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Bologna Is A 'Dirty Job'

October 28, 2009 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

What won't Mike Rowe do for TV? Luckily, this trip to a bologna factory ranks pretty low on the gross-out factor that has made Mike's expeditions so popular. We do get to see him "throw up," though. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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The SuperFreakonomics Of Global Warming

October 28, 2009 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

Steven D. Levitt, author of the famed book "Freakonomics," has some interesting proposals when it comes to global warming. When most people are trying to "green" their lifestyle to reduce their environmental impact, Levitt bucks conventional thought with some cold, hard statistics. Instead of exerting so much effort to be green, there's a simple solution available to us, at little cost or trouble.

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International Paper Profits Double, 1,600 Still Jobless

October 28, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — International Paper, the world's biggest wood products company, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit more than doubled as a huge federal tax credit more than offset falling sales of cardboard box materials. The 13 percent sales decline shows retailers who depend on consumer spending for their profits have yet to resume large-scale purchases of the cardboard boxes that are made from materials made by IP.

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Beer Stays Strong Through Global Recession

October 28, 2009 4:46 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch brewer Heineken NV on Wednesday raised its forecast for full-year operating profit, citing cost savings, better prices and higher sales of its most profitable brands, even though overall sales volumes were down. The company raised its forecast for full year "organic" operating profit -- a nonstandard measure -- to low double digit growth from high single digit growth.

Goodyear Doubles 3Q Profit

October 28, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says its profit more than doubled in the third quarter, helped by new products and lower raw-material costs. The performance marked a reversal by Goodyear, which had reported $554 million in losses in the first six months of the year as the recession staggered the automotive industry.

Ford Picks Favorites In Volvo Sale

October 28, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A group led by China's Geely Group is the preferred bidder for Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit, the U.S. automaker said Wednesday. Ford said the selection signals that it is conducting "more detailed and focused negotiations" with Zhejiang Geely Group Holding Co.

S.C. Senate OKs Tax Incentives To Court Boeing

October 28, 2009 4:20 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An economic incentive package that appears tailored to bring a massive Boeing assembly facility to North Charleston easily received key approval Tuesday in the South Carolina Senate. The full Senate voted 44-0 on low-interest construction bonds and incentives that include a sales tax exemption on fuel used in test flights.

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Asian Autos Top Reliability, Ford Close Behind

October 28, 2009 4:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Asian automakers are still building the most reliable cars and trucks, with eight of the top 10 brands from Japanese and Korean companies, according to an annual survey by Consumer Reports. But several models from Ford Motor Co. are now consistently scoring above Honda and Toyota, the perennial leaders.

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Fish Company Ensures Metal-Free Product

October 27, 2009 11:20 am | Articles | Comments

Channel Fish Company (Boston, MA), producers of frozen and salted seafood, takes tremendous care at every step of their process to produce the highest quality product. To improve the effectiveness of their metal detection operation — both in terms of maximizing detection sensitivity and production uptime — they recently turned to Mettler-Toledo Safeline and selected the PowerPhasePRO.

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Top 10 EPA GHG Reporting Facts

October 27, 2009 10:52 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

October 28, 2009 Last week I attended a webinar on the EPA’s mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs) rule, hosted by U.S. Steel and Wenck. The presenters did a great job of highlighting all of the important points from the rule, and the areas that could be confusing.

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Predict The Future

October 27, 2009 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) has developed its DeltaV digital automation system, designed to integrate machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment. Emerson’s integrated protection and prediction solution, a key component of the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, easily connects to the DeltaV system from AMS Suite predictive maintenance software and the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor.

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Miniature Door Guards

October 27, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aptos Industries Inc. is introducing a new model of the Rolls Up Door Guard to supplement the RUDG1, which fits doors with minimum dimensions of 10’ x 14’. The new model—the RUDG2—fit smaller doors, down to a height of only eight feet. The RUDG2 has a collision prevention device and can be installed in less than an hour.

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Manual Of Piping

October 27, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

This practical book from Industrial Press , titled “Manual of Piping Practice,” offers coverage of piping practices and maintenance. Written by a 35-year professional with hands-on knowledge and experience in pipeline building and maintenance, this book is designed to be kept at the ready on the shop floor.

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Lock Any Thread

October 27, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Loctite 2047 is a new high lubricity threadlocker from Henkel Corportation (Rocky Hill, CT), and has been designed to ensure maximum performance on fasteners greater than 7/8” in diameter. 2047 works both as a lubricant that reduces friction, and as an adhesive/sealant that eliminates loosening, maintains clamp load, and prevents corrosion.

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Playing Fetch With Magnetics

October 27, 2009 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (Boyne City, MI) has added the HDR3045 heavy-duty magnetic retriever to its line of products. The HDR3045 has been designed for retrieving broken drill bits from oil or water wells, but captures metal objects from any wet or dry area that requires large lifting capacity in a small package.

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Southern States Ally To Win Tanker Contract

October 27, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have announced the launch of an alliance designed to create an aerospace and aviation corridor from Panama City, Fla., to Louisiana. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov.

Vermont Home To New 150-Worker Capacitor Plant

October 27, 2009 4:57 am | News | Comments

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Barre electronics manufacturer is poised to begin construction on a 52,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which is expected to create 150 new jobs. On Monday, the District 5 Environmental Commission issued a land-use permit for SBE Inc., to build the plant in the Wilson Industrial Park.

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Dow Chemical Leak Prompts Evacuations In Texas

October 27, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — A leak in a Dow Chemical underground pipeline is prompting the evacuation of more than 60 homes in Freeport. Dow Chemical spokeswoman Trish Rithaller says crews on Wednesday are expected to begin digging in an area around the pipeline, in a field, to repair the leak.

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Economic Recovery Coming, But Job Losses To Stay

October 27, 2009 4:43 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's about to become official: The recession is over — but not the pain. The government will release figures this week expected to show that the economy has awakened from its deepest slump since the 1930s and is in the early stages of a recovery. But the following week, the government will issue another set of figures expected to show unemployment continuing to rise toward and possibly above a clearly recessionary 10 percent.

S.C. ArcelorMittal Mill To Stay Closed Until 2011

October 27, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A union leader says he doesn't think a South Carolina steel mill will reopen before 2011. United Steelworkers Union local president James Sanderson told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach a company official told him that ArcelorMittal's Georgetown steel mill may not reopen until 2011.

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