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GE Offers To Buy Back Shares From Berkshire Hathaway

September 14, 2011 9:37 am | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it is offering to pay $3.3 billion to buy back preferred shares bought by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. during the depths of the financial crisis. GE said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it has mailed its offer to Berkshire, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

Johnson Controls Invests In Batteries, China

September 14, 2011 9:24 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Johnson Controls Inc. said Wednesday that it will invest $100 million to build a plant in China that will produce vehicle batteries with start-stop technology. The plant will supply global and local automakers in Asia and is expected to begin production in early 2013.

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GE Says Gas Turbine Sales Returning

September 14, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. has received $1 billion in orders this year for turbines that burn natural gas to make electricity from customers in North America eager to take advantage of low natural gas prices. Natural gas prices in North America have been low and steady in recent years as drillers have learned to unlock vast amounts of natural gas once thought inaccessible in shale formations throughout the U.

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OH Regulators Hear Testimony On Controversial Utility "Tariffs"

September 14, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio utility regulators are preparing to hear testimony on a plan that would offer utility-bill breaks to businesses that create jobs. The idea of these "economic development tariffs" was pitched by the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in July as a unique way to attract growing businesses to the struggling state.

Transportation Dept. Proposes Ban On E-Cigs For Airlines

September 14, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Wednesday proposed banning the use of electronic cigarettes on airline flights, saying there is concern the smokeless cigarettes may be harmful. "Airline passengers have rights, and this new rule would enhance passenger comfort and reduce any confusion surrounding the use of electronic cigarettes in flight," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

Aircraft Supply Plant To Mean Hundreds Of SC Jobs

September 14, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An aerospace supply firm is locating in South Carolina near the state's new Boeing 787 assembly plant and could eventually create as many as 350 jobs for the area. The InterTech Group said Wednesday its aerospace subsidiary, TIGHITCO (T-I-G-hit-co), will build a new plant in North Charleston.

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Feds Prepare To Release BP Oil Spill Report

September 14, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

A key federal report into what caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history was being readied for release as early as Wednesday amid revelations that BP made critical mistakes on the well and failed to tell its partners and the U.S. government when it realized it. An investigation team of the U.

Union, Automakers Continue Talks As Deadline Nears

September 14, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers negotiators say they made progress with General Motors Co. during contract talks Tuesday night, but both sides are quickly approaching a deadline to reach new deals with GM and Chrysler Group LLC. The current four-year contracts expire at 11:59 p.

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Bostik Explosion Results In Nearly $1M Fine

September 14, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) -- The federal workplace safety agency has recommended $917,000 in fines for a Massachusetts adhesives manufacturer after an explosion there injured four workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced it had cited Bostik Inc. for what it alleged were 50 violations of workplace safety standards at its plant in Middleton.

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Beer Consumption Continues 4-Year Decline

September 14, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, the beer industry has continued its declines and lost 1.9% to total 2.8 billion cases. According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2011 Beer Handbook, continued declines in the Light segment continue to contribute to the overall losses in the industry.

Infiniti Could Share Mercedes Small-Car Platform

September 14, 2011 4:19 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The CEOs of Daimler and Renault-Nissan say their 18-month old partnership has avoided the mistakes that sank earlier industry tie-ups and could be expanded, including the likely use of Daimler vehicle architecture in a compact car from Nissan luxury brand Infiniti.

Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire Risk

September 14, 2011 4:14 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of dehumidifiers are being recalled for a second time after being blamed for more house fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. is again announcing a recall of Goldstar and Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers because they can pose a fire and burn hazard.

V, VS Series Trash Pumps

September 13, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Ultra V Series and VS Series solids-handling, self-priming centrifugal trash pumps from Gorman-Rupp (Mansfield, OH) offer up to three times the pressure and up to 60 percent more performance. Available in a variety of pump station configurations or stand-alone 3-, 4-, and 6-inch sizes, they are suited for a variety of applications.

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SP 9000 Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive

September 13, 2011 11:51 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon Products (Cleveland, OH) has added the new SP 9000 Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive to its line of industrial specialty chemicals. The new adhesive can be used to bond plastic, glass, and laminates to tables, cabinets, and shelving. Featuring variable volume controlled, lace spray pattern for stronger bonds and spray control, the spray also contains no ozone-depleting CFCs.

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Arlink 8000 Modular Workstation System

September 13, 2011 11:50 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has presented the Arlink 8000 Modular Workstation System, ergonomically designed with flexibility in mind. Ideal for a variety of applications, Arlink 8000 workstations can be reconfigured quickly, saving time and money. Each workstation can be configured in a variety of heights and lengths to suit specific needs.

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IDEA Motor Drive Platform Now RS-485 Ready

September 13, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IDEA stepper motor drive platform from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc. (Waterbury, CT) now has the capability of communicating using an RS-485 data protocol. Industrial equipment, such as stepper drives, motor drives, and servo systems, can now have the advantage of long data transmissions with resistance to electrical noise.

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Fig 34HP Cast Carbon Steel Strainer

September 13, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) has announced the Fig 34HP cast carbon steel Y-type strainer, rated to ASME Class 600 standards. The FigHP is designed to protect equipment from pipeline debris such as scale, rust, jointing compound, weld metal, and other solids in flowing liquids or gases. This new range of strainers has a large screen area providing high CV and low pressure drop as well as making the frequency of blowdown for cleaning considerably reduced.

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Pound Class Platform Truck

September 13, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster (Hamilton, OH) has re-introduced its popular model PB1108 2000 pound class platform truck; better running gear has been added to improve the truck’s “rollability.” Using 8 inch x 2 inch premium moldon rubber tired wheels with ball bearings reduces the required starting forces, and reduces operator fatigue and the related risk of injury.

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JR Automation Tech To Open New SC Facility

September 13, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — JR Automation Technologies plans to open a new facility in Pickens County, creating 54 high-paying jobs over five years. The Holland, Mich.-based company said Tuesday it plans to invest more than $2 million in its engineering, sales and manufacturing plant in Pickens.

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Toyota To Build New Factory In Indonesia

September 13, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

JAKARTA, Sept. 13 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp., Asia's biggest carmaker, announced Tuesday it will build a second factory in Indonesia to meet demand in the growing Indonesian market. The new plant, to go into operation in early 2013, will increase the company's production capacity in the country to 180,000 units per year from the current 110,000.

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