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Metrics Provide Strategic Roadmap To Overcoming Risks

September 6, 2011 7:40 am | by Tony Petrucciani, CEO, Single Source Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s a battle out there. Market conditions for many industries are still plagued with lurking economic hazards. Global competition continues to encroach on eroding territorial claims. Technology increasingly threatens to turn product distinctions into generic commodities.

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China's "Smart" Choice Of Car

September 6, 2011 7:36 am | Videos | Comments

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz Smart car has soared more than eight-fold in the last five years, mostly thanks to increasingly wealthy Chinese consumers. 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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Toyota Start Of Production Draws Near

September 6, 2011 5:34 am | by Dennis Seid | News | Comments

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — At the 2 million-square-foot Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant, the first Corollas have already been made. But they're not for sale just yet. The test cars are works in progress, allowing team members — Toyota's term for its employees — to put their knowledge and training to use in anticipation of the long-awaited day when the first production-ready, sellable Corollas roll off the line.

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Window Plant To Close, 252 Jobs Lost

September 6, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A company that manufactures and distributes windows plans to shut down its McAlester plant, leaving 252 people out of work. Simonton Windows officials anticipate closing the plant by the end of the year, spokeswoman Kathy Ziprik told the McAlester News-Capital for a story published Friday (http://bit.

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American Crystal Ready For Harvest With Fill-Ins

September 6, 2011 5:30 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

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Workplace Deaths Down 30 Percent

September 6, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of deaths in the workplace decreased 30 percent in 2010. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry says there were 36 worker fatalities in 2010 — down from 52 in 2010. That is a big drop for Montana, which in 2009 held the dubious distinction for having the highest rate of worker deaths.

Honda Recalls 962,000 Cars Worldwide

September 6, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it will recall a total of 962,000 cars worldwide to fix power windows and computer systems. Honda will recall 936,000 units of the Fit subcompact, CR-V crossover and Fit Aria in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, the company said Monday. The Fit is called Jazz in some overseas markets, while the Fit Aria is also known as City.

Obama: Republicans Must Approve Jobs Program

September 6, 2011 5:24 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally on Monday to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. "Show us what you've got," he said.

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40G Backplanes

September 2, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair Technical Products (Anoka, MN) has announced Schroff 40G backplanes for AdvancedTCA. The backplanes provide higher data transfer rates to support next-generation processing requirements and meet growing customer demand for higher data throughput, without increasing costs. Made from improved FR4 material, the backplanes support the most current high-speed data transfer rates.

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CNC Machining Center

September 2, 2011 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsui Seiki (Franklin Lakes, NJ) has introduced the HU63-T 5-xis CNC Machining Center for gas turbine power generation systems. New features include a 31.5 inch work diameter capacity on its vertically oriented table and a 660 pound fixture weight capacity. It also includes a variety of increased axis stroke options, high torque spindles, and the latest Fanuc 30iM control with enhanced features for 5-axis simultaneous machining.

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Stationary Air Power System

September 2, 2011 7:45 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sullair Corporation (Michigan City, IN) has introduced a new line of air treatment products, integral to the Sullair compressed air system. Designed to meet the demand for oil-free or instrument quality compressed air, the typical Sullair Stationary Air Power System consists of a rotary screw air compressor, a wet storage tank, a refrigerated or regenerative dryer, customized filters, dry storage, and a flow controller.

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Aget Launches New Website

September 2, 2011 7:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Aget Manufacturing Company (Adrian, MI) has launched a new website, www.agetmfg.com , with easy to navigate features for finding product information quickly. Photos, line drawings with extensive dimensional data, and technical information are provided for each product. All Aget products are accessible from each site category, allowing users to continuously narrow their search for a particular product.

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Hawaii Is No. 1 In Workplace Meth Use

September 2, 2011 6:41 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii leads the nation in methamphetamine use among its workforce, according to a new study by a major drug testing company. In millions of test samples analyzed in 2010, Hawaii had a dramatic lead — 410 percent greater than the national average — in tests coming up positive for the highly addictive drug stimulant, according to a Quest Diagnostics study obtained by The Associated Press.

U.S. Carmakers Report Surprisingly Strong August Sales

September 2, 2011 6:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Fears that car buyers would stay away from dealerships in August never materialized. Instead, Americans were lured by new models, cheaper financing and the need to replace aging cars. As a result, August sales rose 7.5 percent compared with the same month last year, according to Autodata Corp.

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Boeing To Deliver First 747-8

September 2, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash./PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux Sept. 19 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Cargolux will fly the airplane away that morning and put the airplane into revenue service. Boeing will celebrate the first delivery with Cargolux, employees and other stakeholders the following day at the Everett factory.

OSHA Cites OH Glass Maker After Amputation Accident

September 2, 2011 6:35 am | News | Comments

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has cited a central Ohio glassware manufacturer for 12 alleged safety violations. OSHA said Thursday that it began investigating Anchor Hocking LLC in Lancaster after a worker's finger was amputated while he performed machinery maintenance March 18.

Obama Jobs Council Calls For More Engineers

September 2, 2011 6:33 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 40 major companies have agreed to double the number of engineering internships they offer in a bid to help universities train more people for jobs that require math and science skills, President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council announced on Wednesday.

Worker Productivity Fell

September 2, 2011 6:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worker productivity fell this spring more quickly than previously estimated and labor costs rose at a faster clip. The decline in worker output could mean that some companies need to hire if they want to meet growing demand. The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.

Structure Of AT&T Deal Invites Scrutiny

September 2, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

Stifel Financial Managing Director Rebecca Arbogast says AT&T will have several options to restructure its deal to acquire T-Mobile. 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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Self-Driving Cars: Here Sooner Than You Think, Courtesy Of Google?

September 2, 2011 5:53 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

From time to time I have noted the progress being made in autonomous roadway vehicles, otherwise known as self-driving cars. Somebody recently stepped on the gas to speed it up considerably. This time, the progress took place not in a lab, but in a state legislature. About half a decade ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored a series of highly publicized contests to develop driverless vehicles that would complete a prescribed route many miles long, including some rugged stretches representative of the kind of terrain the military might be interested in traversing.

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