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ISM: Manufacturing Recovered From May Slowdown

July 1, 2011 6:09 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Manufacturing activity recovered somewhat in June from a sharp slowdown in May, a private trade group said Friday. There were more new orders for goods and employment picked up last month. But the index remains markedly lower than it was earlier this year, suggesting that the recovery is weak.

GM Sales Rose 10 Percent In June As Gas Prices Fall

July 1, 2011 6:08 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 10 percent in June as lower gas prices brought more customers into its showrooms. The Detroit car company says it sold 215,000 cars and trucks last month. Sales were led by smaller, more fuel-efficient models, but GM says cheaper gas also lured more truck buyers.

Proposed Tax Cuts May Hurt Manufacturers

July 1, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

Joan Lowy, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The industry behind corporate jets was scrambling Thursday to fend off President Barack Obama's proposal to eliminate a tax break that encourages businesses to purchase the planes, saying it will hurt the economy and cost jobs. Aircraft manufacturers, fuel suppliers, repair services and other segments of the industry employ 1.


Boeing Lawsuit Will Head To Trial

July 1, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

Joshua Freed, Associated Press Sam Hananel, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied Boeing Co.'s request to toss out a government lawsuit that claims the company illegally retaliated against unionized workers by moving some work from Washington state to South Carolina.


Canadian Parts Maker To Employ 363 At NC Plant

July 1, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Canadian auto-parts maker says it will move into in a factory that shut down more than a year ago and employ 363 workers. Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Thursday Linamar Corp. will start production in 2012. Ontario-based Linamar produces precision metal parts for vehicle and power generation markets around the world.


Manufacturing Grows At Slowest Pace In Two Years

July 1, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. manufacturing sector likely expanded last month at the slowest pace in nearly two years and just after the recession ended. Economists expect the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity fell to 52 in June, according to a survey by FactSet.

Six People Remain Hospitalized After Tyson Accident

July 1, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six people remain in the hospital after an accident caused chlorine gas to fill part of a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in northwest Arkansas. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson said Thursday that none of the six are in intensive care.


Worker Crushed To Death At Bottling Plant

July 1, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore fire spokesman says an employee was crushed to death at a bottling plant. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the identity of the employee and other details surrounding the accident Wednesday morning were not immediately available. The fire spokesman says investigators were at the scene trying to determine how the accident occurred.


Wasp Inventory Control V6 Launched

June 30, 2011 11:53 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Wasp Barcode Technologies (Plano TX) recently launched Wasp Inventory Control v6. The updated inventory software features real-time visibility of stock levels, locations and inventory access, and enables SMBs to instantly update inventory. The new software comes with free, unlimited technical support and getting started training.


New Hand-held Industrial Gas Analyzer

June 30, 2011 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new E4400 flue gas analyzer from E Instruments International (Langhome, PA) is designed for emissions monitoring and the maintenance and tuning of combustion processes. Usable for boiler, engine, and furnace applications, the E4400 offers up to four gas sensors (O2, CO, NO, and NO2 or SO2) and can also measure temperature and pressure.


New Master Proheat PH-1400WK Welding Kit

June 30, 2011 11:50 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A new plastic welding kit is now available from Master Appliance Corp. (Racine, WI). The new Master Proheat kit, model PH-1400WK is built around the Master Proheat LCD model PH-1400 dial-in electronic heat gun. The gun offers ten degree increment temperature control from 130°F to 1,000°F and control of airflow from 4 to 16 CFM.


Fluke Introduces New Portable Oscilloscope

June 30, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke (Everett, WA) introduces the ScopeMeter 190 Series II 2-channel handheld portable oscilloscope. The new model combines the capabilities of a 2-channel oscilloscope with a 5,000 count digital multimeter. Safety rated for CAT III 1000 V/CAT IV 600 V environments, the new meter also has an IP51 dust- and dripwater proof rating.


Yarnell's Ice Cream Closes Doors After 80 Years

June 30, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Yarnell's Premium Ice Cream announced Thursday that it has to lay off 200 workers and shut its doors after nearly 80 years in business because of a decline in ice cream sales and rising prices that it says has hit the industry hard.


Winchester Ammunition Moves To MS

June 30, 2011 9:02 am | News | Comments

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Winchester Ammunition has plenty of applicants for the 200-250 jobs it hopes to fill by the end of the year for its Oxford, Miss. operation. The company is transferring its Centerfire operations from East Alton, Ill., over the next five years and will employ some 800 workers.


Ball Aerospace Plans $14.6M Expansion

June 30, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. says its expanded manufacturing center outside Denver will help it supply antennas for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft that Lockheed Martin is building. Ball held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the plant in Westminster.


Skills Gap Is Taking A Toll On Economy

June 30, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

Erika Niedowski, Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — John Russo's chemical lab in North Kingstown has been growing in recent years, even despite a deflated economy, and he expects to add another 15 to 20 positions to his 49 employees over the next year. But the president of Ultra Scientific Analytical Solutions has found himself in a vexing spot, struggling to fill openings that require specialized training in a state where the jobless rate is close to 11 percent, the third-highest in the nation.

CAT To Create 200 New Jobs In GA

June 30, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is investing $120 million in its Spalding County facility and expects to create at least 200 more jobs in Georgia. The Peoria, Ill.-based company is upgrading its Griffin Engine Center in Spalding County. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Caterpillar "one of the world's most recognizable and successful brands.

Chlorine And Acid Caused Tyson Hospitalizations

June 30, 2011 8:46 am | News | Comments

Kurt Voigt, Associated Press Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A solution of chlorine was poured into a drum of acid inside a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas this week, creating chlorine gas that sickened more than 170 people, authorities said in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.


Manufacturing Technology Suppliers Applaud Advanced Initiative

June 30, 2011 5:05 am | Articles | Comments

Douglas Woods, AMT McLean, Va. ... Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, greeted news of the Administration’s launch of its Advanced Manufacturing Partnership with optimism that the U.S. government is finally realizing the important role manufacturing technology plays in national security and sustained economic growth.

Manufacturing Needs Target Tax Cuts

June 30, 2011 4:58 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

One hundred seventy-five companies in Standard and Poors 500 Stock Index have a new model for making money. They don’t have to hire people or even invest in new equipment or facilities. In 2010 the New York Times reported that revenue increased seven percent but profits soared by 42 percent (seven times faster than revenue).



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