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Ill. Pork Plant Job Openings Draw 2,000 Applicants

February 18, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) — Almost 2,000 people have apllied for what will be about 150 jobs at an eastern Illinois pork processing plant expected to reopen this spring. James Jendruczek is the president of J&A Investors. The firm owns a company called Trim-Rite Foods Inc. that will operate the plant in Rantoul.

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Calif. Company Develops Robotic 'Hummingbird'

February 18, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — A California company says it has demonstrated controlled precision hovering and fast-forward flight by a camera-equipped micro aircraft that flies like a hummingbird. Monrovia-based AeroVironment on Thursday released video of the remotely controlled Nano Hummingbird it developed for the U.

Ford Teams Up With Sollers To Sell Cars In Russia

February 18, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to team up with a Russian automaker to make and distribute cars in the country. The announcement came shortly after Italian automaker Fiat SpA backed out of a potential partnership with the same Russian company. Fiat and Russian automaker Sollers had signed a memorandum of understanding last year to produce up to 500,000 vehicles a year in Russia in a bid to become the country's second-largest car maker.

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All-New Air Nozzle Technology

February 18, 2011 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 9002W flat air nozzle from Silvent (Portage, IN) utilizes an energy-efficient design that represents a new blowing technology. Each orifice is designed to optimize the entrainment area, generating a strong, efficient blowing force at a low noise level. Aerodynamic slots of the nozzle provide high efficiency and low noise.

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Industrial PCs Get Better

February 18, 2011 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The industrial PCs from noax (Huntersville, NC) are now equipped with new motherboards that increase the efficiency and performance with a range of new components and features. The next generation series use dual-core processors and a flexible plug design, including two PCI express slots. According to the company, these upgrades offer better graphics and improved security when saving data.

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Convey Any Dry Solid

February 18, 2011 5:10 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Cyclonaire Corporation (York, NE) offers a tool for conveying a wide range of dry solids with the FlexFlite Flexible Screen Conveyors, which use steel augers and flexible tubes to move materials at rates as high as 3,600 pounds per hour. They are portable — according to the company — and are ideal for conveying products from bags, bins, hoppers, or weigh stations.

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Maintain Your Floor Markings

February 18, 2011 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Kaizen Cart, now available from InSite Solutions, LLC (Wake Forest, NC), can hold up to 10 rolls of Superior Mark floor tape — plus all of the tools and supplies necessary to maintain the floor markings — which helps plants comply with OSHA passageway requirements. The cart has an 8” rubber tamper roller to adhere the Superior Mark tape.

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Chinese Stealth Fighters Have 'Long Road' To Superiority

February 18, 2011 3:59 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will retain a far bigger fleet of top-end fighter planes than China for years to come despite Beijing's early test of a Stealth-style jet that has stoked concern over its military buildup, the U.S. defense chief said Thursday Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers that China faces a "long road" before deploying its J-20 stealth fighter in any numbers, and predicted a continuing "huge disparity" compared with America's fleet of low-observable aircraft.

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Are Employers Weeding Out The Chronically Jobless?

February 18, 2011 3:40 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Are some companies weeding out job applicants just because they are unemployed? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has jumped in, trying to figure out whether it's a widespread tactic that could violate federal job discrimination laws.

Ex-Chrysler Dealers Sue Gov't Over Bailout Closures

February 18, 2011 3:37 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of car dealers who lost their businesses in Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy sued the government Thursday, claiming their dealer franchises were closed without adequate compensation. The 64 former Chrysler dealers said in the lawsuit that the Treasury Department violated their constitutional rights by failing to compensate them for taking their auto businesses.

China On 'High Alert' For More Tainted Milk

February 18, 2011 3:33 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps. Both additives — melamine and hydrolyzed leather protein — would make dairy products made with watered-down milk appear to have normal amounts of protein.

Oregon Exports Surged In 2010, Thanks To China

February 18, 2011 3:31 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Exports from Oregon increased last year, led by high-tech sales and record shipments to China. Foreign sales jumped 19 percent to nearly $17.7 billion while exports to China, the state's biggest foreign customer, accounted for more than $4 billion of that total, The Oregonian reported.

Intel Chief Joins White House Job-Creation Council

February 18, 2011 3:23 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Casting about for innovative job-creation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S. Obama will name Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellino to the jobs and competitiveness council during a visit to the company's semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, on Friday, a White House official said.

Vandals Attack Toyota Cars Over Outsourcing Claims

February 18, 2011 3:18 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three men accused of vandalizing seven Toyota vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show told them they were angry about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Richard Data, 28-year-old Edmund Grzeszkiewicz (GREZH'-kuh-wits), and Bryan Kjellman (KYELL'-man), all of the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, were charged Thursday with criminal damage to property.

ISO-Quality Tubing

February 17, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Natvar (City of Industry, CA) has announced that its Clayton, NC facility has been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Certification in recognition of its best practice production techniques. In order to achieve these certification, the company operated with stringent standards and tight quality controls to ensure integrity and safety within their complete line of medical tubing.

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Improved Wire Stripping

February 17, 2011 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The flexibility of the indexing cutter head technology from Schleuniger (Manchester, NH) has been paired with servo drives and improved electronics in the new PowerStrip 9550. The tool processes a wide range of applications, from stranded wire to multi-conductor cables, as well as coaxial and other shielded cables.

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Refrigerated And Desiccant Dryers, Together

February 17, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Hybritec combination dryer series from Kaeser (Fredericksburg, VA) combines the energy savings of a refrigerated dryer with the low dew points of a desiccant dryer, according to the company. Hybritec units operate on a process that first treats the air to remove a majority of the water vapor.

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Aluminum Enclosures In All Sizes

February 17, 2011 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing (Cheektowaga, NY) has added nine sizes to its 1550 family of die-cast aluminum enclosures, which provide robust mechanical protection and good EMC attenuation levels. The tapped holes and machine screws used to secure the lid make them suitable for use where interior access will be required on a regular basis.

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Boat Owners, Manufacturers Fear Ethanol-Tinged Gas

February 17, 2011 8:29 am | by Derek Harper, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gasoline may soon include more ethanol, but people who work on boats and small engines say they fear the change will lead to many more damaged engines and costly repair bills. Even though the federal Environmental Protection Agency did not approve the blend for many types of engines, some may still inadvertently fuel their craft at a station that sells it.

Understand Your Oil

February 17, 2011 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) has developed the OCMA-310 Oil Content Analyzer, which can assess the trace amount of hydrocarbons in a variety of materials, as well as check for residual hydrocarbons on pre-cleaned products. The S-316 solvent used by the unit can be recycled by a solvent reclaimer, making the system environmentally-friendly.

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