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Union: Opel Closure, Job Cuts A 'Declaration Of War'

January 22, 2010 3:09 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Employee representatives at General Motors Co.'s Opel unit on Friday slammed the automaker's announcement it would cut 8,300 jobs and close its plant in Belgium as a "declaration of war" on European workers. Armin Schild, head of the IG Metall union in Frankfurt and a member of Opel's board, criticized GM for lacking a clear and thoroughly financed restructuring concept, the DAPD news agency reported.

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EnerDel To Bring 500 Jobs To Indianapolis Region

January 22, 2010 3:06 am | News | Comments

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Lithium battery maker EnerDel says it will locate its newest manufacturing operation in Hancock County, bringing 500 jobs to the area. Gov. Mitch Daniels joined EnerDel executives Thursday to announce the new operation near Mount Comfort just east of Indianapolis. He says he hopes EnerDel can help make Indiana the capital of the electric vehicle industry.

Obama Pushes Populist Message For Clean-Energy Jobs

January 22, 2010 3:03 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling voters in Ohio, already wracked by high unemployment, that investments in clean-energy technologies will help boost the nation's economy. Obama planned to use his visit Friday to test-drive an aggressive populist push on jobs, a top concern for voters across the country as the White House begins a message shift heading into fall elections expected to be difficult for Democrats.

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Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Cars For Sticky Accelerators

January 22, 2010 2:58 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota is recalling 2.3 million U.S. vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals, the latest in a string of quality problems that have bedeviled the Japanese automaker. The recall includes the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequioia.

IT — A Love & Hate Story

January 20, 2010 5:10 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

First, for those familiar with the work of Stephen King, the IT I mention here is not the terrifying Pennywise the clown, who haunted my dreams for about a week after seeing the movie IT that was based on the famous horror author’s novel. Rather, I’m talking about that equally wonderful and frustrating art of information technology — and the only time its impact ever seems to be really appreciated.

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How To Move A Super Duty

January 20, 2010 4:37 am | Articles | Comments

Have you ever needed to move your huge truck around the garage, but couldn’t do it yourself? Maybe your two small daughters are there to help out. Well, with the AeroGo Air Casters, your kids can put themselves to good use, moving that couple thousand pound Super Duty around like it’s a hockey puck.

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The Irradiated Truth

January 20, 2010 4:36 am | Articles | Comments

When people hear their food is often “irradiated,” they think of nuclear fallout, or something equally unappetizing. The debate over the mertis of irradiation, including its safety, has raged on for years. Listen to one side of the story, from Sadex Corporation, out of Sioux City, Iowa.

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Sheep + LEDs = Art?

January 20, 2010 4:36 am | Articles | Comments

The Mythbusters aren’t the only ones who can recreate the “Mona Lisa” with unconventional means. A group of shepherds from Wales got together (with a little help from Samsung… shh!) to outfit their herd with coats of LED lights, and set them loose, relatively speaking, at nightfall.

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Extreme Maintenance: Methane Reactor Repair

January 20, 2010 4:35 am | Articles | Comments

Doing maintenance work on a methane tank is no simple task. Add to that a wet suit, some oxygen tanks, and a disturbing, 35°C sludge. If there was ever a video on why not to become a commercial diver, this is it. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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The 80 Millisecond Mona Lisa

January 20, 2010 4:35 am | Articles | Comments

Adam and Jamie (of Mythbusters fame) were asked by Nvidia, manufacturer of graphics processing units (GPUs), to build a machine that demonstrates the power of parallel processing found in their chips. To prove this power, they built the Leonardo 2.0 the only way the Mythbusters know—far, far over the top—and sought to remake the “Mona Lisa” with modern technology.

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InBev Worker-Exec Standoff Causes Massive Beer Shortage

January 20, 2010 3:54 am | News | Comments

LEUVEN, Belgium (AP) — The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, shut down production in its home country Wednesday in an escalation of a standoff with workers at its Belgian breweries over job cuts. Workers began blockading three AB InBev breweries two weeks ago to protest against cutting up to 263 jobs in Belgium as part of plan to reduce the company's European work force by 10 percent.

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Miss. Plant Explosion Injures Three

January 20, 2010 3:42 am | News | Comments

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a plant explosion in Lee County has injured three workers. Lee County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Hall says the explosion happened about 2:26 p.m. Tuesday as workers were cleaning a machine at Columbian Rope Co. in Guntown. Hall says one person was airlifted from the scene to the North Mississippi Medical Center, and another had extensive injuries.

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Chinese Exec Escapes To U.S., Plans 4,000-Job Hybrid Plant

January 20, 2010 3:39 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Chinese carmaker planning a hybrid car assembly plant in Alabama has lined up a veteran engineering and design firm while still trying to put together $1.5 billion in financing for the project. Benjamin Yeung, chairman of Hybrid Kinetic Motors Corp.

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Sioux City Meatpacker To Close, Sheds 1,500 Jobs

January 20, 2010 3:33 am | News | Comments

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials say the John Morrell & Co. meatpacking plant, one of the city's largest employers, will close this spring. The plant has about 1,500 workers. Sioux City Economic Development Director Marty Dougherty says Mayor Mike Hobart received the news on Tuesday from plant manager Dan Pacquin, who said the plant would close April 20.

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Food Maker Boosts N.C. Community With 500 New Jobs

January 20, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — A national producer of prepared foods is expanding a North Carolina plant and plans to create 500 jobs, providing a boost to an Interstate 95 corridor that has for years struggled to lower its jobless rate. Reser's Fine Foods Inc. will create the jobs over the next five years at the Halifax Industrial Center in Halifax County.

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Chrysler Recalls 2010 Models For Faulty Brakes

January 20, 2010 3:26 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 24,177 vehicles because of a defect that could result in brake failure. the recall includes 2010 models of the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty and 2009 and 2010 models of the Dodge Ram pickup.

Finnish Shipbuilder Wartsila To Lay Off 1,400 Worldwide

January 19, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Wartsila Corp., a leading maker of ship turbines, said Tuesday it would lay off 1,400 workers worldwide and cut production to save costs and increase competitiveness. The Finnish company said it plans to slash 570 jobs at its propellor and components manufacturing units in Netherlands, where it employs more than 1,500 people.

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Know Where You're Hurt

January 19, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HurtSpot magnetic body-diagram whiteboard from Magnatag (Macedon, NY) shows the places of common injuries and provides a visual representation of the number of injuries better than regular reports, according to the company. By identifying the parts of the body where injuries occur, along with the number of occurrences, the HurtSpot can call attention to accident patterns, making workers more aware and careful.

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Stop Carpal Tunnel Where It Starts

January 19, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) now offers a variety of ergonomic supports to prevent back injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other joint and muscular stresses. Allegro addresses the serious problem of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) with six different wrist supports, with one designed to help maintain a neutral position at he wrist while allowing full movement of the hand and fingers.

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Keep The Pilot In Control

January 19, 2010 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Series 4600 2-way pilot operated diaphragm solenoid valves from Spartan Scientific (Boardman, OH) are now offered with an adjustable metering handle to restrict or manually shut off media flow. In addition, the media and pilot can be separated to extend the life of the valve by keeping corrosive material out of the pilot section.

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