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Automakers Rebound In July, Boost Factory Output

August 16, 2011 9:11 am | by Daniel Wagner, Derek Kravitz, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. automakers rebounded in July to boost factory production by the most since the Japan crisis. But builders broke ground on fewer single-family houses, leaving home construction at depressed levels. The mixed data suggest that the economy remains fragile but is not on the cusp of another recession.

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Step by Step - Innovation & Automation

August 16, 2011 6:40 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief, PharmPro | Blogs | Comments

Not every drug has to be blockbuster. And not every pharmaceutical company is necessarily interested in developing blockbusters. There are plenty of opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to be successful by focusing their efforts on developing and producing products aimed at smaller but no less deserving patient populations.

Rising Job Figures Require Increase In Employment Law Knowledge

August 16, 2011 6:31 am | by Theresa Jones, CEO, Blue Gavel Press | Articles | Comments

Unemployment figures are improving in many small business niches, and according to the top executive of a national business publishing firm, that increase in employment will require an equivalent increase in America's knowledge of employment law.

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Dutch Students On Track To Build World's Fastest Solar Car

August 16, 2011 6:27 am | Videos | Comments

Using carbon fibers and tailored drivers' suits to make their car even faster than in previous years, a team of Dutch students is preparing for Australia's solar race, hoping to win. 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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WV Agency Nabs Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

August 16, 2011 5:50 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — WorkForce West Virginia says more than $80,000 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits were recovered in the second quarter of this year. The agency says its unemployment compensation division detected fraud in claims filed by 257 people during the quarter and requested warrants in 106 of those cases.

Ford, US Reach $10.8M Deal Over Rouge Cleanup

August 16, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to pay $10.8 million to settle Ford Motor Co.'s claim for cleaning up its Rouge complex from pollutants dating back to its role as a military production site in World War I. The Dearborn automaker sued the government in Detroit federal court in 2004.

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Delphi To Invest $15M In MS Plant

August 16, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Delphi Automotive says it's investing about $15 million to improve its manufacturing plant in the south Mississippi city of Brookhaven. The investment by the international automotive supplier was announced Monday by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who said more than 200 jobs will be retained there.

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Columbia Falls Plant Shuts Down After Injuries

August 16, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Plum Creek Timber Co. has temporarily shut down its plywood plant in Columbia Falls after two workers were injured. Tom Ray is Plum Creek's vice president of Northwest Resources and Manufacturing. He told the Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/pz7w77 ) the injuries prompted a safety review and the plant shut down Monday.

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $47M Army Contract

August 16, 2011 5:41 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire)—The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin  a $47 million contract to develop, demonstrate, and deliver autonomous technologies for unmanned air systems in support of in-theater unmanned cargo resupply missions. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and Kaman will demonstrate intelligent autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems using the K-MAX helicopter platform.

Evergreen Solar Files For Bankruptcy Relief

August 16, 2011 5:39 am | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A solar energy company that received millions of dollars in grants and tax incentives from Massachusetts before closing one of its facilities in the state has voluntarily filed for bankruptcy relief. Marlborough-based Evergreen Solar announced Monday that as part of its reorganization it would reduce its U.

Real-Time Hose Condition Monitoring

August 15, 2011 12:17 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Eaton (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a new hydraulic hose technology that uses patented real-time hose condition monitoring to report imminent failure in high pressure hose assemblies. The LifeSense hose technology continuously monitors the health of hydraulic hose assemblies in a system and alerts users when an assembly approaches the end of its useful life.

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High Flex-High Voltage Silicone Wire

August 15, 2011 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

High flex-high voltage silicone wire from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) is rated for voltages up to 42,000 Volts DC and is durable, flame retardant (UL 94V-0), free of halogens, and performs well in extreme temperatures (-65°C to +260°C). The flexible silicones wire’s clear silicone encapsulation is tear-resistant and will not deform or wear during a lifetime of more than ten million cycles.

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Newloc Push-To-Connect Fittings

August 15, 2011 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) now offers easy-to-use Newloc push-to-connect fittings in acetal copolymer and brass. Both are stocked in a variety of sizes and styles and allow quick connections to a variety of tubing. Newloc fittings offer instant, leak-proof connections with no flow restrictions, as well as a full vacuum rating (29.

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Sigma Control 2 Compressor Control System

August 15, 2011 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Sigma Control 2 compressor control system from Kaeser (Fredericksburg, VA) maintains all the features of the Sigma Control plus enhanced communication and control options. Its built-in web server and standard Ethernet port let users view compressor information from any PC without any additional hardware or software.

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What Are We Going To Do Now?

August 15, 2011 10:33 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from continuity planning, and resources for handling everything from supply chain shortages to natural disasters. We’re fascinated by the photos and video of the earthquakes and tornadoes – both during the event as well as in the wake of their destruction.

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A Low Tech Approach Shows A High Tech Industry Is Alive And Well

August 15, 2011 10:28 am | by Rob Akers | Articles | Comments

In the age of email, websites, Twitter and Facebook, it’s easy to forget that, in sales, there is no real substitute for the personal touch.  This personal connection has never been more important to U.S. suppliers, who are seeing an upswing in orders from both U.S. and overseas manufacturers.

Apple Vs. Exxon

August 15, 2011 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Tech giant Apple recently (but briefly) took the title of "World's Most Valuable Company" from longtime leader Exxon. Apple first surpassed Exxon on Tuesday afternoon, but settled at No. 2 by the time the stock market closed. On Wednesday it kept the top spot after the close, with a market cap of $337 billion versus Exxon's $331 billion.

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RP 330-B Press Tool

August 15, 2011 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) pioneered press technology makes the high-performance tools that drive the speed and reliability of pressed copper, stainless steel, and PEX tubing connections. Benefits include the ability to work on wet systems and the removal of costly consumables like flux and solder.

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Grainger Plans $344M Fabory Group Purchase

August 15, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Industrial maintenance and safety products supplier W.W. Grainger Inc. plans to buy European fastener distributor Fabory Group for $344 million to boost its product offerings. Fabory, based in the Netherlands, sells its 80,000 products in 14 countries. It had 2010 revenue of about $300 million.

Western Iowa Manufacturers Report Flood Problems

August 15, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

AMES, Iowa (AP) — More than half the manufacturers surveyed in six western Iowa counties say they are being affected by Missouri River flooding. The flooding has played havoc with transportation logistics and employee commuting, given the blockages of Interstate 29 and the closing of some Nebraska-Iowa bridges over the river.

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