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Brazilian Authorities Dismantle Unregulated Mines

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Brazilian authorities have demolished several unregulated mines operating in the Amazon during a days long operation involving police and national guard members. According to sources, the mines dismantled included open pit gold and cassiterite mines that had been operating illegally in Brazil’s Jamanxim and Rio Novo National Parks.  Officials also seized several pieces of large […]

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Bouncing Back from Downtime Starts with Planning

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Bouncing back from downtime can be a challenge, but steps can be taken to ensure the process goes quickly and efficiently. It’s no secret that downtime can be costly to businesses of all shapes and sizes across a wide range of industries.  Costs can get out of control quickly, especially for those in the automotive […]

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Toyota Considers Removing Models from U.S. Lineup

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Toyota is considering removing models from its United States lineup as demand for some vehicles continues to remain flat. There have been no reports as to what vehicles the Japanese automaker is considering for elimination.  However, the American market has become increasingly focused on light trucks in recent years and the company is said to […]

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Redevelopment of Chicago’s Union Station Could Create 5,000 Construction Jobs

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The next phase in the redevelopment of Chicago’s Union Station could create more than 5,000 construction jobs, although those jobs would likely be temporary. According to reports, the city council is set to vote on the latest portion of the $900 million piece of the more than $1 billion project.  This portion of the product […]

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GM Offers Voluntary Buyouts to 18 Thousand

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GM announced it is offering voluntary buyouts to about 18 thousand salaried employees in North America soon after reporting a 25 percent increase in pretax profit for the third quarter. According to reports, the automaker is calling the buyouts a “proactive” measure as it expects to face headwinds as it invests more in autonomous and […]

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AAA Reports Shows Advanced Systems can Add an Average of $3,000 to Repair Bills

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A new report by AAA shows that advanced driver assistance systems, like cameras and sensors, can add an average of $3,000 to repair bills after a crash. According to the report, the complex mechanisms and calibration required for these features are the biggest drivers behind these increased repair bills.  Many vehicles now feature automatic emergency […]

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Oil Prices Drop Below $68/Barrel

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Oil prices have continued to fall, dropping below $68/barrel just weeks after reaching a four year high in early October. Prices have dropped 12 percent from earlier this month, when the price of oil reached its highest level in years and some industry experts were discussing the serious potential for prices to exceed $100/barrel.  According […]

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Officials Estimate All Power Will be Restored in Panhandle by Early November

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Officials in Florida believe nearly all power will be restored to the panhandle by early November, one month after the area was ravaged by Hurricane Michael. According to reports, utility providers believe they can return power to the homes of all customers whose homes are still properly equipped.  The estimate includes areas like Mexico Beach, […]

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Logistical Issues Add Difficulty to Fleet Management

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Logistical issues can add an additional layer of difficulty to the already challenging task of managing and maintaining a commercial fleet.    Fleet managers already face the daunting task of keeping a huge number of vehicles in top form on a tight budget.  The fact that those vehicles are rarely in one place for long […]

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Lubrication Assessment Provides Path to Peak Performance

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By Steve King, STLE CLS A great way to improve your lubrication program for Heavy Duty or Industrial Plants is through performing an independent lubrication assessment. Many companies specialize in performing these assessments but customers are usually left with an unrealistic and/or cost prohibitive report that many times goes nowhere. Not to mention the large […]

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