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Court: IL Plant Didn't Violate Deal By Closing

August 22, 2011 5:39 am | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — An automotive parts manufacturer did not violate a collective bargaining agreement by closing its plant in central Illinois and moving production to its non-unionized factory in Kentucky, a federal appellate court ruled Friday. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed a lower court ruling that ZF Boge Elastmetall never made commitments to the United Auto Workers that it would keep open its plant in Paris, a town about 150 miles east of Springfield near the Indiana border.

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MN, U.S. Steel Reach Pollution Deal

August 22, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state of Minnesota and U.S. Steel have reached a deal that permits the company to expand production at one Iron Range plant while capturing polluted wastewater at another, state officials said Friday. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials tell Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.

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Boeing Wins $1.6B MOD Contract

August 22, 2011 5:35 am | News | Comments

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa./PRNewswire/ -- Boeing has received a $1.64 billion (1 billion pounds Sterling) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide 14 new CH-47 Chinook helicopters and associated support for the first five years to the Royal Air Force (RAF). The new-build CH-47 Mark (Mk)-6 Chinooks are part of the MOD's Strategic Helicopter Vision to modernize its helicopter force structure, and will expand the RAF fleet to 60 Chinooks.

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No Injuries In Hormel Facility Explosion

August 22, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Beloit fire officials say an air compressor exploded at a Hormel Foods Corp. production facility, leading to a fire that caused an estimated $50,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. The fire department says the incident was reported Thursday about 3 p.m.

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Ford, Toyota To Work Together On Hybrid SUVs

August 22, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have decided to work together on a gas-electric hybrid engine to power pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. The companies signed a deal Monday to share development costs, saying they want to make the technology more affordable for customers and bring it to market faster.

Fargo Man Dies After Being Crushed By Bin

August 22, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man who became pinned under a large metal bin in Fargo's industrial park has died from his injuries. The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/mTfNqf ) that 49-year-old Noren Ellingson sustained a traumatic brain injury in the workplace accident on Tuesday, Ellingson died Thursday at a Fargo hospital.

7/8 Inch SDS Plus D-Handle Rotary Hammer

August 19, 2011 7:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced a new 7/8 inch SDS Plus D-Handle Rotary Hammer. The 5361-21 provides 2.4 ft-lbs of impact energy and 0-1,500 RPM. Weighing in at 5.8 pounds, the hammer features a lightweight design for ease of use and reduced user fatigue.

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Micro C-Series Eccentric Disc Pumps

August 19, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mouvex (Auxerre, France) has announced that its Micro C-Series Eccentric Disc Pumps have been designed to meet the requirements of various continuous dosing applications within the food processing industry. These pumps are constructed with a seal-less design that allows the pumps to provide leak-free operation without the need for magnetic couplings or mechanical seals.

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New Medium Temperature Dry Block Calibrators

August 19, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 350H and 350H2 medium Temperature Dry Block Calibrators from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) are fast and reliable portable calibrators. Offering an array of interchangeable multi-hole thermowell inserts, they are ideal for quick on-site calibration of RTDs, T/Cs, bi-metal thermometers, temperature switches, and temperature indicators.

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Captain America VIKING 2450 Series Welding Helmet

August 19, 2011 7:47 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The limited edition Captain America VIKING 2450 Series welding helmet from Lincoln Electric (Cleveland, OH) features Captain America on the latest auto-darkening helmet model. Welders sporting this character-themed helmet may feel as though they can take on archenemy Red Skull, but these helmets don’t have superhero powers; instead the helmets are solar powered.

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Charging Stations Move Electric Cars Out Of City

August 19, 2011 6:42 am | by Jeff Barnard, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Charging stations that can fill the batteries of an electric car in 30 minutes or less are moving from the city to the country. A $2 million federal stimulus grant will finance 22 fast-charging stations in smaller cities in the northwestern corner of the state, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

Hewlett-Packard To End Mobile Businesses

August 19, 2011 6:40 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard says it will end its tablet computer and smartphone businesses, and it is considering selling its PC business. HP has been rumored for six months to have been in talks to spin off or sell its PC business. But the smartphone and tablet announcement was surprising.

WI Gets $918K Grant To Help 325 Laid-Off Workers

August 19, 2011 6:39 am | News | Comments

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor is providing a $918,010 grant so Wisconsin can provide services to about 325 workers being affected by layoffs in western Wisconsin. The National Emergency Grant is being awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Boeing Gives Guarantees To Brazil In Fighters Bid

August 19, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Boeing Co. says it will provide a full transfer of technology to Brazil if the U.S.-based company wins a $5 billion fighter-jet bid. The president of Boeing Military Aircraft tells Brazil's Senate that the South American country would be able to fully produce the F-18 Super Hornet if it purchases the planes from Boeing.

Survey Suggests Economy Slowing In Midwest, Plains

August 19, 2011 6:35 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states appears to be slowing down as concerns about the nation's financial health grow, according to a new monthly survey of bankers released Thursday. The overall Rural Mainstreet index for the region dipped below 50 for the first time this year, hitting 49.

Former Auto Plant Workers Get $6M Settlement

August 19, 2011 6:31 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Toyota Motors and the corporation that ran California's only auto manufacturing plant before it shut down last year have agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of former workers who claimed they were illegally denied severance benefits. Seven workers who were on medical leave in the six months before the Fremont-based New United Motor Manufacturing plant closed had alleged that NUMMI managers and Toyota violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to pay them incentive bonuses that were offered to employees who worked during that period.

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Escalating Metal Prices Spur Design Ingenuity

August 19, 2011 5:35 am | Articles | Comments

When gold broke through $1700 per troy ounce this week -- the highest price in history for this precious metal -- it made news around the world. But gold isn't the only metal that's glittering these days. Prices of silver, palladium, titanium and other metals have also reached new highs in the past year, prompting astute scientific researchers and design engineers to take a new look at how they select and use these materials.

Qantas To Start New Airlines In Asia

August 19, 2011 5:22 am | Videos | Comments

Australia's Qantas undertakes a do-or-die move to revive international operations and will start two new airlines based in Asia. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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CAT Plans KS Plant

August 19, 2011 5:02 am | News | Comments

WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. plans to expand a manufacturing plant in eastern Kansas, so it will be able to meet the growing demand for its construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar said Thursday it plans to add a new 40,000-square-foot building to its existing plant in Wamego, Kan.

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American Axle To Close Last Buffalo Plant

August 19, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — American Axle & Manufacturing says it will close its only remaining Buffalo-area plant when the current labor contract expires next February. About 90 jobs will be lost. The Detroit-based auto parts supplier cites a shift in consumer demand toward vehicles that don't use parts made at the plant and the closing of assembly plants supported by the facility.

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