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Nixon Announces Incentives For MO Company

June 7, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Missouri business that makes chrome-plated plastic auto parts is receiving state aid to train its employees. Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Missouri is providing up to $809,000 of job training services for 350 employees at SRG Global in Portageville. He says the training incentives are part of a $4.2 million capital investment by the company.

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Arraignment In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case Postponed

June 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean company's arraignment on charges of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. has been postponed. Kolon Industries was set for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. That hearing has been changed to a status conference.

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May U.S. Jobs Report In Spotlight At Time Of Concern

June 7, 2013 12:30 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The government's release Friday of the May jobs report comes at a time of anxiety over the U.S. economy and whether the Federal Reserve will soon scale back its extraordinary support. Economists expect another month of job gains roughly in line with April's increase of 165,000. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 7.5 percent, a four-year low but still historically high.

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June 7, 2013 11:25 am | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

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Tank Cloud Remote Monitoring

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Automation Products Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tank Cloud Remote Monitoring is a cost-effective remote tank level monitoring system that enables users to monitor facilities and processes from anywhere with an internet connection, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, says the company.

MasterSil 713

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Master Bond | Product Releases | Comments

MasterSil 713 is an easy to use silicone system with a remarkably low viscosity for bonding, sealing, coating, encapsulations, and formed-in-place gaskets, explains the company.

Belt Drive Actuators

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by MISUMI USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to optimize performance and reliability at a modest cost, the MSA Series Actuators can be configured to carry loads up to 227 kg (500 lbs).

Low Profile Cart

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by CECOR Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The L44 Low Profile Cart is designed to eliminate bending and moving heavy plastic totes or makeshift bins across the shop floor.

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Attracting Talent: A Lesson In Battling Perception

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Despite the common preconceived notion that increasingly automated operations are eliminating opportunities in the manufacturing sector, the widespread adoption of advanced production technologies is actually creating opportunities, and demand, for more skilled professionals.

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ISM: Manufacturing Contracts

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in May for the first time since November 2012, and the overall economy grew for the 48th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. 

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U.S. Treasury Sets Price For GM Stock Shares

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday set a price of $34.41 per share for the sale of 30 million shares of General Motors stock. Treasury said the sale will result in aggregate proceeds to the government of $1.03 billion. A United Autoworkers retiree health care trust fund was selling 20 million of its GM shares as well, bringing total sales to 50 million shares.

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IN Pushes Ahead With Fertilizer Plant

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pakistan-based developers of a fertilizer plant have won a southwestern Indiana county's initial approval for the project, weeks after the state pulled its support. Posey County's Board of Commissioners and Council voted last week to give preliminary approval to Midwest Fertilizer Corp. for its proposed plant, including a $1.3 billion bond issue to help finance the project in the county just west of Evansville.

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Dubuque John Deere Plant Lays Off 65 Employees

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A John Deere plant in Dubuque has laid off 65 employees in its manufacturing section. John Deere spokesman Ken Golden says despite recent strong earnings, the decision is based on sales and demand in its construction and forestry division.

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Safety At Deadly China Plant 'Extremely Chaotic'

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at a poultry plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week. Safety exits were blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant and managers neglected to hold required safety drills or worker education, State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang said.

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Arraignment Set In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a South Korean company accused of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. are due in federal court in Virginia. Kolon Industries will be arraigned Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Richmond. Kolon is charged in a six-count federal indictment with theft of trade secrets, conspiracy to convert trade secrets and obstruction of justice.

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U.S. Employers Add 175K Jobs, Rate Up To 7.6 Percent

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows employers are hiring at a still-modest but steady pace despite government spending cuts and higher taxes. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April, the Labor Department said Friday.

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Robot Action Connected To Human Thought

June 7, 2013 11:01 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Thought controlled robots are no longer science fiction: An international team of scientists is working to connect human thought patterns to robotic actions. Controlled humanoids present a new world of mobility for some and a disaster clean-up tool for others.

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PCI Express Serial Interface

June 7, 2013 11:01 am | by Sealevel | Product Releases | Comments

The 7203e PCI Express serial interface provides two optically isolated serial ports, each individually configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.

Limited Edition Camouflage Pliers

June 7, 2013 10:58 am | by Klein Tools | Product Releases | Comments

The 2000 Series Side-Cutting Pliers feature a plastic-dipped camouflage handle design and a distinct black-oxide plier head with a special laser-etched “Support Our Troops” logo.

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Vibration Monitoring Technologies

June 7, 2013 10:55 am | by Meggitt | Product Releases | Comments

Simple changes from custom cable assemblies and output connectors to frequency response and output sensitivity can result in significant cost savings and confidence in data integrity.

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