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83,000 Chickens Killed In Massive Barn Blaze

May 17, 2011 7:33 am | News | Comments

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

GM Groundbreaking On First Electrical Motor Plant

May 17, 2011 7:28 am | News | Comments

WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) — Groundbreaking is scheduled for a new electric motor manufacturing facility at General Motor's Powertrain Baltimore location. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and other officials will participate in Tuesday's ceremony for the facility that is expected to create about 190 jobs.

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Columbus Workers To Vote On Union Busting

May 17, 2011 7:24 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A vote could soon be taken to decertify the union at Omnova Solutions, Inc., in Columbus, where some workers have been on strike for a year. The Columbus Dispatch reports a group of replacement workers have filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board to take a decertification vote.

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Lead Producer To Build New, Cleaner Miss. Plant

May 17, 2011 7:21 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest lead producer plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town and promises it will be far more environmentally friendly than its existing smelter there that has been the subject of scorn by environmentalists and regulators for decades. St.

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BAE Fined $79 Million In U.S. Arms Export Case

May 17, 2011 7:17 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday it has agreed to pay a fine of up to $79 million to settle an arms export controls case with the U.S. Department of State, the largest civil fine ever levied by the department. The State Department settlement of the civil case includes a possible $10 million reduction in the fine depending on the company's implementation of compliance measures.

2016: The End Of The Age Of America

May 17, 2011 7:12 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net  | Blogs | Comments

The Mayans prophesized that 2012 will mark the demise of human civilization. And while many people disregard this apocalyptic fable, is it possible to completely disregard the fact that The International Monetary Fund estimates that “ The Age of America ” will come to its end in 2016? Specifically, 2016 is the year when China's growth intersects the decline of the U.

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Keep Oil In Check

May 17, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Vapor Guard from JLM Systems Limited (Richmond, BC, Canada) is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing housings that are venting to atmosphere. The guard traps the migrating oil mist from a turbine gearbox before it escapes, before it fouls the air breather, and before it contaminates the workspace.

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Cut Plastic With Lasers

May 17, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OEM quality CO2 laser optics for low-power lasers used in cutting plastics are now available from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI). The CO2 Laser Lenses and Mirrors are optimized for use at 10.6µm and meet ISO-10110 specifications for optical elements. They are available for Cincinnati®, Coherent®, Epilog®, Synrad®, Universal®, and similar lasers, and are comparable to the originals, according to the company.

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Put Material Handling Overhead

May 17, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The overhead bridge crane kits from Demag (Cleveland, OH) are a quick and cost-effective solution for installing overhead cranes in the 3-, 5-, and 10-ton capacity range. According to the company, the kits are plug-and-play, require no electrical work, and include everything needed for installation, save for box girders or steel beams.

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Faster Heating With Steam

May 17, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Johnson Inc. (Tree Rivers, MI) offers direct injection steam heaters to provide a cost-effective way to accurately heat water and water-based slurries by injecting steam directly into the fluid. In addition, they can handle a wide range of flow rates, allowing for precise temperature control while conserving energy.

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U.S. Factory Output Drops For First Time In 10 Months

May 17, 2011 4:41 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories in April produced fewer goods for the first time in 10 months. A shortage of parts from Japan forced auto makers to cut back output. The Federal Reserve says manufacturing production fell 0.4 percent in April. That follows nine straight monthly increases. But excluding the drop in activity at auto plants, factory production rose 0.

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Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty To Navy Bribery

May 17, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego-based defense contractor pleaded guilty Monday to offering bribes to a Navy official who, in return, placed $300,000 worth of orders from the company for military aircraft. Jesse Denome, owner of JD Machine Tech, Inc., admitted that from June 2004 to September 2005 he gave a Navy official a bicycle worth nearly $2,500, a model airplane engine worth $449 and made $18,000 in payments on the official's personal credit card.

Drug-Riddled Chinese Watermelons Turn Into 'Land Mines'

May 17, 2011 4:29 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of "land mines." About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

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Contest Celebrates The Silliest Warning Labels

May 17, 2011 4:18 am | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ballpoint pen-chewers, take note: The cap in your mouth can obstruct breathing if swallowed. Common sense? Apparently for speakers of French, Spanish and German. The warning appears only in the English section of the multilingual instructions from the pen manufacturer, according to the creator of the Wacky Warning Labels contest.

Economist: Michigan's Economy Ready To Rev Up

May 17, 2011 4:14 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's rebounding economy will add about 60,000 jobs annually for the next three years, a university economist predicted Monday. George Fulton of the University of Michigan said job growth will be steady but not spectacular, dropping the state's annual unemployment rate to 10 percent this year and 9 percent in 2013.

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Hemlock Could Invest $3 Billion In Tenn. Solar Plant

May 17, 2011 4:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hemlock Semiconductor on Monday confirmed it is negotiating with Tennessee officials on an incentive package on a potential $3 billion expansion of its solar materials plant in Clarksville. The Hemlock, Mich.-based company issued its statement after a member of Gov.

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'Made In USA' Flourishes Online

May 16, 2011 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Todd Lipscomb is the founder of www.madeinusaforever.com , an online retailer that specializes in a variety of goods that are only made domestically. The store deals mostly in products made by a wide range of small, family businesses, and interest has been picking up quickly. Lipscomb was an executive with Western Digital for years, living in Asia, when he realized the need to provide U.

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Chinese Look Toward Brazil For Cheap Business

May 16, 2011 9:57 am | by Marco Sibaja, Associated Press | News | Comments

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — China's commerce minister said Monday that his nation will ramp up investments in the South American country. Commerce Minister Chen Deming, however, didn't forecast by how much China's investments in Brazil would increase. In 2010, Chinese companies invested about $17 billion in Brazil, a dramatic rise from the approximately $300 million invested a year earlier, according to Brazilian economic think tank SOBEET, which tracked the inflows.

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Stronger Penalties For Negligent Ga. Food Processors

May 16, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Food processors in Georgia who don't conduct mandatory tests for contamination or hide the results would face thousands of dollars in fines under proposed regulations. Officials at the Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday they are taking public comments on regulations implementing the fines, which were part of legislation passed by lawmakers.

Hyundai To Expand Ala. Plant, Add 210 Jobs

May 16, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hyundai executives say the company is expanding its Alabama manufacturingplant in a move that is expected to add more than 210 jobs in Montgomery County. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama said Monday it will invest $173 million to enlarge and modify an engine plant at the complex.

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