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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Its Positive Start To 2013

March 11, 2013 9:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, MBT | Articles | Comments

U.S. manufacturing continues its positive start to 2013. “The PMI is a little bit above my expectations but I try to stay away from expectations and try to focus on the data,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Business Survey Committee.

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Eccentric Disc Pump

March 8, 2013 3:18 pm | by Mouvex® IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The SLC Series Seal-less Eccentric Disc Pump safely transfers and contains isocyanates thanks to its design that requires no magnets, no mechanical seals, or packing, says the company.

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Time-Saving Solutions

March 8, 2013 3:16 pm | by Rex-Cut Abrasives | Product Releases | Comments

Providing product specifications, application charts, and an MSDS library, the new website offers the metalworking industry premium abrasive products that offer time-saving grinding, blending, and finishing solutions, says the company.

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Universal Cone Nuts

March 8, 2013 3:13 pm | by Thomas & Betts | Product Releases | Comments

Kindorf® Universal Cone Nuts install without springs, reducing installation time and eliminating the chance of jamming in strut slots, says the company.

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DirectLOGIC

March 8, 2013 3:11 pm | by AutomationDirect IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Designed for all DirectLOGIC DL05 or DL06 PLCs, the H0-CTRIO2 module offers flexibility for applications requiring precise counting or timing, based on an input event or high-speed control output. 

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CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma Continues Fundraising For JDRF

March 8, 2013 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, will support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through corporate fundraising initiatives in 2013. The commitment to JDRF, now in its second consecutive year, is part of Okuma’s Community Involvement program, which mobilizes company and employee resources to improve quality of life for fellow citizens.

Analyst: Drop In Unemployment Good For Automakers

March 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Sterne Agee analyst said auto sales have been strongly tied to the unemployment rate for years, and that makes February's drop in the jobless rate to 7.7 percent good news for automakers.  Michael Ward said the unemployment rate has been an indicator of vehicle demand for the past 30 years, and the trend continues to hold up now.

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Remington's NY Plant Gets $80M Pentagon Contract

March 8, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Remington Arms has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract from the Pentagon to produce sniper rifles at the company's Mohawk Valley plant, a congressman said. U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, whose 22nd Congressional District includes the plant in Ilion in Herkimer County, said the contract calls for Remington to make more than 5,000 sniper rifles and millions of rounds over 10 years for the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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Boeing 787 Battery Fire Was Difficult To Control

March 8, 2013 2:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Joshua Freed, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday released 547 pages of reports and supporting materials about its investigation of the Jan. 7 fire. The documents show firefighters struggling to tame a small but worrisome fire that has left investigators relieved that it happened after a flight and not during one.

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China's February Exports Surge But Imports Fall

March 8, 2013 2:14 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports surged more than expected in February in a possible sign of stronger global demand. Exports leaped 21.8 percent, well ahead of analysts' expectations of single-digit growth as companies shut down for the Lunar New Year holiday, data showed Friday.

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Beechcraft Protests Air Force Contract Decision

March 8, 2013 2:12 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane maker Beechcraft said Friday it will formally protest an Air Force decision to award a competitor a contract worth more than $427 million, claiming the decision puts an estimated 1,400 jobs in Kansas and other states in jeopardy.

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Feds Close Probe Into Ford Unintended Acceleration

March 8, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency has ended an investigation into complaints of unintended acceleration in three Ford vehicles. The probe covered about 169,000 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego sedans, and Ford Freestyle wagons from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

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Small Businesses Feel Sequester Pinch

March 8, 2013 1:45 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The automatic sequester budget cuts are expected to slash $43 billion in defense spending over the next seven months - 8 percent of the Pentagon's budget. And, as CBS News' Ben Tracy reports, that will impact thousands of small businesses that work in the defense industry.

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5th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns And Turnarounds Conference

March 8, 2013 11:48 am | Events

The 5th Annual Chem/Petrochem and Refineries Shutdowns and Turnarounds Conference will focus on the fundamentals of achieving a timely turnarounds, which entails: early planning, solid guidelines, capital projects integration, safety, introducing technology to improve safety and/or drive down costs, developing best practices through the reporting and analyses post-turnaround and building/maintaining a quality workforce. 

Gardner Denver Agrees To $3.73B Sale

March 8, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Industrial pump maker Gardner Denver said Friday that it has agreed to sell itself to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. for about $3.73 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, the New York-based private equity firm will acquire the Wayne, Pa.-based company for $76 per share.

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Toyota Chief Stresses Safe Growth

March 8, 2013 10:20 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

After four tumultuous years bookended by an unprecedented recall crisis and a return to the top of the global auto industry, Akio Toyoda is refashioning Toyota Motor Corp. into a leaner company that's more imbued with the venture spirit of founder Kiichiro Toyoda, his grandfather.

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At least 2 Critically Hurt In IL Steel Plant Blast

March 8, 2013 10:18 am | by Jim Salter, Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 10 people were injured, including two critically, in an explosion Thursday at a steel castings plant in southwestern Illinois, officials said. The blast happened shortly after 8 a.m. in the cleaning-and-finishing department at the American Steel Foundries plant in Granite City, just northeast of St. Louis.

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Italy Protests Bridgestone Tire Plant Closure

March 8, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italy's labor minister is criticizing a decision by the Bridgestone tire company to close a plant in southern Italy as "serious and without reason." Corrado Passera protested in a letter to the Japanese company, released by the labor ministry Thursday, that the company had failed to work with authorities to find another solution.

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Google Cutting 1,200 More Motorola Jobs

March 8, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete. Last year, Google Inc. announced 4,000 Motorola job cuts. The latest reductions are in addition to those and will be in countries including the U.S., China and India.

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OSHA Proposes Fines In Death At Peoria Plant

March 8, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has charged Komatsu America Corp. with safety violations at its plant in Peoria and proposed an $82,000 fine in the death of an employee. The Journal Star in Peoria reports that a 53-year-old man  was testing hydraulic equipment when his arm was severed.

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