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Automakers Relived As Auto Fleets Balloon

April 23, 2010 4:18 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — U.S. auto sales to fleets surged 47 percent in the first quarter compared to last year, an early sign of economic improvement as governments, construction businesses and rental-car companies began buying again. Automakers are expecting fleet sales to continue to climb.

Boeing Fined $500,000 For Nuclear Runoff

April 23, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Regional water quality regulators have fined Boeing Co. $500,000 for contaminated stormwater runoff at a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility in eastern Ventura County. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a consent judgment Thursday also ordering Boeing to pay $75,000 in attorneys fees and civil penalties for days when contaminants exceeded permitted limits at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

Spyker Producing 1,000 Saabs A Week

April 23, 2010 4:13 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Spyker Cars NV, the owner of Saab Automobile AB, said Friday it is producing Saab cars at the rate of 1,000 per week since resuming production in March. Spyker, the Dutch niche luxury car maker which in its 11-year history never made a profit, confounded critics by buying the much larger Saab from General Motors in January for $74 million (euro52 million) — less cash than Saab had on its books.

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Kia Profits Quadruple In Early 2010

April 23, 2010 4:10 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kia Motors said net profit quadrupled in the first quarter on stronger sales and equity gains from affiliated companies. Kia, South Korea's second-largest automaker, earned 398.6 billion won ($358 million) in the three months ended March 31, it said in a regulatory filing Friday.

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The New Detroit: Goodbye Cars, Hello Crops

April 23, 2010 4:07 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit, which revolutionized manufacturing with its auto assembly lines, could once again be a model for the world as residents transform vacant, often-blighted land into a source of fresh food. With growing interest in locally raised food, cities including New York, Los Angeles and Seattle are looking at ways to foster and manage urban agriculture.

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Sprayon Goes VOC-Friendly

April 22, 2010 7:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Eco-GradeT line of products from Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) offer extreme pressure lubricants and fast-acting cleaners or degreasers, which help preserve and protect your equipment, facility, and workforce. All Sprayon Eco-GradeT products offer formulas that are made with renewable, biodegradable resources, and are VOC-compliance in all 50 states.

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Deliver Low Dewpoints

April 21, 2010 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors, Inc. (Fredericksburg, Va.) unveiled its wall-mounted desiccant dryer, which provides capacities from 7-50 scfm at 100 psig. The dryer deliver dewpoints as low 100 ºF, is designed for easy installation, features a solid state timer, and is based on a counterflow design — resulting in the driest desiccant always at the top of the bed and the air leaving the on-stream tower at a low dewpoint.

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Need A Lift?

April 21, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

NACCO Materials Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has launched a new series of electric stand-up lift trucks — the ESC030-040AC series — which provide dependable performance for lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. Each truck features precision load positioning that allows operators control the truck's position while working on an incline, such as on a dock or in a trailer, minimizing the likelihood of product damage from unintended load contact.

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Accuracy Is Everything

April 21, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Krohne, Inc. (Peabody, MA) introduces the Tantalum OPTIMASS 7000, a single straight tube Coriolis mass flowmeter, for use in the chemical industry. The first single straight tube meter available with Tantalum wetted-flange material construction, the Tantalum OPTIMASS 7000 is able to measure highly aggressive and corrosive fluids, and it aims to provide safe and reliable measurement of fluids that require glass-lined piping or glass-lined process vessels.

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403 Ways To Transmit Motion

April 21, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quality Transmission Components (Garden City Park, NY) unveiled its new series of metric worm gears and worm wheels, which provide a solution to many power transmission design applications. The wormed gears are stocked in 4140 alloy steel for the worms and CAC702 aluminum bronze for the worm wheels.

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Cheese Producer Puts Metal Detection To The Test

April 21, 2010 6:02 am | Articles | Comments

Anthony Rowcliffe, a 42 year-old company that has its roots in Peckham, London, has grown over the years and is now operating out of two purpose-built BRC accredited sites at Paddock Wood in Kent, supplying over 1,000 different lines, including its own branded Clemency Hall product.

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Dipping Into The Future Of Food Safety

April 21, 2010 5:18 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Family-owned Country Maid, maker of dips, spreads and salads, has always been devoted to food safety and quality, but its recently installed track-and-trace system puts the facility on the cutting edge of traceability. In 1939 Irene Grebe opened Grebe’s Bakery, selling home-baked goodies from her own kitchen in Milwaukee.

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Getting More From Accounting

April 21, 2010 5:03 am | by Jim Mandt, Vice President of Technical Services, Metafile Information Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

From invoices to purchase orders and myriad supporting documentation, all manufacturing organizations rely on their accounting departments to keep business moving. After all, a manufacturer’s success and profitability are ultimately defined by their ability to efficiently pay for what’s needed to run their business and, in return, promptly receive payment for goods and services rendered.

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GE Transportation Mulls Rehiring 145 of 1,500 Laid Off

April 21, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The union at GE Transportation's plant in Erie will vote Friday on some work rule changes necessary to bring back 145 of 1,500 workers laid off last year. The plan would recall 88 laid off workers permanently and 57 others for 12 weeks to fill a specific order. A company official says GE wants to be prepared should the market for locomotives improve.

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The 'Volvo King Kong' And Geely's Cheeky Past

April 21, 2010 4:44 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese tycoon Li Shufu's car company Geely has a knack for giving its vehicles oddball names: Gleagle, King Kong, Englon. Not as memorable for buyers of the King Kong and its stablemates is a standard of quality that's so-so even by the Chinese auto industry's standards. Zhejiang Geely Holding Co.

Poll: U.S. Makes Better Cars Than Asian Automakers

April 21, 2010 4:36 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a long romance with foreign rivals, America's love affair with the automobile is returning to its roots with a revived affection for U.S.-made cars. Slightly more Americans now say the United States makes better-quality vehicles than Asia does, with 38 percent saying U.

The Price Of Carbon: 27c Per Gallon

April 21, 2010 4:21 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

Perhaps the only thing under heaven that moves slower and more unpredictably than evolution is the evolution of carbon policy. Biofuels investors have long since written off carbon as a factor, saying that the uncertainty of policy has led them to fund only those projects that can survive without a price on carbon.

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Volcano Disrupts Just-In-Time Manufacturers

April 21, 2010 4:10 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The strategy of keeping inventories lean paid off for U.S. manufacturers during the recession. Just-in-time delivery of parts makes even more sense when budgets are tight. Now that a giant ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland is disrupting global air freight, some manufacturers are finding that this strategy is backfiring.

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Ammonia Leak Leads To Evacuation Of 125

April 21, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

BIRDSBORO, Pa. (AP) — An ammonia leak at a kosher Pennsylvania poultry plant has led to the evacuation of about 125 people, including six who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency crews were called Tuesday night to the Mehadrin Kosher Poultry plant in Birdsboro, which is about 8 miles southeast of Reading.

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GM Repays $6.7 Billion Government Loan

April 21, 2010 4:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it got from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a move its CEO says is a sign automaker is on the road to recovery. GM CEO Whitacre will formally announce the loan paybacks Wednesday at the company's Fairfax AssemblyPlant in Kansas City, Kansas, where he will also announce that GM is investing $257 million in that factory and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, both of which will build the next generation of the midsize Chevrolet Malibu.

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