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NC Auto Dealers Say They'll Keep Fighting Tesla

June 28, 2013 2:16 pm | by Chris Kardish, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina auto dealers say they're moving ahead with a bill updating franchise laws without a provision that effectively bans the business model of electric car manufacturer Tesla. But Bob Glaser of the NC Automobile Dealers Association said Thursday that the group hasn't given up on a separate bill targeting the automaker that already passed the Senate last month.

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American Boss Held Hostage Returns To U.S.

June 28, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An American executive held hostage for nearly a week by his company's Chinese workers in a pay dispute said Friday from his Florida home that he was held for ransom and paid nearly half a million dollars for his freedom. "One-hundred percent I got held for ransom," Chip Starnes said on NBC's "Today" show, just hours after arriving back home from China.

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AR Wind Turbine Plant To Stop Production

June 28, 2013 2:13 pm | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A $40 million wind turbine factory in northeast Arkansas that opened in 2010 with plans to employ more than 700 people announced Friday it would end production and lay off 40 workers. Germany-based Nordex SE, parent company of Nordex USA, said the company had not received enough orders due to an uncertain U.S. market, overcapacity in the industry and an unstable outlook for a federal tax production credit.

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UT Halfway To Governor's Goal Of 100,000 Jobs

June 28, 2013 2:11 pm | by Paul Foy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah is on track to add 100,000 jobs within three years, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday, reporting on a promise he made in early 2012. Herbert stopped at Exelis Aerostructures, which makes carbon-fiber parts for aircraft, to promote Utah's economy, which ranks 34th among the states in output.

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Von Drehle On Its Way To 100 Jobs

June 28, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company's only "all-under-one-roof" facility. The Natchez Democrat reports that company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company's only plant to have both.

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Nissan Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 28, 2013 12:53 pm | by NissanNewsroom | Videos | Comments

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn. Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the United States.

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Explosion Proof Light, Reel

June 28, 2013 12:49 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The explosion proof reel offers a Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 rating, so that both the reel and the trouble light can be installed in hazardous location areas.

Uninterruptible Power Supply

June 28, 2013 12:47 pm | by GE | Product Releases | Comments

The TLE Series delivers clean power quality, including low-input harmonics, high-input power factor, and low-output voltage distortion to critical loads.

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Quick Deploy Leak Diverter Kit

June 28, 2013 12:46 pm | by New Pig | Product Releases | Comments

Complete with a discharge hose and fittings, the Quick Deploy Leak Diverter can be deployed by simply hooking the handle over a pipe or ceiling truss.

WD-40® Specialist® Line

June 28, 2013 12:43 pm | by WD-40 Company | Product Releases | Comments

All of the new products in the WD-40® Specialist® line are 50-state VOC compliant and each come with unique benefits.

Fastback II Utility Knife

June 28, 2013 12:41 pm | by Milwaukee Tool Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to activate the blade 3X faster than a 2-handed opening, the Fastback II™ features a press and flip, one handed blade opening for easy activation.

Personal Air Conditioning Vest

June 28, 2013 12:39 pm | by ITW Vortec | Product Releases | Comments

Since the belt holds the tubing for delivering hot or cold air to the wearer, improvements ensure that workers wearing the PAC receive even more cool or warm air to combat extreme ambient conditions, says the company.

Compressed Air Filtration

June 28, 2013 12:37 pm | by LA-MAN ® Corporation IMPO Product Releases | Comments

By incorporating a charcoal absorption element, the filter offers a .01 Micron rating with flow ranges of 50, 75, or 100 SCFM and pressure ratings of 250 psi.

LED Warning Lights

June 28, 2013 12:35 pm | by Patlite | Product Releases | Comments

The new LFH Series LED Warning Lights produce a high-visibility, 110 flashes-per-minute strobe beacon light suitable for virtually any industrial application, says the company.

Stock•Indicator Magnet

June 28, 2013 12:33 pm | by Aigner Label Holder Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

This unique 2- by 6-inch color coded, reversible magnet can be used to quickly identify a “stock out” condition when the red side appears.

New Truck Factory, More Orders

June 28, 2013 12:30 pm | by Hamilton | Product Releases | Comments

With the added capacity of the new truck factory, the company says it can build even larger carts and trailers faster than ever.

New Palletizing Lifts

June 28, 2013 12:28 pm | by Advance Lifts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This new line of palletizing lifts includes both mechanical spring and air spring self-leveling models, as well as an electric hydraulic unit for more exact positioning.

30,000 Industrial Products

June 28, 2013 12:26 pm | by Applied Industrial Technologies IMPO Product Releases | Comments

This catalog is a valuable reference guide with complete product specifications, cross-reference data, troubleshooting information, and a technical section full of formulas, conversion tables, and fluid power information.

Niagara Machine Appoints Branch Manager Of Charlotte Operation

June 28, 2013 11:08 am | by Niagara Machine, Inc. | News | Comments

Niagara Machine, Inc., a national distributor of concrete surface preparation machines headquartered in Erie, Pa., recently hired DJ White as branch manager of its Charlotte operation. White brings extensive experience in the construction industry to his new role at Niagara, having served as a stone and waterproofing contractor, and as manager of numerous successful construction businesses.

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Jeep Owners Worry About Safety After Recall Deal

June 28, 2013 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A deal between the government and Chrysler over Jeeps linked to deadly fires isn't sitting well with many Jeep owners and auto safety advocates. In early June, after a nearly three-year investigation, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommended that Chrysler recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs because the fuel tanks could rupture, leak and cause fires in rear-end crashes.

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