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Baldwin Hardware Closes Doors

July 15, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that makes brass hardware is closing its doors after more than 50 years. About 160 people will lose their jobs with the closure of the Baldwin Hardware plant by the end of next year. Stanley Black & Decker has owned the Baldwin Hardware brand since 2003.

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American Will Finance 35 New Planes

July 15, 2011 6:58 am | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines said Friday that it will finance up to 35 new planes in the next three years under a sale-leaseback deal with aircraft-leasing company AerCap Holdings N.V. American had already ordered 26 of the Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline disclosed Friday that it exercised an option to buy three more, and the AerCap deal also covered six planes to which American holds purchase rights.

EPA Fines Consolidated Industries

July 15, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Federal environmental officials say a Connecticut aerospace and marine manufacturer faces a fine of nearly $176,000 for allegedly violating clean air and right-to-know laws. The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that Consolidated Industries Inc.

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U.S. Auto Production Down

July 15, 2011 6:53 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto factories produced fewer goods in June than the previous month, and overall factory production was flat. It marked the third straight month of weak output slowed by supply chain disruptions caused by the Japan crisis. The Federal Reserve reported Friday that factory production was unchanged last month following a tiny 0.

Brew up Automation with Integrated ERP

July 15, 2011 5:52 am | Articles | Comments

Deacom Inc. recently announced that D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., America’s oldest brewery, has licensed its DEACOM enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system to integrate its three facilities, with functionality including accounting, sales order management, regulatory reporting, purchasing, production scheduling, inventory, order entry and retail point of sale.

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The Challenge Of Marketing Nutrition

July 15, 2011 5:23 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

It seems more and more emphasis continues to be placed on eating healthy, especially with the ongoing media coverage of the nation’s obesity problem. Government agencies and task forces have stepped up efforts to shrink Americans’ growing waistlines, highlighted by programs such as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the new MyPlate initiative.

Clever Cars--The Next Generation

July 15, 2011 5:17 am | Videos | Comments

Automated driving systems such as adaptive cruise control may be the latest ''must have'' gizmos, but the auto industry is already looking to their successor, cooperative driving, where cars communicate with each other as they go. The technology is in its early stages but this past weekend, researchers drove to Holland to see if their cars would interact.

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Reliance Steel To Buy Continental Alloys

July 15, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. reached a deal to buy Continental Alloys & Services Inc. and some affiliated companies for an undisclosed sum, the company said Thursday. Continental, based in Houston, is a materials management company focused on steel and alloy pipe, tube and bar products, along with the manufacturing of various tools designed for energy service companies.

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Sertco Plans Expansion In OK

July 15, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Wellhead gas compression equipment manufacturer Sertco Industries Inc. says it's expanding its operations in Okemah and plans to add 15 new workers by the end of the year. The company says it's working with the city of Okemah on the $2.25 million expansion, which will add 12,100 square feet of assembly space, 3,600 square feet of office space and 2,000 square feet of paint booth space.

SC Welcomes Be Green Packaging

July 15, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is officially welcoming a company to Jasper County that plans to create at least 175 jobs. Haley is scheduled to attend a welcoming ceremony Thursday afternoon for Be Green Packaging. The California-based packaging company announced in April that it plans to open a manufacturing and distribution center in Ridgeland next year.

Third Worker Dies After Metal Plant Fire

July 15, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A third employee of a Middle Tennessee metal powders plant has died, following a May fire at the facility Fred Tuttle died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Thursday evening, according to WTVF-TV, which quoted a hospital spokesperson. Tuttle was one of five people who were injured — three of them critically — in a May 27 fire at the Hoeganaes (HAY'-gan-ehz) plant in Gallatin.

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U.S. Economy Held Back By High Gas Prices, Slow Hiring

July 15, 2011 4:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Derkek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mixed slate of reports Thursday showed the U.S. economy is being held back by high gas prices and sluggish hiring. Economists are forecasting a pick-up in growth in the second half of the year. But the latest data revealed only faint signs of a turnaround. The Commerce Department said retail sales ticked up only 0.

OSHA Investigating Deadly Accident At Bar S Foods Plant

July 15, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Lawton police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a deadly accident at a Bar S Foods plant. Authorities received an emergency call late Tuesday that an employee was trapped in machinery. Bar S officials say Michael Raper was cleaning an auger when he fell into it.

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Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter

July 14, 2011 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex, designed to meet every requirement for testing and maintaining electrical systems. The Fluke 381 is a full-featured clamp meter with a detachable wireless display for flexibility and safety.

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Meltric’s DSDC Series Plugs, Receptacles

July 14, 2011 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meltric Corporation (Franklin, WI) has presented a new product line for electrical equipment powered by direct currents. Meltric’s DSDC Series plugs and receptacles can provide safer connections for direct current applications up to 200 amps at 250VDC, up to 100 amps at 600 VDC, or up to 30 amps at 750 VDC.

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Tennant's ec-H20 Technology

July 14, 2011 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The ec-H20 technology from Tennant (Minneapolis, MN) electrically converts water into a cleaning solution for most cleaning applications. The water is first passed through electrified screens in the oxygenating chamber, creating an energetic solution made of highly oxygenated micro-bubbles.

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Hydrovane V Series Rotary Vane Compressor

July 14, 2011 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hydrovane (Redditch, Worcestershire, UK) has announced its new Hydrovane V Series line of rotary vane compressors. Small, quiet, and affordable, Hydrovane compressors are all direct drive with no belts or gears to maintain. They operate at 1760 RPM’s for low stress, noise, and long compressor life.

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3D Dashboard Maps Future Of Navigation

July 14, 2011 11:07 am | Videos | Comments

Audi and MIT's SENSEable City Lab have teamed up to design the car navigation system of the future--a 3D display that will sit on the dashboard. According to the design team, the new system will be programed to filter real time information allowing drivers to better navigate around a city. 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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Manufacturing And The Future Of The 401(k)

July 14, 2011 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

VALLEY FORGE, PA -- The financial readiness of Americans for retirement has been a focus of attention in the last few years, particularly after the severe stock market downturn of 2008-2009. A new report shows that employees of larger manufacturing companies who participated in their 401(k) or other defined contribution (DC) plan at Vanguard in 2010 tended to have higher account balances than their counterparts in smaller manufacturing company plans and Vanguard plans as a whole.

U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: Not So Cozy Anymore

July 14, 2011 9:29 am | by Perry Sainati, Founder and President, Belden Universal, and author of The Belden Blog | Articles | Comments

Honesty compels me to admit, I think a lot of people have their heads in the clouds when it comes to the current relationship between manufacturing and jobs. Just recently, President Obama earmarked $500 million to spur the development of high-tech manufacturing jobs. Meanwhile, cruise the blogosphere or surf your cable lineup at any point and you'll find any number of people -- from pundits to politicians -- clamoring for a renewed emphasis on manufacturing.

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