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Obama Asks CEOs For Help Hiring Long-Term Jobless

January 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is asking major corporations for their help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work. CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa, and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part. More than 300 companies have signed on so far, the White House said.

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Senate OKs Tax Cut Package For Ind. Businesses

January 31, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Indiana Senate has approved a measure cutting the state's business equipment and corporate income taxes, a move that has some local leaders worried.                            

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Honda's 3Q Profit Doubles, Sales Get Weak Yen Boost

January 31, 2014 9:56 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. reported on Friday a 160.7 billion yen ($1.58 billion) net profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 77.4 billion yen the year before.                       

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Aviation Technical Services To Create 500 Mo. Jobs

January 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Aviation Technical Services | News | Comments

The company’s Kansas City facility will be its first location outside the state of Washington. Expanding to Missouri will put Aviation Technical Services closer to some of its largest customers, allowing it to improve customer service and expand its client base. 

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Sen. Coons Praises Federal Skills-Training Review

January 31, 2014 9:42 am | by IMPO Staff | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) praised President Obama’s memorandum, signed Thursday at a General Electric facility in Waukesha, Wis., to the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Education that instructs a comprehensive review of the nation’s job training programs.

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U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money, and sex.                          

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Abbott To Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

January 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.         

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The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 31, 2014 9:13 am | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing, and when the results are due.

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Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

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Full Suite Of Lockout/Tagout Solutions

January 31, 2014 8:44 am | by Brady Corporation IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Brady Client Services’ full suite of lockout/tagout services and software offerings includes procedure writing services, cloud-based procedure creation and maintenance software, lockout/tagout training, and more.

Detectable Spherical Bearings For Sensitive Applications

January 31, 2014 8:38 am | by igus inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The detectable bearings are an extension of the igubal self-aligning bearings line from igus, which includes a range of lubrication and maintenance-free rod-end bearings, clevis joints, flanged units, press fit, and pedestal bearings. 

PdMA's New Electric Motor Tester

January 30, 2014 4:20 pm | by PdMA Corporation | Videos | Comments

PdMA Corporation, a long standing leader in the development of electric motor test equipment, is proud to announce the release of the M-Series MCEmax.                            

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Latest OSHA Safety Sign Standard

January 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Brady Corporation | News | Comments

Under OSHA’s revised signage standards for general industry and construction, published November 6, 2013, organizations can now use either the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard from 1967-1968 or from 2011 for safety signage.

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Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 348K

January 30, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 19,000 last week to 348,000, the highest in about a month. But the broader trend in applications remains low.                         

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Toyota Tells Dealers To Stop Selling 6 Models

January 30, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn't meet flammability standards. No fires or injuries have been reported, but Toyota can't legally sell cars that don't comply with U.S. safety codes.

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MSHA Issues 135 Citations At Mines In December

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 24 orders following inspections at 11 coal mines and two other mines. MSHA issued seven orders and six citations at Hanover Resources LLC's Caymus Mine in Boone County.     

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Feds Grab $21.6M In Counterfeits Before Super Bowl

January 30, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seizures and arrests were announced at a Manhattan news conference where NFL and law enforcement officials displayed fake Payton Manning and Russell Wilson jerseys — complete with knockoff Adidas labeling — Broncos and Seahawks hats, Super Bowl T-shirts and other goods made to look like official NFL gear.

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In Wisconsin, Obama To Focus On Job Training

January 30, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House says Obama, while in Wisconsin on Thursday, will make good on a promise to act on his own to help the middle class by directing Vice President Joe Biden to lead a government-wide review of federal job-training programs.     

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Ford Adding 350 Jobs At Ky. Truck Plant

January 30, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said.               

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Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

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