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Intel Outsourcing Atom Manufacturing

March 3, 2009 8:11 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Intel has worked extensively with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on wireless chips and other products. But Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said the announcement Monday marks the first time the company has licensed its CPU core to a foundry, which is a plant that make chips for other companies.

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GM May Buy Delphi Steering Operations

March 3, 2009 8:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

The person, who asked not to be identified because a deal had not been announced, said GM would buy back the factory because it makes critical parts for the troubled automaker. A deal could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

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Should We Give GM And Chrysler Another Chance?

March 3, 2009 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

 "No matter how much money you throw at the automakers, that won't solve the problem. It will actually make things worse" says Viraf Baliwalla, a consumer advocate for car buyers and founder of Automall Network (www.automallnetwork.com) a professional vehicle buying service. "But there is a less risky solution".

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Economy Shrinks At Fastest Pace In 26 Years

February 27, 2009 9:43 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

The Commerce Department report released Friday showed the economy sinking much faster than the 3.8 percent annualized drop for the October-December quarter first estimated last month. It also was considerably weaker than the 5.4 percent annualized decline economists expected.

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Potential For Massive Jobs Expansion

February 27, 2009 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

Environmental Defense Fund today released a groundbreaking online map that identifies and profiles more than 1,200 companies in key manufacturing states poised to grow their business and create new jobs when Congress passes a cap on global warming pollution.

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Leak-Proof System

February 26, 2009 7:40 am | Articles | Comments

Polyconn's Duratec piping system offers an innovative compressed air and inert gas distribution system designed to be absolutely leak-proof, install quickly and easily, and to maintain plant costs. Duratec pipe is available in 100-ft. or 300-ft. coils—significantly reducing the number of joints in a system.

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Owning Your Own Innovation

February 26, 2009 7:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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But I'm No Billionaire

February 26, 2009 7:06 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

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Small In Size, Big In Features

February 24, 2009 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

The Power Probe Micro Torch is small in size, but offers many features and ease of use.

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Rotary Screw Technology

February 24, 2009 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Sullair Corporation offers its new ShopTek™ lubricated rotary screw air compressor. According to the company, these compressors combine Sullair's proven rotary screw technology in a compact belt-drive package which establishes new standards for continuous-duty compressors to meet the needs of small horsepower markets.

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Tools & Equipment For Your Every Need

February 24, 2009 12:15 pm | Articles | Comments

For over 40 years, Neu Tool & Supplyhas offered thousands of tool and equipment items from hundreds of manufacturers.

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Rollers For Those Hostile Environments

February 24, 2009 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

Ralphs-Pugh Companyhas developed a series of rollers to counter the harsh conditions in battery manufacturing and storage and charging station environments.

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Company Chosen By Army Corps Of Engineers To Boost Energy Efficiency And Cut Costs

February 24, 2009 9:23 am | Articles | Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has  received a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help the Department of Defense and other agencies increase energy efficiency, leverage renewable eneargy and save water. The work will be performed under the federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) program and builds on the Department of Energy contract Honeywell recently secured to implement up to $5 billion of similar projects in government facilities across the globe.

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Online Layoff Tracker Captures Economy's Carnage

February 24, 2009 9:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Layoff Tracker can be planted on a Web site or a computer desktop to provide a running tally of the pink slips being handed out by major employers around the country. The tracker complies the numbers from news reports and company announcements.

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Steel’s Revival May Provide Roadmap For Auto Industry

February 24, 2009 9:00 am | by Daniel Lovering and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | Articles | Comments

The 57-year-old steelworker from Port Vue, PA, lived through painful restructuring that drastically reshaped the domestic steel industry. The most recent crisis, from 1998 through 2003, involved dozens of bankruptcies, huge job cuts and mill closures.

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What About The Other Mobile Workers?

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | by Stephen Woram, CEO, Form Automation Solutions | Articles | Comments

It’s a common site at any factory, power plant, refinery, or other production facility: a worker, armed with pen and clipboard, making rounds, checking non-instrumented equipment, and filling out forms. Big companies love their data collection forms.

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Q&A with Kenneth R. Foster, SKF USA Inc.

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | Articles | Comments

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Proprietary Brands & Diversification

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Keeping Pace With Change

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | Articles | Comments

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Peanut Butter: The Glue That Holds Us Together?

February 20, 2009 11:38 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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