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30-Foot Mast Light

June 21, 2013 3:38 pm | by Magnalight | Product Releases | Comments

The three stage mast collapses to 12 feet, extends to 30 feet, and folds over for transport.

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E2 Micro Chain

June 21, 2013 3:36 pm | by igus® | Product Releases | Comments

New design features, such as a new double-stop dog system, make the latest E2 Micro chain even sturdier and quieter than its predecessors, says the company.

FAST Software Tool

June 21, 2013 3:33 pm | by Lenze Americas | Product Releases | Comments

The FAST tool provides a complete range of standard software modules for positioning, registration, cam profiling, multi-conveyor coordination, and other synchronized motion control tasks.

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Second-Gen Linear Tiles

June 21, 2013 3:30 pm | by Musson Rubber | Product Releases | Comments

These new second-generation Linear Tiles are an excellent way to trap sand, dirt, and slush and keep it from entering buildings, says the company.

Tuscon Work Boot

June 21, 2013 2:59 pm | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

The outdoor inspired Tuscon work boot features a waterproof, nubuck leather upper with a sleek, low profile midsole and open mesh inserts to increase air circulation.

Hollow Shaft Nut Drivers

June 21, 2013 2:43 pm | by Milwaukee Tool | Product Releases | Comments

The 4PC SAE Nut Drivers feature a 3-inch hollow shaft design, allowing users to drive fasteners on long bolts or threaded rod applications with ease.

BP Wants Independent Probe Of Claims Attorney

June 21, 2013 2:17 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf pledged Friday to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys, but the London-based oil giant is calling for an independent probe.

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Air Travel Changes At Less Than Supersonic Speed

June 21, 2013 2:06 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the Concorde started flying in the 1970s, hopes were high that the traveling masses would soon streak through the air faster than the speed of sound or soar in planes that hurtled like missiles above the earth's atmosphere. Instead, jetliners still look the same as they did five decades ago and travel times have barely budged.

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Unemployment Fell In Half Of U.S. States In May

June 21, 2013 2:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, led by drops in California, West Virginia, New York and Hawaii. Hiring has been steady nationwide, leading to a better job market in many areas of the country. Employers added jobs in 33 states last month. The biggest gains were in Ohio, Texas and Michigan.

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Hershey Canada Pleads Guilty Of Price-Fixing

June 21, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey Canada Inc. faces a fine of US$3.8 million (CA$4 million) after pleading guilty to its role in fixing the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada. Canada's Competition Bureau said Friday that the chocolate manufacturer admitted in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that it conspired, agreed or arranged to fix the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada in 2007.

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Bangladesh Garment Factories Show Effort, Lapses

June 21, 2013 1:57 pm | by Ravi Nessman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The walls of the cavernous AKH clothing factory are covered in red arrows. They point to three wide emergency staircases with evacuation plans posted on every floor. They point to fire extinguishers attached to the walls and pillars throughout the factory. They point to medical kits located near designated workers with "First Aid" stitched onto their shirts.

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First Apple Computer Could Fetch $500K At Auction

June 21, 2013 1:55 pm | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages — an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out. But because it was designed and sold by two college dropouts named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it could be worth more than half a million dollars.

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Boeing CEO Announces New, Bigger 787

June 21, 2013 12:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Jim McNerney says the 787 is a mature technology as Boeing launches a stretched version of the airliner, the 787-10. The 787-10 holds more passengers, but is designed for shorter distances, making it an ideal aircraft for regional carriers.

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Gov't Delays Requiring Rearview Cameras In Cars

June 21, 2013 10:17 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly.

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6 Arrested In LA In Explosives Investigation

June 21, 2013 10:14 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president and at least two other executives of a Louisiana explosives recycling company were among six people arrested Tuesday in the investigation of how the material was stored. The Explo Systems employees were indicted June 10 and allowed to turn themselves in. Each is free on $50,000 bond.

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Toyota To Spend $200M On 3 U.S. Engine Plants

June 21, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it is investing a total of $200 million on three U.S. engine plants to boost production capacity. Of the total, $150 million will be spent to increase its production capacity to around 750,000 units per year by July 2015 from the current 506,000 units at a factory in Alabama, the automaker said.

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Big Explosion At Quebec Fireworks Factory Kills 2

June 21, 2013 10:11 am | by Benjamin Shingler, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive explosion at a fireworks warehouse killed two workers Thursday, police said, leaving a huge plume of smoke blanketing an area west of Montreal. A series of explosions spread from the charred building after the initial blast at B.E.M. Fireworks near Valleyfield, Quebec. Images from the scene showed a building near a major highway completely destroyed.

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EU-China Solar Panel Dumping Talks Continue

June 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's trade commissioner said Friday that the EU and China are seeking a negotiated settlement to resolve a solar panel dumping dispute as quickly as possible. Karel De Gucht told reporters in Beijing that there had been no breakthroughs so far in talks and warned that such disputes are rarely resolved overnight.

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FAA: Boeing 787 Diverted Over Low Oil Indicator

June 21, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Airlines Boeing 787 flying from London to Houston was diverted to Newark, N.J., on Thursday because of a low engine oil indicator, the second unscheduled landing for Boeing's newest plane this week. The Federal Aviation Administration said that United Flight 125 landed safely at 2:10 p.m. at Newark Liberty International Airport outside New York City. The agency said it would look into the incident.

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Retaining Your Number One Asset: Employees

June 21, 2013 8:08 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

There is one absolute that applies to every company, independent of industry: You cannot expect to operate efficiently without dedicated and skilled employees. When looking at the manufacturing industry specifically, finding a highly skilled workforce has proven to be one of the greatest challenges.

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