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Why Full Skies Could Mean A New Recession

May 16, 2013 2:39 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

Rebound or relapse? Reuters Breakingviews says planespotters know that the global economy could be heading for a fresh downturn. Aggressive aircraft orders may mean economic contraction the following year, and a warning that things may get pretty bumpy next year.

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Only 2 Of 13 Small SUVs Do Well In Crash Tests

May 16, 2013 2:28 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations. Fast-selling models such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Jeep Wrangler received only "marginal" or "poor" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapses, Kills 2

May 16, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapsed on workers early Thursday, killing two people and injuring seven, in the latest accident spotlighting the often lethal safety conditions faced by those toiling in the global garment industry.

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Toyota Begins To Export Yaris Out Of France

May 16, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it started manufacturing the Yaris compact car at its French factory for export to North America. Toyota began producing the North American-bound Yaris, known in Japan as the Vitz, at the factory of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France S.A.S. in Onnaing near the city of Valenciennes. It will be the first export of European-assembled models to North America.

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Trade Group Slams Safety Pact For Bangladesh

May 16, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special interests. The five-year, legally binding contract requires them to help pay for fire safety and building improvements in Bangladesh.

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Honda To Return To F1 As Engine Supplier

May 16, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese car manufacturer Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to the automaker's former partner McLaren of Britain. Honda president Takanobu Ito announced the decision at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

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IN Fertilizer Plant Operator Defends Safety

May 16, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant said Wednesday the project will be safe and not handle explosive materials like a Texas plant where a deadly explosion occurred last month. All of the products made at the Ohio Valley Resources LLC proposed for the Ohio River city of Rockport will be liquid, non-flammable and non-explosive, Fairfield, Ill.-based developer Doug Wilson said.

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Crash Course: Spacer Shaft Alignment

May 16, 2013 8:03 am | by LUDECA Inc. | Videos | Comments

Misalignment between machines can cause unscheduled downtime, increased power consumption, and increased vibration. In this video, LUDECA focuses on spacer shaft alignments, describing the unique benefits, tolerances, and alignment methods specific to spacer shaft machines using laser alignment equipment.

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Wearable Robots Getting Lighter, More Portable

May 16, 2013 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

A wheelchair may not be the only option for people who cannot walk on their own. So-called wearable robots are becoming lighter and more portable. The devices won't replace wheelchairs, which are faster. None of the devices are speedy enough, for example, for a paralyzed person to walk across a street before the light changes, said Arun Jayaraman of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, who is testing a number of similar devices.

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Top 10 Coolest Things At AMUG 2013

May 16, 2013 8:01 am | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

iSpy Jake Ervin attended the AMUG (Additive Manufacturing Users Group) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida this year. Vendors displayed some very exciting parts manufacturing with additive technology. Jake shows us the top 10 coolest parts exhibited at the event.

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Second Life For Boeing Airplanes

May 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Boeing | Videos | Comments

Boeing has earned a reputation for its commitment to environmental strategies, positioning itself as an industry leader in developing ways to lessen environmental impact. One example of that is through its aircraft recycling program. Take a look at some of the ways Boeing is providing a second life to reclaimed and certified airplane parts and materials.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Fall By Most In 3 Years

May 15, 2013 2:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Sharp drops in fuel and food costs reduced a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in April by the most in three years. Outside those volatile categories, inflation stayed tame. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in April from March, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

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Man Electrocuted At St. Louis Co. Plant

May 15, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man is dead after being electrocuted at a manufacturing plant in St. Louis County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that employees of St. Louis Cold Drawn Inc. arrived at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday and found the 55-year-old victim on the ground. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital and pronounced dead.

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Boeing Resumes 787 Deliveries After 4-Month Halt

May 15, 2013 2:05 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing restarted deliveries of 787s on Tuesday after a four-month halt while it dealt with the smoldering batteries that had kept the planes grounded. Boeing handed the plane over to Japan's All Nippon Airways at its factory in Everett, Wash.

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TX Plant Explosion Findings To Be Released

May 15, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal agents will release this week the findings of an investigation into a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will announce their findings on Thursday.

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Foes Of IN Fertilizer Plant Cite TX Blast

May 15, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant are arguing that state officials should block the project because of dangers highlighted by last month's deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer manufacturer. An Illinois businessman is seeking permission to build a fertilizer plant projected to cost $950 million near the Ohio River city of Rockport.

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North Dakota Pasta Plant To Restart Production

May 15, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Noodles by Leonardo plant in Cando will start producing pasta again next week after six months of closed doors. The facility is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors.

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Paradise Lost For Asian Manufacturers

May 15, 2013 12:55 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

Cheap labor and fast production once made Asia a near-nirvana for Western retailers and manufacturers. Massive factories and a yound population with a strong work ethic created an ideal production location. But as risks, and costs, rise, many of these Western businesses are planning to shift their production closer to home.

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Tough Job - Sweet Deal Giveaway

May 15, 2013 10:28 am | by GOJO Industries | Product Releases | Comments

GOJO Industries today announced a special Tough Soils markets promotion that provides opportunities for customers to win a great trip or valuable prizes. Tough Job – Sweet Deal is designed to appeal especially to those who work in tough jobs and regularly use industrial and automotive hand degreaser and other hand cleaning and conditioning products.

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U.S. Factory Output Falls In April

May 15, 2013 10:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries reduced output. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that manufacturing output dropped 0.4 percent in April from March. It was the third decline in four months and the biggest since October.

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