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Photo Of The Day: Vintage Chevy Auction

August 20, 2013 2:35 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two-day auction will feature mostly unsold Chevrolets that have sat untouched for decades. They'll go on the block in as-is condition. About 50 have fewer than 20 miles on the odometer, and some are so rare that no one has established a price. 

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Nissan To Add Diesel Engine To New Pickup

August 20, 2013 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. will offer a diesel engine in its reworked Titan full-size pickup truck, joining Chrysler's Ram with diesel powerplants in light-duty trucks. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday that a 300-plus horsepower, 5-Liter diesel engine made by Cummins will be available as an option on the next generation Titan. 

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Ally To Pay Gov't $5.2B For Preferred Stock

August 20, 2013 2:30 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Auto financing and banking company Ally Financial took a big step toward exiting U.S. government ownership Tuesday, announcing a deal to pay taxpayers $5.2 billion for preferred stock granted in a 2009 bailout during the financial crisis.

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Sugar Company Fined For Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Paul, Idaho. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the enforcement action Monday. EPA investigators say the company discharged stormwater without a permit last year.

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Steel Fab Plans VA Operation, 50 Jobs

August 20, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel Fab plans to open a pressure tank manufacturing facility in Russell County that will create 50 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that Steel Fab will invest $1.5 million in the operation, which will be located in Lebanon.

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How To Build A Military Helicopter

August 20, 2013 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Take an inside look at how a military production plant in the UK goes from creating a computerized aircraft design to a battle-ready helicopter taking flight. AugustWestland builds military helicopters, "Wildcats" or the AW159, on a site that spans 300 acres.

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Study: Warehouses Plan Technology Investments

August 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by Motorola Solutions, Inc. | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions has announced the results of a research study that details shifts in the plans of warehouse professionals across several industries as they respond to new opportunities in the market and mounting pressures inside their organizations. The role of technology in warehouses has shifted from purely reducing costs and has increasingly expanded into adjacent benefits that can drive differentiation and profitable growth.

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Hyundai Labor Union To Strike For 4 Hours

August 20, 2013 10:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai's labor union said 46,000 workers will stage a four-hour strike over two days this week as the union increases pressure on the automaker for higher wages and benefits. Union spokesman Kwon Oh-il said Tuesday that talks with Hyundai Motor Co. management had made little progress.

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10,000-Gallon Tank Explodes At PA Plant; 1 Dead

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank exploded at an industrial park on Monday and went flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby. The tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area, but the spill was contained, firefighters said.

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Creditors File Objections To Detroit Bankruptcy

August 20, 2013 10:14 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city's biggest employee union, retirees and even a few dozen residents filed objections Monday to Detroit's request for bankruptcy protection, the largest municipal filing in U.S. history and a move aimed at wiping away billions of dollars in debt.

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Kawasaki Heavy To Build Factory For 787 Fuselage

August 20, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. will construct a new factory to produce larger fuselages for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, its officials said Tuesday. The heavy machinery and engineering company will begin construction in 2014 on land adjacent to its existing facilities in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, and plans to start production as early as in 2015.

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KY Catalytic Converter Plant To Bring 50 Jobs

August 20, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsui Kinzoku Catalysts America Inc. will locate a plant in Frankfort making catalytic converters and creating 50 full-time jobs. The company expects to invest $19.5 million in the project and wants to begin operations within two years.

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CSeries Entry Into Service Likely Delayed

August 20, 2013 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A transportation analyst says delays in the first test flight of Bombardier's new CSeries jet will likely push the plane's entry into commercial service into early 2015. Bombardier has delayed the inaugural flight three times. It was initially expected to fly by the end of June, then by the end of July and then delayed a "few weeks."

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Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

August 20, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Maker’s Row, a free service that facilitates connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll. The startup has recently secured $1M in funding. The users are happy too — Tanya Menendez, COO and co-founder, was pleased to hear that an American manufacturer posted their company’s profile and had a meeting in just two days.

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Standards Boost Business

August 20, 2013 8:01 am | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO, American National Standards Institute | Articles | Comments

From the corner offices across America to the halls of Capitol Hill, leaders in the public and private sectors are sounding the call for economic reform and job creation. As the U.S. looks to forge a path for sustainable economic growth for the nation, there is a powerful business tool that can help U.S. industry to fuel business performance and drive growth.

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LED Dock Light

August 19, 2013 4:26 pm | by Rite-Hite | Product Releases | Comments

The new light incorporates Flex Neck Technology, which offers enhanced flexibility and adjustability when lighting a trailer or container at the loading dock. 

Syphon Spray Gun

August 19, 2013 4:24 pm | by Guardair Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new gun, featuring an original flame design on its 12” aluminum extension, uses compressed air to produce a high vacuum suction to deliver a spray up to 12+ gallons of liquid an hour.

Laser Distance Meters

August 19, 2013 4:22 pm | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The 414D, 419D, and 424D Laser Distance Meters deliver accurate point-and-click measurements up to 100 m (330’), says the company.

Terminator Impact Bits

August 19, 2013 4:19 pm | by Wiha Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Key features of the Terminator Impact Bits include optimized dual material torsion zone for 60 degrees of twist and no special bit holders, an existing 1/4” drive tooling is all that is needed.

SLIM LED

August 19, 2013 4:16 pm | by Waldmann Lighting | Product Releases | Comments

The sleek profile of the luminaire is not one inch higher and wider than necessary but equipped with the latest LED technology, says the company.

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