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Company Sued In Bridge Collapse Responds

August 14, 2009 4:23 am | News | Comments

An engineering firm being sued by the state of Minnesota says it's not responsible for the fatal collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge two years ago. The Star Tribune reports that URS Corp. filed its response Thursday to the lawsuit. The San Francisco-based firm notes that as recently as last year, state officials were praising the firm's work on the old bridge and that the state has hired URS for subsequent projects.

Arizona Sheriff Raids Plant Seeking Illegal Workers

August 14, 2009 4:06 am | News | Comments

An Arizona sheriff who has aggressively cracked down on illegal immigration sent deputies into a Phoenix paper plant where they arrested 44 employees suspected of identity theft or immigration violations. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says Thursday's raid on the Royal Paper Converting Co.


Boeing Pays $25 Million To Settle Probe

August 13, 2009 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Boeing Co. agreed Thursday to pay the U.S. government $25 million to settle claims the company did defective work on critical military refueling planes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The settlement arose out of a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in Texas by two former Boeing workers who will now receive $2.


PPG Contract To Redesign 737 Windshields

August 13, 2009 12:25 pm | News | Comments

PPG Industries, a maker of paints, coatings and other specialty products, said Thursday one of its subsidiaries received a contract to redesign laminated glass windshields for Boeing's next-generation 737 airplanes. Pittsburgh-based PPG said its aerospace transparencies business was awarded the contract by Spirit AeroSystems, a Boeing supplier based in Wichita, Kan.


Ford To Boost Production Of Focus, Escape

August 13, 2009 11:27 am | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said Thursday it will build more of its popular Focus and Escape models and boost total vehicle production later this year to help dealers restock depleted showrooms. The automaker needs to keep up with demand for its Focus compact car and Escape crossover, both ranked as top sellers under the federal government's Cash for Clunkers program.


Fighting Fire With Fire

August 13, 2009 10:04 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

“It was a scary night,” says Quandt, of the blaze that broke out around 8 pm back in May at the chemical distributor’s Columbus, WI facility. “We have a lot of inventory; there were well over 1,000 chemicals involved in that fire. Those of us who work here thought we’d lost it all.

Q&A with Greg Polli, MSC Industrial Direct

August 13, 2009 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

A: The recent economic crisis has obviously had an effect on most companies around the world. The credit crunch, along with instability and uncertainty, has temporarily reshaped how business is done and some of those changes may prove to be permanent. As demand has dropped off in many areas, manufacturers are facing increased pressure for high quality service.

Refloating The Boats

August 13, 2009 9:36 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

The old adage that a rising tide lifts all boats used to apply to the American economy. It used to mean that good economic policy could grow all sectors of the economy, which would raise the living standards of all Americans. It was a time when the American Dream was truly attainable by any American worker with determination.



August 13, 2009 8:12 am | by Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services, Orkin, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As a maintenance professional, you know that for every preventive maintenance measure you take, you save dollars, time, and headaches in the long-run. Your pest management program is no different. By implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, you can help prevent disease-carrying pests from ever entering your facility, reducing possible product contamination and destruction, lost profits, or negative media attention.

Doing The Responsible Thing

August 13, 2009 8:04 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO It seems the concept of personal responsibility has become skewed over time. What used to be a matter of pride—something one could accomplish based on his or her own volition—is now carrying a more negative connotation. Responsibility has become a matter of who is “at fault” for a certain situation, or how one’s efforts can be excused by sharing the burden of accountability.


Inside GM's Electrifying 2011 Chevrolet Volt

August 13, 2009 5:54 am | by MyRideVideos | Articles | Comments

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt represents a direction for GM, and maybe you guessed by the name, one that is focused on electricity. In fact, although technically a hybrid, the Chevy Volt uses only electric power to move the wheels. For trips up to 40 miles, the Volt is powered by electricity stored in its lithium-ion battery.


GM To Build $43m MI Battery Plant For Volt

August 13, 2009 4:59 am | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. boss Fritz Henderson says a new $43 million plant in southeastern Michigan will assemble battery packs for its new rechargeable electric car. GM's president and chief executive held a news conference Thursday morning at the plant site in Brownstown Township, 20 miles southwest of Detroit.


Yes, It Could Even Scan And Print Jay's Chin

August 13, 2009 4:28 am | Articles | Comments

NextEngine's 3D Scanner — Everything you need to scan and digitize 3D models at a reasonable price. Made in America. Via Jay's Garage . See why 3D scanning and rapid prototyping could change the game for hobbyists, restoration specialists, and even the most mainstream of manufacturers.


Bait And Switch: A Product Disaster Story

August 12, 2009 12:23 pm | Articles | Comments

3 tips for communicating the right product information to your suppliers every time. Tucked between the hills in a dense patch of pines halfway between Boise and Idaho City is the home office of Fogg Island Tackle. The brainchild of a cadre of entrepreneurial fishing enthusiasts who met as engineering undergrads at Stanford, FIT is a hip, young company frequently profiled in the trade press for its cutting-edge design and manufacturing processes and for pushing the technological envelope of recreational fishing.

Putting A Bullitt In Jag, Rover

August 12, 2009 11:24 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO One of my favorite all-time movies is Steve McQueen’s Bullitt . It’s not that the movie itself is all that special, but anyone familiar with it knows exactly why it’s among my top picks. It contains a scene that is considered to have revolutionized the way Hollywood filmed car chases.

iRobot Receives $5.1M Order From US Army

August 12, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Robot maker iRobot Corp. said Wednesday it received a $5.1 million order from the U.S. Army for its bomb-disposal robots. The order calls for 14 of the company's iRobot PackBot 510 robots with spare parts. The robot is used by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan to help investigate dangerous areas where explosive devices might be present.

Kraft Worker Gets 2 Years In Tomato Corruption Probe

August 12, 2009 5:22 am | News | Comments

A former buyer for Kraft Foods Inc. will spend more than two years in jail for accepting bribes from a Central California supplier of the company's tomato products. Robert L. Watson of White Plains, N.Y., is the first defendant sentenced in the widespread corruption case involving Lemoore, Calif.

Wyoming Ranchers Struggling In Decade-Long Drought

August 12, 2009 5:00 am | by Matt Joyce, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Wyoming's cattle population dropped 21 percent during the past decade as ranchers struggled through a persistent drought that gripped much of the state from 1999 until last year. The cattle count in Wyoming dropped from 1.66 million in 1998 to 1.

New Egg Regulations To Cost $81 Million

August 12, 2009 4:57 am | News | Comments

New federal legislation designed to reduce the risk of salmonella in eggs will cost the industry $81 million, the United Egg producers trade group estimates. Several salmonella scares in recent years linked to other foods, such as peppers, tomatoes, cookie dough and peanut products have caused increased government scrutiny.


Kia Says 2Q Profit Soars

August 12, 2009 4:27 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Kia Motors Corp said Wednesday that second-quarter net profit quadrupled to a record, boosted by weakness in the local currency and robust vehicle demand in South Korea. Kia Motors, South Korea's second-largest automaker, earned 347.1 billion won ($279 million) in the three months through June, the company said in a regulatory filing.



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