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Reviving Manufacturing, One Guitar At A Time

February 17, 2010 7:04 am | Articles | Comments

Every summer, professors at the College of Technology at Purdue bring students in for the High School Guitar Workshop, which allows the youngsters to build a fully-functioning guitar in little more than a few days. Using their own designs, students go through the entire process, and get to take home their custom guitar at the end.

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Manufacturing Olympic Gold

February 17, 2010 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

With the Olympics at full-steam right now, we take a look with VBS.TV into where the gold, silver, and bronze medals came from. Visit Omer Studio in Vancouver, where designers were asked to create a medal that incorporates recycled metal from electronic components. It’s a great combination of industrial design, manufacturing, and sustainability.

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Mueller Appeals $683K OSHA Fine After Blast Kills 1

February 17, 2010 3:48 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Mueller Industries has appealed a $683,000 fine levied by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for alleged safety violations. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports John Hansen, Mueller's vice president of manufacturing, confirmed the appeal was filed but declined to discuss specifics.

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Mueller Appeals OSHA Fine After Blast Kills 1

February 17, 2010 3:48 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Mueller Industries has appealed a $683,000 fine levied by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for alleged safety violations. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports John Hansen, Mueller's vice president of manufacturing, confirmed the appeal was filed but declined to discuss specifics.

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Dems Seek Tax Breaks For Rehired Workers

February 17, 2010 3:40 am | by Colleen Slevin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Democratic lawmakers want to give a tax break to businesses that rehire workers they laid off last year, a move that analysts estimate could speed up the return of some 10,000 people to work. However, no business groups turned out to testify for the proposal during its first hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Officials Investigating Orange Cloud Over Houston-Area

February 17, 2010 3:31 am | News | Comments

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Plant officials are investigating what caused a chemical release at a Houston-areaplant that forced neighbors to stay indoors for a couple of hours. An orange cloud was seen above Pasadena after Tuesday night's release, prompting emergency personnel to order a shelter-in-place.

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The RV Is Back, Says Earthbound

February 17, 2010 3:19 am | News | Comments

MARION, Ind. (AP) — A startup company plans to open a factory in central Indiana making recreational vehicles and potentially hire 300 workers in the next few years. Officials of Earthbound RV say they'll hire 60 people this year for the Marion factory and expect to start production of its towable trailers in March.

Navistar Nabs $752 Million Military Vehicle Contract

February 17, 2010 3:18 am | News | Comments

WARRENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Navistar Defense LLC, a unit of Navistar International LLC, said Tuesday that it received a $752 million contract to supply the U.S. military with 1,050 of its International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. The company said that vehicles under the contract from the U.

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Texas Energy Company Protests $18 Million Mercury Fine

February 17, 2010 3:17 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Texas energy company convicted of illegally storing hazardous mercury in a rundown Rhode Island building asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to throw out an $18 million penalty, calling the punishment "grossly excessive." The mercury, stored by the Southern Union gas company in a building in Pawtucket, was exposed to the public in 2004 after vandals broke in and dumped a container of the hazardous liquid at a nearby apartment complex.

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Obama Calls $8.3 Billion Nuclear Grant 'Only The Beginning'

February 16, 2010 10:02 am | News | Comments

bu Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer LANHAM, Md. (AP) — Promising "this is only the beginning," President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.

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Ford Cuts 900 At Michigan Mustang Plant

February 16, 2010 7:48 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is cutting 900 workers at the Michigan plant that makes the Mustang. Ford said Tuesday that the Flat Rock plant will go from two shifts to one in July. The plant, which is jointly owned with Mazda, also makes the Mazda6. Nearly 2,300 people work there.

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The Big Shift

February 16, 2010 7:18 am | by Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

In the 2010 Dodgen Lecture at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, and in the Q&A that followed, I described four principles that must be observed in order to successfully complete the transition away from a fossil-fuel based society.

Eyewear For Manufacturing's Many Faces

February 16, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Uvex (Smithfield, RI) has launched the Specifix collection of protective eyewear. The collection includes three new styles (VersaPro, PrecisionPro, and ExtremePro), all of which are designed to meet the needs of workers in various industrial facilities. The eyewear comes with Uvex’s Supra-Dura anti-scratch coating.

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Lead-Free Submersible Pumps

February 16, 2010 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America (Tarrytown, NY) has announced compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61-Annex G for their submersible pump motor line-up. The Annex-G standard (Weighted Average Lead Content Evaluation Procedure to a 0.25 Percent Lead Requirement) was developed in response to California’s Low Lead Plumbing Law, which mandates a maximum lead content of 0.

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A Billion Revolutions Later

February 16, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mercotac Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) announces the Model 215-2K in their line of rotating electrical connectors with a service life that can last over one billion revolutions in many applications. In addition, the connectors are virtually maintenance-free, and transmit electrical power or signals with almost no electrical noise.

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Sweep Up With Magnets

February 16, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Magnetics, Inc. (Castle Rock, CO) has introduced a few additions to their line of magnetic sweepers. The permanent magnet assemblies range from 12” to 96” in width, making them ideal for quick removal of hazardous scrap metal debris from warehouses, loading docks, and manufacturing areas.

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Toyota Idles Two Assembly Plants

February 16, 2010 5:11 am | by Ken Thomas,Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota says it plans to idle production at two assembly plants while it grapples with massive recalls in the United States. Toyota spokesman Mike Goss says a plant in San Antonio, Texas, has scheduled production breaks for the weeks of March 15 and April 12.

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Chrysler Supplier Doubles Up, Ready To Hire 65 Workers

February 16, 2010 4:03 am | News | Comments

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana auto parts plant plans to hire 65 workers in the coming months as it starts a contract with Chrysler. Creative Liquid Coatings Inc. manager Stephen Geist told Kendallville officials that the company is buying robots and other equipment for the new production line.

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Complaints Of Sudden Acceleration Deaths Rise To 34

February 16, 2010 3:47 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Complaints of deaths connected to sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles have surged in recent weeks, with the alleged death toll reaching 34 since 2000, according to new consumer data gathered by the government. Complaints to a database maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the popular Toyota Prius hybrid grew by nearly 1,000 in just over a week.

LG Hausys Expands In Georgia, Adds 80 Jobs

February 16, 2010 3:37 am | News | Comments

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Sonny Perdue says surface countertop manufacturer LG Hausys America Inc. will expand its operations in Adairsville, creating up to 80 new jobs. The expansion is planned next to the company's existing facilities in Gordon County in northwest Georgia. The governor's office says the new plant will cover about 95,000 square feet and will require an investment of about $50 million.

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