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Tyson Plans $48M Plant Renovation

August 1, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. is moving ahead with a $48 million renovation at one of its plants in Council Bluffs. The Springville, Ark.-based company says Friday it will convert its cooked meats plant into a dry sausage and pepperoni operation. The project includes new equipment and a 60,000 square foot addition.

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NC Chicken Plants Closing, Over 1,000 Losing Jobs

August 1, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All North Carolina operations of a chicken processor bought out of bankruptcy earlier this year are closing, leaving more than 1,000 people jobless. The closure of the Townsends plants in Siler City and Mocksville also ends contracts with about 200 chicken farmers in four counties, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday.

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Man Dies After Accident At Steel Plant

August 1, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A 51-year-old man is dead after an accident at the Keystone Steel & Wire Co. plant in central Illinois. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says maintenance worker David Hezlet of Cuba, Ill., was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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1,200 Workers Locked Out Of American Crystal Plants

August 1, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The union representing sugar processors says over 1,200 employees have been turned away from seven American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. Their labor contract expired at midnight Sunday after workers overwhelmingly rejected the company's final offer.

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Boston Scientific Will Cut Up To 1,400 Jobs

July 29, 2011 7:52 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter Thursday and announced it would reduce its staff by between 5 and 6 percent to streamline operations. The company announced a global restructuring program to eliminate unnecessary administrative positions and automate some production work.

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Would-Be Automaker Waits For Loans

July 29, 2011 7:34 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than two years after unveiling a plan to build a fuel-efficient vehicle in Louisiana, startup automaker Next Autoworks Co. continues to play a long waiting game for federal financing with no end in sight. Touted in 2009 as one of the biggest all-new industrial projects in years, what was first known as V-Vehicle Co.

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Goodyear's 2Q Earnings Up 43 Percent

July 29, 2011 7:31 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reported a 43 percent surge in second-quarter earnings Thursday, helped by a 24 percent revenue increase. But Chairman and CEO Richard J. Kramer expressed caution Thursday about its core North American market, however. "These results will be difficult to repeat in the second half because of increasing raw material cost challenges and uncertain economic conditions," he said.

American Worker Dies After Industrial Accident

July 29, 2011 7:27 am | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines worker is dead after an industrial accident at the Albuquerque International Sunport. Albuquerque police and airport authorities say they're investigating Thursday's accident, but didn't immediately release any details.

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CAT Pays $2M For Clean Air Violations

July 29, 2011 7:25 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says Caterpillar Inc. has agreed to pay $2.55 million to settle allegations it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act. The department said Thursday that it believes the Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment-maker shipped more than 590,000 engines that lacked proper emissions controls.

Webinar To Feature Iconic Inventor, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen

July 29, 2011 6:51 am | News | Comments

(Madison, WI & Edison, NJ) – On September 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST, IET Inspec and Automation Federation, along with support from Newark's element14 engineering community and Interpower will present an interactive webinar entitled; Great Minds on Innovation, Featuring Dean Kamen.

A Robot With The Ability To "Love"

July 29, 2011 5:37 am | Videos | Comments

A researcher at the National University of Singapore is attempting to develop a robot that has the ability to love like a human being. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Cut Downtime, Energy Costs With Advanced Alignment Instruments

July 29, 2011 5:29 am | by Paul Michalicka, SKF USA Inc. Linda van Merkesteijn, SKF Maintenance Products Mark Ely, SKF Maintenance Products | Articles | Comments

A growing number of food and beverage manufacturers are turning to advanced shaft and belt alignment systems, often equipped with laser sighting. The trend, which affects diverse food sectors, is fueled by the prospect of lower energy costs, reduced downtime, and better overall machine reliability.

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Top 10 Don’ts In Developing Performance Measures

July 29, 2011 5:23 am | by By Mark Graham Brown, Consultant | Articles | Comments

We can measure how prolific a baseball player is, how profitable a company may be and how effective a salesperson is at his craft. But when it comes to measuring a company’s progress in achieving organizational targets, we often make glaring errors. Rarely do we measure the right things for the right reasons.

Lockheed Martin Wins $72M TSA Contract

July 29, 2011 5:11 am | News | Comments

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday it won two regional orders for a combined $72 million to help the U.S. government set up new passenger-screening equipment at about 300 airports. The orders from the Transportation Security Administration will cover airports in eastern and central states.

FL Workers Facing More Hurdles To Get Unemployment

July 29, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's jobless workers are facing additional hurdles to qualify for state unemployment compensation. Several new requirements go into effect Monday under a law passed this year to help reduce unemployment taxes paid by businesses. Claimants will be required to contact at least five potential employers or else meet with a state reemployment services representative each week.

Spirit Workers Reject Nine-Year Contract

July 29, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Engineers and technical workers at Spirit Aerosystems have voted to reject the company's contract offer. Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted Thursday on a 9 1/2-year contract proposal. A strike vote was not on the ballot.

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Jury Rules For Ford In Case Of Burned Officer

July 29, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio has ruled in favor of Ford Motor Co. in the lawsuit of a former patrol officer severely burned in a crash in one of the automaker's police cruisers. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports the jury reached its verdict Tuesday, denying former Austintown officer Ross Linert's request for monetary damages.

Japan's Industrial Production On The Rise

July 29, 2011 5:02 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production rose for the third straight month in June as the world's No. 3 economy stages a recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Factory output climbed 3.9 percent from the previous month and is expected to continue growing in the months ahead.

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Number Seeking Unemployment Falls Below 400,000

July 29, 2011 5:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 398,000.

FaciliWorks 8i Available In The Cloud

July 28, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

FaciliWorks 8i CMMS/EAM software from CyberMetrics (Phoenix, AZ) is now available in the cloud. FaciliWorks 8i can help reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, and eliminate time and money spent on software maintenance. This software can, Track and coordinate assets, preventative maintenance schedules, personnel, tools, parts, procedures, budgets, suppliers and purchasing.

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