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Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard.       

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KY Coal Town Suffers Amid Natural Gas Boom

October 7, 2013 12:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The increase in natural gas production has had a devastating impact on coal country, forcing many miners to seek employment elsewhere. Eastern Kentucky has lost 42 percent of its mining jobs, and CBS News' Jeff Glor reports from one of the hardest-hit towns.

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18 Safety Citations Issued At Ga. Plant Since 2009

October 7, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Representatives of a car parts manufacturing company say they've remedied several issues and have increased training after receiving the most federal safety violations in Georgia.                    

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BlackBerry Faces Class Action Shareholder Lawsuit

October 7, 2013 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A class action lawsuit has been filed against BlackBerry by a shareholder claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would fare against competitors.       

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Darling Buying Vion Holding Unit For $2.17B

October 7, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food recycling company Darling International Inc. is buying a unit of Vion Holding N.V. for about 1.6 billion euros ($2.17 billion).                    

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Government's Work Stacking Up A Week Into Shutdown

October 7, 2013 9:21 am | by Connie Cass, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return.

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Worker Dies Of Head Injury At W.Va. Coal Mine

October 7, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unidentified worker died of a head injury Friday at CONSOL Energy's McElroy mine in Marshall County, and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said it was investigating.         

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JAL Makes First Purchase From Airbus, Not Boeing

October 7, 2013 9:09 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion). The purchase of 31 A350 planes deals a blow to U.S. rival Boeing, which had been JAL's star supplier for decades.   

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Turning Air Compressors Into An Energy Source

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Werner Rauer, Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rise in energy prices is an unwelcome reality in today’s manufacturing and business environment. While the rate of price increases for natural gas, heating oil, and other sources may vary from year to year, the upward trajectory is clear. Energy cost reduction strategies are vital to staying competitive.

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Safeguarding The ‘Cool Side’ Of Direct-Chill Billet Casting

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Proprietary Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers of aluminum extrusions are highly dependent on the availability of high-quality billet, which can sometimes be difficult to procure either in cut lengths or logs. Without billet, extrusions do not get run and on-time deliveries do not occur, particularly with custom products. This situation can put customers at risk.

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Exciting Plans For IMTS

October 4, 2013 4:58 pm | by IMTS Exhibitions Department | News | Comments

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

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Lockheed Martin To Furlough 3K Workers

October 4, 2013 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The defense company said Friday that the number of employees put on furlough will increase weekly if the shutdown continues.       

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Daimler's Mercedes Has Record Sales Month

October 4, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler AG's luxury brand Mercedes-Benz sold a record number of cars in September. The Stuttgart-based automaker said Friday it sold 142,994 vehicles during September, up 15.9 percent on the same month a year before.         

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Officials In CA City Endorse Apple Campus Plan

October 4, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc.'s plans for a massive new campus in Silicon Valley that former CEO Steve Jobs likened to a spaceship are moving forward. The planning commission in Cupertino, where Apple's current headquarters is also based, endorsed the estimated $5 billion project this week, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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Cummins Filtration To Close Lake Mills Operations

October 4, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 80 workers are expected to lose their jobs over the next 15 months as Cummins Filtration closes down its operations in the northern Iowa city of Lake Mills. Cummins Inc. spokesman John Mills says employees will receive severance and outplacement services.

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Floor-Covering Company To Expand GA Plant

October 4, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a floor covering manufacturer is planning to expand its plant in Morgan County and create more than 200 new jobs. Deal announced Thursday that Mannington Mills is planning to create 219 new jobs as it expands its Plant in Madison — about 30 miles south of Athens. Deal says the company is planning to invest $50 million in the expansion.

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Emerson Acquires Enardo For Undisclosed Sum

October 4, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emerson Electric Co. said Friday that it has acquired Enardo LLC, a maker of safety equipment for the oil and gas industry. Terms were not disclosed. The St. Louis-based company said that the addition of Enardo will boost its portfolio of regulator technologies held under its process management business.

Shutdown Could Slam Frail U.S. Economy

October 4, 2013 1:19 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

The bitter blame game continued with the still employed politicians in DC - while as many as a million workers were sent home on Tuesday, out of work and out of luck. The government's partial shutdown also means the September jobs report is being postponed. The workers who produce it aren't deemed "essential," which is why they're among the 800,000 federal employees being furloughed.

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A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Energy costs are a significant portion of any compressed air system's total lifetime cost. In fact, the amount of energy required to run an air compressor for just one year can exceed the compressor purchase price. Over a period of 10 years, energy normally totals 70 percent of the overall costs.

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Changes In Chemical Management Part 3: Best Practices & Technology

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

In order to appreciate where we are today, it’s helpful to understand the evolution of chemical compliance. Prior to 1970, chemical management was nearly non-existent. Then came OSHA and the EPA, setting the United States on a path toward greater workplace safety and environmental conscientiousness.

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