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UAW, GM Deal Creates Or Keeps 6,400 Jobs

September 20, 2011 9:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A new four-year contract deal between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. will add or keep 6,400 jobs in the U.S. with a $2.5 billion investment, the union said Tuesday. Union leaders from around the country were briefed on the deal in Detroit in a morning meeting, and they voted to recommend that GM's 48,500 factory workers ratify it in voting that will take place in the next week.

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Legacy Electronics Cuts Ribbon On SD Facility

September 20, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

CANTON, S.D. (AP) — Electronics manufacturer Legacy Electronics cut the ribbon on a 40,000 square foot plant in Canton, S.D. on Monday. Legacy Electronics builds, designs and tests of high-speed, high-density memory modules, printed circuit boards and other computer products. It chose Canton for its manufacturing operations in March.

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Equipment Supplier Plans SC Facility, 50 Jobs

September 20, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Denmark-based machining supplier says it will open a facility in Easley that will create at least 50 jobs. KP Components Inc. plans to spend at least $10 million to begin operations in an existing building that will make hydraulic components. Their parts are used in farm and heavy equipment as well as in wind turbines.

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Nissan To Expand Overseas Parts Procurement

September 20, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Sept. 20 (Kyodo) — Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn indicated Tuesday the automaker will expand procurement of overseas components for its Kyushu plant in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, to help cope with the yen's appreciation. Under the strategy, the Kyushu plant will increase the ratio of vehicle components to be procured in other Asian countries as well as the Kyushu region to 80 to 90 percent from 70 percent at present, taking advantage of its proximity to Asia, Ghosn said in Kitakyushu in Fukuoka.

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NASA Selects Boeing For Cryogenic Propellant Tanks

September 20, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, PRNewswire-USNewswire -- NASA has selected The Boeing Company of Huntington Beach, Calif., for the Composite Cryotank Technologies Demonstration effort. Under the contract, Boeing will design, manufacture and test two lightweight composite cryogenic propellant tanks. The demonstration effort will use advanced composite materials to develop new technologies that could be applied to multiple future NASA missions, including human space exploration beyond low Earth orbit.

CAT's Global Sales On The Rise

September 20, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar's global heavy equipment sales rose 34 percent in August, with strong growth continuing despite the economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe. The world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment, based in Peoria, Ill., provided an update on sales Tuesday in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CA Desert Spaceship Factory Completed

September 20, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

MOJAVE, California (AP) — Space tourism is closer to reality after the completion of an $8 million Mojave Desert production plant where the world's first fleet of passenger-ready spaceships will be built. Hundreds of public officials and reporters were invited Monday to tour the giant hangar where the White Knight and SpaceShipTwo craft will be built.

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NJ Jobless Take Up Residence In "Tent City"

September 20, 2011 7:59 am | Videos | Comments

A lot of unemployed individuals have it bad in these uncertain economic times. However, there is a new low in the sour U.S. economy. Some unemployed people in the New Jersey area have taken up residence in "Tent City." It is a community of jobless/homeless individuals established five years ago by a reverend who lives in a converted school bus.

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Server Smashing, Mini-Golf At Work

September 20, 2011 7:57 am | Videos | Comments

Cloud computing provider Rackspace believes that the unique corporate culture is at the core of its success. The company employs 4,000 people, all of which are referred to as "rackers." The company believes it needs to make its workers voluntarily do good work, rather than coerce them into doing good work If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Jaguar C-X16 Concept

September 20, 2011 7:55 am | Videos | Comments

At the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Jaguar aims to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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3D Prototyping Fast Tracks GM Fuel Efficiency Gains

September 20, 2011 7:54 am | Videos | Comments

Deep inside the GM Design building where future products from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac take shape and substance, an elite team fashions components, intricate sub assembles and entire scale model cars from highly specialized three-dimensional rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment from 3D Systems.

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Bill Ford: A Future Beyond Traffic Gridlock

September 20, 2011 7:53 am | Videos | Comments

Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.

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How Connectivity Changes Cars

September 20, 2011 7:43 am | Videos | Comments

Paul Mascarenas, CTO, Ford Motor Company, has been in the industry for 30 years, and says one of the biggest changes he's seen is the advanced computing technology readily available in cars today. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Worker Aid Program Key To Passing Free Trade Deals

September 20, 2011 7:31 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-century-old program that helps workers who lose their jobs to foreign trade holds the key to whether Congress may finally approve three long-delayed free trade agreements viewed by both the Obama White House and congressional Republicans as a way to invigorate the economy and create jobs.

Driverless Car Navigates Berlin Streets

September 20, 2011 7:29 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — It can talk, see, drive and no longer needs a human being to control it by remote. The car of the future — completely computer-controlled — is on the streets of Berlin. All summer, researchers from the city's Free University have been testing the automobile around the German capital.

Equipment Precautions For The Next Irene

September 20, 2011 7:22 am | Articles | Comments

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is urging businesses to take every precaution with electrical equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, in case another event is to strike the East Coast in the near future. The following precautions are recommended to ensure employee safety and avoid costly damage both to physical equipment and the financial losses of a prolonged shutdown: Wet Electrical Equipment Electrical equipment that has been submerged or come into contact with water must be replaced, though there are exceptions to this rule for larger equipment, which may be able to be reconditioned by trained factory service personnel.

Analyzing Performance Data To Craft Your Battle Plan

September 20, 2011 7:13 am | Articles | Comments

The importance of a strategy behind the performance management system has been previously stressed . The analysis stage is where this concept finally comes to the forefront. This is where all the groundwork of fact capturing transitions into actual decision-making tools. The battle plan is crafted.

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Gov Promotes Detroit Workforce Partnership

September 20, 2011 6:46 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday praised a partnership between a Detroit-based social and economic services agency and a manufacturing assembly company, saying it would be a role model for the jobs plan he plans to announce in November. Snyder spoke at the nonprofit group Focus: HOPE, which has teamed up with Auburn Hills-based Android Industries to assemble parts for the Chevrolet Volt, a rechargeable electric car with a small gas engine.

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Kansas Economy Sending Mixed Signals

September 20, 2011 6:28 am | by John Milburn, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A mixed bag of statistics released in recent weeks suggests that Kansas, like the rest of the nation, is finding it difficult to get its economic engine firing on all cylinders. Despite rising state revenues, job growth remains flat while more residents are seeking public assistance.

Ariens To Increase Hiring In WI

September 20, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

BRILLION, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin outdoor power equipment manufacturer plans to hire 100 additional employees. Ariens Co. usually switches from lawn maintenance equipment to making snow blowers this time of year. But, president Dan Ariens says the company will be manufacturing both equipment lines this fall.

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