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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 come in for the restaurant's popular breakfast omelets.

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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 (http://bit.ly/pjAsvB) 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ammo Plant Expands Available Space At Stennis

August 26, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant facility and its 1.6 million square feet of space have been transferred to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. The munitions plant increases space at Stennis by about 33 percent and will be used to attract employers that complement NASA's mission.

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Saab Postpones 1H Report

August 26, 2011 6:51 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Shares in Swedish Automobile, the owner of struggling car maker Saab, have plummeted after it postponed the release of its earnings figures for the first six months of the year, saying the report has yet to be completed. In a brief two-line statement Friday, the Zeewolde-headquartered Dutch company said the results would be delayed by five days because the earnings report is incomplete.

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A Look At IBM's Brain-Like Computer Chips

August 26, 2011 6:08 am | Videos | Comments

IBM announced that it has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that now power PCs and supercomputers. The prototypes offer further evidence of the growing importance of "parallel processing," or computers doing multiple tasks simultaneously.

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Q&A: Processing Sustainably

August 26, 2011 6:00 am | by Interview by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The food industry is ramping up its efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of production, and Green Research has introduced a new benchmarking tool to help manufacturers produce food more sustainably. Food Manufacturing spoke with David Schatsky of Green Research to discuss how processors can most efficiently increase their sustainability.

Accuracy: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

August 26, 2011 5:56 am | by Jim Tennermann, Life Science Market Manager for the Americas, Vaisala | Articles | Comments

Measurement accuracy is a subjective concept applied to all kinds of measurements. Generally speaking, accuracy refers to the degree of closeness of the measurement to a true value. This definition is usually good enough, but not always. The subjective nature of accuracy allows for a wide variety of claims that may technically be true, but misleading at the same time.

Coolerado Heat And Mass Exchanger

August 26, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air conditioners from Coolerado (Denver, CO) provide 100 percent fresh, filtered, and comfortable air with no added humidity. With the fan being the only component being powered with the system, energy consumption can be reduced by 90 percent. The Coolerado heat and mass exchanger consists of several plates of a special material, designed to wick water evenly on one side and transfer heat through the other.

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