INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Costs for employer-provided health plans are expected to rise more than 10 percent within the next 12 months, a jump workers may feel in their paychecks or through changes to their insurance coverage. An aging population, rising costs and growing patient demand for services are among the reasons for the higher costs cited in an Aon Consulting report released Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — The French government was working Tuesday to solve a standoff between a U.S. company and its French employees amid allegations that the workers had attacked a manager while protesting job cuts. Industry Minister Christian Estrosi met with executives of Illinois-based Molex Inc.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Bill Hope loves motorcycles. The 17-year-old got to work on them all summer at Harley-Davidson in Annapolis thanks to a federal stimulus program. Hope was one of 70 young people recruited for an Anne Arundel County summer employment program supported by stimulus dollars.
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Infrastructure projects are continuing nearly on schedule around Toyota's northeast Mississippi plant, but the manufacturing facility is still on hold. Mississippi Department of Transportation officials started the traffic light on a new frontage road Monday for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi.
MANCELONA, Mich. (AP) — A six-mile-long plume of contaminated groundwater from a polluted northern Michigan factory site is threatening the Cedar River, one of two sources for the area's drinking water. "I would have to say this is one of the largest contaminations we've ever seen," Janice Adams, a senior geologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, told The Detroit News for a Monday story.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury has found the Bureau of Land Management and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. negligent in the use of an herbicide blamed for damaging thousands of acres of crops across a broad swath of southern Idaho. The jury found the BLM negligent in its decision to use of the powerful herbicide Oust to control invasive weeds on public lands burned by wildfires in 1999 and 2000.
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Fire and union officials say a worker has been badly burned at AK Steel's Middletown Works coke plant in southwest Ohio. Middletown Fire Capt. David Adams says the man was performing maintenance work Monday when he slipped into what the company says is a condensation pit where hot water collects at the plant.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two brothers accused of sparking a $50 million fire at a Milwaukee-area meatpacking plant with a military-grade flare has pleaded guilty to related charges. Twenty-three-year-old Joshua J. Popp pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Hörmann Flexon (Leetsale, PA) has developed the Speed-Guardian 2400 FV full-view door. The door has a total panel thickness of 1.25” with 6.25” high window slats the entire height of the door panel. The Speed-Guardian 2400 FV also features a quick-opening mechanism, up to 80” per second; and a compact, self-monitoring direct-drive motor.
Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces the addition to an IP workable model to its line of FireSight high-temperature boiler and furnace camera systems. The new model allows customers to view recorded video in real-time using a standard web browser or other video management systems.
ProSoft Technology (Bakersfield, CA) has released the Wireless POINT I/O adapter (ILX34-AENWG), a high-speed 802.11g wireless I/O communication system to link Rockwell Automation controllers to distributed process I/O modules. The Add-On Profile (AOP) utilizes the RSLogix 5000 programming environment and the Ethernet protocol to simplify configuration and communication with various I/O racks scattered across the process facility.
Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage system to be used with the Pinpoint Laser Microgage 2D family of products. The new display unit is compatible with existing 2D measuring systems and enables the operator to record readings in the field or on the factory floor.
With governmental regulations for compliance becoming all the more rigorous, chief audit officers (CAOs) are finding themselves between a rock and a hard place regarding controlling costs and satisfying these more rigorous compliance demands. At the same time, external auditors are getting more sophisticated in their investigations of compliance — delving deeper into organizations’ controls.
One of the great American traditions is that of embracing the plight of the little guy, the underdog, the one with all the odds stacked against them. I think it’s because even in these seemingly impossible conditions they’re committed to doing whatever it takes and are unwilling to yield to theoretically superior opposition.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 690,000 of its China-made vehicles after finding problems with their electric window controls, China's quality watchdog says. The recall involves 407,503 Camry and Yaris passenger cars made by Toyota's joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unit of Raytheon Co. received a $54.4 million contract from the Air Force to provide 266 guidance and control sections for the Maverick missile, the Pentagon said late Friday. Shares of the Waltham, Mass.-based company added $1.27, or 2.7 percent, to close at $48.22.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co. received a nearly $1.16 billion contract boost for the C-17, a large military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said late Friday. The deal will provide for program management, logistics, depot level aircraft maintenance and more for the C-17.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Mallo Cups and Smoothies won't be rolling off the Boyer Candy Co.'s production lines for a few days because of a machine fire at the plant in central Pennsylvania. Plant supervisor Gary Himes says a coconut roasting machine caught fire about 12:25 a.m. Monday. The fire was quickly brought under control and nobody was hurt as seven employees got out of the plant safely.
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Children picking tobacco in the fields of Malawi for consumers far beyond the African country's borders are being poisoned as they absorb up to two cigarette packs' worth of nicotine each day, a children's rights organization said Monday, The "extremely high levels of nicotine poisoning" produces not only nausea, headaches, dizziness, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms but "long-lasting changes in brain structure and function," London-based Plan International said in a report.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Wisconsin were working to keep Mercury Marine from moving its manufacturing operations to Oklahoma after union workers rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions the boat engine maker said was necessary. Leaders of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947 did not release the tally from Sunday's vote but said it was "overwhelming" to reject what Mercury Marine called its final offer.