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Worker Found Dead At Inter-Korean Factory Park

December 2, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean man was found dead Saturday at a jointly-run factory park in North Korea, officials said. The 55-year old worker from a South Korean company that manufactures leather products and mobile phone accessories was found dead earlier that day, South Korea's Unification Ministry told reporters at a briefing.

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Saab Is Back: First Cars Produced Under New Owners

December 2, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in two and a half years, a new Saab sedan has rolled off the production line in Trollhattan in south-west Sweden.National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Hong Kong-based company that bought Saab out of bankruptcy in September last year, on Monday presented its new 9-3 Aero.

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OSHA: Sentencing In Gunpowder Case Justified

December 2, 2013 1:58 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | News | Comments

Dr. David Michaels said, "[Craig] Sanborn recklessly ignored basic safety measures that would have protected their lives. His criminal conviction and sentence won't bring these men back to life, but it will keep him from putting workers' lives in peril."

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5 Quick Questions On Supply Chain Management

December 2, 2013 12:30 pm | by Sean Rollings, Vice President, Product Marketing at E2open | Articles | Comments

Sean Rollings, Vice President of Product Marketing at E2open, answers some questions about supply chain management, globalization, data management, and continuity and contingency planning.                  

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ThyssenKrupp Sells U.S. Steel Plant Biz For $1.55B

December 2, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Following extended speculation over the deal, ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire the ThyssenKrupp Steel USA. The steel processing plant is based in Alabama.          

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Nixon Calls Special Session For Boeing Incentives

December 2, 2013 10:01 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nixon on Friday called a special legislative session to begin Monday in order to approve an economic incentives package of up to $150 million annually that he said must be completed quickly before Boeing decides where to the build the new commercial airplane.

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Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 9:54 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.

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GM Says Head Of China Unit Will Retire

December 2, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Friday Matthew Tsien will replace Socia. Tsien, 53, is in charge of planning and program management for GM China and GM Consolidated International Operations and Strategic Alliances for China.            

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7 Killed In Chinese-Run Factory In Italy

December 2, 2013 9:44 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory's roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said fire inspector Stefano Giannelli.

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Lawsuit Seeks $30M For Failed Mamtek Plant

December 2, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment. Since then, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed to assign blame for bondholder losses, including a criminal case pending against former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole.

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Plant Design: Efficient Budgeting And Resource Conservation For Food Manufacturers

December 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Kerry Mowlam, Division Manager, Stellar and Frank Freeman, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

We find that many plants are now undergoing expensive retrofits because future needs were not appropriately considered. Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs.

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Rechargeable Safety Light

December 2, 2013 9:12 am | by Skipper | Product Releases | Comments

This environmentally friendly road light from Skipper is a multifunctional LED warning light that is fully rechargeable.

Blue Monster Compression Seal Tape Stops Problem Leaks

December 2, 2013 8:58 am | by Clean-Fit Products | Product Releases | Comments

Contractors can seal leaks up to 150 PSI on almost any material, from galvanized and cast iron to copper and all types of plastics and rubber. Blue Monster compression seal tape features self-fusing layers that form a waterproof seal by compression without the use of any adhesive.

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Mobile LED Light Tower

December 2, 2013 8:48 am | by Larson Electronics, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The WCDE-4-4X300W-LED mobile light tower is a high power mobile lighting system designed to provide efficiency and performance surpassing that of comparable metal halide towers.

CM Bandit Hoist Is Light & Compact

December 2, 2013 8:08 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Industrial Distribution Associate Editor IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tim Lewis, Product Manager at Columbus McKinnon, answers some questions about a new hoist they introduced to the market this fall.  The Bandit Hoist is the lightest, smallest and most compact ¾ and 1-1/2 ton lever-hoist from Columbus McKinnon.

What The iPhone 5S Costs Apple

November 29, 2013 8:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple's latest and greatest phone retails for $649 off contract, but costs a lot less for the company to make.                                        

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How Manufacturers Can Bring Down The Gavel On Legal Fees

November 29, 2013 8:09 am | by Stephen Rauf, Legal Services Lead at Procurian | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the largest barriers to aggressively tackling legal expenditures is that failure is not an option. The relationships formed between corporate attorneys and outside firms often span multiple decades, forged on a foundation of trust.

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In Securing Your Supply Chain, Don’t Forget To Lock The Back Door

November 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.

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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market.  The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

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Ammunition Company To Open Plant In Wyo.

November 27, 2013 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Tuesday that Maverick Ammunition, which is also known as Ammo Kan, intends to employ more than 50 people at its Laramie plant.                          

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