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AR Plant Slated For Sale Gains New Life

October 10, 2011 9:18 am | by Curt Hodges | News | Comments

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Camfil Farr APC (Air Pollution Control) is the manufacturing facility that almost wasn't. A few years back, the company, then the Farr Company, was sold to Camfil in Sweden, and a decision was made to downsize the local facility and sell it, said Lee Morgan, division president.


Tire Makers Invest $2B In SC

October 10, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Go ahead and call South Carolina the tire king. Tire companies have promised 2,900 jobs and nearly $2 billion in investment this year. The state employs more tire industry workers than any other in the country. The good news is coming as tire manufacturers recover from the recession and deal with factors that include getting closer to customers and cutting costs.


Chrysler-UAW Talks Break For A Day Without Deal

October 10, 2011 9:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Union leaders from Chrysler plants around the country were told to park in Detroit for two more days as negotiations toward a new labor contract continue with the company. Around 200 local leaders assembled in a Detroit suburb Monday expecting to hear details of a new four-year contract.


Thermocouple Cable

October 10, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The thermocouple cable from igus (East Providence, RI) is specially designed for continuous-flexing applications. Chainflex CF Thermo for temperature-sensing equipment acts as a thermocouple extension link. It is available in types J, K, and T for a variety of industries. The cable features an abrasion-resistant PUR outer jacket and has been tested over millions of cycles to ensure optimal performance.


Polarized Protective Eyewear

October 10, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

4X4 Polarized protective eyewear from Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) is an outdoor eye protection solution for workers who face daily glare from light bounding off flat, reflective surfaces such as the hood of a vehicle or the surface of water. The eyewear has been independently tested and certified by Underwriters Laboratories to meet and exceed the ANSI Z87.


30,000-Pound Capacity Grip

October 10, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bushman AvonTec (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced a 30,000-pound capacity gripping tong grab to handle work rolls in a steel mill. The tong includes chock stabilizers that keep the top-heavy chocks on the ends of the roll from flipping over. Operation is all mechanical and utilizes an automatic latching device.


Non-Chlorinated Parts Cleaner

October 10, 2011 7:20 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon Products (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the new SP 707 Non-Chlorinated Brake and Metal Parts Cleaner to its expanded line of industrial specialty chemicals. The new parts cleaner with ACCU-FORCE Trigger combines an efficient cleaning solvent system with a high output spray system, ensuring the job gets done fast.


Record iPhone Sales Top 1M

October 10, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year's model. Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone last Friday. It hits stores this Friday. First-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year.


American Airlines To Outsource Maintenance Work

October 10, 2011 5:23 am | by D.R. Stewart | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Airlines has notified its Transport Workers Union in Tulsa that the company will outsource heavy maintenance on four Boeing 757 aircraft by Nov. 1, company and union officials said. The 757 work will be performed by TIMCO Aviation Services, an independent aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in Greensboro, N.

GM Streamlines Volt Plant, Delays 2nd Shift

October 10, 2011 5:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is delaying plans to add a second shift at the factory that makes Chevrolet Volt electric cars. The company said Friday it has found ways to make one shift more efficient, so it can produce the same number of cars as two shifts. Spokesman Chris Lee says GM still will add 300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant — but not a second shift — by the end of this year to make more...


Unemployed Seek Protection Against Job Bias

October 10, 2011 5:19 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she'd found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications. But Forte, a 55-year-old from Cleveland, says a recruiter for an employment agency told her she would not be considered for the job because she had been out of work too long.

Chrysler CEO: Automakers Need To Stay Competitive

October 10, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Western automakers can only compete with eventual low-cost Chinese rivals by reducing labour costs and standardizing platforms and parts, the CEO of Chrysler and Fiat said Friday. Sergio Marchionne said it is no longer sustainable for unionized workers to be paid using the current formula for steady pay increases no matter how poorly a company is performing.

KY Manufacturers Want More Graduates

October 10, 2011 5:12 am | News | Comments

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Manufacturing technology graduates are in high demand in northern Kentucky. Gateway Community & Technical College opened its Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Florence just over a year ago, but it is still not meeting demand from area companies, according to The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.

How To Replace Tribal Knowledge

October 7, 2011 11:22 am | Articles | Comments

Some experts estimate that, of the 11 million manufacturing employees now working in the U.S., approximately 25 percent (or 2.7 million) are 55 years of age or older. Replacing these people is a big problem for manufacturing because they are the most experienced and usually the most skilled people working in a manufacturing plant, and the knowledge base is about to leave with them when they retire.


Better, Faster, Stronger

October 7, 2011 11:13 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

As costs continue to rise, distribution centers and warehouses are looking for ways to control these costs and be more efficient. Innovative ways to address these issues crop up more and more from a technology standpoint, including: New software which allows simplified warehouse management of everything from trailer scheduling to equipment usage.


Quality First

October 7, 2011 11:03 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Has the recession created renewed emphasis on defect reduction? Six Sigma is one of the leading process improvement methodologies falling under the “Lean” umbrella that came to manufacturing and never left. For those of you who find your eyes glazing over when faced with process improvement training, here’s a quick recap of Six Sigma, and why you should remember it: Originally developed by Motorola in the mid-‘80s,...

Relationships Based On Value

October 7, 2011 10:51 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Services are becoming more popular amongst distributors—especially as competition increases—but it’s a matter of whether these services are a value-add or a stand alone offering, and whether distributors are trending towards more fee-based solutions. When we asked the readers of Industrial Distribution how many of them were providing services to their customers for a fee (unbundled services), 44 percent said they were.

Tips For Merchants On Expanding To International Markets

October 7, 2011 10:44 am | by Shane Fiztpatrick, Managing Director, Europe, Chase Paymentech | Articles | Comments

Currency risk is amid the most consequential challenges businesses face when going global. International payment processing is complex, with legal requirements and fee structures varying by geographic region and country. Many businesses need to accept foreign currencies both to expand their presence in other countries and increase sales potential.

ISM Report Shows Mfg Expansion For 25th Straight Month

October 7, 2011 10:30 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Economic activity expanded for the 25th consecutive month in August, though at a slower rate than in July. According to the August Manufacturing ISM Report On Business, employment and inventories are growing while new orders and production are contracting. Brad Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, says he thinks there’s every possibility that the manufacturing sector...

Cummins Saves With Managed Print Services

October 7, 2011 10:22 am | Articles | Comments

Cummins has 40,000 employees and global operations throughout 200 countries and territories. With such a vast distribution of locations comes the challenge of selecting, deploying, managing and maintaining technology – even output devices. Its existing fleet of printers, copiers, fax machines and scanners had aged and became prone to breakdowns that were increasing maintenance costs and negatively impacting device reliability and employee...


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