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Japanese Plastics Company Readies $100M W.Va Facility

August 30, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — A Japanese company expects to finish building a $100 million specialty plastics factory in Belle by the end of the month. Manager Tom Provost says the Kureha Corp. factory should start production in November. Kureha has hired 35 people to work there already and expects to have a total of 50 employees once the operation is up and running.

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Coca-Cola Workers Sue After Health Care Cut Off

August 30, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The 500 Coca-Cola employees who went on strike last week have filed a class-actionlawsuit against the company after the soda giant canceled their health care coverage. KOMO News reports that Coca-Cola canceled health care coverage for the workers on Tuesday, one day after they walked off the job.

Microsoft Co-Founder Sues Google, Apple, Facebook

August 30, 2010 4:57 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen is suing nearly a dozen major companies, including tech giants Google Inc. and Apple Inc., alleging they infringed on four Web technology patents held by his company Interval Licensing LLC. Interval said Friday it filed the suit in a U.

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Japan Calls For 'Transparent' Chinese Labor Policies

August 30, 2010 4:56 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Japan called for "transparent policies" governing workers in China, saying labor disputes that halted operations at dozens of factories this year were troubling to Japanese companies. Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada brought up the issue at a high-level economic meeting between China and Japan — the world's second and third largest economies — held in Beijing to discuss ways to recover from the economic crisis and foster regional cooperation.

More Beans To Count

August 27, 2010 10:39 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The units above have been added to help Faribault Foods better manager their water and natural gas usage rates. When you look at either the finished product or the actual facility’s exterior, it’s not unlike the canning factory my grandfather worked at over 60 years ago. However, much like the products they process, the most appealing elements of Faribault Foods are found beneath the outer skin and within the distinctive flavors of their processes and approaches.

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Swedish-Designed Oil Separators

August 27, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The oil smoke and oil mist separators from 3nine USA, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) are based on centrifugal separation, making it possible to achieve a high degree of purification in a compact size. The Lina separator was specially designed for small, enclosed machines, with a diameter of 19” and a height of 33”.

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Better Torque Support

August 27, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Torque Supporter” Precision Rack & Pinion Drive Systems from ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. (Farmingdale, NJ) handle dynamic and heavy loads, according to the company. Precision planetary reducers with an integral output housing and outboard bearing provide a rigid support.

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Get In The Flow With Magnetics

August 27, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has developed the Center-Flow Bullet Magnet, which reduces the pressure drop through the housing, and can be cleaned in seconds, according to the company. The design maintains a 15 psi rating for all types of dilute-phase pneumatic or gravity-flow conveying lines, plus a one-piece gasket that improves sealing along the production line.

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Take A Better Look

August 27, 2010 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raytek (Santa Cruz, CA) has introduced the ThermoView Pi20 process image and accompanying DataTemp Pi (DTPi) software. The easy-to-use thermal imaging system provides an expanded view of process performance in industrial applications, according to the company. The system is designed for automated monitoring and control of continuous or stationary targets, allowing technicians to shorten process startup times and lower production line changeover costs.

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America's Most Wanted: Skilled Workers

August 27, 2010 7:12 am | by Gerald Shankel, President and CEO, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International | Articles | Comments

Consider a manufacturing career amid media reports of shuttered factories, job losses and the worst economy since the Depression? Although certainly counter-intuitive, the answer to that question is a resounding yes! Despite the shaky economy, scores of American manufacturers are reporting a dire need for skilled labor.

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Raytheon's Ray Gun Preparing To 'Torture' LA Prisoners

August 27, 2010 5:02 am | by Thomas Watkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is "tantamount to torture." The mechanism, known as an "Assault Intervention Device," is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning.

Packager Expands Into Wisconsin With 56 Jobs

August 27, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A company that makes pouches and other flexible packaging is opening a new plant in Appleton, creating 56 jobs. The Coating Excellence International facility is scheduled to open in about four months. The company is receiving financial help through recovery-zone bonds made possible by the federal stimulus package.

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Goodyear Gets $20 Million For New Oklahoma Plant

August 27, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma agency has approved a $20 million bond deal that will help pay for the expansion of the Goodyear tire-making plant in Lawton. The Council of Bond Oversight on Thursday authorized the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority to issue $20 million in bonds for the project.

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German Plastics Company Brings 75 Jobs To Georgia

August 27, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) — A German plastics manufacturer will bring 75 jobs to Elberton. Moeller Tech will locate a manufacturing plant in Elberton, a $9.75 million investment. Moeller Tech produces injection molded plastic parts for the automotive industry. According to a press release from Georgia Gov.

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Plant Forced To Destroy Chickens After Ammonia Leak

August 27, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — A coastal Alabama company was ordered to destroy some of the frozen chicken at its refrigeration plant after the ammonia leak that sent about 130 people to hospitals, but other meat was safe to eat, government regulators said Thursday. Brian Mabry, a spokesman with the U.

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Texas Biofuel Company To Open Three Miss. Plants

August 27, 2010 4:23 am | by Shelia Byrd, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Texas-based KiOR, a company with plans to produce a crude oil substitute from wood chips and other biomass, will locate its first three facilities in Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour and KiOR CEO Fred Cannon announced details of the venture Thursday, a day before lawmakers were set to return to the Capitol to approve incentives for the company.

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Boeing Delays 787 Shipments Into 2011

August 27, 2010 4:22 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing Co. postponed the delivery of its first 787 to the middle of the first quarter of 2011, compounding a string of delays for the jetliner that is already more than two years past its original scheduled debut. The latest delay is the result of engine delivery problems, Boeing said in a statement early Friday.

Efficient Water Heaters

August 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Rheem-Ruud SPIDER fire condensing-type commercial water heater offers thermal efficiencies of 92 to 95 percent and high recovery rates, according to the company, particularly during periods of heavy usage. The most powerful unit (at 350,000 BTU/hour) delivers 460 gallons of water per hour at a 100°F rise.

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Scales For Washdown Environments

August 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SW Super Washdown scales from the Paul N. Gardner Company are designed to withstand the most demanding process conditions. They can handle high-pressure and -temperature water, as specified by the IP69K standard (1,450 psi and 175°F). All the scale’s components are made out of food-grade 304 stainless steel and are easy to clean.

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Stackable, Configurable Carts

August 26, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) has introduced a new cart for in-plant handling of totes and parts containers, which can be built to hold just about any size load while ergonomically presenting their contents well off the floor. The unique “Z” design allows empty carts to be nested, significantly reducing required storage space when they are not in use.

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