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Survey Suggests Economy Slowing In Midwest, Plains

August 19, 2011 6:35 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states appears to be slowing down as concerns about the nation's financial health grow, according to a new monthly survey of bankers released Thursday. The overall Rural Mainstreet index for the region dipped below 50 for the first time this year, hitting 49.

Former Auto Plant Workers Get $6M Settlement

August 19, 2011 6:31 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Toyota Motors and the corporation that ran California's only auto manufacturing plant before it shut down last year have agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of former workers who claimed they were illegally denied severance benefits. Seven workers who were on medical leave in the six months before the Fremont-based New United Motor Manufacturing plant closed had alleged that NUMMI managers and Toyota violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to pay them incentive bonuses that were offered to employees who worked during that period.

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Escalating Metal Prices Spur Design Ingenuity

August 19, 2011 5:35 am | Articles | Comments

When gold broke through $1700 per troy ounce this week -- the highest price in history for this precious metal -- it made news around the world. But gold isn't the only metal that's glittering these days. Prices of silver, palladium, titanium and other metals have also reached new highs in the past year, prompting astute scientific researchers and design engineers to take a new look at how they select and use these materials.

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Qantas To Start New Airlines In Asia

August 19, 2011 5:22 am | Videos | Comments

Australia's Qantas undertakes a do-or-die move to revive international operations and will start two new airlines based in Asia. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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CAT Plans KS Plant

August 19, 2011 5:02 am | News | Comments

WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. plans to expand a manufacturing plant in eastern Kansas, so it will be able to meet the growing demand for its construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar said Thursday it plans to add a new 40,000-square-foot building to its existing plant in Wamego, Kan.

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American Axle To Close Last Buffalo Plant

August 19, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — American Axle & Manufacturing says it will close its only remaining Buffalo-area plant when the current labor contract expires next February. About 90 jobs will be lost. The Detroit-based auto parts supplier cites a shift in consumer demand toward vehicles that don't use parts made at the plant and the closing of assembly plants supported by the facility.

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German Quaprotek Plans TN Plant

August 19, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A German company has announced plans for a manufacturing plant that will create more than 120 jobs over five years in Lauderdale County. State officials said Wednesday that Quaprotek USA will produce metal parts for vehicles, engines and power trains, investing $22 million in an existing 63,000-square-foot building in Ripley.

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Car Dealers Fear Economy Could Scare Off Buyers

August 19, 2011 4:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Swanson was in the market for a new car just a few weeks ago. Then the stock market went crazy. So Swanson, 25, decided to keep his 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix for at least another year. Gyrations in stocks and talk of a weakening economy rattled Swanson's confidence about taking on another payment, even though his new job running a home for mentally disabled people seems to be secure.

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New Boeing 747-8 Freighter Certified For Entry Into Service

August 19, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE, PRNewswire - Boeing (NYSE: BA) received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification Friday for the new 747-8 Freighter, passing two of the final landmarks on the airplane's journey to entry into service. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Freighter, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC for the airplane.

PA Metal Worker Dies After Explosion

August 19, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

STOYSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania scrap metal worker has died of burns he suffered when he was cutting a lock off a large steel box that he didn't know contained at least 50 pounds of explosive black powder. Fifty-year-old George Rininger, of Hooversville, died at a Pittsburgh hospital on Saturday, a day after he was injured while working for Kantner Iron and Steel in Stoystown.

DefendAir HEPA 500 Air Scrubber

August 18, 2011 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DefendAir HEPA 500 air scrubber from Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA) is a portable air scrubber that offers advanced, multi-stage filtration options in a compact, versatile unit. The HEPA 500 uses a HEPA filter rated at 99.97 percent efficiency on 0.3 micron particles and larger and a pleated paper pre-filter.

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Custom Die Cut Gaskets, Seals

August 18, 2011 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Interstate Specialty Products, Inc. (Sutton, MA) has introduced custom die cut gaskets and seals that can be produced from a wide range of materials to match specific application requirements. Interstate gaskets and seals are offered in a variety of configurations, designed to prevent contaminants or light from entering into various types of equipment and instrument enclosures.

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No. 911 Truck Oven

August 18, 2011 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

No. 911 from The Grieve Corporation (Round Lake, IL) is an electrically-heated, 500°F truck oven. With 30KW Nichrome wire tubular heating elements and a 2 HP recirculating blower, No. 911 features motorized dampers on the fresh air intake and exhaust for accelerated cooling. The truck oven also has an aluminized steel exterior, 4 inch thick insulated walls, and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior with continuously backwelded seam construction.

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Knauf Pipe Insulation Line Now Formaldehyde-Free

August 18, 2011 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Knauf Insulation (Shelbyville, IN) has announced that the Pipe and Equipment Insulation line are now verified as formaldehyde-free though the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. The verified products include Earthwool 1000° Pipe Insulation, Insulation Board, Friendly Feel Duct Wrap, and Elevated Temperature products.

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P-433 Ship Shape Bulk Container

August 18, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P-433 Ship Shape bulk container from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) features an optional, built-in, clear plastic card holder set on its front panel to store and display Kanban cards or other documentation for easy integration in material handling and logistics systems implementing Lean Enterprise concepts.

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Expanded Line Of Fuji XP SMT Nozzles

August 18, 2011 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools, Inc. (Gainesville, GA) now offers an expanded selection of Fuji XP SMT nozzles. The new nozzle designs enable highly accurate, repeatable, optimized chip placement. The new nozzles are available in both standard and special nozzle designs for odd-form components, such as LEDs, switches, and connectors.

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Tolomatic IMA55 Actuator

August 18, 2011 10:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) now offers a larger version of its integrated-motor rod-style actuator that is capable of delivering up to 3,000 pounds of force with a standard ball screw. The Tolomatic IMA55 actuator is designed for pressing, clamping, spot welding, and volumetric filling applications.

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ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline Roof System

August 18, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Safety Products (Franklin, PA) has announced the new Miller ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) Roof System, a versatile surface-mounted lifeline system that accommodates most industrial and commercial roof designs, including standing seam and metal sheathing. Features include: Energy-absorbing end/corner posts manage system forces without tipping.

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Cree Buys Ruud Lighting For $525M

August 18, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C (AP) — LED lighting maker Cree Inc. said it has bought Ruud Lighting Inc., which makes outdoor LED lighting, for about $525 million. Cree said the purchase price consists of $372 million in cash, $211 million in stock and $85 million to retire outstanding debt, offset by about $143 million in future tax benefits related to the acquisition.

Paper Maker Says Its LA Plant Caused Fish Kill

August 18, 2011 9:14 am | by Alan Sayre, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Paper producer Temple-Inland Inc. took responsibility Wednesday for a huge fish kill on the Pearl River that borders Louisiana and Mississippi, blaming a discharge from one of its paper mills. In a statement, Austin, Texas-based Temple-Inland apologized "for the impact this issue at the mill has had on the Pearl River.

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