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BP's Gulf Cleanup Costs Rise To $1.6 Billion

June 14, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's costs for responding to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen to $1.6 billion. According to a company news release, that includes new $25 million grants the British oil giant has given to Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. It also includes the first $60 million for a project to build barrier islands off the Louisiana coast.

Boeing Faces Another Machinists Strike

June 14, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just days after a monthlong walkout ended at its California C-17 plant, Boeing Co. is facing another possible strike. The plane maker's machinists union in St. Louis has voted to reject a company offer that would have replaced a contract that expires Sunday. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said on its website Sunday that members voted 1548-532 to reject the offer, and voted 1619-459 to strike.

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Jimmy Dean, Sausage Manufacturing King, Dies At 81

June 14, 2010 4:32 am | by Dena Potter, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home. She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock.

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'Last One To Die Please Turn Out The Lights'

June 14, 2010 4:29 am | by Diana Nelson Jones, AP Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bounded on one side by a cliff and on the other by the Ohio River, what's left of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co.'s Aliquippa Works is an overwhelming stretch of emptiness punctuated by debris — metal scrap, concrete, office material and building detritus piled and strewn over miles of rutted clay.

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Economy Hitches Ride As Pickup Sales Take Off

June 14, 2010 4:23 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want a hint about the economic recovery, follow that truck. Pickups are a kind of rugged indicator of the nation's financial health. When times are good, contractors buy more of them to carry tools around for landscaping and lumber to build homes. Weekend haulers also gravitate to them even though cars get better mileage.

SMMs On The Rise

June 11, 2010 10:06 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

Since 1986, American manufacturing has declined in terms of percentage of GDP, total number of manufacturing plants, and employees. But although internal cost reduction and operational efficiency programs have kept American manufacturers in the game, they have not led to top line sales growth.

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Long-Term Integrity Of Piping Systems For Safety Performance

June 11, 2010 10:00 am | by Donald Townley, PE, Business Manager for Corzan Industrial Systems, part of The Lubrizol Corporation | Articles | Comments

A plant’s overall safety record is determined by many things. Most manufacturers invest heavily in education and crisis-response programs designed to minimize worker injuries. As safety personnel look to identify those areas of the plant most likely to represent a safety hazard, it’s important not to overlook some of the basics.

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Keeping Record Of What Counts In Job Training

June 11, 2010 9:51 am | by J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy and Management, ESI International | Articles | Comments

Buy-in, pre-learning assessments, benchmarking, and more: putting the finger on learning success . Sounds good in theory, but my boss won’t let me do this.” “That’s nice, but I already know how to do it my own way.” “Why do I even go to these training sessions when this stuff obviously can’t be applied in my real job?” These sentiments reflect a complaint frequently heard of employees in many industries.

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The Little Rock Pipeline

June 11, 2010 9:43 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Above: The location of Welspun’s 800 acre Arkansas grounds was partly chosen based on its proximity to rail travel. India-based Welspun chose Little Rock for its first U.S.-based spiral mill. One year later they’ve announced an expansion project to the tune of $30 million dollars and 230 jobs.

Conveying In Hostile, Dirty Environments

June 11, 2010 7:55 am | Articles | Comments

In developing an automated system to lubricate aluminum parts for hot forging, Mike Will, Operations Engineer for Black Diamond Equipment, envisioned a Z-style conveyor as a central part of that system. Searching for a company that manufactures conveyor systems such as this, Will discovered Dynamic Conveyor Corp.

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The Ultimate All-In-One

June 11, 2010 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wright Tool (Barberton, OH) introduces the WrightGrip SB ratchet for safer installation of scaffolding. The 10.5” ratchet is an all-inclusive tool that features a ½” drive, 7/8” open-head ratchet, a replaceable hammer, and a 7/8” open-end wrench.

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It's Full Of Hot Air

June 11, 2010 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of hot air process heating systems that can uniformly inject heat directly where it is required is now available from Malcom Company, Inc. (Tiverton, RI). The Leister Process Heating Tools can be integrated into any process to provide controlled heat from ambient to 1,600°F with ±1° accuracy and infinitely-adjustable airflow from 3 to 300 CFM.

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NASA-Friendly Adhesives

June 11, 2010 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Supreme 10AOHT-LO adhesive from Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) is a single-component, no mix, thermally-conductive compound featuring electrical insulation and durability against impact, thermal shock, vibration, and stress fatigue cracking. It meets NASA low outgassing specifications and is formulated to cure at elevated temperatures between 250° and 300°F for 1 hour.

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The Industrial Sauna

June 11, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Johnson Inc. (Three Rivers, MI) has developed a new line of direct steam injection water heaters, which are used to rapidly and accurately heat water and water-based slurries by injecting steam directly into the fluid. Applications include boiler preheating, sanitation and tank cleaning, among others.

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The Massive Proliferation Of Government Regulations

June 11, 2010 6:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

“Just because you can fly a hang glider does not mean that you will make a good 747 pilot.” -John Knight, vice president of Knight Electronics In the latest PD&D   Fireside Chat , John Knight, vice president of Knight Electronics, talks absurd shipping polices, companies that suffer from NIH (not invented here), soaring Asian lead times and material costs, the future of contract manufacturing, big government and fears over the massive proliferation of new government rules and regulations — and a potential screaming halt to the global economy.

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Greenhouse Gas Laws Pass Senate Vote

June 11, 2010 5:12 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a boost for the president on global warming, the Senate on Thursday rejected a challenge to Obama administration rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other big polluters. The defeated resolution would have denied the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to move ahead with the rules, crafted under the federal Clean Air Act.

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Wood-Burning Power Worse For Environment Than Coal

June 11, 2010 5:03 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A new study has found that wood-burning power plants using trees and other "biomass" from New England forests releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than coal over time. The six-month study, commissioned by Massachusetts state environmental officials, found biomass-fired electricity would result in a 3 percent increase in carbon emissions compared to coal-fired electricity by 2050.

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Tesoro Plant To Stay Closed Over Safety Concerns

June 11, 2010 4:39 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Tesoro Corp.'s Anacortes refinery, where an April explosion and fire killed seven people, will remain closed at least through September — three months longer than once expected — a company spokesman said Thursday. Meanwhile, Robert Hall, who is leading the accident investigation for the U.

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3M To Close Okla. Plant, 125 Jobs At Stake

June 11, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — 3M has announced plans to close its plant in Ardmore by the end of the year. Company officials made the announcement Thursday to its 125 employees at the plant that makes dental implant products. The company says the plant's operations will be moved to St.

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Arctic Cat To Ditch Overseas Supplier, Build Locally

June 11, 2010 4:21 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Snowmobile maker Arctic Cat Inc. said Thursday it will begin manufacturing some of its own snowmobile engines in St. Cloud, Minn., beginning after the 2014 model year. Currently, Suzuki Motor Corp. supplies all engines for Arctic Cat's snowmobiles. Suzuki will continue to supply the company with engine parts to service existing engines after the 2014 model year.

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