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U.S. Steel Posts $303 Million 3Q Loss

October 27, 2009 4:21 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. said Tuesday it lost money for a third straight quarter as the global economic downturn continued to dampen demand for the metal. But the company said its production and shipments rose significantly from the previous quarter, and that it expects a narrower loss in the October-December period as North American automakers order more steel for vehicles.

CRM: The Secret Ingredient

October 26, 2009 10:53 am | Articles | Comments

As with many a treasured recipes and favorite dish, Illes Seasonings & Flavors’ name and genesis came from its founding family: current owner Rick Illes’ grandfather, Dr. A.E. Illes, who in 1927 founded this highly respected manufacturer of distinctive seasonings and flavor products.


Cleaning The Toughest Tubes

October 26, 2009 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The automated water jet system from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) features five rigid lances, each with a specially-designed nozzle to deliver high-pressure water (up to 20,000 psi) to clear tubes of hardened debris. The powerful hydraulics on the ATL-5000 inserts the five lances at a rate of 39” per second.


'Barrier-Free' Barriers

October 26, 2009 10:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Easyfit, Inc. (North Canton, OH) announces a new line of slip-on structural pipe fittings to build handrail systems that conform to the “barrier-free” requirements of the Americans and Disabilities Act. The fittings can be used to construct handrails that provide a smooth, contiguous gripping surface throughout the entire length of the installation.


Belt Drive Is Better

October 26, 2009 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Steam Jenny (Somerset, PA), a division of Jenny Products Inc., has introduced four new models of belt-drive cold pressure washers, which provide a longer pump life than direct-drive units. The washers are powered by 9 or 13 horsepower Honda GX Series engines, with pressure ratings between 3,000 and 4,000 psi and flow rates between 3 and 4 gpm.


Keep The Light On

October 26, 2009 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Champ VMV LED Series from Cooper Crouse-Hinds (Syracuse, NY) provides the same reliability of a traditional Champ luminaire, combined with the improved energy efficiency and long life of LED technology. Improved temperature ratings and enhanced visibility with full spectrum lighting provide a safer work environment in hazardous and industrial locations.


Per The Yankees, Investment Worthless Without Execution

October 26, 2009 6:27 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Baseball season within the IMPO family leads to several interesting and often heated conversations — many of which offer a unique parallel to the competitive environment you see on the plant floor. Our family resides in two different homes. Out on the east coast we have Chuck Marin.


Thermocoupling Made Easy

October 26, 2009 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermocouple Mini-Grabbers from Electronic Development Labs (EDL, Danville, VA) provide a continuous thermocouple connection from bare wires to the measuring instrument without the need to attach plugs. The continuous thermocouple material, from trip to mini plug, offers a better and more convenient connection when compared to copper wire, according to the company.


'Insourcing' A Boon To Mississippian Economy

October 26, 2009 4:47 am | by David Tortorano, AP Writer | News | Comments

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- It's hard to come up with an example that better shows the dual nature of awarding a project to a company with foreign roots than the ongoing controversy over a $40 billion Air Force aerial tanker. Boeing Co. supporters say a win by European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.


Biden To Announce Plans For Ex-GM Delaware Plant

October 26, 2009 4:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that a California luxury automaker will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware. The White House said Sunday that Biden, a former senator from Delaware, will make a major announcement about the future of the former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware, along with Delaware Gov.


Survey: Job Hiring To Speed Up In Next 6 Months

October 26, 2009 4:28 am | by Betsy Vereckey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Results from a new economic survey may ease concerns about rising unemployment and its effect on consumer spending, as forecasters say more employers appear willing to hire in the coming months. The latest quarterly survey from the National Association for Business Economics, set for release on Monday, shows that unemployment is moderating.

GAO: FDA Ignores Follow-Ups On Ineffective Drugs

October 26, 2009 4:23 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn't extend patients' lives, say congressional investigators. A report due out Monday from the Government Accountability Office also shows that the FDA has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits — even when such information is more than a decade overdue.

Swine Flu Vaccine, Hot Off The Production Line

October 26, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line." But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.

China Cooperating With U.S. Over Drywall Scandal

October 26, 2009 4:13 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China is helping American officials investigate reports of contaminated Chinese drywall after thousands of American homeowners complained the building material made them sick or damaged their houses, a top U.S. safety official said Monday. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said that her Chinese counterparts have provided technical help and are working with the U.

Recycling On A Massive Scale

October 23, 2009 11:09 am | by Dave Brandt, Nucor Corp. | Articles | Comments

Steel companies are constantly refining their recycling operations to make the process more efficient and environmentally friendly. At Nucor, we place a high value on being stewards of our environmental resources, and to that end we have become the largest recycler in North America. In 2005, we purchased the Marion Steel Company in Marion, Ohio, which gave us a location central to nearly 60 percent of the steel consumption in the United States.


Bring Your Light Anywhere

October 23, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EZ-Red (Deposit on the Delaware, NY) has introduces a magnetic clip accessory for the Extreme Light XL3000—the XL3000MAG. The clip features strong neodymium magnets covered with durable, non-scratch rubber. Using the magnetic clip, the XL3000 will attach to any steel surface for more versatility.


Multi-Tipped Blow Gun

October 23, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coilhouse Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) has released the Typhoon blow gun line makes blow-off and clean 132oup easy. The new OSHA-compliant tips are designed specifically for the Typhoon and include: A pinpoint tip for a precise air stream to clean crevices.



October 23, 2009 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The website from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its range of explosion-proof and general area LED lighting with a series smaller than a quarter. The LEDSM30 and LEDSM30MW draw only 30mA and operate on 12 volts DC, and are waterproof, dustproof, and US Coast Guard-certified ignition proof.


Nothing Is Too Complex

October 23, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Electronics LLC (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced its compact Trajexia motion controller module that integrates into CJ-Series PLCs to handle complex motion tasks for up to 30 serves or inverters. The module is fully compatible with a variety of processors (CJ1M, CJ1G, and CJ1H), and advanced programmable automation controllers.


Nucor: 'Global Warming Legislation' Decides Plant Site

October 23, 2009 5:02 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of steelmaker Nucor Corp. indicated Thursday that the possible cost of any carbon legislation that emerges from Congress is still a key concern as the company decides whether to build a pig iron plant in Louisiana or South America. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company is considering a site near Convent in St.



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