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Thermo King To Close Louisville Plant

July 14, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Executives with the parent company of Thermo King in the small Georgia town of Louisville say they will close the plant, which employs 235 people, by next year. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Ireland-based Ingersoll-Rand will move the Georgia plant's manufacturing line to a Thermo King facility in Hastings, Neb.

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Town Awaits Word On Wrangler Plant Destroyed By Tornado

July 14, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

Tom Smith, AP HACKLEBURG, Ala. (AP) — Marion County Commissioner Don Barnwell said rumors about the future of a Wrangler distribution plant that was wiped out by the tornado that hit Hackleburg have everyone "scared to death." "It seems like every day there is a new rumor popping up," said Barnwell, who lives in Hackleburg and represents the town and surrounding area.

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MN Shutdown Shuts Down Georgia-Pacific Plant

July 14, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Georgia-Pacific plant in Duluth has been shut down because it can't replenish its water supply from Lake Superior during the government shutdown in Minnesota. That means nearly 150 employees are off the job for the duration of the shutdown because the state Department of Natural Resources has suspended the company's water use permit.

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Samsung Says Cancers Unrelated To Work

July 14, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — A study commissioned by Samsung into cancers among six of its semiconductor workers found they were unrelated to exposure to chemicals on the job but the electronics giant is not yet releasing the full results. U.

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Fewer Americans Applying For Unemployment

July 14, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

Christopher S. Rugaber, Derek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, an encouraging sign that the job market may be slowly improving. The number of applications dropped by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 405,000, the Labor Department said, the lowest level in almost three months.

Fire At Buffalo Plant Still Burning

July 14, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A four-alarm fire has consumed a Buffalo, N.Y., plant that makes industrial lubricants, sending up plumes of thick, black smoke and leading firefighters to warn residents to keep their windows closed. The fire started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co.

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CribMaster Weigh Station

July 14, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

CribMaster (Marieta, GA) has announced the CribMaster Weigh Station, a passive issue device that allows for simplified dispensing of bulk-issue items and high-use consumable inventory through the use of computerized scales and bin technology. After the user identifies him/herself on the touch-screen and has taken the needed supplies, the Weigh Station’s will immediately count when an item has been removed or returned.

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Bigfoot CMMS For Maintenance Operations

July 14, 2011 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) from Smartware Group (Center Harbor, NH) is a web-based solution to improve facility and equipment maintenance operations. Features include preventative and predictive maintenance scheduling, equipment history tracking and reporting, and asset life cycle and parts inventory managing.

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A1000 Variable Speed Drive

July 14, 2011 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new A1000 Variable Speed Drive from Yaskawa America Inc. (Waukegan, IL) is compatible with interior and surface permanent magnet motors and provides up to 200 percent torque. The user-friendly configuration includes a multi-language LCD display, parameter storage, and application presets.

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Boeing's 787 Is Packed With High-tech

July 13, 2011 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing's 787, its newest passenger airliner, arrived in Japan last week for readiness tests ahead of its entry into commercial service. The 787 is not only the newest airliner in the skies, but it's also the most high-tech. 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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Tyson Cited For Violations In NE

July 13, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 10 violations against a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in northeast Nebraska. The federal agency on Tuesday cited the Dakota City plant for one repeat and nine serious violations following safety and health inspections initiated in May.

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Oil-Dri Completes $9M Expansion

July 13, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (AP) — A multi-million-dollar expansion of Oil-Dri Corp. of America plant in Blue Mountain Production Co. will mean 20 new jobs. Chicago-based Oil-Dri, the world's largest manufacturer of cat litter, will manufacture a new line of Cat's Pride cat litter at the Blue Mountain facility On Tuesday, company officials celebrated the completion of a $9 million project and the addition of 20 jobs at the Blue Mountain plant.

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Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickup Trucks

July 13, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 242,000 Ram pickup trucks because of a problem in the steering system. The recall affects certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2008 to 2011 model years. The Ram is Chrysler's best-selling vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a part near the left wheel can fracture and cause loss of steering control, leading to crashes.

GE Head: No Magic Potion To Job Creation

July 13, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press GREENVILLE, Sourth Carolina (AP) — The chairman of President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council said Wednesday there is no magic potion to jobs creation, but the panel is devising pragmatic plans to put people back to work. General Electric Co.

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Russian Steelmaker Gets Loan For MI Plant

July 13, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says it has loaned $730 million to the North American arm of one of Russia's largest steel companies to modernize its Detroit-area plant. The government and Severstal North America on Wednesday officially announced plans to upgrade and expand facilities in Dearborn that make steel for the auto industry.

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Crews Battle Fire At Buffalo Plant

July 13, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters in Buffalo continue to battle a stubborn blaze at a plant that manufactures industrial lubricants. Buffalo media outlets report that the fire started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co. in the city's Black Rock neighborhood. Thick black smoke spewed from the three-story structure several hours after the fire started.

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New Viega ProPress System

July 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Viega ProPress system from Viega (Wichita, KS) is now available for joining stainless steel piping in sizes from ½-inch to 4-inches using press technology to secure pipe connections in under seven seconds. The system of stainless steel pipe, valves, and fittings provides a flameless way for water-tight and gas-tight stainless steel joining.

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Next Generation Swivel Technology

July 13, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) engineering department unveils its next generation swivel technology, Hamilton Precision Integrated, HPI. The new HPI design improves the bearing’s element of contact and the number of contact points. It can be found on select series of Hamilton’s heavy duty forged steel casters with load capacities ranging from 600-23,000 lbs per caster.

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Manufacturing Software Launched On The Cloud

July 13, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acumatica with JAAS Systems (Bethesda, MD) has launched a fully integrated manufacturing, distribution, and accounting solution on the Windows Azure Cloud. Companies can use it to manage sales, inventory, material plans, and master production schedules from a web-browser from any location.

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19-Series Steel Storage Cabinet Line Expanded

July 13, 2011 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) announces the expansion of its line of heavy-duty 19-Series Steel Storage Cabinets to include five drawer colors—black, blue, gray, red, and yellow. Ideal for storing, consolidating, and organizing small parts, these cabinets are available in six models and feature a heavy-duty welded steel frame.

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