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VariTap

September 20, 2013 4:09 pm | by WIDIA | Product Releases | Comments

VariTap's design engineering includes a proprietary spiral point geometry that lowers tapping torque, extending tool life while efficiently driving chips forward in through holes. 

Duracell Quantum

September 20, 2013 4:06 pm | by Duracell Professional | Product Releases | Comments

Its ability to function efficiently across a range of low-drain and high-drain devices makes Duracell Quantum the ideal power solution for devices such as flashlights, smoke alarms, clocks, emergency radios, remote controls, and digital cameras. 

Ford To Pump $680M Into Canadian Factory

September 20, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it will sink 700 million Canadian dollars ($680 million) into an assembly plant near Toronto to add models and meet increased demand for vehicles around the world. The investment will preserve the Oakville, Ontario, plant's 2,800 jobs and expand its manufacturing capability, the company said Thursday.

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Senate Passes Bill To Avert Helium Shortage

September 20, 2013 2:12 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Break out the balloons. Congress moved a step closer Thursday to averting an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.

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Senator Concerned About Apple's Fingerprint Tech

September 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Al Franken is concerned about Apple's use of fingerprint recognition technology in its new iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S, which went on sale Friday, includes a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the phone's home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a passcode.

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$188M Contract Is Welcome News For OH Tank Plant

September 20, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A deal to upgrade Abrams tanks for Saudi Arabia will be a big boost for the nation's only tank-manufacturing plant, which just a year ago was on shaky footing amid numerous threats to its federal funding. The $188 million contract with Saudi Arabia calls for most of the work to be done at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo.

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Employee Sues MO Utility Over Hazardous Materials

September 20, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee of Empire District Electric Co. alleges in a lawsuit that the utility exposed its employees to asbestos and other hazardous materials at a plant in southeast Missouri. The lawsuit, filed last week in Jasper County Circuit Court by Les Rider, of Diamond, seeks class-action status for employees who worked at the utility's Riverton plant. 

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Japan's Nissan In Sunny Plan For Myanmar

September 20, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it will build a car assembly plant in Myanmar to begin manufacturing the Nissan Sunny compact sedan in 2015. The company said the Myanmar Investment Commission approved its application for the joint venture auto plant with Malaysia's Tan Chong Motors on Aug. 15.

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NASA Using 3D Printing To Keep Costs Down

September 20, 2013 1:40 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

3D printing is going further and further every day, and perhaps soon, to a galaxy far, far away. NASA is using 3D printing technology to build complicated rocket components faster and cheaper. NASA is currently testing a rocket engine, it's thruster produced by a 3D printer.

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MAPI: Return To Moderate Growth

September 20, 2013 10:57 am | by MAPI | News | Comments

Following a strong pace of production in the first quarter of 2013, manufacturing production eased in the second quarter but should accelerate growth, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries.

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Measure Of U.S. Economy's Health Up 0.7 Percent

September 20, 2013 10:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A gauge of the U.S. economy's future health posted a solid gain in August, signaling stronger growth in coming months. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.7 percent in August from July. That followed a 0.5 percent gain in July from June.

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Ex-Halliburton Manager Charged In Gulf Spill Probe

September 20, 2013 10:07 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager was charged Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a case that coincides with a guilty plea to a related charge by the Houston-based oilfield services company. Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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SEC Moves Toward Mandate On CEO-Worker Pay Gap

September 20, 2013 10:05 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Public companies would have to show the difference in pay between their CEOs and ordinary employees under a proposal advanced by federal regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to propose a rule that would compel companies to report that information publicly. Companies would have to report the ratio between their chief executive's annual compensation and the median, or midpoint, pay of employees.

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Japan Automakers Launch Low-Cost Green Cars

September 20, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars.

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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce Call Off Venture

September 20, 2013 10:02 am | by Pratt, Whitney, Rolls-Royce, end, joint, venture, engines, aircraft | News | Comments

Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are ending a joint venture to develop engines for mid-size aircraft, citing in part the current regulatory environment. Pratt & Whitney says it will continue to invest in and develop applications of its engine for powering the next generation of midsize aircraft. That's aircraft designed for about 120 to 230 passengers.

Poet Set To Open IA Plant Early Next Year

September 20, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Dakota-based Poet LLC and its Dutch partner say a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in Iowa will open early next year. By next summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should have any glitches worked out at the $250 million Emmetsburg, Iowa, plant, Steve Hartig, general manager of the joint venture, said Thursday during a biotech conference in Sioux Falls, the Argus Leader reported.

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Changes In Chemical Management Part 1: OSHA Adopts GHS

September 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

Today over 43 million workers in over 5 million workplaces are covered by the HazCom Standard, which means OSHA’s adoption of GHS creates compliance issues that extend far and wide into American workplaces, especially  industrial facilities. The biggest changes that companies in the United States will see thanks to GHS adoption are to chemical classification, labels and safety data sheets.

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Klein® Tools Partners With American Cancer Society

September 19, 2013 2:45 pm | by Klein Tools | News | Comments

Klein Tools is proud to  partner with the American Cancer Society in their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chicago Walk as a flagship sponsor and joins thousands who will participate in the 5K fundraising walk on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Soldier Field, Stadium Green, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. 

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Evacuations Ordered After Blasts At OK Plant

September 19, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters are battling a fire and officials are ordering nearby areas evacuated after a fire and explosions rocked a manufacturing site northwest of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City television station News 9 reports early Thursday that police confirm explosions hit a Danlin facility near the town of Thomas.

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Report: BlackBerry Could Cut Workforce 40 Percent

September 19, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry could cut its workforce by up to 40 percent by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said that the Canadian company plans to make the cuts through layoffs that will occur in all of its departments, potentially affecting several thousand people.

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