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New 1 Megawatt Generator

November 19, 2013 8:57 am | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

To expand upon the standard QAC 1MW generator designed for the European market, the QAC 1200 was specifically engineered to U.S. and Canadian specifications. 

New IMS-RV Soft-Starter

November 19, 2013 8:44 am | by Franklin Control Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Franklin Control Systems, formerly Cerus Industrial, announces the release of a new energy-saving soft-starter for use in Industrial motor applications.

Dorner’s 3200 Precision Move Conveyor Platform

November 19, 2013 8:33 am | by Dorner Manufacturing Corp. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Dorner’s 3200 Precision Move low profile belt conveyor platform has received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use in ISO Standard 14644-1 Class 5, and Federal Standard 209 Class 100 rated cleanrooms.

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Power Pusher E-750 Electric Wheelbarrow

November 19, 2013 8:13 am | by Power Pusher | Product Releases | Comments

Power Pusher’s E-750 Electric Wheelbarrow allows construction operators to transport heavy loads with ease, and eliminates the unnecessary ergonomic challenges and production halts associated with traditional wheelbarrow solutions.

Union, GE Fail To Reach Deal On N.Y. Plant

November 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Local media outlets report that leaders of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 held a news conference Sunday to announce that GE had rejected the union's offer to cut 10 percent of the workforce at the plant in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany.

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Boeing Takes $100B In Orders From Gulf

November 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 342 orders represented more than twice the value of those seen by European rival Airbus, who said it took 142 orders worth some $40 billion. The massive commitments came from just four carriers in the tiny nations of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which are in a race to create more jobs for their own citizens and diversify their oil-dependent economies.

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Folgers Investing $5M In New Orleans Expansion

November 18, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Folgers Coffee Co. plans a $5 million expansion in eastern New Orleans as parent J.M. Smucker Co. continues consolidating coffee production. A new $3 million administration building will have bigger offices, not more people, Smucker spokeswoman Maribeth Burns told New Orleans CityBusiness.

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Sony Sells Over 1M PlayStation 4s In First Day

November 18, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The consoles went on sale Friday in the U.S. and Canada. Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a release Sunday that sales remain strong in North America. The company will launch the gaming system in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29.

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National Steel Car Chairman Indicted In Alabama

November 18, 2013 1:42 pm | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

The indictment, made public Friday, accuses company chairman and CEO Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Canada, of misleading officials with Alabama's state pension program to get financing for a rail car manufacturing plant that was never finished in northwest Alabama town of Cherokee.

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CareFusion To Pay $500M For GE Vital Signs Unit

November 18, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical products maker CareFusion said Monday it will buy GE Healthcare's Vital Signs unit for $500 million in a deal that expands its manufacturing capacity and nearly doubles the revenue of its specialty disposable products business.     

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Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Ark. Plant

November 18, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.                               

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Nissan CEO: Mexico Becoming Export Hub For Americas

November 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNBC News | Videos | Comments

Nissan Renault Chairman & CEO Carlos Ghosn discusses manufacturing in Mexico how his company is using the country as an export hub for its cars.  Nissan is investing $2 billion and adding 7,000 jobs in Aguascalientes, Mexico.                          

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Start The Holiday Shopping Season Off Right: Buy American On November 19th

November 18, 2013 11:49 am | by American Made Matters | Articles | Comments

To kick-off the holiday shopping season, American Made Matters® has declared November 19, 2013 the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this day, American Made Matters® is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.

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Milwaukee Food Plant Stops Production Amid Recalls

November 18, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Garden-Fresh has recalled tons of products in eight separate recalls since the end of August. The first was announced Aug. 30, after routine sampling of retail products by Michigan food safety officials detected Listeria bacteria.      

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Boeing Plane Crashes In Russia, 50 Killed

November 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Russian air crashes have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.

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UN Climate Chief Calls On Coal Industry To Change

November 18, 2013 10:04 am | by Monika Scislowska, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, Christiana Figueres told dozens of CEOs of coal companies meeting at Poland's Economy Ministry that their industry needs to change radically to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that scientists say are warming the planet.

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Colo. Mine Accident Kills 2, Injures 20

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others.                  

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Wal-Mart: 10 Bangladesh Factories Failed Audits

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The retailer hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the country's garment industry.

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Promoters See Technology As Key To Gun Safety

November 18, 2013 9:50 am | by Robert Miller, The News-Times | News | Comments

The California-based Smart Tech Foundation, announced last week it was offering a $1 million prize to innovators who could come up with the best new way to make guns safer.                       

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Supply Chain Cyber Security: What are the Risks and How Can Companies Address Them?

November 18, 2013 9:36 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO of Apptricity | Articles | Comments

As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.

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