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Heat Contributed To Death Of IN Worker

July 26, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says a southern Indiana man who collapsed while working at a foundry died of a heart attack complicated by extreme heat. Authorities say 50-year-old Charles Hulse of North Vernon collapsed while at his work station at CE Systems Inc. in Columbus. Bartholomew County Chief Deputy Coroner Larry Fisher says Hulse was on medication for hypertension and high cholesterol.

Judge: Whirlpool Can Change Retirees' Benefits

July 26, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Whirlpool can change benefits for about 3,000 people who had retired from Maytag. Whirlpool bought Maytag in 2006 and later closed the Maytag corporate headquarters and a factory in Newton. Whirlpool had said it wanted to change the retirees' medical benefits to bring them in line with current Whirlpool employees.

Gun-Maker To Pay $600K In Gun-Death Lawsuit

July 26, 2011 9:16 am | by Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts gun-maker has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to the families of one man who was killed and another man who was wounded in a shooting involving a gun allegedly stolen from the company, a national gun-control group announced Tuesday. Danny Guzman, 26, was slain outside a Worcester nightclub in 1999.

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Koda Restores Process Flow With Air Cannon Network

July 26, 2011 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

An innovative Minnesota energy company has eliminated labor-intensive air lancing to clean biomass ash from boiler walls by installing a series of high-powered air cannons to dislodge accumulations and restore process flow. The air cannon network at Koda Energy (Shakopee, MN) helps the facility avoid the daily shutdowns and maintenance hours that manual cleaning required, allowing the facility to run at its rated capacity.

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NY Aluminum Plant Launches $200M Expansion

July 26, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — An aluminum plant in northern New York has launched a $200 million expansion to meet rising demand for sheet aluminum for the auto industry, and expects to create 100 new jobs. Novelis's plant in Scriba, 33 miles northwest of Syracuse, currently employs 650 people.

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United Tech Wins $350M Japan Air Contract

July 26, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — United Technologies Corp. has won a maintenance contract worth up to $350 million to support Japan Airlines' fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. United Technologies said Monday that its subsidiary, Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., would provide the maintenance for the fleet of 35 aircraft.

Nissan Plans $8B China Expansion

July 26, 2011 5:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Nissan announced an $8 billion expansion plan for China on Tuesday as part of a global strategy to focus on faster-growing emerging markets and reduce reliance on the United States. Nissan's plan with its local partner, Dongfeng Group, calls for opening new factories to meet surging demand and introducing 30 new models by 2015.

Worker Killed In Fall At VA Plant

July 26, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell from a lift at a Walker Manufacturing plant in Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg Fire Department battalion chief Jeff Morris says the accident was reported at 2:42 p.m. Monday. Morris tells the Daily News-Record that the man fell from an 8-foot lift.

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Rockwell Wins $160M Air Force Contract

July 26, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Aviation electronic systems maker Rockwell Collins said Monday it has won a $160 million contract to update communications systems for U.S. Air Force jets that refuel aircraft. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company will update the flight management system, displays, data communications and surveillance systems of the KC-10 tankers to meet future air traffic control requirements, Rockwell Collins said in a statement.

Chrysler Reports 2Q Loss Due To Bail Out Repayment

July 26, 2011 5:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler retreated to a loss for the second quarter, but only because the expense of shedding its government debt erased what would have been a modest profit. The company, just two years out of bankruptcy protection, maintained that there are healthy signs despite the loss.

Home Brew Electric Volvo

July 25, 2011 11:28 am | Videos | Comments

Not only did Mike Ahern electrify his Volvo 240 -- he gets most of the electricity to power it from Solyndra solar panels on his home. 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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List of Most 'Toxic 20' States

July 25, 2011 10:26 am | Articles | Comments

Residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida live in states with the most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The study used publicly available data in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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Fueling The Growth Of Smart Grid Technology

July 25, 2011 10:21 am | by Whitney Sommers, Freelance Writer | Articles | Comments

Smart grid technology is being newly incorporated in all kinds of products and devices. Various software and integration methods are coming into play whereby new products can be brought to market faster and more cohesively to work with smart grid infrastructures. Cutting edge companies who have been able to utilize technologies such as PLM, SCADA, and ERP early on to develop clean technologies for the smart grid have benefited from early adoption.

New Toyota Integrated Scale For Lift Trucks

July 25, 2011 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (Irvine, CA) has launched the new Toyota integrated scale, now available on 4,000-5,000 lb. Toyota internal combustion, cushion tire lift truck models through the company’s authorized network of dealers. The new scale, ideal for freight handlers, warehouses, and general shipping and receiving docks allows for simultaneous weighing and transportation of loads for increased efficiency and reduced logistic expenses.

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New Line Of Sprinter 88 Color Code-Marking Machines

July 25, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprinter Marking (Zanesville, OH) has announced a new product line of band head ink code-marking machines. The Sprinter Model 88 Six Band model has six bands; each band is capable of applying one unique character in up to six positions on one line. The Sprinter Model 88 Date Code Band can apply a date code (month, day, year) by using four separate adjustable bands.

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SJ700-2200HFU2 Model Inverter

July 25, 2011 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced the SJ700-2200HFU2 model inverter, with a 440 A output current capability. The SJ700 can develop more than 200 percent starting torque at 0.3 Hz and 150 percent torque near 0 Hz. Another feature is the SJ700 is Hitachi’s EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function—in many cases the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated.

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StressPly E Modified Bitumen Membrane

July 25, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The newest StressPly E (Environmental) modified bitumen membrane from Garland (Cleveland, OH) is a high-strength, puncture-, and fatigue-resistant membrane. The new StressPly E membrane retains the high-performance capabilities of earlier versions of the product, but incorporates recyclable materials for increased sustainability.

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NASA Admin: Hands-On Experience For Students Is Critical

July 25, 2011 9:29 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON -- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will visit Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, July 26, to meet with summer interns from Ball and United Launch Alliance (ULA). Garver will view demonstrations of student-built rockets and payloads and discuss how hands-on experience for students is critical to developing experience for science and technology-related jobs of the future.

Coastal Corrugated Plans $1.5M Expansion

July 25, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Packaging manufacturer Coastal Corrugated Inc. plans to expand its plant in South Carolina's Dorchester County, adding 26 jobs this year. State and local officials announced Monday that the company will add spend $1.5 million on a 40,000-square-foot expansion that's expected to be completed by December.

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Metals USA 2Q Net Income Soars

July 25, 2011 9:24 am | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Steel company Metals USA Holdings Corp. said its second-quarter net income jumped nearly tenfold compared with last year on higher sales and prices. The company said Monday its net income for quarter ended June 30 was $21.5 million, or 57 cents per share, compared with $2.

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