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CIMTECH 46C Metalworking Fluid

August 25, 2011 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

CIMTECH 46C Metalworking Fluid from CIMCOOL (Cincinnati, OH) has Boeing approval under BAC 5008REVr-Areas 5 and 6. CIMTECH 46C is recommended for moderate duty grinding of hard metals such as cobalt, stellite, and titanium alloys. Designed to meet the strict performance and chemical requirements of aerospace manufacturing, the metalworking fluid has exceptional foam and odor control.


Kayak, Canoe Maker Bringing Jobs To SC

August 25, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A company that makes canoes, kayaks and paddles is expanding in South Carolina's Greenville County, creating 72 jobs over the next five years. Confluence Watersports said Wednesday it will consolidate its separate manufacturing and distribution operations into one location in Greenville along Interstate 85.


Maker Of Anti-DWI Ignition Locks Sues DMV

August 25, 2011 9:03 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Morrisville maker of electronic devices intended to thwart drunken drivers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the top official at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. In its suit, Monitech Inc. says DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson broke state bidding rules by withholding the renewal of its state contract.


Delta To Buy 100 Boeing 737 Jets

August 25, 2011 9:01 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Thursday confirmed its plan to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets as part of a fleet upgrade, with delivery set for 2013 to 2018. The order announced Thursday is valued at $8.5 billion at list prices, although airlines commonly get discounts. The newer planes offer perks for travelers including a roomier cabin, less engine noise and more room in overhead bins.

Apple Must Show It Can Still Deliver Without Jobs

August 25, 2011 8:59 am | by Jordan Robertson,Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn't need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming. Tim Cook, his hand-picked successor, has handled the top job repeatedly in the absence of the ailing Jobs, who resigned as chief executive Wednesday and was elected chairman of Apple's board.


New Rule Requires Union Rights Posters At Work

August 25, 2011 8:57 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has approved a new rule that requires private employers to notify workers about their right to form a union. The rule requires businesses to prominently display posters that explain the right to bargain collectively, distribute union literature and engage in other union activities without reprisal.

Saab Delays Salary Payments For Third Month

August 25, 2011 8:55 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ailing Swedish car maker Saab has delayed salary payments to its staff for the third month in a row as it continues to struggle to fund its operations. Saab spokeswoman Gunilla Gustavs said Thursday it is unclear when payroll is expected to run smoothly again, but it will be done "as soon as we have short-term funding solutions in place.


Are Corporate Wellness Programs Really Worth It?

August 25, 2011 7:06 am | by Rosie Ward, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Only if They Move Beyond Fruits, Veggies and Pedometers. There are many positive things one can say about corporate wellness programs aimed at creating a healthy environment for employees. Much has been written about the profound results companies have found through their wellness programs.


Cost Versus Quality: The Dangers Of Outsourcing Design Overseas

August 25, 2011 7:06 am | by Joel Delman, Product Development Technologies (PDT) | Articles | Comments

For many years now, the outsourcing of American manufacturing overseas has been common practice. Asia leads the way in producing most consumer goods — from electronics to housewares and everything in between — at far lower cost than would be possible in the States. While this has resulted in a painful transition period for countless American workers, by and large U.

How Do We (Re)Train Unemployed To Go To Work?

August 25, 2011 7:04 am | Videos | Comments

Much has been made of the unemployment rate in the United States. Yes, it is difficult to find work. However, several companies around the country have a number of open positions they can't fill because they are unable to find workers with the skills to do the work. Visit msnbc.


China Hits Tech Milestone: PC Shipments Pass U.S.

August 24, 2011 9:18 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — China has passed an important technological milestone: It became the world's biggest consumer of PCs in the second quarter, according to new market research by IDC. Computer makers shipped about 18.5 million PCs in China in the second quarter, compared with 17.

Toray Plastics Plans $200M Expansion

August 24, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — One of the state's largest employers on Wednesday announced a multi-million dollar expansion expected to create more than two dozen new jobs, but Rhode Island is still competing with Virginia to be home to a second, much larger expansion project. Toray Plastics (America), which already employs about 600 people in the state, said it would undertake an $11.


Danfoss Lays Off Workers Due To Industry Slow-Down

August 24, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — An international compressor manufacturer has laid off 100 workers at its Arkadelphia factory because of a seasonal slow-down in the industry. Danfoss Scroll Technologies said in a statement the layoffs of 60 full-time employees and all temporary workers were effective this past Thursday.

Obama Consults with GE, AMEX Execs On Job Creation

August 24, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is soliciting advice from the co-chairmen of his jobs council on employment boosting initiatives in advance of a major economics address he intends to deliver after Labor Day. The discussions Wednesday morning with General Electric CEO and chairman Jeffrey Immelt and American Express CEO and chairman Kenneth Chenault focused on increasing engineering graduates and adding...

Oil Rises On News Of Stronger Manufacturing Activity

August 24, 2011 9:09 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil rose Wednesday following news of stronger U.S. manufacturing activity. Benchmark West Texas crude on Wednesday rose 75 cents to $86.19 per barrel in New York, while Brent crude was up $1.34 at $110.65 per barrel in London. Prices climbed after the government reported that orders for long-lasting, durable goods like autos and aircraft increased 4 percent in July, the biggest increase since March.

Parts In Place To Assemble First Boeing 787

August 24, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing workers are preparing to assemble the company's first 787 made in its new $750 million South Carolina plant. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported ( Wednesday that the completed aft section of the plane body was wheeled into the assembly plant earlier this week.


Here Comes The Sun...Powered Vehicle?

August 24, 2011 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

SunPower, one of the leading solar power companies in the United States, has announced it is teaming up with Ford to make a "green" vehicle that features an option that allows is to run entirely on solar power. Just how will this work? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Threats To Your Mobile Device

August 24, 2011 6:26 am | Videos | Comments

What's interesting about the rise of mobile devices in business settings is the lack of information out there about potential security risks associated with using these devices. Much like a personal computer, a mobile device is very susceptible to spyware, malware, and other unwanted threats.


More Lipstick, Beer - Consumers Take On Market Anxiety

August 24, 2011 6:25 am | Videos | Comments

How worried are you about the economy? A Reuters/IPSOS poll finds 47 percent of you fear the worst is coming. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Smartphones: A New Way To Pay

August 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

Soon we may use smartphones to make all of our payments instead of cash or credit cards. Molly Wood, Executive Editor at CNET TV, reports. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.



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