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Spend Time By The Pool

April 30, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) announces their new PoolMaster Butterfly Valves for water treatment and other industrial applications. The PoolMaster valves feature a PVC body and disc with EPDM liners, and are available in sizes from 2” to 8”.

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Turbine Maker Gets $7 Million In State, Federal Grants

April 30, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a western Michigan company develop wind-energy products. Energetx Composites of Holland makes turbines. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. this week said it's giving $3.5 million and the U.S. Energy Department will match it.

Tomato Exec Faces More Felonies For Antitrust Violations

April 30, 2010 4:33 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities investigating an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains broadened their case against the former owner of a California company Thursday with five more felony counts. The new charges, which add to seven counts pending from an earlier indictment, allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc.

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Massey Offers $3 Million To Families Of Killed Coal Miners

April 30, 2010 4:31 am | by Tim Huber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Massey Energy Co. is offering $3 million to each of the families of 29 men killed in an explosion at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the daughter of one of the victims said Thursday. The offer came a week earlier when Massey officials visited the family, said Michelle McKinney, daughter of Benny Ray Willingham.

McWane Cast Iron Idles Pipe Plant, 117 Workers

April 30, 2010 4:20 am | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — McWane Cast Iron Pipe Co. says it's temporarily shutting down its Birmingham water-pipe plant because continued weakness in housing construction has reduced demand. The shutdown will idle 117 workers. The plant hasn't been shut down since the late 1970s. It was built in 1921 and is the first of McWane's pipe, valve and hydro-fittings plants across North America.

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For A 'Green' Company, BP Wreaks Environmental Damage

April 30, 2010 4:18 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil giant BP brands itself a friend of the environment, an energy company that goes "beyond petroleum." That image, worth billions of dollars, is being sullied by the company's inability to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As the expanding oil slick threatens marshlands and wildlife along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, BP faces perhaps the biggest public relations challenge an oil company has experienced in the United States since the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska in 1989.

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Lawmakers: Black Boxes For All New Cars

April 30, 2010 4:13 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — New cars and trucks would be required to carry black boxes to record crash information and automakers would pay fees to help fund the government's auto safety agency under a series of proposals in Congress in response to Toyota's massive recalls. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday released a draft that could form the basis of legislation to strengthen vehicle safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Harley-Davidson Threatens To Abandon Wisconsin

April 29, 2010 11:29 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. has warned its employees it may have to move its Milwaukee manufacturing operations if it can't cut millions of dollars in costs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that company officials told employees Thursday there are significant "cost gaps" that must be filled.

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The Price Is Right

April 29, 2010 9:36 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

I’m the proud owner of a 2010 Honda CR-V.  I bought the car back in December—before Toyota’s problems had surfaced. When Toyota’s issues came to light a month later, I was even happier with my choice. But every now and then, I feel some guilt.

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Hear The Heat

April 29, 2010 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Technologies (Delta, BC, Canada) has designed the ThermoSounder feature on the LTX12 Infrared Thermometer to provide users with audio feedback of both cold and hot spots. The audio feature prevents users from having to interpret digital readouts. The LTX12 has a wide temperature range—20° to 1,200°F—and a 10:1 distance to measurement spot ratio.

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Video Release: Get Movin'

April 29, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) has released a new video that presents the features of its CM12 and CM25 celing-mounted commercial spot air conditioners. The CM12 and CM25 are designed to fit in the cramped ceiling space above equipment closets or server roomers, and built-in mounting brackets allow for a quick installation.

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Rubber Stands Up To Anything

April 29, 2010 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Iron Works, Inc. (Mountain Top, PA) announces that it will distribute the line of industrial rubber doors from TNR Industrial Doors, Inc. The Extreme Performance Doors have been designed for applications with extreme dirt or corrosive factors, such as torrential rain, blizzard snow, scorching heat, or frigid cold.

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Hardened Reactive Metals Drive Innovation

April 29, 2010 6:39 am | by Brian P. Hood, Product Manager, Flowserve Flow Control Division | Articles | Comments

Metal-seated ball valves used in highly corrosive or erosive applications must be able to withstand challenging operating environments. Zirconium, titanium, and other reactive/refractory metals are extremely corrosion-resistant and are often used by valve manufacturers to design valves for applications involving sulfuric, hydrochloric, and acetic acids.

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Rising Chinese Currency Will Not Save U.S. Manufacturing

April 29, 2010 5:38 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

IMPO recently sat down with Josh Green, CEO of Panjiva, to discuss the ongoing tale of China’s yuan, the global pressure to allow the currency to rise in value, and what affect that might have on U.S. manufacturing. IMPO: Could you provide an overview of what China is doing with their currency, and why? Green: China has pegged its currency to its specific exchange rate.

Two Ohio Cabinetry Plants Threatened With Closure

April 28, 2010 6:37 am | News | Comments

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A major employer in southern Ohio's Pike County says it will close its two cabinetry plants if it can't find a buyer, putting more than 1,200 jobs at risk. Taylor, Mich.-based Masco Corp. said Tuesday that if there is no sale, the Mill's Pride cabinetry factories in Waverly and nearby Seal Township are likely to shut down by spring of next year.

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One Injured In Maryland Plant Explosion

April 28, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — Washington County's emergency services director says a man has been airlifted to a Baltimore hospital after an explosion and fire at a paint manufacturing plant in Williamsport. Kevin Lewis said the blast shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday was contained to one room at the Rust-Oleum plant where the victim worked.

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Life Sentence Sought For Fraud, Illegal Immigrants

April 28, 2010 4:09 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former kosher slaughterhouse manager who was convicted of financial fraud not only cheated a bank out of $26 million (€19.6 million), prosecutors claim, he also knowingly employed illegal immigrants. Sholom Rubashkin was never convicted of immigration violations and his attorneys dispute the allegations, but they still could be an issue at his sentencing hearing Wednesday on 86 financial fraud charges.

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U.S. Pushes China On 'Protectionist' Technology Policy

April 28, 2010 4:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Global technology suppliers face a looming Chinese deadline to reveal the inner workings of computer encryption and other security products in a move the United States and Europe say is protectionist. Suppliers must comply with the rules that take effect Saturday or risk being shut out of the billions of dollars in purchases that the Chinese government makes of smart cards, secure routers, anti-spam software and other security products.

Automakers Bending Over Backwards For Wealthy Chinese

April 28, 2010 4:02 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The businessman climbed into the Rolls Royce Phantom with the gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and sank his feet into wine-red carpet. He says he has a Mercedes S600 sedan and a Jaguar sports car at home but needs something for work. "I just have to consider whether it's too flashy.

Chinese Drywall Maker To Pay For Renovation

April 28, 2010 3:59 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $164,000 to a Louisiana family whose home was ruined by Chinese-made drywall and said the tainted material must be removed. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's latest ruling comes less than a month after he awarded $2.

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