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Hydraulic Impact Wrench

July 26, 2013 2:38 pm | by Greenlee Utility | Product Releases | Comments

The new HW3 Hydraulic Impact Wrench features Greenlee Cool Grip™ technology – a new, patent-pending polymer design that dissipates heat away from touch points, such as the handle of the unit.

GM 2Q Profit Beats Estimates, But Still Subpar

July 26, 2013 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Just as General Motors is getting a handle on its troubles in Europe, the automaker faces a new challenge in another part of the globe. GM says Japanese automakers are using the weak yen to cut prices in Southeast Asia and Australia, taking a bite out of GM's profits there. Sales tailed off in India as well.

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Halliburton Agrees To Plead Guilty In Oil Spill

July 26, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.

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China Plans To Spend $275B To Cut Air Pollution

July 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, highlighting how the issue has become a priority for the leadership. The amount is more than the total economic output of Hong Kong last year and underlines how the government is eager to bring about a visible improvement in China's bad air, which has caused discontent among its citizens and tarnished the country's image abroad.

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OSHA Cites Echo Lake Foods For Safety Violations

July 26, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal workplace-safety agency has cited Echo Lake Foods for alleged safety violations at its Burlington and Franksville frozen food plants. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $150,000 against Echo Lake Foods for 27 alleged violations.

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Noranda Plans Upgrade At MO Plant

July 26, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. is expanding its plant in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid, an expansion expected to create 29 jobs. Gov. Jay Nixon joined Noranda officials on Friday in New Madrid for the announcement. Noranda will spend $45 million on the expansion.

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Brazilian Group Seeks PA Expertise On Shale Gas

July 26, 2013 2:03 pm | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the discovery of shale gas reserves in Brazil and plans to auction drilling rights there, a delegation is visiting Pennsylvania to see how its drilling boom has turned the state into one of the leading natural gas producers in the U.S. The group of Brazilian business and energy industry professionals hopes to learn from the state's experience and to explore the possibility of exports to Brazil during meetings Wednesday and Thursday.

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New Toyota "Winglet" Ready For Testing

July 26, 2013 12:38 pm | by Toyota | Videos | Comments

The Winglet, created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun, is a next-generation mobility robot that offers users outstanding operability and performance that expands the user's world, with a compact size and ease of use suited to modern living environments.

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Bombardier Delays First Flight Of CSeries Plane

July 26, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier has delayed again the first test flight of its much-touted CSeries single-aisle airliner. The world's third-largest maker of civilian commercial aircraft had been aiming for the first flight by the end of July but said Wednesday it will occur "in the coming weeks" without giving a target date.

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Toyota Remains Top-Selling Automaker Despite China

July 26, 2013 10:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota shrugged off China sales woes to stay the world's top selling automaker for the first half of this year, outpacing U.S. rival General Motors Co., which boasted such bragging rights for seven decades until 2008. Toyota Motor Corp. sold 4.91 million cars and trucks around the world for the January-June period, down 1.2 percent from the previous year, according to numbers it released Friday.

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Japan's All Nippon Finds Damaged 787 Beacons

July 26, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways has found damage to wiring on two Boeing 787 locator beacons, a device suspected as the cause of a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines 787. ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said Friday that Boeing Co., the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Japanese regulators had ordered checks of the beacons.

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China Orders Production Cuts In Some Industries

July 26, 2013 10:06 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government has ordered companies to close factories in 19 industries where overproduction has led to price-cutting wars, affirming its determination to push ahead with a painful economic restructuring despite slowing growth. The industry ministry issued orders late Thursday to more than 1,400 companies to cut excess capacity that has led to financial trouble for manufacturers.

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Ford 2Q Shines As N. America, Asia Lead The Way

July 26, 2013 10:05 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is finally becoming the well-rounded company it aspires to be. Almost bankrupt last decade because it relied too heavily on selling big trucks and SUVs in North America, the second-largest U.S. automaker is now making small and midsize cars at a profit and selling them across the globe.

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Ohio GM Plant Plans Extra Week Shutdown

July 26, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors officials say the Ohio plant that makes the Chevrolet Cruze is shutting down for a week in August to maintain the balance between supply and demand. The Vindicator newspaper reports that the Lordstown plant near Youngstown already had its typical summer shutdown at the beginning of July. But GM announced it will shut again starting Aug. 26 to "align the product with market demands."

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Pneumatic Conveying Systems Health & Safety: Exploring ROI, Part 2

July 26, 2013 8:02 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

In the manufacturing arena, four out of five materials handling injuries affect the back and require a median of ten days for workers to recuperate. A strain can have indirect costs in excess of $33K and requires an additional $672K in sales to recoup those costs. Anytime organizations can eliminate the possibility of back injuries, injury costs should be taken into consideration when determining ROI.

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Long Live Twinkies: The Future Of Hostess Sheds Light On Manufacturing Evolution

July 26, 2013 8:01 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Rumor has it Twinkies are space age products made from such resilient ingredients that they last for decades. The shelf life of Twinkies is the stuff of legend, but beyond the myth and behind the silliness is a kernel of truth; If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations.

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Sediment Clogs Wild Natural Gas Well In The Gulf

July 25, 2013 2:18 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe, regulators said Thursday. The well "bridged over," the line blocked by sand and sediment that filled in the area being drilled, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a news release.

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N. Korea Threatens To Put Troops At Factory Park

July 25, 2013 2:15 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea on Thursday threatened to re-station troops at a stalled inter-Korean factory park located just across the tense border separating the two Koreas, as minor scuffles reportedly broke out between delegates from the rivals after failed talks meant to restart the complex.

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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Rise In June

July 25, 2013 2:14 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in June, bolstered by a surge in aircraft demand and more business spending. The increase suggests companies are more confident in the economy and could boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

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Boeing 2Q Profit Tops Expectations Despite 787

July 25, 2013 2:12 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing's problems with its 787 have made headlines, but they aren't slowing the big plane maker down. The company's second-quarter earnings topped expectations as it ramped up deliveries of commercial planes like its 737 and its 777. It also raised its full-year profit guidance.

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