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Deere To Invest $125m In Russian Plant

September 1, 2009 4:16 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

Deere & Co., the world's largest agricultural-equipment maker, said Monday its board of directors has approved a plan to invest $125 million to establish a new manufacturing and parts center in Russia. The Moline, Ill.-based company said the facility near Moscow will be capable of making a broad range of John Deere products, including tractors and harvesting equipment, as well as construction and forestry products.


Stillwater, OK Anticipates Mercury Marine's Exit From WI

August 31, 2009 12:27 pm | by Murray Evans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials in Stillwater said Monday they're happy to hear boat engine maker Mercury Marine could be moving hundreds of jobs to their city, even if they sympathize with a Wisconsin city that may be losing those jobs. Mercury Marine said Sunday it intends to move the jobs to Stillwater after a union rejected a contract proposal that would have kept the jobs at the company's Fond du Lac, Wis.


Trial For Iowa Slaughterhouse Raid Could Be Moved

August 31, 2009 12:10 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday delayed the trial of four former top managers at an Iowa slaughterhouse where 389 people were arrested last year in what was the largest immigration raid in U.S. history at the time. U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade agreed to an Oct.


NH Suing Company To Protect Neglected Plant Workers

August 31, 2009 12:05 pm | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge is temporarily blocking Precision Technology from transferring assets that could be used to provide workers compensation they are owed. Gov. John Lynch said Monday that the state sought the order to protect the 131 workers the Pembroke company locked out last week without the federally required 60-day notice.

Jaguar-Owner Tata Motors Loses $70m In 2Q

August 31, 2009 11:11 am | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Tata Motors lost 3.3 billion rupees ($67.2 million) in the April-June quarter, driven by a 52 percent drop in sales volumes at its Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary and the cost of servicing its debt, the company said Monday. During the same period last year, Tata posted a profit of 7.

EPA - R.I.P.

August 31, 2009 8:15 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

One of the more interesting green developments in recent months has been Wal-Mart’s decision to initiate greater sustainability standards in the products they’ll purchase and re-sell. I’ll abstain from sharing the inter-office banter that has pitted my colleagues against me regarding this topic, but instead offer some thoughts on the interesting precedent this could set for processors.

Blocking & Tackling

August 31, 2009 8:00 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

What is my worst self-critique as far as work habits are concerned? Time management. I may consider it my arch nemesis, yet it still needs to be blocked and tackled over the course of the day.--> Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info If you hang out with sports lover and editorial director Jeff Reinke for any amount of time, you are bound to stumble across some of his sage advice.


Racking On The Brain

August 31, 2009 7:40 am | by John T. Phelan, Jr. P.E., COO, TriFactor LLC | Articles | Comments

Before selecting the storage medium for either a new distribution center or an existing facility, the first step is to analyze the products that will be handled. Whether it's 150-pound mattresses, cases of bottled water or 10,000-pound rolls of paper, the product determines the proper storage.


Mercury Marine No Longer Speaking To Union

August 31, 2009 6:51 am | News | Comments

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Leaders of the union representing workers at Mercury Marine say they have no new ideas for reviving talks to keep 850 manufacturing jobs in Fond du Lac from moving to Oklahoma. Dan Longsine of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947, said Monday the company is no longer interested in talking.


Guest Feature: Selecting The Right HMI Vendor

August 31, 2009 4:44 am | by by Gary Labadie, Marketing Manager, Pro-face America | Blogs | Comments

How do you go about choosing the right HMI vendor for your operations? It’s a great question that bares discussion. An HMI vendor is a critical information visualization supplier that greatly impacts and influences a process plant, an OEM, and system integrator operations. An HMI vendor can be one of two things, a supplier or a partner.


Memphis Could Be Home To $8b 'Bioeconomy'

August 31, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A study by a Memphis nonprofit group proposes major changes in the way agricultural land in the Delta is used to create a bioeconomy worth $8 billion with more than 25,000 jobs in the next decade. The study commissioned by Memphis Bioworks Foundation was released last week.


North Dakota Woos Wind Turbine Manufacturers

August 31, 2009 4:33 am | by Dale Wetzel, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's potential for generating wind power should help lure businesses that make equipment for the industry, economic development officials believe, but analysts say the state will face stiff competition. The state Commerce Department has hired a British firm to help drum up business prospects in Europe, where a number of large wind energy companies are based.


10,000 Steelworkers To Vote On New Goodyear Contract

August 31, 2009 4:27 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran,Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — Thousands of workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plants in seven states will vote in the coming days on a tentative national contract agreement. The United Steelworkers of America and the company reached the deal Saturday night about three hours before a midnight deadline for the expiration of the old three-year contract, which had been extended twice.


Third Case of Mass Lead Poisoning In China, 200 Ill

August 31, 2009 4:22 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Two hundred children are suffering from lead poisoning in southwest China, the country's third such case of mass sickening in the past month, an official newspaper said Monday. Parents in Tongdu, a township in Yunnan province's capital of Kunming, blamed the poisoning on a nearby industrial park while local environmental officials attributed it to vehicle exhaust, the China Daily reported.


40-Day Strike Of 700 At IN Plant Ends

August 31, 2009 4:16 am | News | Comments

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Union members have approved a new contract that ends a strike by more than 700 workers at a Bemis Co. plant in Terre Haute after 40 days. Workers United Local 1426 went on strike July 21 in a dispute with Neenah, Wis.-based Bemis over the company's use of temporary workers and proposed changes to health insurance benefits.


Contractor Killed At KY Paper Mill

August 31, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — International Paper Co. says a contractor at its Henderson mill has been killed. The Courier & Press of Evansville, Ind., says the victim's identity and details of Friday morning's incident weren't immediately available. International Paper spokeswoman Jessica Morris says the company is investigating, but feels it was an isolated incident and that there is no danger to other workers.


Mustachioed Deer Hunters

August 31, 2009 4:09 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Being from Wisconsin, I often have to turn a blind eye to how my native people are portrayed in the media: the obese, beer-guzzling, cheese and brat shoveling mustachioed deer hunter. But what you bring to the table—whether it be your knowledge of Harleys or your interest in seeing cars destroyed from a lawn chair vantage point—can almost always translate into other tasks, ideas, product development, or process improvement.


2 Execs Indicted In 2007 Tunnel Deaths

August 28, 2009 12:19 pm | by P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Two companies and two executives have been indicted on federal charges in the deaths of five workers in a 2007 fire inside a tunnel at a Colorado hydroelectric plant. Xcel Energy, RPI Coating Inc. and two RPI executives face criminal charges in the deaths in a federal indictment that alleges they knew about the danger and did nothing about it.


Union-Goodyear Talks 'Intense'

August 28, 2009 7:06 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — The union says national contract talks with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have reached an intense stage. The Steelworkers union says the talks are focused on job security, keeping plants open and health-care costs. The Akron-based tire maker says it remains confident an agreement can be reached in the talks that have been ongoing in Cincinnati since June.


Whirlpool To Cut 1,100 Jobs, Close IN Factory

August 28, 2009 7:02 am | News | Comments

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. said Friday it will cut 1,100 jobs and close a refrigerator factory in Evansville, Ind., to cut excess production capacity. The jobs will be eliminated in mid-2010. The Benton Harbor, Mich.-based appliance maker has aggressively cut costs as demand for big-ticket items has shrunk in the recession.


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