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Gel Knee Pad Updates and Additions

November 13, 2013 9:16 am | by Ergodyne | Product Releases | Comments

Ergodyne announced a refresh of their ProFlex® Gel Knee Pad Series as well as the addition of two new models: the ProFlex® 344 Broad Cap Injected Gel Knee Pad with Articulating Straps and the ProFlex® 349 Broad Cap Lightweight Gel Knee Pad. 

5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 8:10 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.

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PosiTest AIR Leak Tester Kit

November 13, 2013 7:21 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PosiTest® AIR Leak Tester detects air leakage in building envelopes and air barrier systems.

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AMTEX TC Collection of Tencel Blends

November 13, 2013 7:10 am | by Mount Vernon FR | Product Releases | Comments

Mount Vernon FR announced its newest flame resistant fabric, AMTEX® TC. AMTEX TC is a collection of cotton and Tencel® blends created for Total Comfort, and the new line addresses the challenge of maximizing both comfort and durability in protective workwear fabrics.

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Boeing Breaks Ground On SC Propulsion Plant

November 12, 2013 1:53 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Company officials broke ground on Tuesday for a new propulsion facility in North Charleston that will make engine air intakes for the company's new 737 Max aircraft. The location is several miles from Boeing's existing plant that assembles the 787 Dreamliner.

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Siemens Subsidiary Fined Over Russian Bribes

November 12, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss prosecutors say a subsidiary of Germany's Siemens AG has acknowledged it failed to prevent bribes being paid to a Russian gas company and agreed to pay nearly $11 million in fines.                   

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Sogefi To Expand W.Va. Plant

November 12, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sogefi Group plans to expand its auto parts plant in Wayne County and create 250 new jobs.  The governor says in a news release that the expansion project is scheduled to begin in January.                 

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Cambodian Police Open Fire On Protesters

November 12, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. factory clashed with hundreds of riot police sent to block a march from the factory to the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to two human rights groups.      

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Counterpoint: Ethanol Industry Fires Back

November 12, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Associated Press investigation, which claimed that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry.                  

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Laid-Off Steelworkers Target OH Governor

November 12, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor union seeking the reopening of Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio is launching a multimedia campaign aimed at Ohio Gov. John Kasich.                            

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Detroit Tries To Rise Again

November 12, 2013 11:29 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

After decades of decline, Detroit tries to figure out how it will emerge from bankruptcy with a stronger economy including more innovative and creative companies.                          

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Point: The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama's Green Power Push

November 12, 2013 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.                

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Millions At Stake At 2nd Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:43 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

In courts, government tribunals, and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung's Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung Electronics Co. is fighting back with its own complaints that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has also copied Samsung's technology.

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Raytheon Adds Jobs, Expands In Miss.

November 12, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor Raytheon Co. has announced an expansion in Forest that will bring 150 new jobs to the area.  The Mississippi Development Authority is giving the company $6 million to pay for renovation and infrastructure, as well as for the construction of the 20,000-square-foot addition. 

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EU Consumer Groups Wary Of Trade Accord With U.S.

November 12, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European consumer groups are worried about the effects of a proposed trade deal with the U.S., fearing a flood of risky or unsafe foodstuffs, medicines and other imports from America.                    

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China Leaders Promise Bigger Role For Free Market

November 12, 2013 9:31 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's leaders finished a closely watched policy meeting Tuesday with a promise to give market forces a bigger role in the country's state-dominated economy but failed to produce dramatic reforms to overhaul a worn-out growth model.      

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N.C. Drug Manufacturing Plant Closing

November 12, 2013 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Lincoln County pharmaceutical plant will be closing, putting about 310 people out of work.  Actavis PLC said Monday it will take until the middle of 2015 to close the plant, which makes creams and ointments.           

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Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness On The Plant Floor

November 12, 2013 8:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.

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New Signet Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor

November 12, 2013 8:08 am | by GF Piping Systems | Product Releases | Comments

 GF Piping Systems has introduced the Signet 2610-41 Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor featuring expanded communication protocol capabilities.

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Parallelable 3-Phase UPS

November 12, 2013 8:06 am | by Staco Energy Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Staco Energy Products Company introduces the FirstLine® PL – a parallelable three-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for 10-40kVA applications.  These units boast efficiencies of up to 94% for lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprint, while delivering maximum availability and flexibility.

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