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Betting On An Economic Recovery

June 4, 2009 8:53 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Back home in Australia, I religiously listened to Mornings with Ross & John , a breakfast radio show that used news as a backdrop for discussions about social phenomena, crime and sports. They tracked a number of recurring topics, such as: The evolution of the spelling of names — Khloei (Chloe), De’mon (Damon) Football players behaving badly — who was at the local strip club associating with the Hell’s Angels and known drug dealers? Habits of politicians — Obama’s thin frame was surely a sign that he still smoked.

Hummer's Chinese Buyer A Newcomer To Industry

June 4, 2009 5:02 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Hummer owners are an unusual breed, but a little-known Chinese company's surprise purchase of the American maker of gas-guzzling, military-style SUVs is audacious even by their standards.

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Comfort Makes Safety Clothing Safer

June 4, 2009 4:44 am | Articles | Comments

Technical fabrics maker Glen Raven has a range of GlenGuard®FR fabrics for industrial protective apparel. The fabrics are designed to be lighter weight and more flexible while exceeding NFPA 70E industrial safety standards for thermal and body burn protection.

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Cabinet That Handles Waste & Recycling

June 3, 2009 12:47 pm | Articles | Comments

Shure’s new waste and recycling cabinet is built with large tilt-out doors to reveal a plastic receptacle for waste or recyclable materials.  Steel doors with aluminium handles conceal the waste. A stainless steel top can also be purchased. The cabinet comes in 22 Shure signature powder coat paint colors and is available in three sizes: Single Cabinet – 25 1/8” W × 27 3/4” D × 34 3/16” H Double Cabinet – 48 5/8” W × 27 3/4” D × 34 3/16” H Triple Cabinet – 72 1/8” W × 27 3/4” D × 34 3/16” H Learn more: www.

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Factory Orders Rise Again

June 3, 2009 12:24 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose 0.7 percent in April, the second increase in three months and further evidence that manufacturers may be recovering. Still, the Commerce Department's report Wednesday was below analysts' expectations of a 0.

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Soft Grip Brush-Scraper Tool

June 3, 2009 12:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Hyde has added a wire brush and integrated scraper to its MAXXGRIP PRO® line, comprising an industrial grade wire brush and steel carbon blade. It’s designed to: Remove corrosion and rust              Scrub factory floors Get to the tightest corners Scrape off paint and coatings Work on wood, metal, concrete and masonry According to Hyde, the combo tool’s ergonomic soft-grip handle maximizes grip and eliminates pressure points, reducing user fatigue.

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Locate & Measure Small Leaks

June 3, 2009 11:42 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation CPS refrigerant leak detector can sense leaks as small as 0.1 oz per year. Fully automatic one button operation detects most refrigerants including R410A. Two LED readouts are used to indicate the concentration and location of the leak. Learn more: www.

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Lockheed Martin Test Flies Composite Aircraft

June 3, 2009 8:36 am | Articles | Comments

On Tuesday, June 2, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) successfully conducted the initial demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA).

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GM Strikes Tentative Deal To Sell Hummer Brand

June 2, 2009 4:54 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. took two key steps toward its downsizing on Tuesday, striking a tentative agreement to sell its Hummer brand and obtaining the first payout of federal loans for its European division. Detroit-based GM said it has reached a memorandum of understanding with a buyer for Hummer, though it did not name the buyer or the price.

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GM China To Continue Aggressive Growth Strategy Despite U.S. Bankruptcy

June 1, 2009 6:26 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. said Monday that its U.S. bankruptcy filing will have no impact on its thriving China operations, reaffirming what it called its "aggressive growth strategy." "Our operations across China will operate normally," Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group, said in a statement.

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ISM Manufacturing Index Expected To Improve For May

June 1, 2009 6:12 am | Articles | Comments

Economists expect an index measuring the manufacturing sector's health to have contracted at a slower pace in May than in the previous month. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the index from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, will come in at 42 for May compared with 40.

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Hazmat Picnic

May 28, 2009 1:00 pm | by Marlyn Huwe, Maintenance Clerk,Yaskawa Electric America | Articles | Comments

Can you imagine having a picnic during a full blown hazmat incident? Well I had a front row seat. On a record setting hot and humid day in early June, production was in full swing at Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. located in Buffalo Grove Illinois.    Located right next to the large warehouse and production for servo motors were railroad tracks still used by freight trains .

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SC University To Develop Bridge Sensors

May 28, 2009 11:57 am | by KATRINA A. GOGGINS, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

With the average U.S. bridge approaching time for replacement, researchers at the University of South Carolina said Thursday that they'll work with a team of experts to develop a quicker method of detecting cracks and early signs of wear on the structures.

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A Brief History Of General Motors Corp.

May 28, 2009 5:17 am | Articles | Comments

Some key events in General Motors' history: Sept. 16, 1908 - General Motors Company founded by William C. Durant, incorporating Buick Motor Co. Oldsmobile joins GM in November. 1909 - GM sells 25,000 cars and trucks. Acquires Cadillac for $5.5 million.

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GM To Announce 14 Plant Closures Monday

May 28, 2009 4:53 am | by KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON, AP Auto Writers | Articles | Comments

A person briefed on General Motors Corp.'s plans says the company on Monday will identify the 14 factories it will close as it heads toward a likely Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing. The person says United Auto Workers officials in Detroit have told plant-level union leaders that the company will make the announcement, not the union.

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German Officials Still Seeking Opel Rescue Plan

May 28, 2009 4:49 am | by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

German officials readied for another try at a rescue deal for General Motors Corp.'s Opel subsidiary after last-minute financing demands stalled overnight talks Thursday, officials said. Germany had hoped for an agreement to shield automaker Opel — which employs 25,000 people there — from a looming GM bankruptcy by making it legally independent under a trustee.

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Keep Your Conveyors FIT

May 27, 2009 7:14 am | Articles | Comments

Dorner's two-tier conveying system. For a limited time Dorner is offering a factory inspection training (FIT) service to assist with new and existing conveyor projects. New conveyors projects can be overseen as part of the GetFIT™ service, which provides advice on installation, safety, optimum product handling, training, spare parts and warranties.

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Tow Tractor Hauls Fast

May 27, 2009 5:09 am | Articles | Comments

The new EZS 350XL tow tractor from Jungheinrich can tow several trailers together and has a capacity of 11,000 lbs. The truck is built with a 2.8 kW, 24 V AC drive motor for powerful acceleration and high travel speeds, with significant energy efficiency, longer operating times and low maintenance (through the omission of carbon brushes).

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Keep Your Parts Cleaner For Longer

May 26, 2009 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

The new Oil Eater 45-gallon water-based parts cleaner is made of industrial grade high density polyethylene plastic and uses 1,000-watt heaters to reach its optimal cleaning temperature of 110° F. A filter system on the unit keeps the solution clean, prolonging fluid life.

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Wearable Computer Keeps Hands Free

May 26, 2009 11:58 am | Articles | Comments

The Ridgeline W200 from Glacier Computer LLC is a wearable computer made of reinforced magnesium alloy. At only 10.2 ounces and contoured to fit your arm, the W200 is a portable computer that allows the user to keep both hands free for completing other tasks.

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