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The Real 'Twelve Days' Cost Of Christmas: $87,403

November 30, 2009 4:04 am | by Dan Nephin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Making one's true love happy will cost a whopping $87,403 this year, a minuscule increase from last year, according to the latest cost analysis of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." That's the grand total for the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as the song suggests, according to the annual "Christmas Price Index" compiled by PNC Wealth Management.

Employers Play Dr. Mom Over Swine Flu Threats

November 30, 2009 4:00 am | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big businesses are spending serious time and money trying to limit the swine flu pandemic's impact on operations, from bankrolling video on good hygiene to training employees to cover for co-workers with critical jobs. Companies from health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Hyundai's Montgomery Plant Reaches Milestone

November 30, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A white Sonata getting the finishing touches at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is the 1 millionth vehicle produced at the plant. The vehicle was at the center of attention from plant officials and the company's supply chain as it headed for completion on Monday.

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German Workers Fight Against Mercedes Move To U.S.

November 30, 2009 3:49 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — About 10,000 workers at German carmaker Daimler AG's Sindelfingen plant gathered Monday to ask management not to send production of its C-Class Mercedes cars to the U.S., a move the company is considering to take advantage of lower production costs and to avoid currency fluctuations.

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Caterpillar Expands Operations To S. Korea With Acquisition

November 30, 2009 3:35 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Monday it plans to buy a subsidiary of a South Korean manufacturer of components for earthmoving and other machinery. The world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment says it will acquire JCS Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Jinsung T.

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India Still Reeling From Bhopal Industrial Accident

November 30, 2009 3:33 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BHOPAL, India (AP) — Hazra Bi wishes she could forget. But her damaged family is a living reminder of that December night 25 years ago when lethal gas leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, in the worst industrial disaster the world has ever seen. The gas that swept through her poor neighborhood left her nearly blind in one eye, menopausal at 36, with searing headaches and breathlessness.

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There's A Wireless App For That

November 23, 2009 8:49 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Here at IMPO and Chem.Info , we try to stay out in front of the trends happening in chemical and processing facilities around the country. Whether it’s the inherently safer technologies that could (read: probably will) change the way chemical facilities operate, or membrane separation technologies designed to improve everything from wastewater treatment to carbon capture , we’re constantly reading, watching and talking about processing technologies in order to present products and stories that can help you on the plant floor.

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Lock Out Waste With SPC

November 23, 2009 7:04 am | Articles | Comments

Eugene, OR — The quality department at Yale Commercial Locks and Hardware takes its job seriously — assuring that the products they manufacture meet the strict requirements of a name synonymous with security. But in an ultra-competitive environment, simply meeting those requirements isn’t enough.

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Keep Rust At Bay

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Birchwood Casey (Eden Prairie, MN) now offers a full line of aqueous and solvent-based inhibitors and sealants to prevent rust and corrosion on metal surfaces. The solvent-based inhibitors offer 50 to 300 hours of salt spray protection, making it ideal for raw steel/casting inventory, in-process parts, or parts in long-term storage.

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Impact-Resistant Door Panels

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FLEX-BACK Panel by APS Resource (Mequon, WI) helps eliminate bottom door panel damage from forklifts by flexing upon impact and returning to its normal operating position. The FLEX-BACK panel is constructed of a high-impact polymer skin and flexible tube frame, which provides the strength to eliminate damage to bottom door panels.

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Spray Can Tools

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CAN-GUN1 from SafeWorld (Ashland, OR) is a new spray can tool that features the FullGrip trigger. The CAN-GUN1 has earned a 97 percent approval rating from National Street Machine Club members and a 99 percent approval rating from the Handyman Club of America, making it the only spray can handle to ever receive the “Handyman Member-Tested Seal of Approval.

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Spray Can Tools

November 23, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CAN-GUN1 from SafeWorld (Ashland, OR) is a new spray can tool that features the FullGrip trigger. The CAN-GUN1 has earned a 97 percent approval rating from National Street Machine Club members and a 99 percent approval rating from the Handyman Club of America , making it the only spray can handle to ever receive the “Handyman Member-Tested Seal of Approval.

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Industrial Computing In Your Hands

November 23, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Inc. (Holtsville, NY) announces the release of the MC9500, an industrial-class handheld device that brings mobile computing and new features like modular 3.5G WAN to the industrial facility. The MC9500 features a Marvell Xcale PXA320@806 MHz processor running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.

Automakers Up MPG Ratings, But Only Slightly

November 20, 2009 10:07 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fleet of new cars and trucks sold to U.S. consumers averaged 21 miles per gallon in the 2008 model year, a modest increase over the previous year, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Friday. New vehicle fuel efficiency improved 2 percent in 2008 from 20.

Wisconsin To Symbolize Choppers And Cheese

November 20, 2009 9:56 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Choppers and cheese may soon become official Wisconsin symbols. Bills to honor Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Lactococcus lactis — a bacterium used in the making of cheese — with the state symbol designation were introduced in the Legislature last week.

NASA Learns The Ways Of Social Networking

November 20, 2009 8:13 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA launched a social media experience at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that quickly turned into an unprecedented world-wide event as more than 100 Twitter users got a unique look inside America's space program and front row seats to the Nov.

Frivolous Lawsuit Of The Week: Ex-Smoker Nets $300m

November 20, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former smoker in South Florida are speaking out about the woman's $300 million verdict against Philip Morris USA. A jury on Thursday ordered Philip Morris to pay 61-year-old Cindy Naugle what is believed to be the largest award to date among thousands of lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies.

Boeing Breaks Ground On $750m S.C. Plant

November 20, 2009 3:55 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing is breaking ground in South Carolina on a $750 million aircraft assembly plant — the largest industrial investment in state history. Officials gather Friday at the site near the Charleston International Airport where Boeing will assemble its 787 jetliners.

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Alcoa Idles Italian Smelter Due To Pricey Energy

November 20, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. said Thursday it will temporarily idle production at its two smelters in Italy, affecting about 2,000 workers, after a decision by the European Union left the company's ability to secure electricity for the plants at low rates uncertain. Italy for 10 years gave energy-intensive industries a break on power prices.

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Analyst: Auto Sales Could Top 10 Million

November 20, 2009 3:44 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales could top an annual rate of 10.8 million in November, General Motors Co.'s top sales analyst said Thursday. That would mark the first month this year that sales jumped to such levels without the aid of Cash for Clunkers rebates, which boosted sales in July and August.

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