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GM Plans $61M TN Investment

November 21, 2011 8:26 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors says it will begin building its Chevrolet Equinox at a plant in Tennessee next year and plans to begin making a midsized vehicle there in the future. Monday's announcement of the $61 million investment will create nearly 700 jobs at the plant outside Nashville.


DE Chemical Site Eyed For Renewable Energy

November 21, 2011 8:23 am | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Delaware's most troubled environmental sites, the abandoned Metachem site, is being considered by state and federal officials for its potential to produce clean energy. The 65-acre site near Delaware City is being paved over to keep chemicals spilled at the plant from continuing to leach into groundwater.


Obama Signs Bill To Help Jobless Vets

November 21, 2011 8:18 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heralding a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, President Barack Obama signed into law Monday legislation aimed at helping unemployed veterans find work while putting more cash in the hands of companies with government contracts. The legislation, which creates tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans, marks the first proposal from Obama's $447 billion jobs bill to be signed into law.


Global Energy Plans SC Solar Plant

November 21, 2011 8:15 am | News | Comments

BLACKSBURG, S.C. (AP) — Global Energy Franchise says it is opening a solar panel plant in Cherokee County. The Greenville company announced plans Monday to build solar systems in the former TNS Mills textile plant in Blacksburg. Global Energy will initially employ 81 people at the plant.


KS Plane Maker Says Air Force Bars It From Bid

November 21, 2011 8:11 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, the company said. The company had hoped to its AT-6, an armed version of its T-6 trainer, would be chosen for the Light Air Support Counter Insurgency aircraft for the Afghanistan National Army Corps.

Small Business Saturday

November 21, 2011 6:05 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

First, there was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. Now, you can continue the shopping festivities with Small Business Saturday. The second annual Small Business Saturday , this year on November 26th, is a day dedicated to small businesses. Sandwiched between two of the busiest shopping days of the year, Small Business Saturday aims to direct consumers to their local small businesses to help fuel their local community.

OH City Home To Jeep Sees Auto Industry Revival

November 21, 2011 4:45 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — This Ohio town that has been churning out Jeeps since World War II, watching its fortunes rise and fall with the well-being of Detroit's automakers, is now finding itself in an enviable position within the car industry. Chrysler and General Motors have promised in recent months to spend more than $800 million on retooling and expanding their factories here.


GA Worker Fired For Refusing To Wear '666'

November 21, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

B y Greg Bluestein, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia factory worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired after he refused to wear a '666' sticker he feared would doom him to eternal damnation. Billy E. Hyatt claims he was fired from Pliant Corp., a plastics factory in northern Georgia near Dalton, after he refused to wear a sticker proclaiming that his factory had been accident-free for 666 days.


Honeywell Workers Approve Contract, End Strike

November 21, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Striking machinists at the Honeywell plant in Kansas City have approved a new contract. The union overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with Honeywell Sunday evening, ending its 42-day walkout. The Kansas City Star reports ( ) that both sides said the contract was essentially the same as one the union rejected Oct.


Gates Testifies In $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft

November 21, 2011 4:37 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Microsoft's Bill Gates took the witness stand Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit accusing the software maker of duping a competitor prior to its rollout of Windows 95. Gates, wearing a gray suit and a yellow tie, was the first witness to testify as Microsoft lawyers presented their case in the trial that's been ongoing in federal court in Salt Lake City for about a month.

China Promises Clean Energy Access

November 21, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Chinese officials promised foreign technology suppliers equal access to their booming clean energy industry in trade talks amid pressure to revive global growth. Bryson said Monday that Chinese officials told him the country will invest $1.

Chu Says U.S. Needs To Stay In Solar

November 21, 2011 4:32 am | by Catherine Tsai, Associated Press | News | Comments

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Countries are lining up to supply a huge global market for solar energy, and it's important for the United States to stay in the game, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Friday after touring a Colorado solar facility. Chu's comments came a day after hostile questioning by Republicans in Congress over Solyndra Inc.

Meet America's Fastest Supercomputer

November 18, 2011 10:45 am | Videos | Comments

The Jaguar supercomputer in Oak Ridge, TN is used for everything from scientific research to disaster management. It is approximately 18,000 times faster than the fastest personal computer on the market, and is more or less used to simulate the world around us. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


In the Public Eye (And On The Bottom Line)

November 18, 2011 10:37 am | by Rick Beaman, PE, Dave Jechura, PE, and Cliff Reese, PE SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Owners and operators of chemical process plants are increasingly embracing the energy-saving technology and efficiency-enhancing systems that architects and engineers have been developing for over more than a decade. As a result, the owners and operators are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.


Q&A With Nick Wilson, PACE Award Recipient

November 18, 2011 10:17 am | Blogs | Comments

Nick Wilson is the president and CEO of Morrison Container Handling Solutions, which provides packaging solutions for national and international companies. He is also the 2011 recipient of the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) award from Iowa State University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Welding End Prep Tool

November 18, 2011 10:11 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A new I.D. clamping welding end prep tool that compensates for out of round conditions and can perform complex end preps on highly alloyed pipe up to 36 inch O.D. is being introduced by ESCO Tool (Holliston, MA). The Terminator MILLHOG Welding End Prep Tool is designed for use on pipe from 8-5/8 inches I.


Flexible LED

November 18, 2011 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of an LED work light equipped with a 20 inch bendable goose-neck and double ball joint magnetic mounting system. Designed to provide extreme adjustability where getting a light placed exactly where it is needed is difficult, the LED6W-GNM high output LED light emitter can be attached to any ferrous metallic surface and set to an almost infinite range of positions.



November 18, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laser Tools Co., Inc. (Little Rock, AR) has developed a new laser system called the SEA BEAM that assists in size measurements at a distance, and water proof to 600 feet. The SEA BEAM shoots two collimated laser beams 75 millimeters apart that the ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) views by camera.



November 18, 2011 10:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

ScaleBlaster is an innovative and environmentally friendly product from Clearwater Enviro Technologies, Inc. (Largo, FL) that eliminates the formation of limescale deposits in pipes, cooling towers, boilers, and hundreds of applications. The integrated circuitry system produces a unique and complex modulating frequency waveform that hits the resonant frequency of the calcium molecules, causing them to lose their adhesive properties.


AL Immigration Law Backers Look At Changes

November 18, 2011 8:19 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some of the Republicans who voted for Alabama's new immigration law are considering changes that they say will make the law easier to understand but won't weaken it. "I made some mistakes in voting for this bill, and I want to step up and fix them," Republican Sen.



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