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North American robot sales set record


July 30, 2014 4:46 pm ET

The North American robotics sector is off to its fastest start ever, shattering last year's first-half record, with a first-half 2014 of 14,135 robots, valued at $788 million, ordered from suppliers in the region, according to the Robotic Industries ...

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Tessy investing $10 million in new plant, infrastructure


July 30, 2014 4:57 pm ET

Tessy Plastics Corp. continues to buy factory buildings in upstate New York — acquiring a 112,000-square-foot former Honeywell building in Skaneateles, N.Y., near its Elbridge headquarters, to house its medical operations.

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Castle Harlan buys landscape erosion control firm Tensar


July 30, 2014 3:46 pm ET

Private equity group Castle Harlan inc. has acquired Atlanta-based Tensar Corp., with plans for the geosynthetic products maker and its subsidiaries to adhere to their core business of stabilizing civil infrastructure.

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DC banning PS foam containers


July 30, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gra signed into law on July 29 a bill that will ban polystyrene foam food and drink containers from the District.

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Pressure is on to replace aging gas pipes


July 30, 2014 2:47 pm ET

Polyethylene is the plastic replacement material of choice for modernizing the natural gas distribution system — so much so some are concerned about resin and pipe shortages.

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Bankruptcy court confirms GSE reorganization plan


July 29, 2014 4:01 pm ET

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., has confirmed the reorganization plan for geomembranes maker GSE Environmental Inc.

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Vinyl siding's lead slips, but industry pushing back


July 29, 2014 2:04 pm ET

Vinyl siding continues to be the top cladding choice for home builders and remodelers but fiber cement is gaining ground — at an alarming rate to some PVC extruders — followed by stucco and brick.

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Universal Polymer beefing up capabilities through acquisition


July 29, 2014 12:04 pm ET

Universal Polymer & Rubber Ltd. is growing again and adding to its capabilities, this time via another acquisition and a plant expansion.

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Acquisition expands Rieke Packaging's stake in Asia


July 28, 2014 4:39 pm ET

Diversified rigid packaging components producer Rieke Packaging Systems now has a bigger footprint in Asia.

A third generation is adding to the growth at American Vinyl Co.


July 28, 2014 4:32 pm ET

American Vinyl Co., a compounding and extrusion company that increased its workforce 20 percent this year, is looking to double its space for storing raw materials and producing door and window profiles, pool hoses, and straps for patio furniture.

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