RIDGE, TN—Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind turbines and solar panels, say researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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Ford to Invest $129 Million in Louisville Assembly Plant

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LOUISVILLE, KY—Ford will invest $129 million in its assembly plant here to fast track the production of the 2015 Lincon MKC. The carmaker will also be hiring 300 new employees.


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