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Ralcorp Rejects $5B ConAgra Offer

September 19, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Cereal maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. again rejected a $5.17 billion takeover bid from ConAgra Foods Inc. on Monday, which will likely put an end to any hopes of a deal. Last week ConAgra, which owns brands like Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher's and Healthy Choice, said it was giving Ralcorp until 5 p.

Otis Elevator Brings Hope To SC

September 19, 2011 9:25 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press | News | Comments

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's jobless rate has done little but increase the last few years. Still, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley found some hope Friday as Otis Elevator announced it is bringing 360 jobs when it open a major East Coast plant. Haley posts the unemployment rate in every one of her Statehouse staff offices on copy paper.

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Tyco To Split Into 3 Companies

September 19, 2011 9:22 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Swiss manufacturer Tyco International Ltd. said Monday it plans to separate into three independent, publicly-traded companies, a move that will mark its second breakup since 2007. The company will create an ADT North America residential security business and separate companies for flow control products and commercial fire and security.

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Lost iPhone Just One Headache For Apple Security

September 19, 2011 9:20 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wanted: experienced security professional. Must have plan to thwart Chinese counterfeiters, protect secret blueprints from spies and keep workers from leaving super-secret unreleased smartphones behind in bars. A day after a recent report surfaced that an Apple employee had lost a prototype for a new but unreleased iPhone at a Northern California watering hole, two job listings appeared on Apple's website for managers of "new product security.

Boeing Warns Of Pilot Shortfall In Asia

September 19, 2011 9:16 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HONG KONG(AP) — Airplane maker Boeing Co. warned Monday that Asia faces a shortfall of new pilots needed to meet surging demand for air travel and that it will get harder to recruit because the profession isn't desirable anymore. Boeing predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will need 182,300 new pilots from 2011 to 2030, with about two-fifths of that demand coming from China.

480 Series Digital Multimeters

September 19, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

IDEAL (Sycamore, IL) has unveiled the next generation of its advanced digital multimeters, the 480 Series, providing commercial and industrial electricians with accuracy, versatility, and safety at an affordable price. Compact for one-handed operation and built for durability, the 480 Series multimeters features true RMS voltage and current measurements, 6000-count resolution, an analog bar graph, active backlight LCD display, and VoltSense non contact voltage detection.

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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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