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TN Company Buys Gramercy Alumina Plant, Hikes Production

September 3, 2009 6:36 am | News | Comments

GRAMERCY, La. (AP) — At a time when aluminum producers are struggling with low prices and excess capacity, the new owners of the Gramercy Alumina plant in St. James Parish are ramping up production to gain market share, company officials said Thursday. "By increasing our production, we're really trying to take advantage of well-positioned assets," said Kyle Lorentzen, chief operating officer of Noranda Aluminum, which acquired full ownership of the 50-year-old alumina plant in Gramercy this week and told some of its 470 employees "if we're not growing, we're dying.


Boeing Plane Deliveries Drop 22% In August

September 3, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Airplane maker Boeing says deliveries of its commercial jets slid 22 percent and orders fell 11 percent in August, as airlines cancel or postpone plans to buy new planes. Chicago-based Boeing said Thursday it delivered 28 passenger and cargo jets last month. That's down from 36 during the same month last year, according to figures posted on the company's Web site.

BMW's Prius-Crushing 'Vision'

September 3, 2009 5:25 am | Articles | Comments

The new BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept was introduced this week, featuring a hybrid drive system that pushes current technology to the limit. Forget the Prius — this hybrid even absorbs excess heat from the exhaust system to recharge the battery — and will get you to 60 twice as fast.


Hybrid Hogs

September 3, 2009 4:31 am | Articles | Comments

While already controversial for cars — see the numerous YouTube videos praising and equally debunking this hydrogen technology — some bikers have decided to adapt the technology to their Harley-Davidson rides. However controversial, these riders are trying something new and innovative, trying to push the boundaries of what the public thinks is possible with a traditional gasoline engine.


When 'Rapid' Isn't Fast Enough

September 3, 2009 4:25 am | Articles | Comments

Via IET Faraday . A process of rapid manufacturing developed at Loughborough University is being used by a Ph.D student to create custom outsoles for a sprinter's particular biomechanical movement, allowing them to harness their full potential.


A P.U.M.A. Without The Bite

September 3, 2009 4:17 am | Articles | Comments

Check out the Project P.U.M.A — the result of a collaboration betweeen GM and Segway. This self-balancing vehicle blurs the boundaries between cars and bikes to create a product that, according to the company, "values less over more; taking up less space, using less energy, produced more efficiently with fewer parts, creating fewer emissions during production and operation, all while offering more enjoyment, productivity, and connectivity.


Keep It Simple, Build It Strong

September 2, 2009 12:33 pm | Articles | Comments

Via . The regional economic development group of Southern Iowa, Opportunity2, in collaboration with the region's Manufacturers Consortium has developed an Advanced Manufacturing video that showcases the great employment opportunities available in southern Iowa's manufacturing industries.


Squeaky Clean With Hotsy

September 2, 2009 12:24 pm | Articles | Comments

Hotsy's integrated wash bay systems are simple, intuitive, and will help save time at any facility that cleans trucks or other heavy equipment. Featuring a remote control box to control each function of the washer, users won't have to constantly walk back and worth — while wasting water and time — to turn the machine on and off.


"Don't Walk On By"

September 2, 2009 12:21 pm | Articles | Comments

If you're the type to just "walk on by" the plant safety hazards that seem to be unimportant at first glance, then maybe this music video is for you.


Laid Off Bobcat Employees 'Unhirable' In 50s

September 2, 2009 10:20 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bobcat Co., which makes small loaders and light construction equipment, announced Wednesday its Bismarck plant will be closed permanently and the bulk of the 475 jobs shifted to its plant in Gwinner in southeastern North Dakota. Union officials say laid-off workers in Gwinner will have first shot at the positions.


Maysteel To Close WI Factory, Cut 165 Jobs

September 2, 2009 4:31 am | News | Comments

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Maysteel says it will close one of its Menomonee Falls factories, eliminating 165 jobs and relocating another 25. The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company makes electric power parts. The company said Tuesday it will close the local plant by the end of the year.


France Threatens Blacklist Of U.S. Electronics Manufacturer

September 2, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A French minister on Wednesday threatened to ask French automakers to blacklist an American electronics company if managers don't find a way to keep its French plant open. Industry Minister Christian Estrosi has been trying to broker a deal with executives of Illinois-based Molex Inc.


Pfizer To Pay Record $2.3b Settlement

September 2, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — People familiar with a record legal settlement to be announced Wednesday say that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, will pay $2.3 billion in connection with illegal drug promotions. The U.S. Justice Department plans a news conference later in the day to announce the terms of the deal.

Factory Orders Rise 1.3 Percent In July

September 2, 2009 4:16 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose less than expected in July as reduced demand for petroleum products offset a jump in orders for aircraft and other transportation goods. Still, orders rose for the fifth time in six months, a sign that the manufacturing sector is continuing to recover from a steep downturn.


Ex-Toyota Lawyer Files Lawsuit Over Cover-Up

September 2, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (Kyodo) — A former lawyer of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. filed a lawsuit against the company in late July, alleging he was pressured to conceal information from victims of rollover accidents involving sport utility vehicles and trucks, U.S. media reported Tuesday. In the lawsuit, Dimitrios Biller accused the U.

Interoffice Email Crisis: 2009

September 1, 2009 12:05 pm | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

“Now I know my pet carrier didn’t just grow legs and walk out of the office itself. I understand if you mistook it for your own, but if the culprit would stop by my desk to drop it off this afternoon, Crash and Burn would certainly appreciate it. For the record, Crash and Burn are kittens.

Roll Out The Cable

September 1, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) has developed the Rol-E-Chain cable carriers, which have built-in wheels to facilitate travel over long distances, such as on a crane. The wheels are integrated into the cable carrier’s side links to reduce friction, which allows travels over 2,600 feet at speeds up to 32.


Laser System Sensors

September 1, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

SICK (Minneapolis, MN) announces the LMS100 and LMS111 series of non-safety rated laser measurement system sensors. The LMS111 system is a non-contact sensor specifically designed for outdoor anti-collision environments, while the LMS100 is designed for indoor profiling.


Powder-Coated and Impact-Resistant

September 1, 2009 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has added powder coated handles to its line of broached crank handles. The black epoxy powder coating offers an improved appearance over a basic mill finish, and is impact, abrasion, and chemical resistant. The 11 stock sizes are available with square bores from 1/2 to 1”.


Versatile Shoe Pump

September 1, 2009 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Megator (Pittsburgh, PA) introduces the Positive Displacement Sliding Shoe Pump, which is self-priming, and features exceptional suction performance and versatility. The pump can run dry without damage, but also pumps at constant capacity against carrying heads up to 250 feet (110 psi).



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