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New Planemakers Aiming High

July 27, 2011 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

While Boeing and Airbus racked up orders at the Paris Air Show in June, analysts warned their duopoly could soon be history, as Russia, China and Canada look for a slice of the action. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Super-Foam Makes Contaminated Water Fit To Drink

July 27, 2011 9:29 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created an eco-friendly super absorbent foam they say could revolutionize efforts to purify drinking water in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Designing A Car For Blind Drivers

July 27, 2011 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Virginia Tech's Dennis Hong leads a team that made a car for blind drivers. Driving is no longer an activity solely reserved for those who can see. A blind person driving a vehical safely and independently is no longer an impossible task. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Will That Status Update Cost You A Job?

July 27, 2011 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Your employer may require credit and criminal history checks. Now your social media history may get the same treatment. Some companies are now using services to check potential a employee's social media background. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Dennen Steel Starts Work On $7.4M Facility

July 27, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Dennen Steel Corp., a contract stamping manufacturer of steel products, has broken ground for construction of a new 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Luka, Miss. The ground-breaking was held Wednesday at the construction site. Chairman and CEO Andrew Dennen said in a statement that the $7.

MS Job Picture Recovering After Flooding

July 27, 2011 9:04 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month after flooding disrupted the economy along the Mississippi River, Mississippi's employment picture improved slightly in June even though the state had 1,700 fewer non-farm jobs than a year ago. The Department of Employment Security said Wednesday that 2,300 jobs vanished from May to June.

Boston Scientific Plans $150M China Expansion

July 27, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Boston Scientific Inc. plans to spend $150 million in China over five years to expand operations and staff in the rapidly developing nation, the medical device maker said Wednesday. The company says its investment will include establishing a new manufacturing plant to serve China, and a training center where doctors can learn how to use medical technology.


GM CEO Says European Car Business Not For Sale

July 27, 2011 9:01 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' CEO says the company's European car business is not for sale. There have been numerous media reports that GM wanted to shed Opel. The struggling brand employs 18,500 workers and has manufacturing plants throughout Europe. High labor costs and sagging European sales caused a $1.


Utah Mine Cited For Deadly Negligence

July 27, 2011 8:59 am | by Lynn DeBruin, Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal report released Tuesday found management was negligent in a fatal Feb. 24 accident in which a man was trapped on a conveyer belt at a quartzite mine near Salt Lake City. Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, said a fine will be levied against Bolinder Resources LLC, since the investigation concluded management "engaged in aggravated conduct constituting...


Demand For Durable Goods Fell In June

July 27, 2011 8:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses cut back on orders for aircraft, autos, heavy machinery and computers in June, sending demand for long-lasting manufactured goods lower for the second month in the past three. Orders for durable goods fell 2.1 percent last month, with the weakness led by a big drop in orders for commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator

July 27, 2011 7:51 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator from Palmer Wahl (Asheville, NC) features built in terminals, portable and bench top flexibility, and embedded software. Fully protected with an external anti-shock rubber boot with IP 54 rating, it features five user-selectable languages, 0.


Melmor's New Pallet Jack Lines

July 27, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melmor Associates Inc. (Niles, OH) has added new pallet jack product lines. Features of the new pallet jacks include a capacity of 5,500 pounds, a hydraulic pump/overload release valve, fingertip level controls, and reinforced triple formed steel forks. The pallet jacks come with raise/neutral/lower positions and a height range of 2-7/8 inches lowered to 7-3/4 inches raised.


Extra Large Bin Rackbin Series

July 27, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems (Miami, FL) has announced the new Rackbin series of extra large 42 inch length bins designed specifically to fit 42 inch deep pallet racks and store large items. The design makes efficient use of space by filling the pallet rack bay completely from side to side and front to back.


IN Plant Building More Humvees For Military

July 27, 2011 5:30 am | News | Comments

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana factory is going to remain busy building Humvees that will go to Afghanistan's military. AM General says the contract with the U.S. Army will have the Mishawaka (mish-ah-WAH'-kuh) factory build 808 Humvees and 744 armored troop enclosures for the vehicles by the end of next February.

United Steelworkers Rejects Four-Year Contract

July 27, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The United Steelworkers have rejected a four-year contract covering 3,000 workers at Allegheny Technology Inc.'s Allegheny Ludlum specialty steel plans in western Pennsylvania and an ATI plant in Albany, Ore. The union and Pittsburgh-based ATI announced the tentative deal June 30, the day the last contract expired.


OSHA Cites LA Foundry

July 27, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Prairieville company for 41 alleged workplace safety violations. OSHA has proposed penalties of $158,200 against Pearce Foundry Inc. The agency says the alleged violations include exposing workers to silica above federal limits.

Boeing's 2Q Profit Rose 20 Percent

July 27, 2011 5:22 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. says its second-quarter profit rose almost 20 percent as it delivered more commercial airplanes. The company raised its outlook for the full year. The big airplane maker and defense contractor also says it will not deliver as many of its new 787s and 747-8s this year as previously hoped.

Manufacturing Is One Of Strongest Sectors Of Economy

July 27, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses likely boosted their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods by a modest amount in June, helped by increases in demand for machinery. Economists surveyed by FactSet expect to see a 0.3 percent rise in orders for durable goods for June. The Commerce Department will release the new report at 8:30 a.

Fire Breaks Out At CA Plastics Company

July 27, 2011 5:17 am | by Adam Weintraub, Associated Press | News | Comments

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A six-alarm fire at a plastics company in the eastern San Francisco Bay area city of Fairfield sent black smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air Tuesday, but no injuries were immediately reported. The fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. in a storage area at the Macro Plastics Inc.

The $12 Billion Question: How Is Your Facility Managing Inventory?

July 26, 2011 12:26 pm | by Deb Oler, Vice President and General Manager, Grainger Brand | Articles | Comments

This year U.S. businesses will spend $110 billion on maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) materials – items ranging from light bulbs to cleaning supplies to nuts and bolts – and of that $110 billion, approximately $12 billion will sit on shelves and never get used.* A study conducted by Grainger’s Consulting Services estimates more than half of U.



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