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How To Manage People Born After 1992

May 25, 2011 7:34 am | Videos | Comments

One way of dealing with the current skilled worker shortage would be hiring more young people, but that, of course, comes with its own set of unique challenges. The so-called “millenials,” people born after 1992, are extraordinarily good at multi-tasking and dealing with computers, but are quicker to jump ship, and don’t view work as the most important part of their life.

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Boeing 'Tricks' Fliers Into Happiness

May 25, 2011 7:32 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing has been hard at work revamping their aerospace offerings with new models and better technology, but travelers have long complained about the interiors. Fortunately, the company is developing its new “Sky” interior, which will become standard in new 737s. While the fuselage is the same size, the company uses a number of visual tricks to make the interior seem larger and more comforting.

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Shooting The 40mm Machine Gun

May 25, 2011 7:30 am | Videos | Comments

YouTube user FPSRussia is well-known for shooting off a wide range of dangerous and unique weapons, but this one probably takes the cake. The Russian accent-sporting firearms enthusiast takes on a WW2-era 40mm machine gun, which fires rounds about the same length as a man's forearm. 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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Americans Guzzle More Coffee Despite Bubbling Prices

May 25, 2011 4:43 am | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — People are paying more to fuel up these days — on coffee. Coffee price increases have outpaced even the hike in gasoline prices the past year. A one-pound can of ground coffee sold for $5.10 in April, up 40 percent from $3.64 the year before, according to the Department of Labor.

U.S. Industrial Orders Fell 3.8 Percent In April

May 25, 2011 4:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses cut back on their orders for heavy machinery, computers, autos and airplanes in April, reducing demand for long-lasting manufactured goods by the largest amount in six months. Orders for durable goods fell 3.8 percent and a key category that serves as a proxy for business investment was down 2.

MGA, Mattel Battle In Court Over 'Bratz' Trade Secrets

May 25, 2011 4:29 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — Attorneys from toy maker MGA Entertainment Inc. will try to persuade a federal judge Wednesday to award the company $177 million in punitive damages and more than $162 million in attorney fees and other costs after a jury found rival Mattel Inc. liable for misappropriation of trade secret in a closely watched trial.

Colt Defense Battles Competitors For Slim Rifle Contracts

May 25, 2011 4:25 am | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly a decade, Colt Defense went without a lobbyist. The legendary gun maker based in West Hartford, Conn., had an exclusive deal to provide combat rifles to the U.S. military and didn't need a hired gun looking out for the company's interests in Washington. Times have changed.

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China Urges Safety After Deadly iPad Plant Explosion

May 25, 2011 4:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing urged Foxconn Technology Group and other Taiwanese companies on Wednesday to ensure safety in their mainland China factories after a fatal blast at a facility that makes Apple iPads. Last Friday's explosion at the facility owned by Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturing contractor, killed three employees.

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GM To Add 2,500 Jobs At Detroit-Area Volt Plant

May 25, 2011 4:18 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will add 2,500 jobs at a Detroit-area plant that now makes the Chevrolet Volt electric car. The company plans to invest $69 million in the Detroit-Hamtramck factory and add two shifts of workers so theplant can make the new Chevrolet Malibu midsize car and the Impala large sedan.

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The Brainstorm: Safety At The Loading Dock

May 24, 2011 10:43 am | Articles | Comments

Slippery floors are one of the major hazards at loading docks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips and falls cause 15 percent of all lost-time accidents, with a disproportionately high number of these occurring at the loading dock. Considering their environment with the constant wash downs making floors wet and slick, food processing docks are particularly hazardous.

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The Right Extruder: Process, Sizing And Options

May 24, 2011 10:08 am | by Jeffery P. Schweizer, Diamond America Corp. | Articles | Comments

Common problems associated with the selection and use of food product extruders include lower than desirable throughput, high scrap rates, long post-extrusion cooking or drying times, excessive energy consumption, and high equipment costs. Frequently, these stem from choosing an extruder design that is ill suited for the application.

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Jury: Plane Maker Not Liable In Yankees Pitcher Death

May 24, 2011 9:54 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has found that a Minnesota airplane manufacturer was not responsible for the crash of a small plane into a Manhattan apartment building that killed New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle (LY'-duhl) and his flight instructor. The Manhattan jury returned its verdict Tuesday after a one-month federal trial.

Gov't Dives Into EVs With Vehicle, Charger Purchases

May 24, 2011 9:38 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an effort boost use of electric vehicles, the Obama administration is installing charging stations for government vehicles in five cities, including Washington and Detroit. The General Services Administration plans to buy 116 plug-in electric vehicles, including 101 Chevrolet Volts, and will assign them to government agencies in five cities: Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

Obama Sanctions Seven Foreign Firms For Iran Dealings

May 24, 2011 9:35 am | by Matthew Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday hit seven foreign companies, including Venezuela' state-owned oil company and an Israeli shipping firm, with sanctions for doing business with Iran that helps fund its nuclear program. At the same time, the administration imposed separate sanctions on more than 15 people and companies in China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and elsewhere for illicit trading in missile technology and weapons of mass destruction.

Former Chrysler CEO To Head $100M Innovation Fund

May 24, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan technology association is partnering with former Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda to help companies commercialize their ideas. LaSorda is the co-founder of a $100 million investment fund called Stage 2 Innovations that will be available to so-called second-stage companies.

Chrysler Repays Gov't Loans, Closes 'Painful Chapter'

May 24, 2011 9:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — With a few computer keystrokes in an office at its headquarters, Chrysler Group LLC sent $7.6 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments on Tuesday, paying off most of the bailout money that saved the company from financial disaster just two years ago. The repayment — expected for weeks — is a huge step in the automaker's unlikely comeback.

VW Unveils Chattanooga Plant For U.S. Buyers

May 24, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is jumping into the U.S. auto market with a new Passat that is bigger, cheaper and built domestically in hopes of breaking into the competitive midsize sedan market. During a grand opening for their new plant in Chattanooga on Tuesday, the German automaker presented the 2012 Passat as the key to building U.

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VW Aims For U.S. Domination

May 24, 2011 7:31 am | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen officially opened its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant yesterday, which means the creation of 1,200 jobs for the new Passat. The German automaker is aiming to become the largest automaker in the world, which means taking on GM and Toyota head-on. Certainly, company executives are hoping this new plant will help increase sales among U.

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Shine Light In Dangerous Places

May 24, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight (Kemp, TX), a Larson Electronics company, has added the EPL-50-120x12-HER incandescent work light to its line of explosion-proof and hazardous location drop lights. The work light produces an effective spotlight beam that is valuable for jobs requiring the ability to project illumination across significant distances.

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Environment-Beating Lubricants

May 24, 2011 6:44 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The HV Switchgear Lubricant from CRC (Warminster, PA) is a one-step lubricant and corrosion inhibitor for metering distribution and substation-class switchgear contacts. The non-flammable formula penetrates to coat contacts and provides corrosion protection, while the PowerJet spray nozzle allows application from a greater distance.

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