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Nissan Recalls 2013 Altima For Spare Tire Defect

April 29, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 123,308 Altima sedans because their spare tires may be over- or underinflated. Altimas from the 2013 model year that were made between March 21 and March 26 are affected. Tires that are significantly over- or underinflated can increase the risk of a crash. Nissan says it has no reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect, which was discovered by a dealer.

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Lawsuits From Fertilizer Plant Blast Now Total 6

April 29, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Central Texas fertilizer plant explosion has now spawned six lawsuits, including one from the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in the blast. Fourteen people died and more than 200 were injured by the April 17 blast in the small Central Texas town of West. Dozens of buildings were destroyed or severely damaged.

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MS Lawmakers Pass Incentives For Tire Maker

April 29, 2013 10:09 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese company will get incentives that could be worth more than $330 million to build a tire manufacturing plant in Clay County. Mississippi lawmakers quickly passed the bill intended for Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. in a Friday special session, with House members supporting it 117-2 and Senate members supporting it unanimously. The entire session took less than four hours.

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Climate Curtain Protects U.S. Glass Block Manufacturer

April 29, 2013 9:00 am | by Marcus Mohwinkel, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Goff’s Enterprises, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Pittsburgh Corning is a world leader in innovative glass block products for commercial, institutional, government and residential building applications. The company is the only U.S.-based manufacturer of glass block. The company needed to create a climate-controlled, low-dust environment. Further, the warehouse measured 100 feet wide by 400 feet long—but assembly operations required only a portion of the total area.

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Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

April 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Patrick T. Copps, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

The push to use environmentally friendly methods in plant operations, including pest management, continues to gain traction. Conservation and recycling efforts now play a major part in our daily lives, whether at home, at work or at another public place. But what about your facility?

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GM Wants Tough Punishment In Hybrid Secrets Theft

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. wants a long prison sentence next week for a former employee and her husband who were convicted of stealing hybrid vehicle technology for potential use by competitors in China. Trade secrets were found on at least seven computers owned by ex-GM engineer Shanshan Du and Yu Qin, according to prosecutors.

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Chrysler To Invest $20M In Toledo Machining Plant

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will invest $19.6 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to increase capacity of the torque converter it’s machining for the nine-speed transmission. With this announcement, the Company’s total investments in its U.S. operations since June 2009 increase to over $5.2 billion.

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Welder Apparently Electrocuted At AZ Plant

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man doing welding work on the rooftop of a Glendale manufacturing plant is dead of an apparent electrocution. Authorities say the man was badly burned and fell 20 feet to the ground after he somehow touched live wires around 11:20 a.m. Thursday.

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Caterpillar Laying Off About 60 At IL Plant

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is laying off about 60 employees at a plant in central Illinois as the company deals with declining profits. The Journal Star in Peoria reports that Caterpillar said Thursday that it will lay off workers at a foundry in Mapleton starting in early May. The town is just south of Peoria, where Caterpillar is based.

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Tests Detail Pollutants At Former Ford-Owned Site

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Testing on a site formerly owned by Ford Motor Co. in suburban Detroit where chemical solvents have been found shows pollutants are more widely dispersed than initially suspected. Results were discussed Wednesday at a public meeting, and there's concern a park and area homes could be affected.

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New Corvette To Start Around $52,000

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

General Motors said Friday that a base model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will start at just under $52,000. Considering everything that GM put into the newest Corvette, the $1,400 price increase over the current model seems pretty modest. The 2014 Corvette goes on sale this summer. The latest version was completely redone, and shares only two parts with the current model, which is nine years old.

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Technology And The Digital Revolution

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The story of Silicon Valley Silicon Alley is a tale of two digital cities competing for national dominance. Google's Jared Cohen and New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Hunt join the NOW panel to talk about the age of American innovation.

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Entrematic Strengthens N. America Offering With 4Front Acquisition

April 26, 2013 5:01 pm | News | Comments

Entrematic’s presence in North America is strengthened by its most recent acquisition of4Front, the U.S.-based loading dock and warehouse products company with its industry-leading brands, including Kelley and Serco. By combining long established brands under one umbrella, Entrematic now boasts one of the world’s most complete ranges of entrance automation products, supported by dedicated specialists with extensive experience.

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HeatSeeker™ Thermal Imager

April 26, 2013 5:00 pm | by IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. | Product Releases | Comments

The HeatSeeker™ incorporates an auto hot/cold tracker, a new technology that automatically pinpoints the hottest and coldest temperatures within a single screen by highlighting both with dual cursors.

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SniffIT Leak Detectors

April 26, 2013 4:59 pm | by Nolek | Product Releases | Comments

The SniffIT Digital® series of leak detectors will first be released in two versions: The SniffIT X1 Pro & Lite for detecting helium and hydrogen, and the SniffIT X3 Pro & Lite for refrigerant gases.

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Machine Guarding

April 26, 2013 4:56 pm | by Tapeswitch Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The AIE is a double key, stainless steel, access interlock suitable for machine guarding on hinged and sliding doors, gates and fences.

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StressPly®SA Self-Adhered Membrane

April 26, 2013 4:54 pm | by The Garland Company, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

StressPly SA FR Mineral is an SBS, dual fiberglass and polyester reinforced membrane incorporating a fire retardant compound and a mineral surface.

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BoxBolt® Fasteners

April 26, 2013 4:52 pm | by LNA Solutions, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

BoxBolt provides a safe, secure means of connecting rectangular, circular, or square hollow tube steel in applications where access to the tube is limited to the opposite side of the connection, according to the company.

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Limitless™ Wireless Solutions

April 26, 2013 4:50 pm | by Honeywell | Product Releases | Comments

The battery-operated Limitless™ Wireless Non-Contact Switch allows customers to choose either top sensing or side sensing.

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High Speed Pick & Pack Robot

April 26, 2013 4:48 pm | by QComp Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This fast and flexible system is designed to minimize labor-intensive picking and packing tasks and handle the newest package designs, such as stand up pouches.

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