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Chrysler To Refinance Its Debt To U.S., Canadian Gov'ts

April 27, 2011 4:42 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Details are still being worked out, but Chrysler Group LLC on Thursday will make an announcement about a refinancing package that will repay its government loans, according to a person briefed on the matter. Final details are likely to be revealed Monday, when Chrysler releases its first-quarter financial results, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the company is still negotiating the package with banks.

Businesses Ordered More Manufactured Goods In March

April 27, 2011 4:36 am | by Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses increased their orders for heavy machinery, computers, autos and steel in March, boosting demand for long-lasting manufactured goods for a third straight month. Orders for durable goods rose 2.5 percent in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Nokia Slashes 7,000 Jobs Worldwide In Restructuring

April 27, 2011 4:31 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. said Wednesday it will slash 7,000 jobs worldwide, through both layoffs and outsourcing, as it strives to cut costs and catch up with its top rivals in the smartphone market. Most of the 4,000 layoffs, due by the end of 2012, will be in Denmark, Finland and Britain, Nokia said.

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Refineries On Danger's Edge During Power Outage

April 26, 2011 7:28 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Schools canceled classes and residents were urged to stay inside Tuesday after power outages shut down three Houston-area refineries, including BP unit where a 2005 explosion killed 15 people, and a Dow Chemical plant. Emergency officials were working to determine what caused the Texas City outages, which a spokeswoman for Texas New Mexico Power company said involved a "customer-owned equipment problem.

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Ford, 3M Successes Push Stock Markets Ever Higher

April 26, 2011 7:25 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stronger earnings reports from Ford and 3M helped drive stocks higher Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 101 points, or 0.8 percent, to 12,581. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,347. The Nasdaq composite rose 25 points, or 0.

The Beauty Of The Printing Press

April 26, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

Field Notes produces a number of high-quality notebooks for writers, journalists, and artist, but what’s probably more interesting to you all is the way these books are made. Their contracted printers, Freeport Press and Flywheel Letterpress , show off some of the machinery that’s used in the production.

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3M Raises Expectations For Remainder Of 2011

April 26, 2011 6:56 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — 3M Co. is raising its earnings expectations for the year, saying higher sales around the globe will offset the disruption to its business in Japan from the earthquake there. The Maplewood, Minnesota maker of Post-Its and Scotch Tape now expects to earn between at $6.27 to $6.

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Workspace Solutions In Full-Color

April 26, 2011 6:21 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lyon Workspace Products (Aurora, IL) has announced the new Essential Solutions Catalog, which is a 65-page overview of the company’s best-selling storage, locker, and workspace solutions. The full-color catalog features all-welded storage cabinets, lockers, workstations, ergonomic seating, shop furniture, tool storage, modular drawer cabinets, shelving, and storage racks.

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Control Your Microwaves

April 26, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation (Chelmsford, MA) is offering two full-featured Fractional-N PLLs with integrated Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) — the HMC837LP6CE and HMC840LP6CE — with a low-noise VCO and a precision charge-pump. According to the company, they feature exact frequency mode operation, deliver phase noise and spurious performance, and consume only 630 mW.

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Boilers, Burners, And Controls, Together

April 26, 2011 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaver-Brooks (Milwaukee, WI) has launched the CBEX, an integrated boiler, burner, control, and heat recovery system that achieves higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions in a 15 percent smaller footprint. According to the company, the system can meet today’s tougher emissions requirements, including 5 ppm NOx without selective catalytic reduction and 1 ppm CO.

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An Inorganic-Based Epoxy

April 26, 2011 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP30LTE-LO, which uses a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials. The two-component epoxy combines outstanding performance with a low thermal expansion coefficient. According to the company, it is serviceable over the wide range of -60 to 250°F, and cures at room temperature, with 85 percent of its maximum strength developed within 48 hours.

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Google Inspires Tinkerers With 'Garage' Workshops

April 26, 2011 5:32 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Amid all the free food and other goodies that come with a job at Google Inc., there's one benefit a lot of employees don't even know about: a cluster of high-tech workshops that have become a tinkerer's paradise. Workers escape from their computer screens and office chairs to weld, drill and saw on expensive machinery they won't find at Home Depot.

Sue Me

April 26, 2011 5:16 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Coming off a two-day stint of gripping jury duty, I’ve cemented my belief that our culture is too eager to self-diagnose, place blame, and sue anything that may negatively impact our lives, regardless of fault. Long story, short: Woman A is loading groceries into the trunk of her car.

Nissan Recalls 200,000 SUVs For Snapping Steering Column

April 26, 2011 4:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 200,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 sport utility vehicles sold in the U.S. because of a problem that could cause the steering column to break and the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The recall, announced Monday, comes mere months after Japan's No. 2 automaker launched two other major recalls, including one that involved more than 2 million vehicles.

American Companies: Chinese Protectionism Is Rising

April 26, 2011 4:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese protectionism has increased since the 2008 global crisis and U.S. companies are being hurt by Beijing's policies aimed at developing its technology industries, a business group said Tuesday. A report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China adds to mounting complaints that Beijing is violating the spirit of its free-trade pledges by limiting market access and trying to shield its fledgling technology industries from competition.

Saab Inches Closer To Death Thanks To Spyker Cars

April 26, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Spyker Cars says conditions proposed by the European Investment Bank are stalling plans to secure financing for troubled automaker Saab. Spyker says it will meet EIB officials later Tuesday but is also considering other financial options with partners, including Chinese car manufacturers.

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Alcoa Hires 280 For Window- And Door-Making

April 26, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — A company that makes windows and doors plans to hire 280 full-time and seasonal workers at its plant near Pittsburgh. Alcoa Inc. bought the window company, Traco Inc., in August. And now an Alcoa spokesman tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the aluminum giant plans to add workers at Traco's plant in Cranberry, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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Volt, Leaf Get Top Electric-Car Safety Ratings

April 26, 2011 4:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf got top safety ratings in some of the first-ever tests of electric cars by an insurer-funded research group. Both cars earned top scores for front, side and rear-impact crashes and for rollover crash protection, according to results released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Boeing's Woes May Have Been Caused By Faulty Riveting

April 26, 2011 4:26 am | by David Koenig and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators trying to determine why the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet cracked open in flight have issued preliminary findings suggesting there may have been flaws in the riveting work when Boeing built the plane 15 years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that some of the rivets used to bind the Boeing 737's aluminum panels together were sunk in holes larger than the rivet shafts.

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