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ND Body Gives Tax Break To Manufacturing Plant

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Burleigh County Commission has agreed to give Midwest Manufacturing a 50 percent property tax break for three years on a $7.5 million manufacturing plant it plans to build in McKenzie Township. Midwest Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Menards. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the company plans to build the wood products and distribution facility along state Highway 10.

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Auto Parts Supplier To Invest $40M In MI

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto industry parts supplier says it's investing $40 million to expand its Marysville facility and plans to add more than 350 jobs during the next three years. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the announcement was made Thursday by SMR Automotive Systems.

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China, Switzerland To Seal Free Trade Deal

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in Switzerland to seal a free trade pact with the Alpine nation — the first comprehensive agreement his country has reached with a major western economy. Li met with Swiss officials in Zurich on Friday to conclude three years of negotiations.

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Some Unions Now Angry About Health Care Overhaul

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters. But some union leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

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UV-/Light-Curing Adhesives Improve Manufacturing Productivity

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Torsten Uske, President DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC, and Dr. Martin Kluke, Product Manager DELO Industrial Adhesives | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing world is constantly looking for processes that can accelerate production while lowering unit costs and improving product reliability. Each innovation must mesh with the overall production process to achieve high output levels.

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Microsoft Director: 'Manufacturing Is A Hotbed Of Innovation'

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | Articles | Comments

With a primary focus on the ERP offerings within Microsoft’s Dynamics platform, Melissa Cook, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Dynamics holds a unique perspective not only on software, IT, and manufacturing, but how they all fit together in solving industry problems and pushing the manufacturing sector forward collectively.

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Shuttered NM Plant Resumes Making Peanut Butter

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant that was shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak is back in production, and company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.

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VW Plant Reaches Production Milestone

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen has reached another production milestone at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the 250,000th Passat midsize sedan has rolled off the assembly line. The milestone announced Thursday comes barely more than two years since production began at the Tennessee plant.

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France Won't Force Companies To Cap Executive Pay

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The French government is trying to woo executives and entrepreneurs, amid concerns that it has antagonized the businesses needed to reinvigorate the economy. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici announced Friday that the government no longer plans to push for a law to cap executive salaries in the private sector.

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Rise In April

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for aircraft and stronger business investment. The gains suggest economic growth may be holding steady this spring. Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose 3.3 percent last month from March, the Commerce Department said Friday.

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GM Aims New Chevy Cruze Diesel At VW Jetta

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The marketing people at Chevrolet make no secret of the goal for the new diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze: Take sales from Volkswagen. In fact, they're rolling out the car in 13 markets where VW sells the most diesel versions of its Jetta, another compact.

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Study: No Higher Cancer Rate At CT Pratt Plants

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An 11-year study of the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in the state ended Thursday with university researchers saying they found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers.

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Mean Green® Cleaner & Degreaser

May 24, 2013 2:11 pm | by CR Brands, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mean Green® Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser has a unique blend of biodegradable detergents, formulated for challenging machinery and equipment maintenance applications, says the company.

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Toughest Jobs Contest

May 24, 2013 2:09 pm | by Greenlee | Product Releases | Comments

A grand prize winner will receive a bucket of Greenlee hand tools and an 18V Li-Ion Electrician’s Hammer Drill/Driver Kit valued at $1,000.

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Emergency Fluorescent Light

May 24, 2013 2:06 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The HALP-EMG-48-2L-T5HO Class 1 Division 2 emergency fluorescent light is designed to provide operators with a failsafe lighting solution that can withstand the rigors of operation in locations where corrosion and wetness is an issue.

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HALO™ Eye/Face Wash

May 24, 2013 2:05 pm | by Bradley | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with the latest technology in fluid dynamics, HALO covers 85 percent of the user’s face, says the company.

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VisiCab

May 24, 2013 2:02 pm | by AutoCrib, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new VisiCab toolbox actually ‘sees’ which items are in it and which are missing, making it an ideal answer for Foreign Object Debris control, says the company.

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Roll-Up Door, Screen Barriers

May 24, 2013 2:00 pm | by TMI, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The 6000 Series features a higher speed external jackshaft motor that moves doors at a speed of 36 inches per second.

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Tecnomatix® Software

May 24, 2013 1:58 pm | by Siemens PLM Software | Product Releases | Comments

The latest release, Tecnomatix 11, brings to market the latest in digital manufacturing solutions, which work together to deliver smart, fast, and Lean manufacturing, says the company.

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High Pressure Hose Reels

May 24, 2013 1:57 pm | by Coxreels® | Product Releases | Comments

The existing 1185 Series reels, featuring 1 ½-inch ID models, are now available with an upgraded swivel to strengthen the reel capacity to up to 3,000 PSI usage.

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