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Market Access Can Save Us from $4 Gas

October 3, 2011 11:45 am | by Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

Why can’t Americans get high-tech, low-cost fuels in an era of $4 gasoline? A new group called FuelChoiceNow has the reasons and some answers. In Washington, a coalition called FuelChoiceNow has opened for business — one worth taking a very, very close look at. The pitch: that advanced fuel companies are developing new, affordable and commercial-ready alternatives to oil, but are inhibited by unnecessary...

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When Commodity Prices Rise, Do You Have to Pass It On?

October 3, 2011 11:43 am | by Greg Holt, Director of Product Marketing for CombineNet | Articles | Comments

Depending on the industry, anywhere between 20 to 80 percent of the cost of the goods sold is based on cost that the buying company cannot directly control; it’s tied up in raw material and commodity costs. What companies can control are the other costs that go into their supply chain beyond the commodity: manufacturing costs, transportation costs, even labor costs.

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Deere To Invest $124M In Brazil Factories

October 3, 2011 9:39 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Farm and lawn machinery maker Deere & Co. said Monday it will invest $124 million to build two new factories in Brazil to supply growing demand for construction equipment in South America. The company said the factories will cost a total of about $180 million to build, and it will co-own one with Hitachi Construction Machinery Co.

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Delaware Tech Gets $5M Training Grant

October 3, 2011 9:37 am | News | Comments

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Technical and Community College has been awarded a nearly $5 million federal grant to create job training programs in growing sectors that are seeking skilled workers. Several new programs will be created to educate students in renewable energy. Some funds will expand a manufacturing efficiency lab.

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Tesla To Make EV By 2012

October 3, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

FREMONT, California, Oct. 1 (Kyodo) — U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. said Saturday it will be ready to produce its new "Model S" electric vehicle by the end of this year at the plant it bought from the now-liquidated joint venture of Toyota Motor corp. and then General Motors Corp.

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Samsung Growing, But Icon Status Elusive

October 3, 2011 9:30 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If you own a consumer electronics gadget, there's a good chance something from Samsung makes it tick. The company has traveled far from its roots as a seller of cheap appliances in the 1970s and 1980s when South Korean products were more likely to be panned than praised internationally.

Oshkosh Corp. Union Rejects Contract Offer

October 3, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Union members at one of the largest employers in the Fox Valley have overwhelmingly rejected a new contract. Local President Nick Nitschke (NICH'-kee) says 85.5 percent of union members voting Friday rejected the offer from Oshkosh Corp. But Nitschke says the union hopes it doesn't have to go on strike.

U.S. Big Truck Sales Up In September

October 3, 2011 9:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Pickups and SUVs led U.S. auto sales in September, as falling gas prices, promotions and pent-up demand from contractors drove demand for large vehicles. Trucks sales at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford grew in the double digits, outpacing cars and boosting overall sales.

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Dissolved Oxygen Meter

October 3, 2011 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Dissolved Oxygen Meter DOH-SD1 from Omega (Stamford, CT) is an innovative and easy to operate a dissolved oxygen meter with a real time SD card data logger. This CE product features an LCD with green light backlighting, altitude and salt adjustments, RS232/USB Interface (with optional cable), and automatic temperature compensation.

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Enhanced Sprayon.com

October 3, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) has introduced user-driven enhancements to www.sprayon.com : New Products Area: Designed to showcase the latest products and innovations from Sprayon Products. New Sprayon System Area: Redesigned to demonstrate how any facility can take their 5S Visual Management efforts to the next level.

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Detcon RD-64X Gas Sensor

October 3, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has introduced the Detcon Model RD-64X, a read-only, remote display unit designed to monitor real time status of a wide range of gas detection sensors and controllers. The 64-channel system incorporates master and slave communication ports, allowing for multiple remote display modules throughout critical management stations in heavy industrial environments.

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Paint Patch Protection

October 3, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Computype Inc. (St. Paul, MN) has launched a paint patch label, a clear laminate applied directly over a label to cover and protect barcodes or other tracking identification information during paint applications. The paint “patch” can be easily removed by a glove-handed operator by peeling off the laminate, leaving the label and paint job perfectly intact.

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OH Uranium Plant Says Layoffs Possible

October 3, 2011 5:37 am | by Kantele Franko, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The developer of a uranium enrichment project in southern Ohio said Friday it is suspending contracts with some suppliers and notifying about 450 workers in Ohio, Tennessee and Maryland that they might be laid off if uncertainty about funding means it has to stop most activity on the project.

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Gov't Backs More Solar Loans As Deadline Looms

October 3, 2011 5:34 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department on Friday approved four more solar energy loan guarantees worth nearly $5 billion, hours before a controversial loan program was set to expire. Meanwhile, the Justice Department moved to take away control of a failed solar panel maker from its management and transfer it to a court-appointed trustee.

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UAW, Ford Near Agreement

October 3, 2011 5:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers may be nearing a tentative contract agreement with Ford. The union has called leaders from factories across the nation to Detroit on Tuesday. That usually means a deal has been reached. But a person briefed on the negotiations says talks ended Sunday night with no agreement.

Union Seeks Meeting With Sugar Beet Growers

October 3, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Union officials representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have mailed letters asking for a meeting with members of the sugar beet cooperative that owns the company as the harvest begins. The union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.

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Hitachi To Pay $21M For Price Fixing

October 3, 2011 5:22 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $21.1 million criminal fine for participating in conspiracies to rig bids and fix prices for optical disk drives. A felony charge filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges Hitachi-LG Data Storage conspired to eliminate competition over optical disk drives sold to Dell Inc.

Apple To Unveil New iPhone This Week

October 3, 2011 5:20 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple fans are amped. The computer and gadget maker is expected to announce a new, more powerful version of its wildly popular smartphone this week — more than a year after it unveiled the iPhone 4. Last week, Apple Inc. e-mailed invitations to a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino on Tuesday morning.

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Bringing Production Jobs Back 'Home'

September 30, 2011 11:23 am | Videos | Comments

This is the story of one manufacturer that spent several years chasing cheaper costs by sending production to China. Now he's doing his best to bring some of that work back to the United States. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 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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Fuel Cells Materialize

September 30, 2011 11:20 am | by Kim Ukura | Blogs | Comments

, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development As fuel cell technology continues to develop, engineers face a number of concerns when trying to specify materials for the components and housing materials of this technology. ReliOn , a developer of modular, fault-tolerant, proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology, is currently developing a portfolio of stationary fuel cells for emergency and backup power requirements,...

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