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Siemens Breaks Ground for Turbine Plant

The Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce joined Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, state and community leaders and company executives from Siemens Energy today to break ground on the new Siemens nacelle assembly facility being built in Hutchinson, KS. ''This will be the signature economic event for the Hutchinson community for a very long time,'' noted Chamber President Dave Kerr. The 300,000-square-foot ...

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Swiss Top U.S. in Competitiveness

Switzerland has scored first place in The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 issued by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum according to Mario Brossi, North American senior representative for Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion. The alpine nation has switched places with the United States, which held first place since the WEF introduced the survey in its current form in 2004, Brossi said. The s ...

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Golden State vs. Silver State

Everyone is familiar with those cheeky TV commercials with the tagline ''Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.'' Well, we recently came across something that has created a lot of controversy since it came out of Vegas—a $1 million ad campaign from the Nevada Development Authority that aims to lure businesses to the Silver State by attacking its huge neighbor to the west, California. Some examples of th ...

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One year later

It has been exactly one year since Lehman Bros. vanished into a black hole and almost took the global financial system with it. The nightmare that followed is still hard to fathom. On the first anniversary of the Big Collapse, there's good news, bad news, and, hopefully, really good news. First, some good news: The combined market capitalization of the 29 largest U.S. financial institutions, which shrank fr ...

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Pay no attention to the man behind the label

Ever since the U.S. surgeon general warned in the early '60s that cigarettes cause lung cancer, the tobacco industry has waged a fierce battle to water down warning labels the government mandated on the side of cigarette packages. As a result of this battle, it took nearly 40 years for the wording on these labels to morph from a gentle warning that smoking coffin nails ''may lead to'' cancer, heart disease ...

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Hangar 17

Hangar 17 at New York's Kennedy Airport is large enough to accommodate several jumbo jets, but it is not used to house aircraft. Strewn across the hangar's concrete floor are nearly 2,000 pieces of steel. Some are easily recognizable as I-beams used in the construction of a large building. Others have been twisted into contorted shapes impossible to reproduce by man or machine. Most are huge, weighing tons, ...

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National Office Furniture Plant Goes Green

Gov. Steve Beshear andrnEconomic Development Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes have announced thatrnNational Office Furniture, a business unit of Kimball InternationalrnInc., will invest more than $4.5 million in its Fordsvillernmanufacturing plant in an effort to implement new ''green'' technologyrnin its products and processes. Arnmanufacturer of wood casegoods products, National Office Furniturerncurrently e ...

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Toyota Trucks Move to San Antonio

Toyota Motor Corp. has confirmed it will relocate production of the Tacoma pickup from a plant in Northern California to its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in San Antonio by next summer, according to company officials and wire service reports. The announcement came hours after the Japanese automaker ended its relationship with a joint venture plant in the San Francisco Bay area as part of an effort ...

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Dollars for dishwashers

Are you ready for Round Two of cash-for-clunkers? Fresh from the success of its rebate program for car trade-ins, the U.S. government is gearing up for a similar effort covering old appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioners. The automotive version of cash-for-clunkers proved to be extremely popular, reportedly generating sales of about 700,000 new cars as consumers scooped up the $4,50 ...

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Lion of the Senate

Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night Shakespeare would have had a field day with the Kennedy brothers. There were four of them, driven into a life of public service by their Lear-like father, Joseph, who pushed them to grab for power that was beyond his grasp. Joe Kennedy instilled in his so ...

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