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Ill. Officials Invest $8.8 Million To Retain 1,400 Jobs

October 12, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are announcing an investment package they say will retain 1,400 jobs at a western Illinois pork-processing plant. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will administer an $8.8 million investment package for Farmland Foods in Monmouth.

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Trane Inc. Lays Off 109 Workers From Ark. Plant

October 12, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Trane Inc. says 109 hourly workers have been laid off from the company's air conditioning manufacturing plant. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Trane officials on Monday confirmed the layoffs were made Friday as part of a restructuring that was announced in February.

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China's Auto Sales Slow As Tax Breaks Fade

October 12, 2010 4:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's auto sales slowed further in September as a boom fueled by tax breaks and subsidies faded. Official figures for the month, delayed by a weeklong national holiday, showed total sales rising 17 percent from a year earlier to 1.56 million vehicles, down from 18 percent in August, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Tuesday.

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HP's New CEO To Start Job In The Courtroom

October 12, 2010 4:44 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new CEO will start his job in a courtroom — and in the crosshairs of HP's new antagonist, Oracle Corp. Court documents show that Leo Apotheker is being called as a witness in Oracle's corporate espionage trial against rival SAP AG, Apotheker's employer of more than 20 years.

Marubeni Joins Google In Offshore Wind Projects

October 12, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni said Tuesday it is joining Google Inc. and two other companies to build an undersea power cable that would link wind power plants off the U.S. Atlantic coast. The project involves connecting wind farms to be built off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia with inland power networks in the four states, Marubeni Corp.

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Handle 15 Systems At Once

October 11, 2010 10:37 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The TransferLine — a flexible, individually-adaptable modular system that can handle up to 15 processing stations — is available from Schleuninger (Manchester, NH). The mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical interfaces are designed to accommodate quick and simple retrofitting and installation of add-on modules.

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Round Bar In All Sizes

October 11, 2010 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Penn Stainless Products (Quakertown, PA) has expanded its inventory to include large-diameter sizes of round bar through 22” diameter (in 304/L) and through 24” diameter (in 316/L). The materials conform to ASTM A479 and ASTM A182, and the addition allows the company to be the only stainless center that stocks 304/L and 316/L in their largest sizes.

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Pump Less, Do More

October 11, 2010 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Parker Hannifin Corporation (Marysville, OH) announces the PV360, a new addition to the PV plus axial pistol pump family. The PV360 is a variable displacement, 360 cc/rev pump, which can handle industrial applications with operating pressures to 5,000 psi. According to the company, the PV360 is best suited for cranes and lifting equipment, presses, metal forming machines, hydraulic power units (HPUs), and more.

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Redesigned Pressing Tools

October 11, 2010 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley VIRAX (Conyers, GA) has redesigned its industrial pressing tool — the P22+ — to make it easier to use and maintain. In addition, it uses industry-standard press fittings to make solder-less joints in copper, stainless steel, and PEX tubing. The new version has lost two pounds in weight compared to its predecessor, while a redesigned housing offers an ergonomic pistol grip, a sleek profile, and enhanced resistance to drops and shocks.

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Spuds With All The Right Moves

October 11, 2010 6:29 am | by Hapman Engineering | Articles | Comments

Known as the pioneer that perfected potato dehydration, Basic American Foods is the foodservice source for unique, convenient potato and bean products. From the restaurant operator to the household consumer, Basic American Foods provides a variety of innovative products.  In the mid-fifties, Basic American Foods established a potato processing plant in Blackfoot, Idaho, where the first instant potato product that could be rehydrated with boiling water was developed.

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A Tom Swift Life

October 11, 2010 6:28 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

The foundation of becoming a theoretical powerhouse is to understand what it is to “know” something. Since I was child I have read science fantasy books, as did many a young man in a generation born to the awakening of electronics, rocketry, and the atomic era. But my earliest recollections are the adventures of Tom Swift Jr.

Danish 'Green' Manufacturer Plans Milwaukee Plant

October 11, 2010 4:57 am | by Thomas Content, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — A Danish firm's expansion is giving Wisconsin another player in the manufacturing sector geared toward alternative energy. Avanti Wind has been in operation here for several years, making service lifts used by technicians who inspect and repair wind turbines and need to scale the turbines' tall towers.

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Toyota Plans Two Cars Under Prius Name, Including Plug-In

October 11, 2010 4:53 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota plans to roll out two new cars under the Prius name by next year, according to a dealer briefed on the plans, as the automaker seeks to turn its popular hybrid into a family of vehicles. The Japanese automaker will begin selling a Prius station wagon starting next summer as either a 2011 or 2012 model, said Adam Lee, president of the Lee Auto Malls chain of dealerships in Maine.

Mercedes-Benz Recalls 85,000 For Power Steering Failures

October 11, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mercedes-Benz is recalling about 85,000 of its 2010 and 2011 cars because of potential steering problems. The luxury automaker said in a report to federal regulators that the steering systems in the cars "may fail due to the loss of power steering fluid." Mercedes-Benz said that if that happens, drivers "may not have sufficient control of the vehicle .

Google Quietly Road-Testing Cars That Drive Themselves

October 11, 2010 4:49 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google Inc. is road-testing cars that steer, stop and start without a human driver, the company says. The goal is to "help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions" through ride sharing and "the new 'highway trains of tomorrow,'" project leader Sebastian Thrun wrote Saturday on Google's corporate blog.

Hungarian Plant Apologizes For Sludge Spill, Expects Another

October 11, 2010 4:48 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) — The owners of the metals plant whose reservoir burst, flooding several towns in western Hungary with caustic red sludge, expressed their condolences Sunday to the families of the seven people killed, as well as to those injured — and said they were sorry for not having done so sooner.

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Many Unemployed No Longer Qualify For Old Jobs

October 11, 2010 4:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs crisis has brought an unwelcome discovery for many unemployed Americans: Job openings in their old fields exist. Yet they no longer qualify for them. They're running into a trend that took root during the recession. Companies became more productive by doing more with fewer workers.

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Prevent Falls By 'Cynching'

October 8, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cynch-Lok fall restriction pole strap from Capital Safety’s (Red Wing, MN) DBI-SALA line uses a unique design that will “cynch” around a pole to limit fall distances when used correctly. The system also offers slide-in-place adjustment to fit the pole and allows climbers to adjust to the pole diameter while climbing, while the strap maximizes versatility by eliminating the need for multiple devices.

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Cheap Mezzanine Flooring

October 8, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) offers the ResinDek, which is made for mezzanine flooring or remodeling of work platforms. The flooring is engineered to withstand up to 8,000 pounds, making it an alternative to concrete. According to the company, users can save a significant amount of money over other flooring solutions.

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Battery-Powered Impact

October 8, 2010 8:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The cordless SIW 18T-A CPC lithium ion high torque impact wrench from Hilti (Tulsa, OK) packs battery performance into a rugged design for complete mobility, according to the company. The SIW 18T-A achieves an impressive number of fastenings per battery charge, all while allowing the motor to provide maximum torque when needed.

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