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Early Toyota Model To Go On Display

August 31, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — One of Toyota's first models sold in the United States should soon be on display at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/p7OUGu ) reports the museum is restoring a dark blue Toyopet Crown Deluxe. The Toyopet was first sold in the United States in 1958 for $2,300.

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Man Dies After Fall At Denim Plant

August 31, 2011 9:00 am | News | Comments

LIBERTY, S.C. (AP) — A 41-year-old man has died after falling into a machine while he was working at the Liberty Denim plant. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelly says the accident happened around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday. Kelly says the man's name has not been released. An autopsy will be performed.

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Government Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

August 31, 2011 8:59 am | by Joelle Tessler, Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers. The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and that would lead to price increases.

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U.S. Factory Orders Up In July

August 31, 2011 8:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory orders rose strongly in July on the biggest jump in demand for autos in more than eight years and a surge in commercial airplane orders. The increase suggests supply chain disruptions created by the Japan crisis are easing. Factory orders climbed 2.

Super-Conductor Graphene Set For Production

August 31, 2011 7:00 am | Videos | Comments

Polish scientists have industrialized the production of graphene, the revolutionary new material set to replace silicon in electronics. 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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A New, Renewable Japan?

August 31, 2011 6:32 am | Videos | Comments

A look at how Japan’s nuclear energy crisis has led to an increased interest in alternative energy sources. The people of Japan are now looking for new options — but for a country that has previously had such a high dependence on nuclear power, an energy shift may be easier said than done.

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The Cadillac Goes Hybrid

August 31, 2011 6:32 am | Videos | Comments

General Motors confirmed that it plans to build a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The company said it is moving forward with the Cadillac ELR, which will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice. 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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Russia Plans Orbiting Hotel In Space

August 31, 2011 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

A Russian firm has set a target of five years to open a hotel in space for tourists looking for something other than a conventional holiday. Orbital Technologies says it will build a hotel and shuttle service to compete directly with a U.S. venture attempting to develop its own service to space.

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The Future Of Air Traffic Control

August 31, 2011 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

Technology normally used for organizing pit stops will map runways like they would a Formula 1 track in order to cut emissions. 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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Japan Automakers To Expand Operations

August 31, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Aug. 31 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. and other major automakers in Japan will restart their operations on Thursdays from September after having to shift them to the weekends due to power shortages triggered by the March 11 earthquake. The carmakers suspended operations on Thursdays and Fridays in July and August to avoid boosting electricity consumption during busy hours under the initiative of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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Plant In ND Saved In Brink Of Time

August 31, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A plant in the southeast North Dakota city of Oakes that was slated for closure at the end of August was saved when it was bought by a locally owned company. Gov. Jack Dalrymple says Harris Machine Co. has purchased the JLG Industries plant in the community of about 1,700 people and plans to expand it.

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Intersystems Plans $10M NE Expansion

August 31, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska company is planning to spend $10 million expanding its manufacturing plant in Omaha and hire about 30 more workers. Intersystems, which makes equipment for grain elevators, processing plants and port facilities, announced its plans on Tuesday. Its products help sort grains, powders, rock and wood chips.

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Person Burned After Steam Explosion

August 31, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person was burned in an explosion at a northwest Georgia manufacturing plant. Rome-Floyd County Fire Chief Gordon Henderson tells the Rome News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/nLyfN6) that one person was being treated for steam burns. He did not know the extent of the person's injuries.

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Automakers Bet On Compact Car Demand

August 31, 2011 5:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers are gearing up to make more compact cars this year. It's another bet on a part of the car market that has thrived this year as consumers fret about the economy but still want a new set of wheels. General Motors is adding Saturday shifts in the fourth quarter at an Ohio factory that makes the compact Cruze, two people briefed on the matter said Monday.

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Mid Rail Gantry Water Jet Cutting Machine

August 30, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jet Edge, Inc. (St. Michael, MN) has introduced the Mid Rail Gantry Model MR513 water jet cutting machine. Capable of processing material up to 5’x13’, the machine is sized especially for fabricators, machine shops, and stone and tile shops. It cuts complex parts from virtually any material without creating a heat-affected zone (HAZ).

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Double Float Master Pump Switch

August 30, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

SJE-Rhombus (Detroit Lakes, MN) has enhanced the design of the Double Float Master pump switch for use in a wider range of applications. The new mechanical pump switch has an enhanced pumping range of 3 to 48 inches and an increased amp rating of 15 FLA at 120 VAC or 240 VAC. The Double Float Master pump switch consists of two narrow-angle mechanical floats and a splice tube, which contains a holding relay that enables the floats to function in series.

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DP8891 Waterproof Digital Thermometer

August 30, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DP8891 series of waterproof digital thermometer from Omega (Stamford, CT) features a wide temperature range and can be used as a portable unit or a wall mounted large LCD meter. This battery powered unit is Celsius and Fahrenheit switchable. The meter and probe offer waterproof (IP67) rating.

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Four-Channel ESD Overvoltage Suppressor

August 30, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Cooper Bussmann (St. Louis, MO) four-channel array ESD overvoltage suppressor device provides fast response and reliable ESD protection for data signals in any application requiring input/output, antenna, audio/video ports, or data lines. The low 0.1pF capacitance protects data without distorting signals.

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Free Floor Marking Kit

August 30, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Safety and OSHA laws demand that fire extinguishers be in a visible location in a workplace so they can be easily accessed in the event of a fire. Stop-Painting.com (Wake Forest, NC) is offering a free floor marking kit to mark where your fire extinguishers are located. The kit includes pre-cut Superior Mark aisle marking tape, which quickly creates a highly visible floor marking to draw attention to the fire extinguisher’s location and prevent employees from putting anything in front of it that would hinder visibility.

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Sullair Plans $12M Expansion

August 30, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes air compressors and other air tools says it will expand its headquarters in northern Indiana and expects to add some 100 jobs in the next few years. United Technologies subsidiary Sullair Corp. announced Tuesday it would spend up to $12.

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