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Toyota Recalls 100,000 Siennas For Broken Brake Lights

December 14, 2010 3:50 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will recall nearly 100,000 Sienna minivans from the 2011 model year to replace a switch bracket on the brake lamp that could cause the brake lights to stay on. The Japanese automaker, which has grappled with several safety recalls during the past year, said a driver's foot could hit the switch bracket and deform it while applying the parking brake pedal.

Fire Rages Through Bangladesh Factory, Killing 25

December 14, 2010 3:47 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating blaze raced through a multistory garment factory near Bangladesh's capital on Tuesday, killing as many as 25 people and injuring more than 100, witnesses and news reports said. Fire official Golam Mostafa said the fire started in a 10-story factory owned by local business giant Hameem Group in the Ashulia industrial zone, just outside Dhaka.

Frozen Crops? Just Use A Few Dozen Helicopters

December 14, 2010 3:42 am | News | Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Dozens of helicopters are whirring above Florida's valuable and sensitive veggie crops, an unusual approach by farmers worried that an uncommon freeze could wipe out their harvests. The choppers hover low over green bean and sweet corn fields, moving back and forth in the early morning hours to push warmer air closer to the plants — and, the farmers hope, save the plants from a deadly frost.


Stinky Factory Goes To Court For Being Public Nuisance

December 14, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the owners of a southwest Missouri plant that caused odor complaints will be allowed to proceed. The lawsuit filed in 2007 by Carthage residents against Renewable Environmental Solutions had been stayed since 2009, when the parent company of RES declared bankruptcy, closed the plant and laid off its employees.


Nissan, Mitsubishi Put Aside Differences For OEM Partnership

December 14, 2010 3:37 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. and smaller rival Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will deepen business ties to get ahead in the fiercely competitive global car industry, including establishing a minicar joint venture in Japan that could eventually expand to other countries. In the agreement announced Tuesday, the two Japanese automakers will also make more cars for each other under what is known as an "original equipment manufacture" or OEM...


GM Offers Buyouts To 2,000 Skilled Tradesmen

December 14, 2010 3:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is offering buyouts to several thousand skilled trades workers at 14plants around the U.S. The company estimates it has 2,000 more skilled trades workers than it needs right now. Skilled trades workers do jobs that need special training, like electrical work and welding.


Prevent Falling Equipment

December 13, 2010 8:50 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

ASGCO (Allentown, PA) has developed the Safe-Guard Return Idler Cage to provide workers with a cost-effective, durable solution for guarding needs. The cage is designed to catch the return idler from falling onto unsuspecting workers or equipment, preventing injuries and downtime. It’s also built from powder-coated A36 steel and requires no welding.


Hand-Held Diagnostics

December 13, 2010 8:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) has expanded its existing diagnostic line with the addition of three new hand-held diagnostic tools: the micro LM-100 laser distance meter, the micro CD-100 combustible gas detector, and the micro IR-100 non-contact infrared thermometer. The micro LM-100 laser distance meter provides quick readings at up to 164 feet.


The One And Only AquaPruf

December 13, 2010 8:48 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The AquaPruf 7400 Ultimate Series from Dorner (Hartland, WI) has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the only modular conveyor approved for the meat and poultry industry. The 7400 Ultimate comes with several advanced design benefits, such as: The ability to go from fully assembled to completely disassembled in less than two minutes, without tools, for fast and effective sanitation.


Safer, More Comfortable Harnesses

December 13, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Capital Safety (Red Wing, MN) has launched the latest product in its Delta harness line from DBI-SALA, which provides premium comfort and ease of use. The newest full-body harness has an improved ergonomic fit, lighter-weight buckles, and high-strength webbing. The harness also uses a No-Tangle triangle pattern, which creates a frame that allows the harness to easily fall into place when worn, and maintains an ideal spacing of shoulder straps...


Get Started With Green Cleaning

December 13, 2010 4:48 am | Articles | Comments

Cleaning chemicals get the most focus in any discussion of environmentally sound cleaning practices. Over six billion pounds of cleaning chemicals are used each year in the performance of cleaning tasks (“The Business of Green Cleaning,” International Facility Management Association). Reducing the environmental harm done by these substances is the goal of several product-certifying organizations, including Green Seal, EcoLogo and EPA Design for...


The Pros And Cons Of Globalization

December 13, 2010 4:43 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Globalization is an economic tidal wave that is sweeping over the world. It can’t be stopped, and there will be winners and losers. People around the globe are more connected to each other then ever before. Information and money flow more quickly than ever. Goods and services produced in one part of the world are increasingly available in all parts of the world.


Manufacturer Defies Odds, 4 Billion Straws At A Time

December 13, 2010 4:16 am | by John Reid Blackwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Among the many modern comforts we all enjoy, the humble drinking straw perhaps gets too little attention. Few people — when they pop a straw into a carton of juice or milk — think about the source of that deceptively simple piece of plastic, or what it takes to make one.


Airbus: Aircraft Industry Will Recover Faster Than Expected

December 13, 2010 4:02 am | by Angela Doland, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMIERS, France (AP) — The global aircraft industry will recover faster than expected, according to European manufacturer Airbus, which on Monday predicted about $3.2 trillion (euro2.4 trillion) in new passenger and freighter planes will be needed over the next 20 years. The figure translates to nearly 26,000 aircraft, up from its earlier forecast for 25,000.

Toyota To Add 250 Jobs At Huntsville Plant

December 13, 2010 3:55 am | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Toyota says its on track to add 250 jobs at its Huntsville plant next summer, when the automaker plans to expand its production of engines. Mark Brazeal, general manager of administration for Toyota Manufacturing Alabama, says the plant received more than 10,000 applications for the new jobs and is in the process of hiring workers.


Thermo Fisher To Buy Dionex For $2.1 Billion

December 13, 2010 3:54 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. said Monday it will buy laboratory equipment maker Dionex Corp. for $2.1 billion. The scientific instrument maker said the deal will expand its business in the Asia-Pacific region and help it do more business in industries such as environmental analysis, water testing, and food safety.

AP: Economic Stress Dips To 18-Month Low

December 13, 2010 3:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

Job gains around the country offset higher foreclosures and helped reduce the nation's economic stress in October to an 18-month low, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis. Stress fell in 56 percent of the roughly 3,100 U.S. counties analyzed and in 28 of the states, the AP's Economic Stress Index shows.

Vitesse Founder, Exec Indicted On Fraud Charges

December 13, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. and a former executive vice president of the company have been indicted on securities fraud charges. Authorities said Friday that Vitesse founder Louis Tomasetta (Tahm-ah-SEHT-uh) and Eugene Hovanec (HOH-vah-nehk) were charged in federal court in Manhattan with making false filings to federal regulators and conspiring to manipulate the public company's financial statements.

Universal Vehicle Control

December 10, 2010 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has introduced the VC600 Vehicle Controller, which is just 125 x 50 x 195 mm in size, allowing it to fit where other vehicle controllers can’t. The controller also uses a rugged IP65-classified design that is immune to vibrations, unstable power supplies, temperature variations, humidity, and dust to deliver 24/7 operation.


Grab All The Coils You Need

December 10, 2010 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bushman AvonTec (Milwaukee, WI) has developed a coil grab, which easily handles densely-packed slit coils. The adjustable coil lifter has flexible lifting legs that fit between the coils and rotate into the I.D. for a safe lift. The hooks are adjustable in two-inch increments to permit handling coils of varying thicknesses.



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