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OSHA Cites Tyson Plant In Buffalo

November 20, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls. The agency is proposing a $121,720 fine.

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CAT To Close Va. Plant, Lay Off 240

November 20, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is shutting down its mining equipment plant in Pulaski, laying off 240 workers.  The company said the production of underground mining equipment will move from Pulaski to Caterpillar's Houston, Pa., facility by the middle of next year.

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Ford To Debut New Mustang Next Month

November 20, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford will reveal an all-new version of its Mustang sports car on Dec. 5.  This will be the sixth generation of the iconic pony car, which saw its last full redesign in 2005.                     

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House Panel To Probe Unemployment Data

November 20, 2013 9:33 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A House panel plans to investigate allegations in a published report that workers in the Census Bureau fabricated data used to prepare monthly unemployment reports.  The probe comes in response to a report Monday in the New York Post that says census data was manipulated in advance of the 2012 presidential race.

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Toyota Vows Fuel Cell Model By 2015

November 20, 2013 9:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota Motor Corp. executive in charge of fuel cells, said Wednesday the vehicle is not just for leasing to officials and celebrities but will be an everyday car for ordinary consumers, widely available at dealers.     

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Profiting With Smart R&D

November 20, 2013 8:51 am | by Keith Nichols, Cambashi | Articles | Comments

R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs. 

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Portable Surface Roughness Tester

November 20, 2013 7:29 am | by Taylor Hobson | Product Releases | Comments

The new Surtronic® S-100 Series has the versatility to meet the roughness requirements of a host of surface measurement applications. It features a 50mm stylus lift with right-angle attachment and a more than 70mm stylus reach that allows even the most challenging surface measurement without the use of expensive risers, blocks, stands or fixtures. 

HB-1030 Scissor Lift

November 20, 2013 7:18 am | by Custom Equipment | Product Releases | Comments

Custom Equipment’s Hy-Brid HB-1030 low-level scissor lifts give maintenance crews and contractors 750 pounds of platform capacity, which is greater than competing low-level lifts and 19-foot models.

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Progressive Cavity Pumps

November 20, 2013 7:10 am | by seepex Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using seepex Progressive Cavity Pumps introduces the concept of valveless flow control which offers better flow stability than centrifugal pumps with control valves, especially on applications where flow control is vital.

High Performance Rubber Doors

November 20, 2013 7:03 am | by Hörmann Flexon LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Hörmann High Performance Doors introduced a rubber door series of high performance doors.   A maintenance free SBR panel, low-profile guide tracks and breakaway bottom bar is standard on all three models in the series.

IKEA Execs Detained Over Snooping Allegations

November 19, 2013 2:01 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say senior executives of IKEA France are in police custody over allegations that they illegally spied on employees and customers.IKEA France has fired four employees and instituted a code of conduct in response to the investigation, which began in April 2012.

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NLRB Cracks Down On Walmart

November 19, 2013 1:54 pm | by National Labor Relations Board | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel has investigated charges alleging that Walmart violated the rights of its employees as a result of activities surrounding employee protests. The Office of the General Counsel found merit in some of the charges and no merit in others.

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Toledo Plant Will Build Half-Million Jeeps In '14

November 19, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The manager of the Chrysler assembly plant in Toledo says the facility will build more than a half-million Jeeps next year — making it one of the highest-volume assembly plants in North America. That's according to plant manager Zach Leroux, who spoke to a rotary club in Toledo Monday.

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Mass. Backs Stiff Fines For Corporate Manslaughter

November 19, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts is close to changing a nearly 200-year-old law that limits to $1,000 the penalty for corporate manslaughter.The House unanimously approved a bill on Monday that would allow for fines of up to $250,000 against companies convicted of criminally negligent behavior that results in death.

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Listeria Victims' Families Meeting With Farmers

November 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department in Denver says two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak are meeting with family members of people who died. Jeffrey Dorschner said the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, but it will be private at an undisclosed location.

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Ford To Inspect 386,000 Cars For Steering Trouble

November 19, 2013 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don't have a steering problem that caused a recall in August.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren't included in the August recall.

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Global Economy, Global Forecast with Adrian Cooper

November 19, 2013 12:13 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | Videos | Comments

AMT's Industry Economist, Russ Waddell talks with Adrian Cooper, CEO of Oxford Economics and long time presenter at the Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference. Adrian provides some insight on the next downturn in the economy, exchange rates impacting global supply chains, and what it takes to create a global economic forecast.

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Jury Set To Decide How Much Samsung Owes Apple

November 19, 2013 10:19 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad.                         

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Honda Counts On Lean Production For Hybrid Fit

November 19, 2013 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. It's a challenge hinged on making the technology affordable. Hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, depending on driving conditions but cost more than gasoline cars. Honda's answer: Lean production.

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Drug Sales To Hit Lowest Growth Rate In Decades

November 19, 2013 10:04 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Growth in global prescription drug spending will slow to the lowest rate in decades as low-cost generic drugs continue replacing former blockbusters in the U.S. and Europe, where governments face new pressure to reduce health care spending, according to a new forecast

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