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Lawmakers Mull Overhaul Of Auto Safety Regulations

March 3, 2010 6:28 am | by Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After skewering top Toyota executives in three congressional hearings, lawmakers and federal safety officials will now decide if the auto industry needs new regulations to ensure that the company's huge safety recalls aren't repeated. Hearings over two weeks in the Senate and House focused mostly on Toyota's foot-dragging on problems of sudden unintended acceleration and whether the Transportation Department's safety division failed to hold the company accountable for big safety problems that have been linked to 52 deaths.

Senators: Stop Stimulus, Investment In Foreign Manufacturers

March 3, 2010 6:26 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to suspend an economic stimulus program aimed at financing renewable energy, complaining that money is going to projects that are creating jobs in foreign countries. The four senators, led by Chuck Schumer of New York, wrote to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday to request a moratorium on the Recovery Act program.


Nissan Recalling 540,000 Vehicles For Loosening Brakes

March 3, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is recalling about 540,000 pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and minivans to fix problems with brake pedals and fuel gauges. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., with smaller numbers scattered across the globe. The brake pedal recall affects 179,000 vehicles in the U.


540 Minn. Steelworkers Recalled For April Restart

March 3, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — More steelworkers are returning to Hibbing Taconite as the idled plant prepares for an April restart. Frank Jenko, president of United Steelworkers Local 2705, confirmed Tuesday that more workers are back. Jenko says by mid-March the majority — if not all — of Hibbing Taconite's 540 hourly employees should be back.


Engineer Deaths Won't Stop Tesla's Model S Plans

March 3, 2010 6:10 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — The death of three Tesla engineers in a plane crash last month was a heavy blow for the tight-knit Californian electric car maker, but it is holding onto its plan of producing and selling the new Model S within three years, its chief designer said Wednesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

Hyundai Rumored To Be Moving Production To Georgia

March 2, 2010 10:58 am | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Hyundai auto supplier Jay Mid-South says the Korean automaker is planning to move production from Montgomery to Georgia, triggering layoffs at the Gadsden company. Jay Mid-South division manager Brent Taylor tells the Birmingham News in a Tuesday story that production of the Santa Fe will be done at the new Kia plant just across the Alabama state line.


Cummins Laying Off 200 At Columbus, Ind. Plant

March 2, 2010 10:54 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. is laying off nearly 200 workers at its Columbus MidRange Engine Plant in response to a drop in orders by Chrysler Group LLC. The Columbus-based company said Tuesday that the 194 layoffs will take place after Friday, cutting the plant'semployment to about 400 and paring its two shifts to one.


Toyota's Pain Means Big Breaks For Big 3

March 2, 2010 10:21 am | by Dan Strumpf and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota's pain is its rivals' gain. All major automakers but Toyota reported higher U.S. sales in February, and most took customers from their powerful Japanese competitor, which has been struggling with a series of massive safety recalls. Toyota Motor Corp. said its U.


Mountz, Inc. Acquires Mr. Metric Fastener Lines

March 2, 2010 8:49 am | News | Comments

San Jose, Calif. — Mountz, Inc. acquired all assets of Mr. Metric, Inc, a fastener importer and distributor located in San Jose, CA. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Mr. Metric will serve as the flagship brand name for all Mountz fastener products. Fastener products will be integrated into the Mountz logistics system and sold under the strong Mr.

Straightening Global Automotive’s Backbone

March 2, 2010 8:24 am | by Daniel P. Malone, Attorney, Dykema | Articles | Comments

Here’s the problem. Most nations still have their own unique automotive safety and environmental regulations. As a result of this regulatory diversity, a hot-selling car in one market cannot simply be sold in other markets; and a car certified as having met all regulations in, say the United States, cannot obtain approval for sale in other nations without first incurring substantial, additional costs.

Preemptive Disaster Planning

March 2, 2010 8:19 am | by Allen Melton and Jason Trahan | Articles | Comments

How would your company respond if your manufacturing plant were flooded? Or hit by a tornado? Or damaged by fire? Your likely response would be to discuss your company's business continuity plan (BCP) for these events … but what about the financial recovery? Many large food manufacturers have business continuity plans that detail procedures for ensuring employee safety, salvaging supplies and inventory and restoring operations should disaster strike.


GM Won't Reopen Plants, Citing Expense

March 2, 2010 8:03 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will not reopen any factories, even though it has shortages of several new models, the company's top sales executive said Tuesday. Vice President of Sales Susan Docherty told reporters on a conference call that GM needs to use its current factories to the maximum rather than taking the expensive step of reopening a closed plant.


Feds Consider Brake Overrides In All New Cars

March 2, 2010 7:03 am | by Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday his agency may recommend that all new vehicles sold in the U.S. be equipped with brakes that can override the gas pedal. The idea seemed to be gaining support among lawmakers as Toyota officials returned for a third hearing on lethal safety defects.


Access Control For You And 300 Friends

March 2, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaba Access Control (Winston-Salem, NC) announces that its E-Plex 5800 Series FIPS 201 Locks and Stand-Alone Access Controllers (SAC) are now the only standalone products that are GSA-approved. The E-Plex 5800 series offers multiple levels of security based on their access control needs, and works with TWIC, PIV, CAC NG, FRAC, and other FIPS 201 interoperable credentials.


Keep The Corrosives Safe

March 2, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of corrosion- and chemical-resistant tanks and containers are now available from Assmann Corporation (Garrett, IN). The tanks are made from high-density crosslink or FDA-compliant linear polyethylene and can be used to store or transport corrosive and hazardous materials.


Please, Continue Engine-Braking

March 2, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Warner Electric (Rockford, IL) introduces a new heavy duty Gen2 electromagnetic packaged clutch/brake UniModule for use in conveyor applications. The Gen2 modules feature two significant design modifications: first, larger bearings provide a dynamic load capability increase of 47 percent.


Silicone: The Magical Adhesive

March 2, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dampney Company (Everett, MA) is a one-part, room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone adhesive/sealant for high temperature industrial applications. The Thurmalox 2655 is 100 percent silicone rubber and cures to a tough, elastomeric sealant at room temperature while retaining permanent flexibility -80°F to 550°F.


China Plans 'Clean Energy' Overhaul Over 10 Years

March 2, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China plans to have "clean energy" account for 15 percent of its total consumption under a 10-year renewable energy promotion program soon to be made public, a state-run newspaper cites the head of the country's National Energy Administration as saying. The government will spend billions of dollars on building nuclear and solar power plants, wind farms and on research into renewable energy technology, Zhang Guobao said in Tuesday's edition of the China Daily.


IBM Cuts 1,500 Nationwide, Mum On Details

March 2, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM Corp. cut more than 1,500 jobs across a number of divisions Monday, a sliver of the technology company's nearly 400,000 workers worldwide. IBM wouldn't comment. Documents submitted by laid-off workers to the Alliance(at)IBM, a labor union representing a small percentage of IBM employees, indicate that at least 1,518 jobs were cut.

DuPont Restarts Production At Idled Plant After Death

March 2, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — DuPont says it's begun restarting its idled chemical plant in Belle. The company halted operations last month after a series of leaks, including one that led to the death of a worker. Spokesman Roger Hess said Tuesday most units that weren't involved in the leaks have been restarted.



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