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Electrical Systems For Facilities Maintenance Personnel

August 29, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) has released their new textbook, Electrical Systems for Facilities Maintenance Personnel by Glen A. Mazure. Providing a detailed overview of facility electrical equipment and systems, this text is a comprehensive resource for facilities maintenance personnel.


Confidence In Equipment Leasing Falls In August

August 29, 2011 10:09 am | Articles | Comments

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) has released the August 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $521 billion equipment finance sector.

Linking HR Development To The Bottom Line

August 29, 2011 10:06 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc | Articles | Comments

In today’s environment, efforts to sustain the relevance of human resource development (HRD) hinge on three golden words: Return on Investment. Demonstrate your function’s ROI and chances are it will not go MIA. But how can HR demonstrate that its people development adds bottom-line value? Here are six ways to do so.


Brazil Airline Must Compensate For Jet Pollution

August 29, 2011 9:28 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — A court has ordered Brazil's second-largest airline to plant trees near Sao Paulo's international airport to compensate for pollution caused by its passenger jets. The Sao Paulo State Court of Justice says in a statement that Gol Lineas Aereas Intelligentes S.A.


Manufacturers Say Not Enough Skilled Workers

August 29, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City-area manufacturers say there are plenty of jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill met with business and academic leaders Friday to discuss ways to improve job training to meet increasingly technical needs of manufacturers.

Lack Of Skilled Welders Delays Production

August 29, 2011 9:23 am | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.S.( Canadian Press ) — A spokesman for a Nova Scotia wind farm parts maker says a lack of welders has caused delays in production. Brad Murray of DSTN, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, says the Trenton plant expects to roll out its first wind turbine tower next month.


ATK Opens New UT Facility, Creates 800 Jobs

August 29, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — ATK Aerospace Systems is opening a new facility to build commercial airframes and engines in Utah. The site is projected to create 800 jobs over the next 20 years in Davis County. ATK spokesman George Torres says the more than 600,000 square-foot facility in Clearfield will produce aircraft composite structures and already has more than $1 billion in contracts to fulfill.

Fiat To Build $720M Turin Plant

August 29, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

MILAN (AP) — Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, has confirmed plans to invest euro500 million ($720 million) to build Maseratis in a plant near Turin. Fiat confirmed the investment in the plant, which formerly made Bertone cars, in a statement Friday after receiving guarantees that the government will pass a law favoring investments that are backed by unions.


Ford Workers Authorize Strike

August 29, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City, Mo., are authorizing their union leaders to call a strike against the company. Local union President Jeff Wright said in an e-mail Monday that 3,049 workers voted to authorize a strike. Only 18 voted against it. The workers finished voting Saturday.


Strength Of Steel Output Growth Feels The Strain

August 29, 2011 7:57 am | Videos | Comments

Defying predictions, steel output continues to soar, led by China. A Reuters insider explores how long this can last, the outlook for steel and iron ore prices, and what could derail growth. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


CA Would Be First State To Ban Foam Containers

August 29, 2011 5:37 am | by Sheila V Kumar, Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California's state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins already are razor thin. BJ's Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California's farm country, uses about 26,000 of the 9-inch foam clamshells a year, mostly for takeout by the customers who...


American Crystal Workers Can't Get Unemployment

August 29, 2011 5:36 am | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar workers in North Dakota who are locked out in a contract dispute have been declared ineligible for unemployment benefits. The Forum newspaper reports ( that Darren Brostrom, the state's director of unemployment insurance, says North Dakota state law prohibits unemployment insurance for workers embroiled in labor disputes.

IDT To Sell Fabrication Plant For $26M

August 29, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Integrated Device Technology Inc. plans to sell a wafer fabrication plant in Hillsboro, Ore., to Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd. for $26 million. IDT, a chip maker based in San Jose, Calif., said Monday that the companies are likely to enter a purchase agreement by the end of the year and that the proposed sale could close by Jan.


Ivy Tech To Push Custom Training To IN Firms

August 29, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana businesses struggling to find skilled workers to fill specialized jobs could get a hand from Ivy Tech Community College through a new statewide push to help match companies with training that will give them the employees they need. The college is working to make businesses aware that it can create training programs tailored for their specific needs.


Worker Seriously Injured At Pepsi Plant

August 29, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man's leg was crushed in a machine at a Pepsi-Cola plant in Tampa. Employees called 911 about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, saying a man was trapped in a conveyor rail system at the plant near the University of South Florida. The St. Petersburg Times (http://bit.


FAA Clears The Way For First Boeing 787 Flight

August 29, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — After nearly two years of flight tests and analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways next month — more than three years later than initially planned.


Marlboro Snus Plant In VA Being Idled

August 26, 2011 7:04 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. says it's idling a Virginia manufacturing plant that makes its Marlboro snus smokeless, spit-less tobacco. The subsidiary of Altria Group said Wednesday it is moving production from the York County facility to various locations Smokeless owns in the U.


A. Schulman To Close Plant, Cut Jobs

August 26, 2011 7:01 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A. Schulman Inc. on Thursday said it plans to shutter its Nashville, Tenn. plant and cut about 60 jobs because of the weak economy. Separately, the company also reduced its forecast for the year to account for a settlement and for a change in how it measures inventories.


Compass To Buy CamelBak For $257M

August 26, 2011 6:59 am | News | Comments

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Investment firm Compass Diversified Holdings is buying CamelBak Products LLC, a maker of reusable water bottles, military gloves and other goods, for $257.5 million. Compass CEO Alan Offenberg said in a statement that CamelBak has strong brand recognition and hopes to capitalize on increasing demand for its hydration products.

Toray Announces RI Expansion

August 26, 2011 6:58 am | News | Comments

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — One of the state's largest employers on Wednesday announced a multi-million dollar expansion expected to create more than two dozen new jobs, but Rhode Island is still competing with Virginia to be home to a second, much larger expansion project. Toray Plastics (America), which already employs about 600 people in the state, said it would undertake an $11.



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