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The Obama-GE Love Story

January 24, 2011 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Last week, Obama tapped Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE, to head a new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In a string of attempts to reach out to business leaders around the country, Obama and Immelt will hope to create a business climate that is more conducive to job creation and retention.

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Better Ceramic Membranes

January 24, 2011 8:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

SJE-Rhombus (Detroit Lakes, MN) will offer two new tubular ceramic membrane modules in its CFS (Ceramic Filtration Solutions) line. Typical applications for the CFS products include industrial process water and wastewater treatment, and the products are suitable for high flow rates. The company also offers the following features: A long membrane life, a high filtration rate, and a high recovery rate.

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Reduce Production Costs With Tubular Drag

January 24, 2011 8:32 am | Articles | Comments

Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea Ltd. (DPTL) is a leading global manufacturer of bottle-grade PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin. The company’s plant is located in the port city of Haldia in West Bengal, India. The facility is a continuous chemical process plant which operates non-stop round the year.

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Fear And Loathing In Redwood City

January 24, 2011 6:15 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

Most companies wouldn’t know how to innovate if the opportunity bit them on the leg. Last  column , I mentioned that our spin-off company,  Active Water Sciences  (AWS), was a runner up in the Environmental category for the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.

Powerful PAC Upgrades Tortilla Machine

January 24, 2011 5:53 am | by Ron Meade, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Herrera | Articles | Comments

Case Herrera builds tortilla preparation equipment for the corn and flour tortilla industry, provides equipment for the bakery and snack food industries, and is the preferred supplier to several national brands. We build several varieties of our machines to meet customer specifications, and we install and service all of the equipment we manufacture.

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Even More Height And Reach

January 24, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

JLG Industries, Inc. (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced a new model in its line of boom lifts: the 340AJ. The new lift has a lift height of 34 feet, with 20 feet of horizontal reach and a 17-foot up and over reach, all with a low gross vehicle weight of 9,700 pounds. In addition, the new lift features steel hoods to increase its durability, and has a 500-pound capacity at its maximum reach.

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Two Tools In One

January 24, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The star-tipped tools from Bondhus (Monticello, MN) now work with both the company’s Star and Star-Plus fasteners. The tool is available in many styles, including: L-wrenches, wing and flag, fold-up, screwdriver, and T-hangle, and in a full range of sizes, from T5 to T60. Other features include: The freedom from not stocking separate tools for both fasteners.

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Easier Solar Panel Mounting

January 24, 2011 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hollaender (Cincinnati, OH) developed the 47R in 1-1/2” IPS size, wide-footprint flange used to attach solar racking systems and railings to narrow gauge metal roofing. The new design is ideal for applications on narrow gauge corrugated metal where the load must be spread out further and where numerous fasteners are required.

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Precision-Cut Fences, Doors

January 24, 2011 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced new additions to its Aluminum Extrusion Safety Fences and Doors. The HFUAY and HFUBY Safety Mesh Fences feature yellow-painted extruded aluminum frames, which are constructed of cut-to-order lengths of MISUMI’s HFS Aluminum Extrusion Series profile.

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Calling Out Costco 

January 24, 2011 5:30 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After calling on Costco for years and getting nowhere, one manufacturer took some unorthodox steps toward gaining access to a targeted distributor. Mitch Liss is the president of Edsal Mfg. Co. Inc., an American manufacturer of steel shelving based out of Chicago. His company started humbly, opening in the 1950s out of a small garage with roughly $800 and some simple machinery.

Toyota Opens Two More U.S. Quality Control Offices

January 24, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Sales has opened two more U.S. product quality field offices, more than a year after safety-related product recalls bruised the company's reputation for building safe, reliable cars. The offices, located in Houston and Jacksonville, Fla., will put more Toyota researchers in the field, helping the Japanese auto giant detect and address quality problems, the company said.

China's Stealth Fighter Could Use Stolen U.S. Technology

January 24, 2011 3:45 am | by Susan Stojanovic and Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority — and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.

2011 Hiring Plans Most Positive In More Than A Decade

January 24, 2011 3:38 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry economists say the U.S. economic recovery is gaining strength, with more firms expressing positive hiring plans than in over a decade. A new survey from the National Association for Business Economics finds that economists are more hopeful about overall economic growth, the job market and demand for companies' products and services by many measures than they have been since the start of the Great Recession.

Obama: Freer Trade Will Boost Our Economy

January 24, 2011 3:33 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pitched freer trade as a prescription for U.S. job growth Saturday and said the nation must spare no effort to open markets abroad. Warming up for a State of the Union address that is expected to focus on jobs and the economy, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that getting access to foreign markets is the reason he met China's President Hu Jintao at the White House in the past week.

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California Bans The Century-Old Incandescent Bulb

January 24, 2011 3:31 am | by Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The brightest bulb in most homes for more than a century is fading toward darkness this year as California turns out the light on the century-old incandescent. Beginning Jan. 1, the state began phasing out certain energy-sucking bulbs, federal standards the rest of the country will enact next year.

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GM To Hire 650, Export $900 Million In Goods To China

January 24, 2011 3:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will add a shift and more than 650 jobs at its assembly plant in Flint where it makes the hot-selling GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, a person familiar with the plan said Saturday. The move is yet another sign that truck sales are on the rise for the recovering automaker.

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Easy-To-Maintain Dryers

January 21, 2011 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Eclipse Desiccant Dryer line from ZEKS Compressed Air Solutions (West Chester, PA) is designed to minimize the time and effort associated with scheduled maintenance by keeping all serviceable parts available for convenient access. The design also results in a low overall height, which allows it to be installed in locations where competitive dryers will not fit.

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Take A Ride As You Clean

January 21, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T16 Battery-Powered Rider Scrubber from Tennant Company (Minneapolis, MN) is designed to provide facility managers with a powerhouse scrubber for improved safety, productivity, and performance. The T16 can reduce operating costs up to 20 percent compared to traditional scrubbing methods, and the design uses a Touch-N-Go control module that allows the operator to keep both hands on the wheel while operating the scrubbing functions.

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Turbocharge Your Forklift

January 21, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Las Vegas, NV) has created the H190-360HD2 heavy-duty pneumatic lift truck series, with lifting capacities of 19,000 to 36,000 pounds. Each uses a Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 3 industrial diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. The mated three-speed autoshift transmission allows for precise inching and smooth shifting.

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Strong, Food-Safe Bins

January 21, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Decade Products (Grand Rapids, MI) has developed a 48x48 Fixed-Wall container, constructed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) structural foam. The bins are strong, yet lightweight, and offer corrosion resistance. According to the company, they require virtually no maintenance. Unlike other types of containers, the Decade products meet USDA/HACCP standards for direct food contact.

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