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GM To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

February 17, 2012 1:12 pm | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. plans to freeze its U.S. pension plan for longtime white-collar workers and give all salaried employees annual bonuses but not pay raises in an effort to hold down expenses, officials announced.

100 AR Workers To Lose Their Jobs

February 17, 2012 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 100 people in an eastern Arkansas town will lose their jobs after a copper tube company decided not to rebuild part of its plant that was destroyed by fire in September.


Toyota Starts Camry Hybrid Production In Taiwan

February 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it has begun production and sales of the Camry Hybrid at a Taiwan plant, its seventh hybrid-vehicle production site outside of Japan.


Apple CEO Discusses Labor Conditions

February 17, 2012 12:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Tim Cook argues Apple is doing more to improve working conditions than any other company in the technology industry.


Double Diaphragm Pumps

February 17, 2012 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The H800 pumps have been designed to reliably transfer viscous, solid-laden slurries at high head pressures.


Multi-Voltage Charger

February 17, 2012 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new unit will charge M18™ or M12™ compact batteries in 30 minutes and extended capacity (XC) batteries in 60 minutes.


The Pallet Mole

February 17, 2012 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pallet Mole maximizes available floor space, while measurably increasing warehouse productivity and SKU selectivity.


Sheet Metal Finishing Hole Plugs

February 17, 2012 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Easy to install and remove, the plugs are available in both flush and recessed styles.


Curb The Car Technology, Government Asks

February 17, 2012 10:38 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and web surfing, the government says, and it's asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving.


Experts Urge Stronger Cyber Regulation Bill

February 17, 2012 10:36 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cybersecurity experts are urging senators to close loopholes in legislation to give the government more power to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.


Caterpillar To Build Plant In Georgia

February 17, 2012 10:34 am | by Jeff Martin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Georgia, bringing an estimated 1,400 jobs to the state, an official familiar with the project told The Associated Press on Friday.


KY Garment Workers Could Lose Jobs To Prisoners

February 17, 2012 10:32 am | by Roger Alford, Associated Press | News | Comments

A clothing manufacturer went public Thursday with worries that a Kentucky factory could be forced to close, idling about 100 employees, because the federal government is considering letting prisoners do the work.


GM Europe In Talks To Fix Loss-Making Opel

February 17, 2012 10:30 am | by David McHugh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of General Motors Europe says the company is in talks with unions and employee representatives on ways to cut costs and return the company's Opel and Vauxhall brands to profitability.


Nestle Sales Up But Tough Year Expected

February 17, 2012 10:28 am | by John Heilrping, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drinks maker, managed to brush aside the impact of a soaring Swiss franc to post strong growth and bigger-than expected profits in 2011 with brisk sales in developing countries.


Robotic Palletizing For Food Manufacturers

February 16, 2012 4:41 pm | by Terry Zarnowski, Sales & Marketing Director, Schneider Packaging Equipment | Articles | Comments

Robotic palletizing is an effective way for food manufacturers to ensure proper palletization when preparing pallets of varying shapes and sizes.


2011 Manufacturing Tech Orders Up 66.4 Percent

February 16, 2012 4:34 pm | Articles | Comments

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $519.98 million according to AMT.

GM Records Its Highest Profit Ever: $7.6B

February 16, 2012 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors earned its biggest profit ever in 2011, but signs are emerging that its momentum could slow.


Nevada Approves Self-Driving Car Regulations

February 16, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada is becoming the first state to regulate self-driving vehicles on its roadways.


Manufacturers Providing Outsize Boost To Economy

February 16, 2012 2:25 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers have been hiring more consistently than other employers, for jobs with better-than-average pay. And more factory output has raised demand in some other industries, such as shipping, leading to further hiring.


Dow To Clean Dioxin-Tainted Properties

February 16, 2012 2:21 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Michigan environmental regulators said Thursday that they reached a long-sought deal with Dow Chemical Co. to clean up to 1,400 residential properties in Midland, home of its corporate headquarters and a plant that polluted the area with dioxin for much of the past century.



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