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Toyota Plans New Sports Car, Mum On GM Deal

August 5, 2009 12:41 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. will produce a fun but affordable sports car as the world's largest automaker seeks a return to profitability with vehicles that meet customers' desire for fuel efficiency without sacrificing style, company president Akio Toyoda said Wednesday.

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Obama Says Indiana 'Factories Coming Back To Life'

August 5, 2009 12:39 pm | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Trumpeting a "made in America" message, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a national investment in electric cars as the latest effort to rebuild an economy that keeps shedding jobs. "We know that, even in the hardest times, against the toughest odds, we have never surrendered.

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GM Board Orders Faster New Vehicle Rollout

August 5, 2009 12:38 pm | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — At its first meeting, the board overseeing the new General Motors Co. ordered management to bring some new vehicles to market faster, a sign that the new 13-member board will play a far larger role than the old one. Board Chairman Edward Whitacre Jr.

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Government Won't Run Automakers

August 5, 2009 12:36 pm | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. government will not use its stake in General Motors to make social policy such as offering more fuel efficient vehicles or limiting auto emissions, the head of a task force overseeing the industry said Wednesday. Task Force Chairman Ron Bloom told reporters that the management of GM and Chrysler will be left to their boards of directors.

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So... Did I Get The Job?

August 5, 2009 12:30 pm | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO When I saw the CNN.com headline “ 43 Weird Things Said in Job Interviews ,” I had to click. Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed the odd task of interviewing dozens of prospective job candidates for positions within our publication group, and I’m always up for a disastrous tale of inappropriate behavior.

Case Study: Flexibility And Clarity With EYE

August 5, 2009 10:47 am | Articles | Comments

The Test Application and Assembly Center (TAZ) of the Center for Fuel Technology was opened September 2008 at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and is the first facility in which the production of fuel cells can be fully observed and altered according to needs or technological breakthroughs. The facility is researching how fuel cells could be manufactured in an entirely automated process.

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The Barbie Ultimatum

August 5, 2009 10:15 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO Today is my daughter’s birthday. For the most part, this is great thing. I know she’ll eat way too much sugar, but her friends will help burn that off with constant laps around the swing set, kitchen table, adult supervisors, and any other object unable or unwilling to move as 10 giggling six-year-olds assault the house and yard.

NY Molder Purges Excess Spending, Wasted Time

August 5, 2009 10:13 am | Articles | Comments

Sherman Plastics, Inc. (Depew, NY) recently helped save one of its clients more than $38,000 by switching to Dyna-Purge M engineered purging compound. Garlock Sealing Technologies, a supplier of high-performance fluid sealing products based in Palmyra, NY, called on Dyna-Purge, a division of Sherman Plastics, to assist in solving a problem related to the purging of its injection molding machines.

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Fire At Mich. Facility May Have Started Near Meter

August 5, 2009 5:40 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A fire at a Michigan fuel storage facility that caused several oil barrels to explode and prompted area evacuations may have started near an electric meter, authorities said Wednesday. Clio Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Paulson said the fire was "mostly out" at the White Oil Co.

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Factory Orders Unexpectedly Increase In June

August 5, 2009 5:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory orders rose in June for the fourth time in five months, an unexpected gain and the latest sign of recovery in the ailing manufacturing sector. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that factory orders rose 0.

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Baumer Enters Cognex Acquisition Alliance

August 4, 2009 12:16 pm | Articles | Comments

Baumer, a Swiss-based manufacturer of high performance sensors and digital cameras, has become a member of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance. This partnership will facilitate vision system integration by unifying Baumer digital camera and VisionPro vision software expertise, and by simplifying product technical support.

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How An Engineer Folds A T-Shirt

August 4, 2009 10:15 am | Articles | Comments

Annoyed by those pesky wrinkled shirts from the dresser? Don't like clothes hangers? See how to make your own shirt-folding cardboard template, just like an engineer would.

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Can't Walk? Honda Is There For You

August 4, 2009 9:58 am | Articles | Comments

Honda's ASIMO-based experimental device assists users in supporting their bodyweight by reducing stress on joints, muscles, and bones. While unnecessary for most purposes, the Walking Assist Device might have a future in manufacturing, particularly among those who must carry large loads for an extended period of time.

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Inside Hyundai's Montgomery, AL Plant

August 4, 2009 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

With a workforce 2,000-strong, Hyundai has made a commitment to American manufacturing.

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3D Printing And The Future Of Manufacturing

August 4, 2009 9:20 am | Articles | Comments

Rapid prototyping could revolutionize manufacturing. See how on-demand parts can be built using nothing more than a single machine, ready to go from 3d computer model to functional piece in a matter of minutes.

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Tyson Foods 3Q Profit Jumps As Chicken Sales Rise

August 3, 2009 9:45 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Changes at Tyson Foods Inc. over the past year have begun to help the bottom line of the world's largest meat producer, which posted a strong third-quarter profit on Monday. Tyson earned $134 million, or 35 cents per share, compared with $9 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier, mainly through its chicken business.

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GM Continues Work With German Government Over Opel Bids

August 3, 2009 8:45 am | Articles | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Monday that it sees "encouraging" signs of progress in negotiations on the future of auto maker Opel as it prepares for more talks with parent General Motors Co. and the two bidders. The Economy Ministry said it expected another round of talks in Berlin on Tuesday between German federal and state officials, GM and the bidders: a consortium of Canadian car parts maker Magna International Inc.

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GM Buyout Offers Falls Short Of Goal, Layoffs Loom

August 3, 2009 8:39 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — About 6,000 General Motors Co. blue-collar workers have taken the latest round of early retirement and buyout offers, but it fell short of the company's goal, meaning more layoffs are likely. GM has about 54,000 factory workers and wants to end the year with 40,500, a cut of about 13,500.

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NY Man Wanted In Bhopal Gas Leak 'Haunted'

August 3, 2009 6:02 am | News | Comments

The former head of the chemical company responsible for the gas leak that killed 10,000 people in India 25 years ago has been "haunted" for years by the world's worst industrial disaster, his wife said Saturday. An Indian court issued a warrant Friday for Warren Anderson, the former head of Union Carbide Corp.

BMW Offers Buyout Packages To SC Workers

July 30, 2009 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW has offered voluntary separation packages to workers at its facility in Greer even as plans for a $750 million expansion remain on track. The Greenville News reported Thursday that the offers are part of the automaker's plan to cut its work force by about 8,000 worldwide.

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