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Worker Rescued After Getting Stuck In Tank Of Tar

September 23, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a Florida asphalt plant has been rescued after getting stuck in a tank of tar. The Florida Times-Union reports the 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank Friday afternoon at Atlantic Coast Asphalt in Jacksonville.

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Unemployment Rates Rise In A Third Of U.S. States

September 23, 2013 9:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that 29 states added jobs, while Montana showed no net gain or loss in August. Unemployment rates rose in 18 states, fell in 17 and were unchanged in 15.

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Violence Continues Over Pay Hikes In Bangladesh

September 23, 2013 9:56 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country's main export business. Police said the violence mainly took place in the Gazipur and Savar Industrial zones, just outside the capital of Dhaka. 

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President Applauds Auto Mfg Resurgence

September 23, 2013 9:54 am | by Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama applauded the resurgence of auto manufacturing Friday at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City as he urged Congress not to hamper the nation's economic recovery with threats of a partial government shutdown. "We bet on the America worker, we bet on you and now that bet is paying off," Obama said. "You have trouble making (vehicles) fast enough."

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AR Proposed Steel Mill Lining Up Customers

September 23, 2013 9:51 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers. The Big River Steel plant, which is projected to employ more than 500 people, recently was approved for an air quality permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, pending resolution of any objections that are due before mid-October.

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5 Quick Questions: More Powerful Than ISO 14000 For Plant Floor Management

September 23, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is recognized as one of the most prestigious honors a U.S. company in the manufacturing sector can attain. We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the award. He offers perspective on goals every company in this sector should strive for and the irony of cost cuts that are often made to employee training programs. 

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Electric O.D. Clamping Tool

September 20, 2013 4:52 pm | by ESCO Tool IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Electric C-MILLHOG® O.D. Clamping End Prep Tool has a massive clamp that grips tubing from the outside, evenly distributing the holding power, to assure a chatter-free, precision end prep on both thin-wall and heavy-wall tubes.

Next-Gen Process Automation

September 20, 2013 4:50 pm | by Invensys | Product Releases | Comments

Because users can upgrade at their own pace, the Foxboro Evo system delivers the lowest total cost of automation and highest return on assets, says the company.

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Technician Series Toolboxes

September 20, 2013 4:48 pm | by Lista International Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The toolboxes feature fully-welded drawer and construction housing, allowing them to stand up to the toughest environments and usage, says the company.

Belt Cleaner Tips

September 20, 2013 4:46 pm | by Martin Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Introduced in direct response to customer input, the replaceable belt cleaner tips have increased wear life in secondary cleaners by as much as 50 percent, while cutting replacement labor time roughly in half, says the company.

TOPFLEX® 620 VFD

September 20, 2013 4:43 pm | by HELUKABEL | Product Releases | Comments

This flexible-PVC, XLPE-insulated power cable is ideal for applications with high voltage spikes and long cable runs due to its low capacitance.

HD Wearable Camera

September 20, 2013 4:41 pm | by VIEVU | Product Releases | Comments

The VIEVU2 is rugged and waterproof, encased in military grade anodized aluminum housing for durability and streams real-time HD video while connected to a Smartphone or Wi-Fi network.

VIBRA-STOP™ Thread Locker

September 20, 2013 4:39 pm | by STS/Tectorius™ | Product Releases | Comments

VIBRA-STOP overcomes traditional roadblocks that prevent thread lockers from being packaged in spray applicators, says the company.

M12™ Drilling, Fastening

September 20, 2013 4:36 pm | by Milwaukee Tool | Product Releases | Comments

The new tools will feature upgraded ergonomics with narrow, soft contoured grips for maximum comfort during prolonged use, and an all metal reversible belt clip to quickly and easily hang the tool.

Trailer Mounted Light Tower

September 20, 2013 4:34 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The LM-20-3S-TLR trailer mounted light tower provides a mobile and stable platform for elevating lighting equipment to heights up to 20 feet for effective coverage of large sites.

Disposable Microfiber System

September 20, 2013 4:31 pm | by Rubbermaid Commercial Products | Product Releases | Comments

The HYGEN Disposable Microfiber System also features built-in scrubbers that enable complete dirt removal without smearing.

Ceramic, Titanium Hybrid Blades

September 20, 2013 4:29 pm | by American Cutting Edge, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ceramic blade is chemically inert, non-magnetic, and corrosion resistant, and can withstand extreme heat without deformation.

Torksleeve Fasteners

September 20, 2013 4:27 pm | by Asymmetric Fastener Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The self-locking, dynamically balanced Torksleeve ATS offers high torque transmission and low ID to OD ratio, eliminates the need for additional locking components, and resists axial loads, says the company. 

Work Access Lifts

September 20, 2013 4:24 pm | by Advance Lifts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Within this white paper, Advance Lifts discuss many of the common and custom features available to help employees work safer and more efficiently.

Three-Phase Energy Logger

September 20, 2013 4:19 pm | by Fluke | Product Releases | Comments

The 1730 energy logger allows users to collect the key measurements of voltage, current, power, and power factor. All of these are logged automatically and can be reviewed during logging.

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