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Matco-Norca Offers Line Of Pump And Well Products

June 29, 2011 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Matco-Norca (Brewster, NY) offers a line of pump and well products for use in the water quality industry. Products for water quality applications include insert fittings, tank tees, in-line check valves, pressure relief valves, bronze pitless adapters and drop well couplings. Other pump and well products include brass, cast iron and PVC valves, and galvanized black and brass fittings and nipples.

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New Model For Seatek's Roto-Skinner Line

June 29, 2011 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Seatek (Stamford, CT) has introduced a new model into its Roto-Skinner line. The rotary cutting RSK-185 was primarily designed for armored umbilical cables used on underwater remotely operated vehicles and is able to cut through high strength steel wires. This cordless cutting tool is powered by 18V lithium-ion batteries and the pre-set concentric stop with the abrasive wheel penetrating mechanism prevents core damage.

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Mars To Build $250M Plant In Kansas

June 29, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

John Milburn, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chocolate maker Mars Inc. said Wednesday it had chosen a site in Topeka for its newest manufacturing plant that will initially bring 200 jobs to northeast Kansas. Officials with the company, city and state said that the project is the largest single investment in the Topeka economy in the city's history.

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ABB Plans $4.6M Expansion Of Manufacturing Facility

June 29, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — ABB Inc. is planning a $4.6 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Virginia's Halifax County. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the expansion Wednesday in a news release. McDonnell says the expansion will create 15 jobs and preserve 140. The facility produces liquid-cooled transformers for large utility, industrial and government users.

Milwaukee Offers Businesses Water Discount

June 29, 2011 8:35 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee is offering a discount on water to certain businesses. Mayor Tom Barrett is giving a water rate discount to businesses that use a large quantity of water in their processing activities, like cooling and washing or in its food and beverage production. Barrett says he hopes the discount will help attract business and encourage expansion.

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Tyson Worker Remains In ICU

June 29, 2011 8:33 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — One worker exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas remains in intensive care and 13 others are still hospitalized. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an email to The Associated Press Wednesday that the number of hospitalized workers is down from about 50 Tuesday.

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Saab Secures $36M Loan To Help Pay Workers

June 29, 2011 8:31 am | News | Comments

Malin Rising, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab has secured a euro25 million ($36 million) bridge loan from Gemini Investment Fund Ltd. that will help the troubled carmaker stay afloat in the short term, its owner said Wednesday. The loan is the latest in a string of deals presented this week to solve the liquidity crisis that forced Saab to stop production at its plant in southwestern Sweden and delayed its employees' June pay checks.

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Obama Weighs In On Boeing Labor Dispute

June 29, 2011 8:27 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) —  President Barack Obama says it would defy common sense for Boeing Co. to have to shut down a new aircraft plant or lay off workers as a result of a labor dispute with the government. Obama says companies need to have the freedom to relocate work, though they must follow the law when doing so.

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New Technology For Oil Rigs Could Prevent Disasters

June 29, 2011 6:13 am | Articles | Comments

Intel Labs are experimenting with new sensors to help detect problems with oil rigs, to prevent future oil rig explosions. The amount of information collected from a single oil rig is equivalent to the amount of data in all the movies ever made, says the editor of Fast Company . 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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New Wave Of Wireless Technology: M2M Communication

June 29, 2011 5:57 am | Articles | Comments

Machine to machine technology, known as M2M, is growing in leaps and bounds thanks to the explosion of wireless connections.The number of M2M devices is expected to reach 2.1 billion by the year 2020. 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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U.S. Manufacturers Expanding Operations At Home

June 29, 2011 5:46 am | Articles | Comments

Faced with global supply chain challenges and soaring transport costs, more U.S. manufacturers are expanding operations at home rather than abroad, signaling a change for the U.S. labor market. 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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Brain Surgery Saves Bluegrass Legend's Career

June 29, 2011 5:34 am | Articles | Comments

Bluegrass banjo legend Eddie Adcock is crediting his widely-publicized brain surgery of 2008 for eliminating a hand tremor that threatened his career as a musician. The surgery required Eddie to play his banjo while doctors implanted electrodes in his brain and now, almost three years later, Eddie is still playing.

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Former Volvo Plant Purchased For $7M

June 29, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of the former Volvo plant in Skyland for $7 million. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that the acquisition is intended to help lure a new manufacturer to replace the Volvo Construction Equipment plant that closed last year.

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Toyota Recalls 82,200 Hybrid SUVs

June 29, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

June 29, 2011 TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will recall about 82,200 hybrid SUVs in the U.S. due to computer boards with possible faulty wiring. The car giant said the recall will involve Highlander and Lexus brand hybrid SUVs from its 2006 and 2007 lines.

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Japan's Factories Return To 'A Recovery Trend'

June 29, 2011 4:46 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production posted the sharpest rise in nearly six decades in May but was still below pre-quake levels as factories toiled to reverse the sharp downturn triggered by the March 11 disaster. Industrial output rose 5.7 percent in May from the previous month, the government said Wednesday.

Five Still In Intensive Care After Tyson Toxic Spill

June 29, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas (AP) — Five workers exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant are in intensive care and about 50 others remain hospitalized after an accident caused by the unintentional mixing of two chemicals, the company said Tuesday. The accident Monday at the plant in Springdale resulted in the evacuation of about 300 workers, 173 of whom were treated at hospitals.

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Johnson Controls To Invest $138.5M For Expansion

June 29, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. says it will upgrade and expand a northwest Ohio battery plant, a move that will add 50 jobs. The Milwaukee-based company plans to invest $138.5 million to convert the factory near Toledo so it will produce batteries for more fuel-efficient vehicles, including those using start-stop technology.

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J&J Recalls More Tylenol Due To Moldy Odor

June 29, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced another Tylenol recall due to a musty moldy odor linked to a trace chemical. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit is recalling one product lot of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets made in February 2009 and distributed in the U.

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Sandbox Helps Firefighters Combat Wildfires

June 28, 2011 11:55 am | Articles | Comments

A sandbox, created by Chas Curtis, is being used to create a 3-D interactive fire simulator to bring a wildfire to life for firefighters. The model is used to understand how the terrain affects a growing wildfire and includes options to add in wind speed and direction. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 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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Why Training Isn't Being Applied On-The-Job

June 28, 2011 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

ARLINGTON, Va. USA — Results of a just-released global study show that organizations must become more fully committed and engaged in the transfer of learning to the workplace. Survey findings highlight several weak areas in the on-the-job application of learning, including manager support, trainee preparation, incentives and an overall formal design and measurement process.

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