MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Chinese carmaker planning a hybrid car assembly plant in Alabama has lined up a veteran engineering and design firm while still trying to put together $1.5 billion in financing for the project. Benjamin Yeung, chairman of Hybrid Kinetic Motors Corp.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials say the John Morrell & Co. meatpacking plant, one of the city's largest employers, will close this spring. The plant has about 1,500 workers. Sioux City Economic Development Director Marty Dougherty says Mayor Mike Hobart received the news on Tuesday from plant manager Dan Pacquin, who said the plant would close April 20.
HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — A national producer of prepared foods is expanding a North Carolina plant and plans to create 500 jobs, providing a boost to an Interstate 95 corridor that has for years struggled to lower its jobless rate. Reser's Fine Foods Inc. will create the jobs over the next five years at the Halifax Industrial Center in Halifax County.
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 24,177 vehicles because of a defect that could result in brake failure. the recall includes 2010 models of the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty and 2009 and 2010 models of the Dodge Ram pickup.
HELSINKI (AP) — Wartsila Corp., a leading maker of ship turbines, said Tuesday it would lay off 1,400 workers worldwide and cut production to save costs and increase competitiveness. The Finnish company said it plans to slash 570 jobs at its propellor and components manufacturing units in Netherlands, where it employs more than 1,500 people.
The HurtSpot magnetic body-diagram whiteboard from Magnatag (Macedon, NY) shows the places of common injuries and provides a visual representation of the number of injuries better than regular reports, according to the company. By identifying the parts of the body where injuries occur, along with the number of occurrences, the HurtSpot can call attention to accident patterns, making workers more aware and careful.
Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) now offers a variety of ergonomic supports to prevent back injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other joint and muscular stresses. Allegro addresses the serious problem of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) with six different wrist supports, with one designed to help maintain a neutral position at he wrist while allowing full movement of the hand and fingers.
The Series 4600 2-way pilot operated diaphragm solenoid valves from Spartan Scientific (Boardman, OH) are now offered with an adjustable metering handle to restrict or manually shut off media flow. In addition, the media and pilot can be separated to extend the life of the valve by keeping corrosive material out of the pilot section.
Sioux Corporation (Beresford, SD) has introduced the new E-Series All-Electric line of pressure washers and steam cleaner, with a compact, portable, and 100 percent all-electric design. According to the company, the E-Series is ideal for cleaning, disinfecting, material handling equipment, and more, in a variety of industrial applications.
This is the time of year when I begin to obsessively check the weather. January in Wisconsin can be particularly soul-crushing, but it’s also January that’s the turning point: average temperatures typically hit their lows for the year in the late part of the month, and then it’s an incremental crawl back to air temperatures that humans can withstand without Gortex.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. is inviting reporters to an event next week to see what it calls "our latest creation." The company e-mail Monday offered no specifics about what it would display at the invitation-only Jan. 27 event in San Francisco. But it comes amid speculation that Apple is close to unveiling a tablet-style touch-screen computer that is bigger than an iPhone but smaller than a standard laptop.
MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California meat-packing firm has recalled some 864,000 pounds of ground-beef that might be contaminated with E. coli. The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday that no illnesses have been reported from the products sold by Montebello-based Huntington Meat Packing Inc.
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. authorities are readying for a potential influx of Haitians seeking to escape their earthquake-wracked nation, even though the policy for migrants remains the same: with few exceptions, they will go back. So far, fears of a mass migration have yet to materialize. However, conditions in Haiti become more dire each day and U.
TORONTO — It seems that a documentary critical of soft-drink giant Coca-Cola has left a bitter taste with the company. The multinational corporation has told a university film network planning to screen "The Coca-Cola Case" in several cities that the movie contains inaccuracies and violates a confidentiality agreement.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smokescreen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products. In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they've done on the effects of the ingredients.
LONDON (AP) — British candy company Cadbury agreed to a fattened $19.5 billion takeover offer from U.S. food group Kraft in a deal that would create the world's biggest chocolate maker. The board of Cadbury PLC, maker of Creme Eggs and Dentyne gum, gave up a four-month fight to remain independent and on Tuesday recommended shareholders take Kraft's offer of 840 pence ($13.
The Vibro-Curb from the Thybar Corporation (Addition, IL) has integral vibration-dampening spring isolators for mounting with rooftop HVAC units, allowing roofing to be completed after HVAC installation without disturbing the unit. In addition, the 9” counter-flashing provides a weather seal while permitting easy access to the isolators, which provide a minimum of 90 percent isolation efficiency.
The Filtered Diffuser from Comfort First Products (Santa Ana, CA) is designed to eliminate drafts from overhead diffusers and reduce the illness and allergies caused by ductwork pollution. The diffuser allows users to adjust the angle the air enters the room on all four sides, helping to eliminate drafts or hot and cold spots.
A new line of continuous-flex, interconnect motor cables are now available from igus (East Providence, RI), harnessed in accordance with leading manufacturers, including Siemens, Rexroth, Fanuc, and Allen Bradley. These interconnects are ideal for continuous-flexing applications in an Energy Chain cable carrier.
Victaulic (Easton, PA) announces the extension of its line of Advanced Groove System (AGS) couplings for faster and easier installation of large-diameter piping systems. Rigid and flexible couplers with AGS technology are now available in sizes up to 60” in diameter.