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OSHA Last Inspected TX Fertilizer Plant In 1985

April 19, 2013 10:15 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration most recently inspected the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night in 1985. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that OSHA issued the West Chemical & Fertilizer Co., as the plant was called at the time, a $30 fine for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia.

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U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Rise To 352K

April 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March's sluggish hiring may be temporary.

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Honda Recalls Nearly 205K Vehicles To Fix Shifters

April 19, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is recalling nearly 205,000 minivans and SUVs in the U.S. to fix a problem with the automatic shifters. The recall includes the Honda CR-V small SUV and Odyssey minivan from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Also covered is the 2013 Acura RDX SUV.

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German Industry Pay Offer Short Of Union Demand

April 19, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employers in Germany's key manufacturing sector are offering a pay increase that falls well short of the 5.5 percent raise a union is seeking for some 3.7 million workers. The employers' association in the southern region of Bavaria is offering a 2.3 percent increase over a 13-month period, news agency dpa reported Friday. The IG Metall union is seeking the bigger raise as part of a 12-month deal.

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Taking Manufacturing To School

April 19, 2013 8:05 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

As manufacturing processes become more automated, it is essential for companies to invest in partnerships with local technical schools to maintain a qualified, knowledgeable workforce. In June 2011, President Obama launched a national effort to revitalize American manufacturing.

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Engineering Answers: Fail Faster

April 19, 2013 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

As the market gap between hobbyist makers and professional engineers continues to close, desktop 3D printing is emerging as the next golden nugget in prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. MakerBot has been at the cusp of this revolution.

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Is Your ERP Working Hard Enough For You?

April 18, 2013 3:06 pm | Events

As businesses are inundated with more and more enterprise IT options, prioritization of requirements can become more complex. Luckily, today’s enterprise solutions are smarter and more effective than ever before.

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New Businesses Bring Jobs To Appomattox

April 18, 2013 2:18 pm | by ABC13 | Videos | Comments

Things are looking up for business in Appomattox: Tractor Supply is almost ready to open their doors and the locally owned TriTech Solutions just recently popped up. Three local entrepreneurs started the most recent TriTech Solutions. Members of the town say this business has the potential, and the precision, to go a long way.

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Rescuers Search Ruins Of Texas Fertilizer Plant

April 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by John L. Mone, Michael Brick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

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S. Koreans Hoping To Return To Kaesong Factories

April 18, 2013 2:12 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean entrepreneurs who invested up to 10 years and millions of dollars in the Kaesong industrial complex, a symbol of economic collaboration between the rival Koreas that is now shuttered by the North, have little more than hope to cling to as assembly lines sit idle day after day.

Chinese Automakers Struggle Against Global Rivals

April 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show. Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes.

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Nissan To Recall 80,000 Minivans

April 18, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. in a report to the government Thursday said it will recall a total of 85,220 minivans produced between November 2010 and February 2012 under its Serena and Suzuki Motor Corp.'s Landy brands. A component of an electricity generator attached to the engine could drop out due to a defective installment, causing the engine to stall in the worst-case scenario, Nissan said in the report.

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VW Dropping Third Shift At Chattanooga Plant

April 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is dropping the third assembly shift at its Chattanooga plant. As first reported by WRCB-TV, the move will eliminate 500 temporary jobs. Volkswagen spokesman Guenther Scherelis said strong domestic demand for the Passat drove adding the third shift.

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SC House Approves $120M For Boeing Expansion

April 18, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation giving the Boeing Co. $120 million in incentives for their expansion plans in South Carolina is one vote away from reaching the governor's desk. The House voted 115-2 Wednesday to approve the bill. Another vote would send it to Gov. Nikki Haley, who is sure to sign it. The Senate approved the measure last week.

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The New Standard For Heavy Lifting

April 17, 2013 5:20 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Videos | Comments

At ProMat 2013, Wildeck introduced the 4XLift™, "the new standard for heavy lifting." The heavy-duty four-post 4XLift includes, as standard, Wildeck's patented AutoSenz® D-Series Overload Detection System that continuously monitors motor current and stops the lift in its tracks should a jam occur.

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How A U.S. Shoemaker Stays Competitive

April 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Okabashi Brands was founded in the 1980s when U.S. manufacturing was shrinking. Staying competitive compared to imports is a challenge, says Bahman Irvani, CEO. But thanks to automation, a U.S. workforce, and recycling methods, Okabashi is a success story.

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Purell's Long Path To Success

April 17, 2013 4:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Now the top pick among careful parents and germaphobes alike, Purell's market success wasn't always so obvious. After a decade of rising sales and steady marketing, the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer has become wildly successful, surpassing analyst predictions on its way to the top.

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Turbos Vs. Superchargers

April 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by CNETTV | Videos | Comments

CNET walks through the difference between two high tech automotive trends, turbos and superchargers, to increase power with less fuel. Both turbos and superchargers are air pumps, they ram more air into the intake portion of the engine. And when more air goes in, that means the engine can combine more fuel with to get a bigger 'charge.'

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'Smart Gun' Won't Work In The Wrong Hands

April 17, 2013 4:35 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

What if technology could keep guns out of the wrong hands? Some are developing 'smart guns' that may do just that. The New Jersey Institute of Technology has spent the last thirteen years developing a gun that analyzes a person's grip and only fires for its owner.

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Auto Black Boxes In Every Vehicle By 2014?

April 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Most drivers don't realize that over 90 percent of new cars are being made with a black box. Similar to a flight cockpit recorder, it is called an Event Data Recorder (EDS). It records everything that is happening in your car. At issue is your right to privacy.

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