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Man Causes $50m Fire At Meatpacker, Gets 90 Days In Jail

October 8, 2009 6:30 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man whose military flare sparked a $50 million meatpacking plant fire this summer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Joshua J. Popp was also sentenced Thursday to three years probation and 500 hours of community service. The 23-year-old apologized and said he took responsibility for his actions.

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The Mysteries Of Ketchup

October 8, 2009 4:16 am | Articles | Comments

Ever wondered how ketchup is manufactured? This video will take you through (most of) the process, save for the "myserious" blue bags containing the Heinz secret recipe. And ironically enough, they actually have a test to make sure that the ketchup is next to impossible to extract from those glass bottles.

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Dell To Close NC Plant, Cut 905 Workers

October 7, 2009 10:02 am | News | Comments

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell Inc. says it will close a desktop computer manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by the end of January. The computer maker said Wednesday that 905 people will be laid off, with around 600 to be let go next month. The plant closure is part of a plan to save $4 billion a year at Dell by 2011.

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Cummins Recalls 270 Workers To Build Ram Engines

October 7, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Diesel-engine maker Cummins Inc. said Wednesday that it wants to recall about 270 laid off or transferred production workers to meet an increase in orders for Dodge Ram turbo diesel pickup truck engines. Chrysler Group LLC is attempting to build inventory for its 2010 model heavy duty Dodge Ram pickup, which is powered by Cummins' 6.

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Combustible Dust At Imperial Sugar

October 7, 2009 5:54 am | Articles | Comments

The CSB has investigated the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion of 2008, and has concluded that combustible dust was to blame for the deaths of 14 workers and injuries of many more. The company did not properly clean up after combustible dust, particularly that which accumulated on hard-to-reach places like light fixtures and beam, and did not provide adequate ventilation systems for dust in the air.

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Thermo Fisher Closing Iowa Plant

October 7, 2009 4:36 am | News | Comments

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced plans to close its plant in Dubuque next year, eliminating 350 jobs. The company that makes equipment for industrial and laboratory use says in a news release on Tuesday that it plans to begin layoffs in January. The layoffs will continue in phases until the plant closes at the end of September 2010.

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Delphi Emerges From 4-Year Bankruptcy Protection

October 7, 2009 4:24 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Auto parts supplier Delphi finally exited bankruptcy protection on Tuesday nearly four years to the day it filed for Chapter 11. Delphi emerged as a new company after completing a deal with its lenders and receiving a promise for billions in loans from GM, which once owned Delphi and buys critical parts from them.

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15,000 Romanian Strikers Chant 'Down with government!'

October 7, 2009 4:11 am | by Alison Mutler, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Some 15,000 Romanian workers from all over the country protested low wages in the capital on Wednesday, rallying outside government headquarters to demand leaders do something to increase their pay. Workers blew whistles, sounded ambulance sirens, yelled "unity, unity!" and "Down with the government!" The minority government is to face a confidence vote in Parliament on Tuesday after its coalition partner the Social Democratic Party quit last week.

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Chinese Medical Manufacturer To Build Baton Rouge Plant

October 7, 2009 4:07 am | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Chinese company plans to build a plant in Baton Rouge to manufacturer a radiation treatment device. Huiheng Medical Inc. would employ up to 300 people at salaries of up to $75,000 if the Food and Drug Administration approves the device, the company's chief executive, Xiaobing Hui said Tuesday through an interpreter.

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Caterpillar Cuts 100 More Indiana Workers

October 7, 2009 4:00 am | News | Comments

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. plans to lay off about 100 workers from an Indiana engine plant where it has already cut hundreds of jobs. Company spokesman Jim Dugan says about 106 production employees will be included in the layoffs that will start in November at the Large Engine Center in Lafayette.

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GM Production In Thailand Shut Down Amid Strike

October 7, 2009 3:56 am | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — General Motors Co.'s plant in Thailand has halted production after hundreds of workers went on strike to demand higher pay and better conditions, an official said Wednesday. It marked the third day the assembly line's operations were suspended since several hundred of its 1,700 workers began striking Monday.

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Study: Neb. Meatpackers Face Brutal Conditions

October 7, 2009 3:52 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ten years after the state approved a bill of rights to protect Nebraska meatpacking workers from unsafe conditions, a new report says the job remains dangerous. A report from the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest says Nebraska plant workers face hazardous conditions, including unrelenting line speed and humiliating treatment and verbal abuse.

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Forget The Cling Wrap

October 6, 2009 9:04 am | by ScienCentral | Articles | Comments

Scientists have created a new type of food wrapping that will someday leave the traditional plastic wrap unused in the back of some kitchen drawer. The new material is anti-microbial, which means things like fresh fruit stay fresh considerably longer. In addition, it's completly edible and environmentally-friendly.

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The Cloaking Cop Car

October 6, 2009 8:57 am | by HARD Lifestyle | Articles | Comments

These guys have developed a paint that changes colors when applying heat, and they thought it would be perfect for a cop car that goes from jet black to fully-marked in seconds. They strip the interior of an Escalade to attach massive heaters to the doors and, well, you can see the rest for yourself.

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Respect The Nerd: Part 3

October 6, 2009 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

Watch the exciting conclusion of Gerard's long struggle with keeping his processes quick and error-free. With a robotic arm from FARO, Gerard manages to not only capture the attention and respect of his boss, but also a special someone... Do you 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 a future deployment? Email me at Joel.

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Respect The Nerd: Part 2

October 6, 2009 8:18 am | Articles | Comments

Gerard still can't seem to stay on top of his work. After that many complaints, it's no wonder he gets sent to his supervisor. At the end of his rope, it seems like Gerard won't ever catch a break... Stay tuned for Part 3 . Do you 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 a future deployment? Email me at Joel.

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Respect The Nerd: Part 1

October 6, 2009 8:14 am | Articles | Comments

Poor Gerard. The nerdy quality control inspector is mocked incessently by his co-workers for being slow and keeping things off schedule. In Part One of the series, see how Gerard finds a glimmer of hope in his effort to revolutionize his quality control process.

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Boeing Tallies Up $1 Billion Charge

October 6, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing said Tuesday it expects to record a charge of $1 billion in the third quarter due to higher costs in its 747-8 program and difficult market conditions. Last year, the company said it was delaying deliveries of the 747-8 freighter and passenger jets due to design changes, limited engineering resources and a strike that shut down the company's commercial jet factories for eight weeks.

Chrysler Gives Visteon $31 Million Pick-Me-Up

October 6, 2009 5:02 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler Group LLC will pay auto supplier Visteon Corp. at least $31 million and shift business to other suppliers as part of a plan to help Visteon emerge from bankruptcy protection, a Visteon spokesman said Monday. Under the deal, which must be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Visteon would help Chrysler find new suppliers and sell Chrysler parts-making tools in exchange for the payments.

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Ill. Steel Company Fined For Dangerous Conditions

October 6, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) -- A suburban Chicago steel company has been fined more than $111,000 for alleged violations of federal worker safety law. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Quinco Steel Inc. of Chicago Heights with the proposed penalties. The citations follow an inspection of a bridge construction site in Chicago where the company was providing steel erection work.

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