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AT&T Defends T-Mobile Deal

September 12, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is countering the U.S. government's attempt to block its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile by depicting the deal as a way to provide consumers with better cell phone service at lower prices. The argument, submitted in a Friday court filing, is AT&T Inc.

MO Truck Bed Maker Plans $5M Expansion

September 12, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri company that makes truck bed covers and accessories is planning a $5.3 million expansion. KOLR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/nTk1Aa ) that the company, Undercover Inc., plans to add 70,000 square feet and hire 30 more employees at its plant in Rogersville.

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Georgia-Pacific Suspends Work At AR Plant

September 12, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) — Georgia-Pacific officials say the company is indefinitely suspending its plywood and stud manufacturing operation in Crossett, affecting 700 employees. Officials said Friday a "depression" in the residential and commercial construction market is forcing the company to shut down its factories in southeastern Arkansas and Hawthorne, Fla.

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Spirit And Union Resume Negotiations

September 12, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Negotiations have resumed between Spirit AeroSystems and the union representing its engineering and technical workers. Talks started earlier this summer, but stopped in July after members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace members rejected the company's 9 1/2-year contract offer.

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Compact Cars In Focus At Frankfurt Auto Show

September 12, 2011 9:08 am | by Colleen Barry, David McHugh, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — Germany's highly profitable auto makers are rolling out important new vehicles in the ferociously competitive small car market at this year's Frankfurt auto show. The Volkswagen Up subcompact, Mercedes-Benz's streamlined B-Class hatchback and BMW's electric-powered i3, aimed at crowded cities with its zero-emission motor and lightweight, carbon-fiber reinforced body, are all major bets on what will appeal to buyers — and help earnings through an uncertain year ahead in which global demand may slow.

Feds Probe Minivan Headlight Failures

September 12, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into Dodge and Chrysler minivans from the 2005 model year because the headlights can fail without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that 622,817 Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans could be affected by the problem.

Robot Tries Its Hand At Sketch Comedy

September 12, 2011 6:27 am | Videos | Comments

These days, robots serve a variety of different and useful purposes. But sketch comedian? Meet Data, a robot that tells jokes and senses its surroundings. Data then gathers the information and learns from it. 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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IP Networks Support Modern Energy-Saving Techniques

September 12, 2011 6:25 am | by Adam VanOort, Founder and President, DataNab | Articles | Comments

IP Networks Support Modern Energy-Saving Techniques In today's world, food manufacturing facilities are faced with the task of improving energy efficiency to control costs. One way to reduce energy costs is to replace outdated and inefficient HVAC equipment or lighting systems with newer, more efficient designs.

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A Well-Deserved ‘Shout Out’ For America’s Tradesmen

September 12, 2011 6:19 am | by Ross Porter, President IRWIN Tools, Huntersville, NC | Articles | Comments

There’s a day to honor administrative assistants, a day to recognize bosses, and even a day to champion teachers. But what about those folks who show up at your house when the toilet is overflowing, or the A/C quit and it’s 100 degrees outside, or the rain is pouring through the kitchen ceiling? When we do say ‘thanks’ to the tradesmen who build America and keep it running? The answer: September 16th.

Cargill Announces Second Turkey Recall

September 12, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month. The second recall is much smaller than the one the company issued Aug. 3 for 36 million pounds of ground turkey.

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Union Takes Bankruptcy Action Against Saab

September 12, 2011 5:30 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish trade union on Monday said it will take bankruptcy action against troubled automaker Saab Automobile to secure payments to its members, who still haven't received their August salaries. White-collar labor union Unionen said it will file bankruptcy proceedings against Saab on Monday afternoon, following last week's rejection of Saab's application for bankruptcy protection by a district court.

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Suzuki To Cut Ties With Volkswagen

September 12, 2011 5:29 am | by Tomoko Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Suzuki Motor Corp. said Monday it will abort its alliance with Volkswagen AG following a nearly two-year marriage that never worked. Even at what appeared to be the end of the union, the two companies seemed unable to agree as Volkswagen said it wanted the cooperation to continue.

Honda Recalls 310,000 Pilot SUVs

September 12, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. is recalling 310,773 units of the Pilot sport utility vehicle in the United States due to defective parts in seat belts, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Subject to the recall are 2009-2011 model year Pilot vehicles manufactured from March 13, 2008 through Aug.

Volkswagen Recalls 30,000 Jettas

September 12, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is recalling more than 30,000 Jetta sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years because the tailpipes can stick out too far and burn people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that stainless steel exhaust pipe tips installed at the point of importation can stick out farther than the factory-installed tailpipes.

Man Injured In Warehouse Explosion

September 12, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

NIAGARA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a plant worker was injured when thousands of pounds of aluminum powder exploded in a warehouse in western New York, sparking a fire that caused minor damage to the building. Niagara County Sheriff's officials said the Stollberg, Inc. worker was treated at Mt.

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Xuron Precision Cutters

September 9, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xuron Precision Cutters from Xuron Corporation (Saco, ME) come in a wide range of standard models and can also be custom designed to match specific OEM assembly and maintenance applications. The precision cutters feature the Micro-Shear by-pass shear cutting head which results in square, clean cuts with no spikes and requires less pressure than compression-style cutters.

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Pneumatic Servo Dispensing System

September 9, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Pneumatic Servo Dispensing (PSD) system from Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc. (Plymouth, MI) is a positive rod displacement metering system that combines the cost efficiency of a pneumatic drive motor with the controlling accuracy of a servo drive motor.  The PSD system eliminates the need for a servo drive motor or material flow meters in a dispensing system.

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Loctite Design Guide

September 9, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CN) has updated and reintroduced its Loctite Design Guide for bonding plastics to simplify the challenge of determining the most effective adhesive/plastic bonding combinations. An informational resource for anyone looking to bond plastics, this completely updated 96-page guide provides detailed technical information on the seven leading adhesive technologies that effectively bond the 30 most common plastic substrates.

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Large Bore Shaft Collars

September 9, 2011 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA) offers a line of large bore shaft collars featuring bore sizes up to 14 inches. Offered in one- and two-piece clamp-type configurations with smooth- or threaded-bores, they are suited for heavy-duty drive system applications. These split shaft collars are supplied with one or more alloy socket cap screws for optimum clamping power.

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Snap-N-Stac Combo Duct Spacers

September 9, 2011 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carlon Snap-N-Stac Combo Duct Spacers from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) combine the traditional two-piece base and intermediate spacer systems into a single, one-piece unit, simplifying underground duct base installation and reducing installation time in concrete-encased applications. The duct spacers also feature a horizontal locking system and an exclusive vertical locking system that enable the product to be used as either a base or intermediate spacer.

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