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Frivolous Lawsuit Of The Week: Ex-Smoker Nets $300m

November 20, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former smoker in South Florida are speaking out about the woman's $300 million verdict against Philip Morris USA. A jury on Thursday ordered Philip Morris to pay 61-year-old Cindy Naugle what is believed to be the largest award to date among thousands of lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies.

Boeing Breaks Ground On $750m S.C. Plant

November 20, 2009 3:55 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing is breaking ground in South Carolina on a $750 million aircraft assembly plant — the largest industrial investment in state history. Officials gather Friday at the site near the Charleston International Airport where Boeing will assemble its 787 jetliners.

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Alcoa Idles Italian Smelter Due To Pricey Energy

November 20, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. said Thursday it will temporarily idle production at its two smelters in Italy, affecting about 2,000 workers, after a decision by the European Union left the company's ability to secure electricity for the plants at low rates uncertain. Italy for 10 years gave energy-intensive industries a break on power prices.

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Analyst: Auto Sales Could Top 10 Million

November 20, 2009 3:44 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales could top an annual rate of 10.8 million in November, General Motors Co.'s top sales analyst said Thursday. That would mark the first month this year that sales jumped to such levels without the aid of Cash for Clunkers rebates, which boosted sales in July and August.

Cause Of Massive WY Oil Spill A Known Issue

November 20, 2009 3:35 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A storage tank roof that sank at a Sinclair Oil refinery earlier this year and caused Wyoming's biggest spill in decades wasn't unprecedented: A storage tank roof also sank at the refinery in 2007. Leaks in the pontoons holding up the floating roofs occurred before both incidents.

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Harley Unlikely To Land In Kentucky, Says Governor

November 20, 2009 3:28 am | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has expressed doubt that Kentucky will land a Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant. The governor released a statement Thursday saying the potential for pulling off a deal with the company is "significantly diminished." The company has been looking at a site in Shelbyville for a motorcycle plant that employs 2,500 people.

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Dell Sees Profits Drop 54 Percent, Slides From No. 2 Spot

November 19, 2009 10:20 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell Inc. says its latest quarterly profit dropped 54 percent as the company battles a slump has caused it to lose its ranking as the world's No. 2 personal computer maker. Rivals Hewlett-Packard Co. and Acer Inc. have stolen business from Dell as the company grapples with anemic spending on technology by corporations and government agencies.

Teenagers Dismiss Manufacturing, Want 'Professional' Jobs

November 19, 2009 8:21 am | News | Comments

ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Despite assertions from manufacturers that they will need a new breed of highly skilled workers in the years ahead and job opportunities will abound for today's youth, U.S. teenagers in large numbers want to wear white collars, not blue, when they launch their careers.

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Kraft Cuts Habit Of Driving Around The World 8,500 Times

November 19, 2009 5:51 am | by Joel Hans | News | Comments

, Associate Editor, IMPO Kraft, the well-known international food maker, have claimed that in the last four years they have cut more than 50 million miles and a large percentage of CO2 emissions from its manufacturing and distribution processes. In North America alone, Kraft has cut 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions by eliminating wasteful truck shipments by shipping wheat from its Ohio mill via water ways, which amounts to roughly a million miles.

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From The NBA To Plant Floor

November 19, 2009 4:50 am | Articles | Comments

Charlie Bell, a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, grew up in Flint, Michigan, so he knows all about the manufacturing business. So when Tz Roznowski of Amalga Composites asked Charlie to "do his job," the basketball star couldn't help but say yes. After a hard day's work, a 6/10 review from your new boss isn't half bad.

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Inside The Ford Fusion, Motortrend's 'Car Of The Year'

November 19, 2009 4:03 am | Articles | Comments

Earlier this week, Motortrend magazine named the 2010 Ford Fusion as its "car of the year," beating out more than 20 other vehicles from around the world. It's a big deal for the American automaker who has emerged from the recession stronger than ever, and bailout-free. See what makes the Ford Fusion, and in particular its hybrid model, the best car of the year.

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M&Ms Just Got A Little Bit Greener

November 19, 2009 3:43 am | Articles | Comments

Last Tuesday, Mars Chocolate unveiled a 28,000-panel solar garden, which provides 20 percent of peak energy consumption at its New Jersey manufacturing plant. Are you surprised New Jersey is second in solar capacity only to California? I was. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Instructional How To Lose Your Job

November 19, 2009 3:34 am | Videos | Comments

Full disclosure up front: remarkably, no one was hurt in this incident. And that's why forklifts have cabs. That said, this warehouse worker takes his forklift driving a little to vigorously, and has a little mishap with some shelves absolutely filled with bottles of vodka. In his defense, I don't think good steel is supposed to bend over like a twig as these shelves did.

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Apple Industrial Designer: We're Cool, You're Not

November 19, 2009 3:21 am | Articles | Comments

Apple computers are well-recognized around the world, despite having a small market share in comparison to the plethora of Windows-based computers from manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Sony, and countless others. So, what makes people tick when they get an iPod or a MacBook in their hands? Easy: industrial design.

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Calif. Electricity-Hungry TV Ban Angers Manufacturers

November 18, 2009 9:54 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Power-hungry TVs will be banned from store shelves in California after state regulators Wednesday adopted a first-in-the-nation mandate to reduce electricity demand. On a unanimous vote, the California Energy Commission required all new televisions up to 58 inches to be more energy efficient, beginning in 2011.

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Head Of U.S. Military Celebrates Wisconsin Trucks

November 18, 2009 6:50 am | Articles | Comments

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. to check out the production of the company's M-ATVs, which are currently being used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Take a peek at Gates' speech to the workers who build the trucks on a daily basis, and why they're so important to the military.

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GE To Develop Wearable Sensors With Federal Grant

November 18, 2009 4:29 am | News | Comments

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — GE Global Research, the technology development arm of General Electric Co., said Tuesday it will get $2 million federal grant to develop wearable sensors that alert people to chemical weapons and diseases. Radio-frequency identification sensors are commonly used to track materials, including in baggage at airports.

Costco Axes Coca-Cola Over Pricing Disputes

November 18, 2009 4:14 am | by Emily Fredrix and Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writers | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Costco customers may have to look elsewhere for Coca-Cola products now that the retailer has stopped carrying them because the pair are fighting over prices. The public squabble between one of the nation's largest wholesale club operators and the world's largest soft drink maker is likely to fizzle quickly.

GM Takes Tax Credits To Stay In Detroit

November 18, 2009 4:05 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors Co. is promising to keep its headquarters in Detroit in return for expanded state tax credits approved Tuesday. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority gave the go-ahead to extend tax credits the company won in June for agreeing to build a new small car at its Orion Township plant near Pontiac.

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The Supercomputer That 'Thinks' Like A Cat

November 18, 2009 4:04 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists say they've made a breakthrough in their pursuit of computers that "think" like a living thing's brain — an effort that tests the limits of technology. Even the world's most powerful supercomputers can't replicate basic aspects of the human mind.

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