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Straightening Global Automotive’s Backbone

March 2, 2010 8:24 am | by Daniel P. Malone, Attorney, Dykema | Articles | Comments

Here’s the problem. Most nations still have their own unique automotive safety and environmental regulations. As a result of this regulatory diversity, a hot-selling car in one market cannot simply be sold in other markets; and a car certified as having met all regulations in, say the United States, cannot obtain approval for sale in other nations without first incurring substantial, additional costs.

Preemptive Disaster Planning

March 2, 2010 8:19 am | by Allen Melton and Jason Trahan | Articles | Comments

How would your company respond if your manufacturing plant were flooded? Or hit by a tornado? Or damaged by fire? Your likely response would be to discuss your company's business continuity plan (BCP) for these events … but what about the financial recovery? Many large food manufacturers have business continuity plans that detail procedures for ensuring employee safety, salvaging supplies and inventory and restoring operations should disaster strike.

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GM Won't Reopen Plants, Citing Expense

March 2, 2010 8:03 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will not reopen any factories, even though it has shortages of several new models, the company's top sales executive said Tuesday. Vice President of Sales Susan Docherty told reporters on a conference call that GM needs to use its current factories to the maximum rather than taking the expensive step of reopening a closed plant.

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Feds Consider Brake Overrides In All New Cars

March 2, 2010 7:03 am | by Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday his agency may recommend that all new vehicles sold in the U.S. be equipped with brakes that can override the gas pedal. The idea seemed to be gaining support among lawmakers as Toyota officials returned for a third hearing on lethal safety defects.

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Access Control For You And 300 Friends

March 2, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaba Access Control (Winston-Salem, NC) announces that its E-Plex 5800 Series FIPS 201 Locks and Stand-Alone Access Controllers (SAC) are now the only standalone products that are GSA-approved. The E-Plex 5800 series offers multiple levels of security based on their access control needs, and works with TWIC, PIV, CAC NG, FRAC, and other FIPS 201 interoperable credentials.

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Keep The Corrosives Safe

March 2, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of corrosion- and chemical-resistant tanks and containers are now available from Assmann Corporation (Garrett, IN). The tanks are made from high-density crosslink or FDA-compliant linear polyethylene and can be used to store or transport corrosive and hazardous materials.

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Please, Continue Engine-Braking

March 2, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Warner Electric (Rockford, IL) introduces a new heavy duty Gen2 electromagnetic packaged clutch/brake UniModule for use in conveyor applications. The Gen2 modules feature two significant design modifications: first, larger bearings provide a dynamic load capability increase of 47 percent.

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Silicone: The Magical Adhesive

March 2, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dampney Company (Everett, MA) is a one-part, room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone adhesive/sealant for high temperature industrial applications. The Thurmalox 2655 is 100 percent silicone rubber and cures to a tough, elastomeric sealant at room temperature while retaining permanent flexibility -80°F to 550°F.

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China Plans 'Clean Energy' Overhaul Over 10 Years

March 2, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China plans to have "clean energy" account for 15 percent of its total consumption under a 10-year renewable energy promotion program soon to be made public, a state-run newspaper cites the head of the country's National Energy Administration as saying. The government will spend billions of dollars on building nuclear and solar power plants, wind farms and on research into renewable energy technology, Zhang Guobao said in Tuesday's edition of the China Daily.

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IBM Cuts 1,500 Nationwide, Mum On Details

March 2, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM Corp. cut more than 1,500 jobs across a number of divisions Monday, a sliver of the technology company's nearly 400,000 workers worldwide. IBM wouldn't comment. Documents submitted by laid-off workers to the Alliance(at)IBM, a labor union representing a small percentage of IBM employees, indicate that at least 1,518 jobs were cut.

DuPont Restarts Production At Idled Plant After Death

March 2, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — DuPont says it's begun restarting its idled chemical plant in Belle. The company halted operations last month after a series of leaks, including one that led to the death of a worker. Spokesman Roger Hess said Tuesday most units that weren't involved in the leaks have been restarted.

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BAE Systems Guilty Of Conspiracy, Gets $400 Million Fine

March 2, 2010 3:36 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense company BAE Systems PLC pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday and a judge imposed a $400 million fine, among the largest in the Justice Department's efforts to combat overseas corruption in international business. The defense contractor knowingly failed to ensure compliance with legal prohibitions on foreign bribery.

GM Recalls 1.3 Million Compacts For Failed Steering

March 2, 2010 3:23 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 1.3 million Chevrolet and Pontiac compact cars sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to fix power steering motors that can fail. The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s, 2005 and 2006 Pontiac Pursuits sold in Canada and 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G4s sold in Mexico.

Ind. Auto Parts Maker To Add 285 Jobs

March 2, 2010 3:12 am | News | Comments

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Lear Operations Corp. plans to increase production at its northwestern Indiana factory and potentially add 285 jobs this year. The company announced Tuesday it would invest more than $2.2 million at the factory in Hammond to make seating for the Ford Explorer SUV. Southfield, Mich.

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Gharda To Pay $8 Million For Texas Pesticide Fire

March 2, 2010 3:10 am | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — A jury in Houston has ordered a chemical manufacturer to pay nearly $8.4 million in a negligence verdict over a 2004 industrial fire. The blaze at the Control Solutions Inc. pesticides warehouse forced some Pasadena and other nearby residents to take cover for hours.

Energy Meets Quality

March 1, 2010 11:23 am | Articles | Comments

Prestress of the glass panes requires extremely careful handling and a high level of precision in the transfer system. Stops with air nozzles installed on the belt sections and lift transverse units briefly raise the film on the top of the glass, making it possible to reliably and precisely position the fragile panes at any time.

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The Last Time I Panicked

March 1, 2010 11:18 am | by Ed Halm, Owner, Backwater Paddle Company | Articles | Comments

How could I ever forget the last time I panicked at work! September 29th, 2008. The day the stock market crashed. The fire that was forging a fledgling Backwater Paddle Company was doused. Fortunately, we persevered, relit that fire, redirected our resources, and rose again like the phoenix from the ashes.

Atlas Copco Completes Acquisition Of Quincy Compressor

March 1, 2010 10:50 am | News | Comments

Stockholm , Sweden, March 1, 2010 — Atlas Copco today completed the acquisition of Quincy Compressor from EnPro Industries, with the exception of Quincy’s Chinese operations, where regulatory approvals from relevant local authorities are still pending. Quincy Compressor designs and manufactures reciprocating compressors, rotary screw compressors and vacuum pumps, primarily under the Quincy brand.

Whirlpool CEO Earns $10.8 Million As 1,100 Jobs Go Overseas

March 1, 2010 10:38 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. CEO Jeff M. Fettig's compensation soared more than 75 percent last year to $10.8 million as the appliance maker began to see shoppers making bigger purchases again, according to an Associated Press analysis of regulatory filings. Fettig, 53, received the pay hike largely in the form of a performance-based cash bonus worth $5.

Loading Docks, Made Easy

March 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vestil Manufacturing Co. (Angola, IN) offers a trailer lock system that is designed for installation directly in front of the loading dock, with an electric hydraulic system that lifts the hook bar to capture the ICC bar on the back of semi-trailers. To ensure safety, the system comes standard with an accumulator that allows the dock to follow the trailer up and down as it is loaded or unloaded.

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