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GM Pays $4 Billion Into Underfunded Pension Plans

December 3, 2010 3:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. took another step toward cleaning up its balance sheet on Thursday when it pumped $4 billion in cash into its underfunded U.S. pension plans. The company made the payment two weeks after a historic initial public stock offering that was worth a total of $23 billion, and it comes just 17 months after the automaker exited a government-funded bankruptcy restructuring.

Samsung Chairman Promotes Son To President Role

December 3, 2010 3:45 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A scion of the family that founded the sprawling Samsung conglomerate has been promoted to president at the flagship electronics business, sending its shares to a record high. The elevation of Lee Jae-yong, 42, from executive vice president at Samsung Electronics Co.

Wall Street Whimpers As Unemployment Rises In November

December 3, 2010 3:43 am | by David K. Randall, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected increase in the U.S. unemployment rate and slower than expected job growth has darkened the mood ahead of Friday's opening on Wall Street. The unemployment rate climbed to a seven month high in November as employers added only 39,000 jobs. Economists had expected that 145,000 were added last month.

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One Killed, One Injured In Scaffolding Fall

December 3, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

HOWARD, Wis. (AP) — One worker was killed and another injured when they fell from scaffolding at a Green Bay area paper company Thursday. Officials say the two men were employed by Faith Technologies, a contractor at Hattiesburg Paper Co. in Howard. The Brown County medical examiner's office identifies the worker who died as 41-year-old Michael Leroy of Appleton.

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Transportation Department To Make Rearview Cameras Mandatory

December 3, 2010 3:40 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rearview cameras could become more common in future cars and trucks under new rules the government was proposing Friday to address concerns about drivers unintentionally backing over children. The Transportation Department was offering new requirements to improve rear visibility in cars by the 2014 model year.

Homeowners Finally Getting Repairs In Drywall Debacle

December 3, 2010 3:37 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pilot program to fix homes that were built with tainted drywall made by a major Chinese manufacturer is progressing well and will likely expand, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon said a test program to repair up to 300 homes in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi made with drywall made by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co.

A Safer Air 'Gun'

December 2, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Precision Safety Gun from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) is lightweight and comfortable to operate during periods of extended use, according to the company. The small diameter nozzle and extension fit into tight spaces while packing the punch of a strong blowing force, and the sleek profile works with small or large hands.

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Signage Goes Sustainable

December 2, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brady (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced a line of three new sustainable materials for safety and traffic signage. The Sustainable Signs can help companies invest in ”green“ programs, according to Brady, by using materials that are as durable as other products. The B-586 Paper Signs are made of 10 percent post-consumer waste and are 100 percent recyclable.

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Don't Lose Your Earplugs

December 2, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has added two new products to its Jackson Safety brand hearing protection line: the H10 and H20 metal detectable, disposable, and reusable earplugs. Embedded metal ensure that the earplugs or other forms of PPE can be detected via scanning in food and pharmaceutical processing.

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Conveyors Get Miniaturized

December 2, 2010 7:39 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has recently added two new styles to its family of miniature conveyors. The compact motorized systems are designed to perform precise, automated short-run conveying in machine building, as well as in testing and inspection applications. The new models include: The CVSMA — Flat Belt Single Track Mini Conveyor (70mm) — with a built-in motor drive between frames.

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Hire A Consultant Who Can 'Peel An Onion'

December 2, 2010 4:22 am | by Tony Arnold, Founder and Principal, Upfront Management | Articles | Comments

Corporate executives generally recognize that it’s time to call in a consultant when they identify some point of pain and realize that fixing it will require help from outside the organization. As the consultant begins problem solving, the predicament is oftentimes recognized to be a symptom of one or a host of other issues.

Audit Increases Safety At Candy Facility

December 2, 2010 4:08 am | Articles | Comments

A comprehensive wiring devices audit contributes to increased efficiency, reduced downtime, code compliance and workplace safety recommendations for Georgia-based Crown Candy Corporation. When Cooper Wiring Devices’ Arrow Hart team was tasked with conducting a wiring devices audit for Crown Candy Corporation—an 85-year-old candy manufacturer in Macon, Ga.

Is The Economy Recovering?

December 1, 2010 9:35 am | Videos | Comments

David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan's Budget Director, says the U.S. economy is not in a state of recovery. Massive debt creation in the public and household sectors has resulted in the United States 'living beyond (its) means," says Stockman. As a result, Stockman states, the United States has not fully recovered from the Great Recession.

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How Do Flight Recorders Survive Crashes?

December 1, 2010 9:34 am | Videos | Comments

Ever wonder how flight data recorders manage to survive plane crashes? For decades, engineers used Inconel, a super-tough alloy, in order to etch data without the fear of it being erased later by fire or crash damage. And while modern recorders have gone digital, like most everything else, it doesn't mean we can't appreciate the innovations that brought us to where we are now.

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The Making Of The Volt

December 1, 2010 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

We've all heard a lot about Chevrolet's new 2011 Volt. It was named Motortrend's Car of the Year , and potential buyers are lining up for their chance to drive one home. What we haven't seen, on the other hand, is how the Volts are made. This video tries to solve that problem. 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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Melting Rock With Sunshine

December 1, 2010 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

Jem Stansfield, of the BBC show "Bang Goes The Theory," visits a solar furnace research facility in southern France to see the enormous potential of sunlight. This 2 square-meter mirror is capable of creating temperatures of 3,500°C, which is too hot for any known material to handle.

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Hard-To-Reach Fastener Solution

December 1, 2010 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gage Bilt  (Clinton Township, MI) is launching a solution meant for hard-to-reach fastener applications through ¼-inch diameter. The MGL08-713-58RA heavy duty right angle nose assembly will install ¼-inch Magna-Loks® and Hemlocks®. Gage Bilt also offers a unique right angle nose assembly for MS Blind Bolt, NAS Blind Rivet, UAB, Bulb-Tite, and many more.

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Fiji Bends To Military Regime, Reopens Bottling Plant

December 1, 2010 3:52 am | News | Comments

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji Water reopened its operations in the South Pacific nation of Fiji on Wednesday — just two days after closing its bottling plant and laying off 400 workers in a row over a major government tax increase. The U.S.-owned company said after meeting with Fiji's leaders it has agreed to "comply" with the hefty tax hike imposed on it by Fiji's military-led regime.

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Workforce Productivity Could Lead To More Jobs

December 1, 2010 3:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The work force was more productive in the summer than originally thought, reflecting the fact that the economy produced more goods and services than first estimated. Despite the revision, the efficiency of U.S. workers is increasing at a much slower pace than last year and economists say that could signal more hiring in the near future.

Electronics Maker Buys Last Of City's Former GM Plants

December 1, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — An Indianapolis electronics company says it will buy a former General Motors plant in Anderson as part of an expansion that will create up to 100 jobs by 2013. Northwind Electronics LLC makes electrical systems for work vehicles. CEO Phillip Berry says the company currently employs 10 people in Indianapolis and had been looking for possible locations for expansion.

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