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Insulator Tester

August 29, 2013 4:04 pm | by HD Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Insulator Tester tests energized or de-energized insulators for non-visible internal failures at any AC line voltage, explains the company.

Online Logistics

August 29, 2013 4:02 pm | by Oseco | Product Releases | Comments

With the online logistics tool, companies can plan ahead or use emergency expediting to make sure they have replacement products on the shelf that are able to continue production, says the company.

Particle Protection Apparel

August 29, 2013 3:59 pm | by Kimberley-Clark Professional IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new Kleenguard A40 Liquid & Particle Protection Apparel with breathable back protects workers against splashes and grime, while releasing body heat to keep the wearer cooler and more comfortable than traditional apparel, says the company. 

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Wes Pringle Named President Of Fluke Corporation

August 29, 2013 3:02 pm | by Fluke Corporation | News | Comments

Wes Pringle has been named President of Fluke Corporation. Pringle, who has been serving as President of Fluke Industrial, is now responsible for all Fluke global businesses, including Fluke Calibration, Fluke Biomedical and Fluke Automation. Pringle succeeds Barbara Hulit, Fluke President since 2004.

Americans Love Driving Less

August 29, 2013 2:34 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over? After rising for decades, total vehicle use in the U.S. — the collective miles people drive — peaked in August 2007. It then dropped sharply during the Great Recession and has largely plateaued since.

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Report Outlines 'Lost Decade' For NY Workers

August 29, 2013 2:32 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report on New York's economy calls the last 10 years a "lost decade" for typical workers, with median wages dropping almost 7 percent for men and about 1 percent for women. The Fiscal Policy Institute said the recovery from the Great Recession shows more underemployment despite the state restoring overall jobs lost in the downturn.

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MD Police Raid Turns Up Fake Apple Products

August 29, 2013 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maryland State Police say raids at Arundel Mills Mall turned up hundreds of counterfeit Apple products for sale at a store and kiosk. Police say troopers served search warrants at the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros kiosk last week and found hundreds of counterfeit Apple Inc. products being sold as authentic factory replacements. 

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WestJet Plans To Buy 65 737 Max From Boeing

August 29, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian airline WestJet plans to buy 65 of the new fuel-efficient 737 Max aircraft from Boeing as it looks to modernize its fleet. Boeing said Thursday that the pending order is valued at $6.3 billion at current list prices.

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U.S. Sugar Producers Receive Good News

August 29, 2013 2:24 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about low sugar prices, dry growing conditions, discolored product and a bloated North American market due in large part to Mexican exports had American Crystal Sugar Co. officials reeling in recent weeks. But CEO David Berg told employees about plans by Mexico's soft drink industry to buy more of its own cane sugar so less of it will be sold elsewhere, an issue that has frustrated U.S. executives.

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Report: 38,600 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2

August 29, 2013 2:18 pm | by E2 | News | Comments

Companies and communities across the United States announced at least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013 that could create as many as 38,600 jobs, according to a report released by the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Fall

August 29, 2013 2:06 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remained near the lowest level in more than five years last week, a sign that companies are cutting few jobs. First-time applications for benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 331,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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First U.S.-Made Smartphone Cheap To Produce

August 29, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made.

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Obama To Address AFL-CIO Convention Next Month

August 29, 2013 2:02 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will speak to the AFL-CIO's Quadrennial Convention next month in Los Angeles. The AFL-CIO is a key part of the Democratic base, but Obama has a fragile relationship with the group. White House and labor officials confirm Obama's attendance on Sept. 9. 

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Predator Drone Now Part Of CA Wildfire Battle

August 29, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Skoloff, Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

As crews advanced against a giant wildfire around Yosemite National Park, fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across the remote and rugged landscape. Officials remained confident on Thursday about their efforts to corral the Rim Fire, which grew by a relatively modest few hundred acres overnight.

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1,400 New Employees Kick Off U.S. Fusion Production

August 29, 2013 1:20 pm | by Ford Motor Company | News | Comments

Supported by 1,400 new employees, the new Ford Fusion rolled off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant yesterday, marking the first time the popular car has been built in the United States. The move expands Fusion availability by more than 30 percent – up to 350,000 units annually – as the midsize sedan is setting sales records for Ford.

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PMMI Gives Workforce A JumPPstart

August 29, 2013 1:12 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

By working together, PMMI members hope to spark a new generation of manufacturing workers. They say it takes a village to raise a child. PMMI members in Milwaukee and Minneapolis would put it another way: “It takes an industry to raise a workforce.” 

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Toyota Says New Prius, Fuel Cell Car Due In 2015

August 29, 2013 12:52 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has two important vehicles coming in 2015: the next-generation Prius hybrid and the company's first hydrogen fuel cell car. Satoshi Ogiso, a top Toyota engineer who helped develop the original Prius 20 years ago, said Wednesday that the new Prius will get significantly better fuel economy than its current 50 miles per gallon (4.7 liters per 100 kilometers).

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Nobody Hurt In TX Drilling Rig Fire

August 29, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze. The Lavaca County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Wednesday night between Shiner and Yoakum. The area is about 80 miles east of San Antonio.

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Renault's COO Steps Down Unexpectedly

August 29, 2013 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French carmaker Renault has announced that its chief operating officer, Carlos Tavares, is unexpectedly stepping down to pursue personal projects. Spokeswoman Raluca Barb said Thursday that Tavares is not leaving the company, but she would not give any more details.

IEPA OKs Work At Fire-Damaged Plant

August 29, 2013 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says limited manufacturing may resume at a fire-damaged northern Illinois chemical plant. Agency officials and attorney general's office gave the approval Wednesday for the Nova-Kem plant in the town of Seward, about 18 miles west of Rockford.

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