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SunPower Plans Mexico Plant

August 8, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Solar cell maker SunPower Corp. said Friday it plans to own and operate a panel-manufacturing plants in Mexicali, Mexico to serve the North American market. The company said it will lease an existing building with up to 320,000 square feet. SunPower said it will use the plant to make several models of solar panels for homes, commercial buildings and power plants.


United Steelworkers Ratify Deal With Ludlum

August 8, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The United Steelworkers have ratified a four-year contract with Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technology Inc. covering 3,000 workers at Allegheny Ludlum plants in western Pennsylvania and an ATI plant in Albany, Ore. The union and Pittsburgh-based ATI announced the tentative deal June 30, the day the last contract expired.


Mustangs, Jettas Under Safety Investigation

August 8, 2011 5:44 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Safety investigators are looking into possible transmission problems in some 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustang models and fuel lines in 2011 Volkswagen Jettas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects says on its website Sunday that it has received 32 complaints about an unexpected inability to shift into gear on Mustangs with manual transmissions.


Toyota Hopes For Revival After Sinking To No. 3

August 8, 2011 5:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., which has sunk to No. 3 in global vehicle sales from pole position, is counting on emerging markets to drive a revival in its fortunes, one of its top India executives says. Toyota sold 3.7 million vehicles around the world in the first half of 2011, down 11 percent from a year earlier as sales crashed 62 percent in April-June on production disruptions caused by the March earthquake and tsunami...

Congress Has Shot At Passing Jobs-Creation Bill

August 8, 2011 5:40 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Congress gets back to work after Labor Day it will have the chance to achieve something that has largely eluded it for the entire year, passing legislation that might actually create jobs. With the battering debate over the debt ceiling over, the stage is set for Congress to approve and President Barack Obama to sign three big free-trade agreements and the most significant overhaul of the patent system...

Honda Recalls 1.5M Vehicles

August 8, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Honda is recalling about 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to update the software on the automatic transmission to decrease the possibility of transmission damage. The recall affects certain 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element vehicles.

Type 57IL Isolator Lug Butterfly Valve

August 5, 2011 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Asahi/America, Inc. (Malden, MA) has expanded their line of valves to include the Type 57IL Isolator Lug butterfly valve. The Type 57IL features a unique lug design where the 316 stainless steel lugs are inserted into the valve body during the injection molding process, permanently combining the lugs and valve body into one unit.


Stainless steel 2-Way Solenoid Valves

August 5, 2011 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stainless steel, direct acting, two-way solenoid valves from Magnatrol Valve Corporation (Hawthorne, NJ) are ideal for controlling the flow of steam, hot fluids, and cryogenic fluids. Available in 3/8 and 1/2 inch sizes, the valves require no differential pressure to open and are easily serviced while in the pipeline.


PV 102 Piezoelectric Velocity Sensor

August 5, 2011 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Fribourg, Switzerland) has added a velocity sensor that works with all condition and health monitoring systems to its Vibro-Meter product line. The PV 102 is a 100mV/inch/second piezoelectric velocity sensor for vibration monitoring of turbomachinery and other rotating equipment. The certified version of the PV 102 carries ATEX, IEC, and CSA hazardous area certifications.


Nansulate EPX Insulation

August 5, 2011 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nansulate EPX insulation from Industrial NanoTech (Naples, FL) is a corrosion prevention, chemical and flame resistant coating for equipment insulation. The two-part epoxy formula is splash resistant to acids, bases, and fuels and also reduces heat transfer to lower energy demand. Easily applied with a texture sprayer, trowel, or stiff brush while equipment in in-service, this textured coating is water-based, low odor, and low voc.


South Korean Biotech To Build VT Plant

August 5, 2011 7:47 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vt. Gov. Peter Shumlin and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy are going to announce a plan by a South Korean biotechnology company to build a facility in Newport that will eventually employ about 200 people. The announcement is planned for Friday in Newport. The project is being put together by Jay Peak ski area president Bill Stenger who is partnering with South Korean company AnC Bio to build a $50 million...


Orthopedics Company Plans $27M IN Project

August 5, 2011 7:44 am | News | Comments

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana company that makes hip replacements and other artificial joint products is planning to spend $27 million on manufacturing and research equipment. Warsaw-based DePuy (duh-PEW') Orthopaedics expects to spend $20 million on manufacturing equipment and $7 million on research and development equipment and have it installed before 2014.

Boeing Wraps Up 747-8 Testing

August 5, 2011 7:41 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing painted the numbers "7-4-7" in the skies from Minnesota to California on the final test flight for its new jumbo jet. A map on the flight-tracking service FlightAware shows that the plane left the airport in Everett, Washington, and flew over Montana, south to California, and back north working its way across North Dakota and Minnesota, with trips as far south as New Mexico and Oklahoma, to spell out "747.

RV Companies Look To Green Tech For Recovery

August 5, 2011 7:31 am | News | Comments

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lane County's fragile recreational-vehicle manufacturing industry could find hope in an unexpected place — green technology. The Eugene Register-Guard reports RV manufacturer Country Coach has plans to develop a diesel-electric hybrid, but that plan will have to wait as the local luxury motor coach industry tries to survive.

AR Turkey Plant Searches For Outbreak Clues

August 5, 2011 7:29 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The operator of a Springdale, Ark. turkey plant responsible for a massive ground turkey recall was searching for answers Thursday to what caused a salmonella outbreak that's been linked to one death and at least 77 illnesses. Officials at the meat giant Cargill were trying to determine how a strain of salmonella got into ground turkey shipped from northwest Arkansas, said company spokesman Mark Klein.


Obama Proposes Tax Credits To Hire Jobless Vets

August 5, 2011 7:26 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama proposed tax credits for businesses and other initiatives on Friday to help some of America's 1 million military veterans find work. He also vowed to press Congress to get busy on legislation to provide more near-term jobs in general when lawmakers return from their recess in September.

Inside The Crisis Response Box

August 5, 2011 5:46 am | by Ron Lapedis, Principal, Seacliff Partners International | Articles | Comments

In an emergency situation, first responders need immediate access to keys, maps, and emergency contact lists. Crisis managers within the organization also need fast access to information -- and a crisis is not the right time to be gathering it. Responders cannot waste precious time to look for someone in charge, enter the facility, then search out maps and access materials such as combinations to locks, door keys, and cardkeys.

Tackling The 'Ugh' Projects

August 5, 2011 5:43 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Show your customers that you don’t just offer them a commodity or a product, you offer them a solution—and one they might not even quite know how to ask for, at that. Fate somehow selected the hottest weekend of the summer for me to move into my new house.

Japan's Quake Brought Back To Life On Giant Globe

August 5, 2011 5:38 am | Videos | Comments

Visitors to a Tokyo museum can now see the March 11 tsunami that devastated northern Japan as though they were watching it from outer space. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Morton Salt Plans $7M Plant Upgrade

August 5, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Morton Salt Co. has asked South Hutchinson city authorities for a 10-year tax abatement as it plans to upgrade its salt evaporation plant. In its application, the company says it wants to invest $7 million in the renovations to modernize the century-old plant, according to The Hutchinson News.



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