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Tenn. Unilever Plant Anything But 'Slim'

October 6, 2009 4:36 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Unilever plant in Covington, Tenn., will expand to add 275 new jobs, nearly doubling its work force. The current 163 employees at the plant now produce Slim-Fast and will add the manufacture of ice cream and frozen novelties to its production line. Unilever brands include Breyers, Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle.

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Miss. Hybrid Startup To Unveil Prototypes

October 6, 2009 4:28 am | News | Comments

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — A startup car company was expected to unveil four prototype vehicles Tuesday that it has said would be built at a multibillion dollar car plant in Mississippi. Bill Brabec, an attorney with GreenTech Automotive, said the company hopes to break ground this year on a $6.

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French Workers 'Bossnap' Manager Overnight

October 6, 2009 4:26 am | by Remy De La Mauvinere, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEMOY, France (AP) — Workers at a French chemical plant owned by the U.S. company Dow Chemical freed their boss Tuesday after holding him overnight to protest the closing of the factory in the Loire Valley. Christian Siest, the director of the Rohm and Hass chemical factory, was given access to the bathroom, water, telephones and the Internet while he was held, said Christophe Fillippi, a worker at the plant.

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Emerson Buys Avocent For $1.2 Billion

October 6, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emerson Electric Co. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Avocent Corp. for about $1.2 billion in cash, a move the company says will offer customers better management of their data centers. The manufacturing and technology services company said it will offer $25 per share for Avocent, a 22 percent premium over Monday's closing price.

Super Lathe

October 5, 2009 8:36 am | by Joyce Laird | Articles | Comments

Dual ScrewRails and a linear actuator resulted in a series of semi-complex parts in the LA3200 XZ-Axes housing. Microabrasive blasting has been around for decades and is in use in a wide range of industries from metalworking to medical. Comco, headquartered in Burbank, CA has been focused on this technology since 1968.

Moderating The Death Panel

October 5, 2009 8:25 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Appropriately, I write this blog from the comfort of bed — pillows stacked up behind me, tissue on my right, orange juice on the left, laptop whirring on my arched legs in the beautiful Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, FL. Considering that I flew here specifically to be at the Emerson Global Users Exchange (in amazing Floridian weather whilst my native Wisconsin is getting pummeled by rain and even hail), I couldn’t help but think what a waste.

Ultra-Efficient UPS

October 5, 2009 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has developed its latest line of SmartOnline 3-Phase UPS systems incorporate an economy mode function, which yields an efficiency rating of up to 97 percent, according to the company. The economy mode reduces operating costs through lower heat output and lessens cooling requirements.

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Go Tubeless For Reliability

October 5, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new NF600 self-priming diaphragm pump from KNF (Trenton, NJ) has been designed for dosing or transferring liquids and incorporates a four-diaphragm technology to promote smoother and continuous flow, quiet-running performance, and maximized efficiency, according to the company.

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Switch Up Your Pneumatics

October 5, 2009 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NITRA line of pneumatics from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes the CPS series of pneumatic position switches to offer a robust interface between acutators and electrical control systems. The solid-state switches are available in 3-wire DC PNP, NPN normally open, or PNP normally closed configurations.

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LCD Heat Gun

October 5, 2009 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Appliance Corp. (Racine, WI) introduces its now UL-certified Model PH-1400 Proheat LCD Dial-In Heat Gun, featuring controls for digitally displayed temperatures from 130°F to 1000°F in 10°F increments. The heat gun is compact and ergonomically designed for balance and grip with top-mounted, dial-in controls for easy temperature and air flow adjustment.

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GM Recalls 1,000 Workers At Ohio Plant

October 5, 2009 4:58 am | News | Comments

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the recall of 1,000 hourly General Motors Corp. workers should provide a lift to an economically depressed part of Ohio. GM on Monday is starting a second shift at its factory in Lordstown that now makes the Chevrolet Cobalt small car and will begin building the Chevy Cruze compact early next year.

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Doing It For Detroit?

October 5, 2009 4:47 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Since my Milwaukee Brewers won’t be joining the high ranks in the playoffs this year, I’ve been cheating with other teams. Busted. One of the more interesting races to the pennant to watch this year has been the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers bid for the American League Central.

Site Of Nation's Deadliest Labor Strike Up For Auction

October 5, 2009 4:38 am | by Katrina A. Goggins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) -- All that remains of the abandoned South Carolina textile mill that was the site of the nation's deadliest violence during a labor strike 75 years ago are crumbling brick walls, creaky wood floors and whispers of the tragedy. The fate of Chiquola Mills is unknown, the site slated for auction in November after the owner failed to pay $5,000 in taxes and stopped demolition amid tough economic times.

VW Shows Off $1b Tennessee Plant

October 5, 2009 4:31 am | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Volkswagen board member is touting its new Chattanooga facility as "the backbone" of the German automaker's success in the United States. Board member Jochem Heizmann, in charge of worldwide production, was speaking Sunday at a gathering of local elected officials and Gov.

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Chrysler Names New Dodge Ram, Car Execs

October 5, 2009 4:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler's new Italian management on Monday announced a surprise shake-up of the automaker's executive team, saying two recently appointed brand CEOs have resigned and that it was splitting Dodge into two groups, one focusing on trucks and the other on cars. The moves, announced Monday, marked the second management reorganization since Fiat Group SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne took control of Chrysler on June 10 when it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Deere, UAW Ratify Six-Year Contract

October 5, 2009 4:26 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. says it has been notified by the United Auto Workers that union members have ratified a six-year contract. The agreement, which covers about 9,500 workers and 17,000 retirees, takes effect Monday and expires Oct. 1, 2015. Neither party provided details about the contract's terms.

Chemical Company Fined $150,000 For Acid Cloud

October 5, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says a pump used without an electrical safety shut off caused an acid cloud that forced hundreds of western Pennsylvania residents to evacuate last year. Indspec Chemical Corp. faces more than $150,000 in state environmental and federal workplace safety fines for the leak in Petrolia on Oct.

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Biodegradable Plastic Packaging Material

October 2, 2009 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

Poly(lactic acid) cup before and after adding hot water. Interest in biodegradable disposable plastic items has steadily grown over the last decade. With packaging materials, the reduction in usage of raw materials, re-use, and recycling is of course the best route to a sustainable lifestyle.

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Programmable Flowmeters

October 2, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FMA-4100/4300 series flow rate meter from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) can display 23 different volumetric flow or mass flow engineering units, including a user-specific selection. The flowmeters support a programmable flow totalizer in addition to high- and low-flow alarms.

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Epoxy-bonded Lining

October 2, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kalpoxy, a wear-resistant epoxy-bonded hard compound, is now available from Abresist (Urbana, IN). The compound contains more than 70 percent solids, and can be used as a jointless lining for structural components and repairs. Kalpoxy can be cured at 68°F in approximately 24 hours.

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