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Chemical Plant Fire Burning Southwest Of Peoria

June 24, 2013 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have opened a state highway as they make progress in fighting a fire at a chemical plant southwest of Peoria. Peoria County communications supervisor Sandy Klatt said Monday that state Highway 24 has been opened through Mapleton and firefighters now have the fire at the Chemtura Corporation plant under control.

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Auto-Related Firm Expected To Create 300 Jobs

June 24, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal says a firm that makes vehicle roofing systems will open a north Georgia plant that's expected to create 300 jobs. Deal said Inalfa Roof Systems will open a manufacturing facility in Cherokee County that represents a $17.1 million investment. The plant will be in the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park off Interstate 75, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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NASA Officials Debut The 'Vertical Weld Center'

June 24, 2013 1:53 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA officials publicly unveiled a new, three-story-tall cylindrical structure Friday that is a key component in constructing heavy-lift rockets for the nation's space program. It's called the "vertical weld center." The heavy metal framework holds state-of-the-art automated welding equipment, around which the Boeing Co. will build a major component of rockets for NASA's new Space Launch System: the "core stage" of the SLS rockets.

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Tesla Gets Supercharged

June 24, 2013 1:20 pm | by TeslaMotors | Videos | Comments

Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In addition to the expansion of the Supercharger network itself, Tesla has improved the technology behind the Superchargers to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S, in some cases cutting charging time in half.

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U.S. Factory Boss Held Hostage By Workers In Beijing

June 24, 2013 10:08 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American executive said Monday he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department. Chip Starnes, co-owner of Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, said local officials coerced him into signing agreements to meet the workers' demands even though he said the remaining workers weren't being laid off.

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Hostess: Twinkies To Return To Shelves July 15

June 24, 2013 10:06 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for its Twinkies snack cakes when they return to store shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15.

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Officials Investigate Deadly Williams Blast

June 24, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal officials investigating the cause of the deadly blast June 13 at the Williams Companies Inc. plant near Gonzales plan to inspect a key element of the facility this week that one federal investigator said "failed catastrophically." Investigators tell The Advocate they hoped to get a close look at a heat exchanger in the Ascension Parish facility's propylene fractionation unit.

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VW Mum On Prospects For U.S. Plant Expansion

June 24, 2013 10:03 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker. A decision about production of the new model could come as soon as the quarter that begins in July.

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Families Skeptical Of Pratt Cancer Study Findings

June 24, 2013 10:01 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a long-simmering dispute over worker illnesses was settled by a massive 11-year study that found no elevated risk of brain cancer at its plants. But for dead workers' relatives who first raised concerns years ago, the matter is far from closed.

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No Deal For GE Transportation, Union At PA Plant

June 24, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say an all-day bargaining session failed to produce an agreement aimed at heading off the elimination of 950 union jobs at a century-old locomotive manufacturing plant in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Erie Times-News says GE Transportation and Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers walked away from the bargaining table at midnight Saturday without reaching a deal.

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High-Voltage Battery Simulator & Test Systems

June 24, 2013 9:08 am | by Randall Beattie, President of SAKOR Technologies | Articles | Comments

High voltage battery simulator and test systems are essential for conducting testing of the high voltage DC power systems that are such a critical element of electric (EV) and hybrid/electric (HEV) vehicles. To accurately test a high voltage hybrid or electric drivetrain, you need to be able to provide precise, repeatable high-voltage DC power.

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Ford Explorer Production Goes International

June 24, 2013 8:00 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The first full-production Explorer rolled off the assembly line in April at Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant in the Republic of Tatarstan for the Russian market. Previously, only knock-down versions of Explorer had been built anywhere outside of the United States. Here, Bruce Hettle, director of manufacturing engineering with Ford, talks global Ford SUV production, the Ford Production System, and the future auto market.

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Serrated Straight Blades

June 21, 2013 4:07 pm | by Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Also known as guillotine blades, these blades are designed to cut through a wide range of soft to medium-firm products in industrial applications.

Gressel Gripos

June 21, 2013 4:04 pm | by Rotec Tools Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The Gressel gripos has been designed for clamping raw parts and finished workpieces.

Class D Yale Hoists

June 21, 2013 4:02 pm | by Columbus McKinnon Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

These popular end trucks are available for CMAA Class C and now CMAA Class D service requirements, which includes meeting the bearing life requirement of 10,000 service hours.

DTools Online

June 21, 2013 4:00 pm | by Dorner Tools IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The online site that’s home to Dorner’s conveyor productivity applications is now optimized for use with tablet computers, giving customers even more access to the design tools to  configure their belt conveyor systems.

Oil/Water Separators

June 21, 2013 3:56 pm | by Sullair IMPO Product Releases | Comments

SP Oil/Water Separators are designed specifically for molecular filtration of condensate, including emulsified lubricants produced by compressed air equipment.

Palletizing Lifts

June 21, 2013 3:53 pm | by Advance Lifts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new line includes both mechanical spring and air spring self-leveling models as well as an electric hydraulic unit for more exact positioning.

AC Current Transducer

June 21, 2013 3:51 pm | by NK Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The ATH is designed to monitor power controlled by phase-angled fired, burst fired, or time proportioned silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs) in heating applications, without requiring an external current transformer or shorting blocks.

LumaPro® LED

June 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Grainger | Product Releases | Comments

This LED lamp replaces a 60-watt incandescent lamp and provides 25 times the run time at 25,000 hours which provides energy savings of over 80 percent, says the company.

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