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Flexible PVC Extrusion

July 18, 2013 4:24 pm | by TMI, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

A new proprietary process control system ensures complete dimensional uniformity and tension throughout the bulk PVC rolls produced.

Flint Low PR Soft Toe

July 18, 2013 4:21 pm | by KEEN | Product Releases | Comments

The boot delivers versatile style without sacrificing protection by incorporating a puncture-resistant midsole plate and an oil- and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole.

SmartWipes® SmartHolder

July 18, 2013 4:20 pm | by JNJ Industries | Product Releases | Comments

The SmartHolder is made from rugged spring steel wire that expands for loading and unloading the canister and features a  white powder coat finish.

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Field Supervisor App

July 18, 2013 4:18 pm | by Bentley Systems, Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

This new, industrial-strength Bentley App for the iPad extends the reach of information securely managed by Bentley’s ProjectWise and eB, as well as data stored in other user repositories, to workers in the field.

Oil Eater Flex Line

July 18, 2013 4:16 pm | by Kafko International | Product Releases | Comments

The Oil Eater Flex Line parts washers include ready-to-use units with basic, premium, and professional level features.

Hostess: Snack Cake Demand Hits New Highs

July 18, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands says demand for Twinkies and CupCakes is at a record high since the snack cakes returned to shelves. The treats disappeared from shelves almost eight months ago when the predecessor company that made them shut down its plants and said that it was going out of business. The cakes are back under new ownership.

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EU Official: China Can Curb Pollution, Still Grow

July 18, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China's serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up water and air pollution.

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WTO Sees EU, U.S. Trade Prowess Shifting

July 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Any way you look at it, the United States and European Union will remain dominant players in world trade over the next two decades. The real question, says the World Trade Organization in a new report, is how much ground they cede to rising economies like China.

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Security Experts To Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

July 18, 2013 2:19 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide. Security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.

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Utility Begins Legal Dispute Against Mitsubishi

July 18, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Edison, an electric utility company that retired the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station last month, said Thursday it has served a notice of dispute to Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Ltd., holding the Japanese company accountable for manufacturing defective steam generators that led to the closing of the station.

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Senate OKs Obama Pick To Head Labor Dept.

July 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Senate confirmed Thomas Perez on Thursday to become secretary of labor, elevating the son of Dominican immigrants who as a top Justice Department official won praise from Democrats for aggressively enforcing civil rights laws and criticism from Republicans for being a liberal ideologue.

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Fuel Of The Future

July 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

If the rising price of oil is hurting your budget, don't worry. Scientists in Australia have found a way to turn seawater into fuel. These scientists have discovered a new way to split seawater into hydrogen and oxygen. Reuters' Lester Ranby has more.

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New Twinkies: Taste Test

July 18, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Twinkies are back. After a hiatus of nearly eight months, the cream-filled sponge cake is back on sale at stores across the U.S. Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman takes a bite out of the new Twinkie to find out how it compares to the Twinkies of old.

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Inside A 777 Flight Simulator

July 18, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A simulator attempts to re-create what the Asiana Flight 214 crew experienced when they attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport, but crashed. Instructor Kareem Fahmi takes us through shutting off the autopilot and landing the aircraft at the right speed and height for descent.

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Death By iPhone Electrocution?

July 18, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The woman allegedly died after being electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Apple says that it will "fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter."

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Chrysler To Roll Out All-New Midsize Car Next Year

July 17, 2013 2:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler will start selling a completely new midsize car during the first quarter of next year, company executives confirmed on Tuesday. The replacement for the aging Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger is badly needed for the company to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the most popular part of the U.S. auto market.

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Diamond Electric Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

July 17, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto supplier Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19 million criminal fine for its role in a price-fixing scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Diamond Electric rigged bids and fixed prices on ignition coils it sold to Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and others. The conspiracy lasted from 2003 through 2010.

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VT Gov. Urges IBM To Go Public With Layoff Numbers

July 17, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging IBM Corp. to make public the number of employees it laid off last month at its Vermont facilities. And the governor says if he and his lawyer conclude the Vermont Public Records Act requires it, his administration will release the number whether IBM wants to or not.

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Valero Refinery Planning For Expansion

July 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction on a $700 million expansion at Valero Refinery's St. Charles Parish plant is expected to begin sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. The plant occupies roughly 1,000 acres along the Mississippi River in Norco. The expansion will include construction of a large methanol unit, designed to compress natural gas into liquid in order to manufacture chemicals and plastics.

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Food Service Manufacturer To Expand In NC

July 17, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois-based food service and food packaging manufacturer says it's expanding its facilities in North Carolina's Lenoir and Iredell counties, with additional plans to create 77 jobs. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced Tuesday that Pactiv LLC will invest more than $9 million in its facilities in Kinston and Mooresville.

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