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New Low VOC Aerosols

September 19, 2011 7:35 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes (St. Paul, MN) has launched the new Low VOC Aerosols and 3M Hi-Strength 94 ET Spray Adhesives with up to 50 percent reduction of VOCs. 3M is offering these next generation materials for customers interested in pursuing LEED credits and other environmental certifications.

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Portable Furnace Diagnostic System

September 19, 2011 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Portable Furnace Camera Diagnostic System from Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) provides an economical way to achieve real-time, color video monitoring and digital recording of combustion and process control in high-temperature furnaces. With this mobile system, operators can use one unit for diagnostics or monitoring and recording of several individual furnaces using any 3.

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Expanded Hammer Drill Line

September 19, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has expanded its Hammer Drill line with the introduction of the 5376-20 ½ inch Hammer Drill. Featuring an 8 Amp Motor, the 5376-20 is the most powerful single speed hammer drill in its class, delivering  up to 2,800 RPMs and 48,000 BPMs.

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Dust Collecting Guards

September 19, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Makita (La Mirada, CA) has released two new dust extraction solutions. The new Dust Collecting Guards, for use with Makita 4½ inch grinders, are ideal for a range of concrete and masonry applications including tile cutting, concrete cutting, tuck pointing, and cutting expansion joints.

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Frankfurt Motors Into Future

September 19, 2011 5:42 am | Videos | Comments

The world´s car makers unveil their latest models on the first day of the Frankfurt car show, as France´s PSA Peugeot Citroen says it´s cutting jobs and costs to prepare for tough economic times ahead. 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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CAT To Invest $200M In IL Plant

September 19, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. officials say one of the company's East Peoria manufacturing plants is undergoing $200 million in improvements. The Journal Star reports ( http://bit.ly/qD9rMX ) the plants is one of the oldest of Caterpillar's facilities in East Peoria. The company says the effort will improve production of tractors.

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FL Battery Plant With Stimulus Funding Opens

September 19, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An innovative Saft battery plant built in large part with federal stimulus money and government incentives is up and running in Jacksonville. The facility opened Friday. It's billed as the world's most advanced automated lithium-ion factory. The $200 million plant is expected to create about 300 jobs.

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Toyota To Make Hybrid Components Overseas

September 19, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Sept. 17 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. is considering manufacturing key components for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles at some of its overseas plants in the United States and Asia to improve its profitability hurt by the strong yen, company sources said Saturday. Production of such parts in the United States and Asian countries would expand the Japanese automaker's earlier plan to make hybrid components in China.

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OSHA Fines Company After Man Crushed By Bin

September 19, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal labor officials want to impose $7,000 in fines against a Canadian company after the August death of a worker at a Fargo industrial park. KFGO radio reports (http://bit.ly/oJXoOl ) that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed the fines last week.

Obama Signs Major Patent Law Change

September 19, 2011 5:21 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the nation's patent system to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. "We can't afford to drag our feet any longer," he said. Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is the first significant change in patent law since 1952.

UAW, GM Agree On New Contract

September 19, 2011 5:18 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses and the possibility of sweeter profit-sharing checks as part of a new four-year contract with General Motors Co., two people briefed on the talks said Saturday. The deal, which was reached late Friday, also includes a $2- to $3-per-hour pay raise for entry-level workers over the life of the contract and guarantees of more union jobs, the people said.

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Report: 610,000 Manufacturing Jobs Lost In Midwest

September 19, 2011 4:19 am | Articles | Comments

A new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the Midwest was the hardest hit region during the recession, primarily due to the region's industrial composition. Since the recession began in 2007, the Midwest has lost 610,000 jobs in manufacturing—nearly a third (31 percent) of all manufacturing jobs lost during the recession nationally.

The Fallacy Of People Problems And How To Resolve Them

September 19, 2011 4:15 am | by Dr. Jamie Weiss, Senior Consultant for Kepner-Tregoe (KT) | Articles | Comments

One of the most often cited statistics in pharmaceutical manufacturing is that 80 percent of all reportable deviations are “people problems,” deficiencies of human performance. Clients report similar internal estimates ranging from 40 to 90 percent. This statistic shows up in our studies of Corrective and Preventive Action or, CAPA processes and investigation reports.

Modular Drawer Storage Cabinets

September 16, 2011 8:24 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) offers modular drawer storage cabinets that have 50 percent more storage capacity than conventional shelving. Lista cabinets feature either a 440 pound or 165 pound capacity and are available in six different full sidewall heights for maximum cubic storage capacity.

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202 To Lose Jobs At MO Briggs & Stratton Plant

September 16, 2011 7:13 am | News | Comments

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A large southeast Missouri employer is cutting more than 200 jobs. The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic (http://bit.ly/neW1pb ) reports that lawnmower maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. said Thursday it will lay off 202 workers at the Poplar Bluff plant starting Oct.

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SC Electronics Plant To Cut 15 Percent Of Workers

September 16, 2011 7:11 am | News | Comments

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — An electronics plant in Rock Hill is releasing about 15 percent of its staff. The Herald of Rock Hill reported Friday that TE Connectivity has eliminated 57 jobs at the plant that makes electronic connectors. Company spokesman Mike Ratcliff says the reductions come because of a restructuring and a slowdown in business.

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Gov, GM Talk TN Expansion

September 16, 2011 7:05 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office confirmed Thursday that the state is in talks with General Motors to expand production at the automaker's Tennessee plant. The state's economic development chief, Bill Hagerty, was in Detroit to meet with GM officials, as were mayors representing communities surrounding the Spring Hill plant that stopped assembling the Chevrolet Traverse in 2009.

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Alcoa To Invest $300M In New Jobs, Plant

September 16, 2011 7:02 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Alcoa Inc. will invest $300 million to expand and add 150 jobs to its Davenport plant to meet the growing demand for demand from the automotive industry as automakers work to meet federal guidelines for increasing gas mileage and lowering emissions, company officials announced Thursday.

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PA Unemployment Made Largest Jump In Two Years

September 16, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate increased substantially in August as the national economy slowed, jumping by the largest amount in more than two years, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday. The jobless rate increased from 7.8 percent in July to 8.

UAW, GM Agreement May Be Near

September 16, 2011 6:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — It looks like the United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. are nearing an agreement on a new contract. UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, the union's chief negotiator, told workers in an email update Friday that bargainers are getting "very close" to the framework of a deal.

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