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Baldor RPM AC Motor Line Now Offers 1200 HP

August 23, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AK) has expanded the RPM AC permanent magnet (PM) product offering up to 1200 HP. The RPM AC motor product line performs like a high horsepower servo motor with low rotor inertia and high power density, and is now available in the NEMA frame sizes 180, 210, 250, 280, and 440 with permanent magnet rotor construction.

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MBS 1800 Cylinder Pressure Sensor

August 23, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new MBS 1800 Cylinder Pressure Sensor from Danfoss (Baltimore, MD) is the new high quality pressure sensor, designed to meet the harsh environment encountered in diesel and gas engines. Based on a unique crystal technology, the pressure sensor offers reduced fuel consumption, reduced maintenance costs, and longer operating life.

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Honeywell Plans To Acquire EMS

August 23, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Manufacturing conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. announced Monday that it has successfully completed the tender offer for EMS Technologies Inc. at $33 a share. The offer expired Friday. Nearly 92 percent of shares outstanding had been tendered and not withdrawn by the deadline.

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Drew Acquires $13.5M In Assets

August 23, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Drew Industries Inc., which makes parts for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, said Monday that it acquired the towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation previously owned by Dexter Chassis Group from EA Technologies LLC for $13.5 million in cash.

IL Manufacturer Plans IN Move

August 23, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say an Illinois manufacturer will open a factory in northwestern Indiana, where it plans to potentially hire hundreds of workers. Merrillville Town Councilman Richard Hardaway tells The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/n1YlFd ) that Modern Drop Forge will be coming the town following the council's approval of a 10-year tax abatement for the company in May.

Renesas To Return Chip Shipments To Pre-Disaster Levels

August 23, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Kyodo) — Renesas Electronics Corp. will recover its semiconductor shipments at its main factory in Ibaraki Prefecture to the level prior to the March 11 disaster by mid-September, moving up the initial goal of doing so by a half-month earlier, company officials said Tuesday.

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Report: NE Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

August 23, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

EVANSTON, Ill., PRNewswire - Following three years of consecutive losses, industrial employment in Nebraska increased a half percent over the past twelve months, according to the 2012 Nebraska Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL.

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Mars Breaks Ground On Topeka Plant

August 23, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City, county and state officials joined Mars Chocolate North America in formally breaking ground on its new candy factory south of Topeka. The event Tuesday was the first phase of the $250 million project that will create about 200 full-time jobs in northeast Kansas.

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Wildeck Acquires Arizona-Based Ladder Industries

August 23, 2011 7:08 am | News | Comments

Waukesha, Wisconsin Manufacturer of Mezzanines, Vertical Lifts, and Safety Guarding Products Expands West with Acquisition of Custom Stair and Safety Ladder Products Manufacturer. Waukesha, WI – On the heels of its 35th Anniversary celebration, Wildeck, Inc. – headquartered in Waukesha, WI – has announced the acquisition of Ladder Industries, Inc.

Improving Coin Roll Inspection Productivity

August 23, 2011 6:25 am | by Eascan Automation | Articles | Comments

With a worldwide reputation for product quality, customer service, and minting technology, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is at the forefront of innovation in producing coinage and currency. The Mint uses advanced automation equipment to count and wrap pennies in rolls. However, in the past these rolls were manually inspected for the number of pennies contained and the integrity of each package.

Quality, Cost, and Speed - Can There be a Balanced Decision?

August 23, 2011 6:19 am | by The QA Pharm, Anonymous Industry Insider and Contributor to Pharmaceutical Processing | Articles | Comments

A report dated July 27, 2011, came out from a special committee of J&J board members in response to investor lawsuits. It reported “an adversarial relationship” between quality and production; and “an emphasis on production volume” over compliance.

Will Your Next Vehicle Be A Golf Cart?

August 23, 2011 6:12 am | Videos | Comments

Do you want to be the envy of your friends and co-workers? Is it possible to achieve this by purchasing a street-legal golf cart as your next vehicle? Can you believe the preceding question was just posed? In this video, TIME reporter Josh Sanburn takes the latest street-legal golf cart for a test spin in midtown Manhattan traffic.

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Firth Rixson Forgings To Create New GA Jobs

August 23, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that Firth Rixson Forgings LLC will expand its forged metal operation in Midway, and anticipates creating 75 to 100 new jobs in the southeast Georgia town. Deal said in a statement that Firth Rixson's Midway operation, which opened in January 2011, provides components for the aerospace industry.

Kingsport To Get 450 Jobs Over 4 Years

August 23, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say 450 jobs will be created over four years in Kingsport, Tenn., after an Ireland-based company locates a manufacturing facility in Sullivan County. C&F Group, an auto exterior trim supplier, will invest $12.5 million in the facility, its first U.

Amazon To Move Into SC Facility, Plans To Hire 2,000

August 23, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Amazon officials say they will move into their Lexington County facility next month. Company officials say they plan to hire up to 2,000 full-time and part-time workers by the end of the year for the distribution center near Cayce. Lexington County officials say the company has received more than 9,000 applications.

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Boeing Up On Helicopter Contract, Delta Order

August 23, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Boeing Co. rose Monday after the aircraft maker said it won a $1.64 billion helicopter contract and media reports suggested that Delta Air Lines Inc. is planning to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets. The helicopter contract from the UK Ministry of Defence calls for Boeing to provide 14 new Chinook helicopters and five years of related support to the Royal Air Force.

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China Begins Bullet Train Inspections

August 23, 2011 5:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has begun inspections of all its showcase bullet train lines following a crash last month that killed 40 people, as authorities try to work out who is ultimately responsible for the disaster. The State Administration of Work Safety will present a report on the July 23 crash to China's top leaders in September, the agency's spokesman Huang Yi said in comments Tuesday on its website.

Toyota To Unveil New Camry

August 23, 2011 5:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Toyota plans to unveil its first redesign of the Camry in five years on Tuesday. While it promises new technology and other upgrades, America's best-selling car faces a fight to stay on top. Toyota has released few details about the new car, which will be shown at simultaneous events in California, Michigan and at the Georgetown, Ky.

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Universal Stainless Buys Patriot Plant For $104M

August 22, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. said Friday it completed its purchase of Patriot Special Metals, which includes a state-of-the-art forge and other equipment for heat treating and finishing metal products that is in a plan now under construction in North Jackson, Ohio.

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Russian Steelmaker Launching $450M Mill In MI

August 22, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Russian steelmaker Severstal says it's launched a new $450 million cold rolling mill at its production complex in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. Severstal said Thursday that it will take about six months for the mill to reach full capacity of 2.1 million net tons per year.

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