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Getting Back To Even On Jobs Divides U.S. Leaders

September 7, 2011 5:26 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's sickly economy can be healed with jobs, jobs and more jobs. On that, everyone agrees. Figuring out how to produce them is what is stumping everyone. Other than letting time take its course, Washington lacks a clear answer on how to create permanent new jobs on a national scale.

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Cash-Strapped Saab Files For Bankruptcy

September 7, 2011 5:23 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of cash-strapped car maker Saab filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a brand crippled by production stoppages, withheld salary payments and mounting debt. Swedish Automobile, formerly known as Spyker Cars, said the move would buy it time to receive funding from Chinese investors, currently awaiting regulatory approval, and avoid bankruptcy.

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Silgan Closes On Nestle Purina Steel-Can Buyout

September 6, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Packaging-products supplier Silgan Holdings Inc. has closed on its $25 million purchase of Nestle Purina PetCare Co.'s steel can-making assets for its pet food products. "This transaction enhances our market-leading position in food cans, allowing us to further leverage our broad manufacturing platform to continue to provide competitive advantage to customers such as Nestlé," Silgan President and CEO Tony Allott said in a statement.

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NC Aviation Firm Plans Expansion

September 6, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

WALLBURG, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina company that keeps commercial airliners flying plans to shift its manufacturing operations to a recently opened facility in Davidson County. The News & Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/nPukHU ) that privately-owned TIMCO Aviation Services plans to start shifting jobs to its Wallburg facility shortly.

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Utah To Lose 1,300 Jobs When Munitions Sites Close

September 6, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — After 15 years of incinerating the nation's largest single stockpile of chemical weapons, the U.S. Army's job in Utah's west desert is nearly done. But closing down facilities responsible for storing and incinerating the weapons of mass destruction will mean the loss of more than 1,300 jobs over the next two years, the Deseret News reported (http://bit.

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Congress Returns Amid Sour Mood Over Economy

September 6, 2011 9:09 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still bruised by the summer battle over the debt ceiling, Congress reconvenes this week for what could be an equally painful confrontation over how to put Americans back to work. Lawmakers returning to Washington after a monthlong recess are in accord on at least one thing: Jobs policy must be at the top of the agenda.

Service Firms Growth Too Weak To Help Economy

September 6, 2011 9:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Service firms that employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force expanded at a slightly faster pace in August. But the sector remains too weak to help an economy that is barely growing and struggling to create jobs. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index for service companies rose to 53.

Sprint Files Antitrust Suit To Block AT&T

September 6, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp., the No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S., on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block AT&T Inc. from buying T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department last week filed a similar suit in the District of Columbia, and Sprint's parallel filing gives it an opportunity to influence that case.

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Taking Product Testing To An Independent Third Party

September 6, 2011 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

In addition to testing data storage system products, global technology and solution provider Dell supplements this with external testing to assure conformance to the industry's latest standards through membership in a variety of consortiums at an independent, third-party testing laboratory.

Metrics Provide Strategic Roadmap To Overcoming Risks

September 6, 2011 7:40 am | by Tony Petrucciani, CEO, Single Source Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s a battle out there. Market conditions for many industries are still plagued with lurking economic hazards. Global competition continues to encroach on eroding territorial claims. Technology increasingly threatens to turn product distinctions into generic commodities.

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China's "Smart" Choice Of Car

September 6, 2011 7:36 am | Videos | Comments

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz Smart car has soared more than eight-fold in the last five years, mostly thanks to increasingly wealthy Chinese consumers. 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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Toyota Start Of Production Draws Near

September 6, 2011 5:34 am | by Dennis Seid | News | Comments

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — At the 2 million-square-foot Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant, the first Corollas have already been made. But they're not for sale just yet. The test cars are works in progress, allowing team members — Toyota's term for its employees — to put their knowledge and training to use in anticipation of the long-awaited day when the first production-ready, sellable Corollas roll off the line.

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Window Plant To Close, 252 Jobs Lost

September 6, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A company that manufactures and distributes windows plans to shut down its McAlester plant, leaving 252 people out of work. Simonton Windows officials anticipate closing the plant by the end of the year, spokeswoman Kathy Ziprik told the McAlester News-Capital for a story published Friday (http://bit.

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American Crystal Ready For Harvest With Fill-Ins

September 6, 2011 5:30 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

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Workplace Deaths Down 30 Percent

September 6, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of deaths in the workplace decreased 30 percent in 2010. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry says there were 36 worker fatalities in 2010 — down from 52 in 2010. That is a big drop for Montana, which in 2009 held the dubious distinction for having the highest rate of worker deaths.

Honda Recalls 962,000 Cars Worldwide

September 6, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it will recall a total of 962,000 cars worldwide to fix power windows and computer systems. Honda will recall 936,000 units of the Fit subcompact, CR-V crossover and Fit Aria in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, the company said Monday. The Fit is called Jazz in some overseas markets, while the Fit Aria is also known as City.

Obama: Republicans Must Approve Jobs Program

September 6, 2011 5:24 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally on Monday to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. "Show us what you've got," he said.

40G Backplanes

September 2, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair Technical Products (Anoka, MN) has announced Schroff 40G backplanes for AdvancedTCA. The backplanes provide higher data transfer rates to support next-generation processing requirements and meet growing customer demand for higher data throughput, without increasing costs. Made from improved FR4 material, the backplanes support the most current high-speed data transfer rates.

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CNC Machining Center

September 2, 2011 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsui Seiki (Franklin Lakes, NJ) has introduced the HU63-T 5-xis CNC Machining Center for gas turbine power generation systems. New features include a 31.5 inch work diameter capacity on its vertically oriented table and a 660 pound fixture weight capacity. It also includes a variety of increased axis stroke options, high torque spindles, and the latest Fanuc 30iM control with enhanced features for 5-axis simultaneous machining.

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Stationary Air Power System

September 2, 2011 7:45 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sullair Corporation (Michigan City, IN) has introduced a new line of air treatment products, integral to the Sullair compressed air system. Designed to meet the demand for oil-free or instrument quality compressed air, the typical Sullair Stationary Air Power System consists of a rotary screw air compressor, a wet storage tank, a refrigerated or regenerative dryer, customized filters, dry storage, and a flow controller.

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