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Boeing, Airbus Get Competing Multi-Billion Dollar Deals

June 20, 2011 4:44 am | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Qatar Airways orders Boeing planes in $1.7B deal   LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing Co. announced the first big-ticket order in its rivalry with Airbus at the start of the Paris Air Show on Monday, saying Qatar Airways has ordered six 777 jets in a $1.7 billion deal. The upstart, fast-growing Gulf carrier is buying extended versions of the long-range jet, the 777-300, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said during a news conference alongside Boeing's commercial aircraft chief.

Celebrating 120 Years Of Pa. Bologna-Making

June 20, 2011 4:37 am | by Brad Rhen, Associated Press | News | Comments

WEAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For nearly 120 years, Lebanon bologna has been made at a small plant in a tiny village just north of Lebanon. Located along Weavertown Road in North Lebanon Township, the plant was originally built in 1893 by Daniel Weaver, who began making Weaver's Lebanon Bologna in 1885.

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GE Reaches Tentative Agreement With Biggest Unions

June 20, 2011 4:34 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Corp. said Monday that it agreed on tentative labor deals with two of its biggest unions after a month of talks. The conglomerate's agreements with IUE-CWA and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America are subject to review by union negotiating committees and ratification by union members by June 30.

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Defunct Soda CEO Pleads Not Guilty In $806 Million Fraud

June 20, 2011 4:30 am | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former chief executive of a defunct western Pennsylvania soft-drink maker is scheduled to change his not guilty plea to charges that he perpetrated an $806 million bank fraud then allegedly sold or tried to sell millions of dollars' worth of gold, jewels and other valuables he's accused of buying with money stolen from the company.

To Win With Customers, Know Their Processes

June 17, 2011 11:35 am | by Alan Nicol | Articles | Comments

We innovate our products and solutions with what we believe are features that our customers need, but do we really solve their problems, or is our newest solution simply novel? To ensure that your new offering is a winner, understand your customers’ processes and problems and ensure your new innovation will truly make life better.

Rollup Doors Retrofitted With Air Doors

June 17, 2011 11:33 am | Articles | Comments

Walnut Creek, Calif. — When federal and international sanitary inspections mandated flying insect infiltration reductions at a California pharmaceutical manufacturing plant’s four shipping doors, project engineers started thinking far outside the box to save the facility more than $75,000 in necessary door retrofit costs.

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GM To Unveil Mich.-Built Chevy Sonic At Under $15,000

June 17, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Friday that pricing for its new Chevrolet Sonic will start at just under $15,000 when the sub-compact car hits dealer lots this fall. Base models of the 2012 Sonic will start at $14,495 including the destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.

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Worker Killed In Calif. Sewer Plant Explosion

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

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a water tank explosion that killed a worker at a sewage treatment plant in Redding. The Shasta County coroner's office says 54-year-old Fred Crumb died Thursday afternoon after suffering critical head injuries in the explosion. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that Crumb was critically injured when the explosion blew the top off a 4,500-gallon steel tank at the Clear Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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French Authorities Investigate Two More E. Coli Cases

June 17, 2011 8:53 am | by Cecile Brisson, Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating two new suspected cases of E. coli linked to hamburger patties that have already sickened seven children, the health minister said Friday. Health authorities have ordered a recall of 10 tons of the frozen beef patties produced in France and sold by the German supermarket chain Lidl, but say there is no link to a deadly outbreak of the virus in neighboring Germany.

Lawyers Prepare Defense In Xcel Criminal Case

June 17, 2011 8:02 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — The criminal trial over the deaths of five workers at a Colorado hydroelectric plant has reached the half-way point. Federal prosecutors rested their case against Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and a subsidiary on Thursday, allowing company lawyers to begin presenting their case Friday.

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GM To Invest $65 Million In N.Y., Tenn. Plants

June 17, 2011 7:59 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $65 million in two plants and create or retain 163 jobs at those sites so it can make more four-cylinder engines. GM will add capacity at its Tonawanda, NY, plant to make engines for its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers. It will invest $33 million there and create or retain 100 jobs.

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Manufacturing To Lift Economy Out Of Slump

June 17, 2011 7:57 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A private research group said the economy is rebounding from its spring slump and should grow modestly through the fall. The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.8 percent last month. That's an improvement from April, when the index dropped 0.

CAT To Expand Texas Plant With $130 Million Investment

June 17, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. says it will expand its hydraulic excavator plantcurrently under construction in Victoria, Texas, and add 100 more jobs to the original plans for 500 employees. Caterpillar announced the $130 million, 850,000 square foot plant in August.

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Gauging The War On NASA, Science

June 17, 2011 7:30 am | Videos | Comments

Republican presidential candidates are certainly showing their disdain toward NASA, so MSNBC sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, legendary astrophysicist, to talk about the larger implications of cutting science funding, even in troubling economic times. Tyson says that abandoning all big science projects will prevent our country from achieving the kind of “zeitgeist” that swept America up in the 1960’s, which will in turn prevent future innovation.

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Thermal Imaging For The Industry

June 17, 2011 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke (Everett, WA) has developed new thermal imagers specifically for industrial and electrical applications: the Ti27, Ti29, and Ti32. All three imagers have improved thermal sensitivity and spatial resolution, combined with a high-definition display, which helps users make sharper images.

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The Solar Power Revolution

June 17, 2011 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) has recently completed the installation of a one megawatt (MW) rooftop solar panel system, and the system is now supplying half of the manufacturer’s energy needs. According to NewAge, the project was financed in part by a $1 million solar energy grant from Pennsylvania, plus additional federal incentives.

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Linear Actuators For Any Application

June 17, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The linear actuator line from Exlar (Chanhassen, MN) has been expanded to include the new K Series Universal rod style linear actuators. According to the company, the K Series has options to mount any type of motor, permitting operators to choose the configuration best suited for a specific application.

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Keep Track Of Your Speed

June 17, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Fribourg, Switzerland) has added a velocity sensor to its Vibro-Meter product line, which works with all condition and health monitoring systems. The PV 102 is a 100 mV/inch/second piezoelectric velocity sensor, and the certified version has ATEX, IEC, and CSA hazardous area certifications.

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Plastic Manufacturer To Invest $6 Million In Va. Plant

June 17, 2011 5:03 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Plastics manufacturer Presto Products Co. is expanding its operations in Halifax County, creating 22 jobs over the next three years. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that the company will invest $6 million to add five new manufacturing lines. Presto is a supplier of products ranging from private label food and disposer bags to packaging closures, soil stabilization materials and specialty stretch films.

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HP Sues Oracle In Friend-Turned-Foe Scenario

June 17, 2011 4:50 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. has sued its friend-turned-foe Oracle Corp. in another sign of how badly the relationship between the information technology big shots has frayed. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accuses Oracle of behaving illegally in deciding that future versions of its database software won't support a particular line of HP servers.

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