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135 Jobs Cut As GM Moves Parts Factory To Mexico

February 12, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — A union official says about 135 people will be out of work as a northeastern Indiana auto parts factory shuts down. It will be the second time in a year that Fort Wayne Foundry Corp. has closed its Columbia City plant. The company restarted the factory in July, weeks after it laid off more than 600 workers by closing plants in Fort Wayne and Columbia City.


Nissan To Take Orders For Electric Leaf In April

February 12, 2010 3:42 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday that it will start signing up customers in April who want to buy its new Leaf electric car, with shipments starting by the end of the year. Nissan has shown the five-passenger sedan, which can go 100 miles on a single charge, at cities around the country over the last three months in a push to market zero-emission technology.


Humvee's Last Hurrah In The U.S. Army

February 12, 2010 3:41 am | by Carly Everson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Army Staff Sgt. Tom Davis never saw the bomb that destroyed his Humvee as he rounded a corner in Ramadi just a week into his second tour in Iraq in 2006. Davis lost a leg and broke his back and both arms and can no longer walk or work. He'll never know whether he would have been less severely injured if he'd been in a different vehicle.


U.S. To Average 95,000 Jobs Per Month In 2010

February 11, 2010 8:40 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is likely to average 95,000 more jobs each month this year, while personal savings will remain high as credit remains tight, according to a White House report released Thursday. The Council of Economic Advisers also trumpeted the $787 billion economic stimulus package, which it said has saved or created about 2 million jobs.

Silicon Valley's Slow Demise

February 11, 2010 8:38 am | by Brooke Donald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Silicon Valley's economy took a big hit during the global meltdown and could have trouble climbing out, according to a report released Wednesday. The 2010 Index of Silicon Valley said the region is entering a "new phase of uncertainty" where job losses, a shrinking foreign talent pool, a drop in investments and state legislative gridlock could put its standing as the center of technology at risk.

Pepsi Doubles 4Q Profit On Snacks, Overseas Soda

February 11, 2010 8:37 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit almost doubled on strength in its snacks business and overseas beverage operations, while U.S. beverages continued to slump. The drink maker said Thursday it will continue to launch new snack products as well as speed growth in developing markets, which it expects to boost revenue and profit.

Trade Deficit Surges To $40 Billion In December

February 11, 2010 8:36 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged to a larger-than-expected $40.18 billion in December, the biggest imbalance in 12 months. The wider deficit reflected a rebounding economy that is pushing up demand for imports. The Commerce Department said the December deficit was 10.4 percent higher than the November imbalance.

A Fluid Pump That's A Bit Eccentric

February 11, 2010 8:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EnvironGear Sealless Gear Pumps, made by PeopleFlo, are now avilable through Springer Pumps (Telford, PA). The pumps are designed to handle a wide range of fluids, with features like high-strength spindlers, one fluid chamber, and an internally adjustable integral relief valve.


Xenon-Besting LED Stroboscope

February 11, 2010 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is offering the DT-329, an LED-based stroboscope that delivers a crisp image while operating at all flash rates with high brightness. Even at repeats up to 120,000 FPM, the service life of the DT-329 is five times greater than traditional xenon flash tube-based stroboscopes, according to the company.


Hop Aboard The Cleanroom Trolley

February 11, 2010 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The David Round Company (Solon, OH) offers a new series of stainless steel trolley products for clean room use, designed to meet the needs of food processors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and electronics producers. Manual, hand-geared, and motorized stainless steel trolley products are available to position chain, strap, or wire rope hoist products in the plants.


Light-Duty, Not Light-Featured

February 11, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. (West Seneca, NY) introduces its new range of Flexello brand D Series light-duty swivel casters for a variety of applications, such as carts, dollies, work cabinets, and tool boxes. The casters are offered in four sizes (2”, 3”, 4”, and 5”) with load capacities ranging from 110 to 220 lbs.


If Anyone Laughs Last, It’s Mexico...

February 11, 2010 6:03 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

“Oh, What a Feeling: Watching Toyota Flunk for Once” When I first read the headline a few days ago on, I assumed the feature would be thinly veiled tongue-in-cheek commentary about the recent debacle with Toyota’s massive recalls. In my mind, the prospect of anyone taking satisfaction in this highly terrifying safety breach is hard to believe.


Building On A Manufacturing Legacy

February 11, 2010 5:19 am | by Greg Morrison, Morrison Industrial Equipment Co. Howard Bernstein, The Atlas Companies | Articles | Comments

Since 1953,  Morrison Industrial Equipment Company  (Grand Rapids, MI) has lived by a simple credo: provide unparalleled customer service. Beginning from a six-employee office with a focus on selling  lift trucks , Morrison Industrial Equipment has grown to include 13 facilities in 11 cities spread across Michigan and northern Indiana.


Governors To Congress: Be Fair To Toyota

February 11, 2010 4:36 am | by Roger Alford, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Four governors of states with Toyota plants called Wednesday for Congress to be fair to the automaker in hearings concerning safety recalls. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley asked in a letter Wednesday that Toyota get "a responsible and fair response from the federal government.


Grainger Announces 2010 Catalog, 300,000 MRO Products

February 10, 2010 8:55 am | News | Comments

LAKE FOREST, IL (Feb. 8, 2010) — Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its 2010 catalog including more than 300,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, the company’s largest offering yet.

Effective Cooling of Process Control Panels

February 10, 2010 8:16 am | Articles | Comments

Over the past few decades, the use of sophisticated high density electronics within automation and process control panels has become commonplace. Thermal management and its related costs for these electronic enclosures are very important considerations in managing these valuable assets.


Faster Is The New Fast

February 10, 2010 8:15 am | by Jim Carroll | Articles | Comments

I spend a huge amount of my time as a keynote speaker at countless conferences and events, many of them within and to the food, packaging, retail and restaurant sector. I also spend quite a bit of time with smaller, strategy-oriented leadership session designed around the theme of “how to innovate in a high velocity economy.

Stoody Ordering, Simplified

February 10, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stoody (St. Louis, MO) announces a new system that eliminates the need to place separate purchase orders for Stoody and other Thermadyne products. The new system will enable customers to order all Thermadyne-branded products on a single order, with the total order being applied to free freight minimums.


The Pressure Of Ultrasonic Welding

February 10, 2010 7:03 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sensor Products (Madison, NJ) is now offering Pressurex pressure-indicating sensor film, which can be used during ultrasonic welding to ensure that the horn and anvil are precisely aligned during setup. Pressurex reveals the distribution and magnitude of pressure between any two contacting surfaces, and when placed between the horn and anvil or the ultrasonic bonder, the film instantaneously and permanently changes color proportional to the pressure applied.


Breathe Easy In The Sewers

February 10, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro (Garden Grove, CA) has manufactured the Manhole Ventilation Passthru (MVP), which is designed to maintain and redirect air flow, with minimal restrictions, into manholes, sewers, and tanks. The MVP combines three components—a low-profile air vent, 90° elbow, and built-in mounting—all in one unit.



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