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Aget Launches New Website

September 2, 2011 7:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Aget Manufacturing Company (Adrian, MI) has launched a new website, www.agetmfg.com , with easy to navigate features for finding product information quickly. Photos, line drawings with extensive dimensional data, and technical information are provided for each product. All Aget products are accessible from each site category, allowing users to continuously narrow their search for a particular product.

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Hawaii Is No. 1 In Workplace Meth Use

September 2, 2011 6:41 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii leads the nation in methamphetamine use among its workforce, according to a new study by a major drug testing company. In millions of test samples analyzed in 2010, Hawaii had a dramatic lead — 410 percent greater than the national average — in tests coming up positive for the highly addictive drug stimulant, according to a Quest Diagnostics study obtained by The Associated Press.

U.S. Carmakers Report Surprisingly Strong August Sales

September 2, 2011 6:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Fears that car buyers would stay away from dealerships in August never materialized. Instead, Americans were lured by new models, cheaper financing and the need to replace aging cars. As a result, August sales rose 7.5 percent compared with the same month last year, according to Autodata Corp.

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Boeing To Deliver First 747-8

September 2, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash./PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux Sept. 19 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Cargolux will fly the airplane away that morning and put the airplane into revenue service. Boeing will celebrate the first delivery with Cargolux, employees and other stakeholders the following day at the Everett factory.

OSHA Cites OH Glass Maker After Amputation Accident

September 2, 2011 6:35 am | News | Comments

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has cited a central Ohio glassware manufacturer for 12 alleged safety violations. OSHA said Thursday that it began investigating Anchor Hocking LLC in Lancaster after a worker's finger was amputated while he performed machinery maintenance March 18.

Obama Jobs Council Calls For More Engineers

September 2, 2011 6:33 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 40 major companies have agreed to double the number of engineering internships they offer in a bid to help universities train more people for jobs that require math and science skills, President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council announced on Wednesday.

Worker Productivity Fell

September 2, 2011 6:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worker productivity fell this spring more quickly than previously estimated and labor costs rose at a faster clip. The decline in worker output could mean that some companies need to hire if they want to meet growing demand. The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.

Structure Of AT&T Deal Invites Scrutiny

September 2, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

Stifel Financial Managing Director Rebecca Arbogast says AT&T will have several options to restructure its deal to acquire T-Mobile. 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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Self-Driving Cars: Here Sooner Than You Think, Courtesy Of Google?

September 2, 2011 5:53 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

From time to time I have noted the progress being made in autonomous roadway vehicles, otherwise known as self-driving cars. Somebody recently stepped on the gas to speed it up considerably. This time, the progress took place not in a lab, but in a state legislature. About half a decade ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored a series of highly publicized contests to develop driverless vehicles that would complete a prescribed route many miles long, including some rugged stretches representative of the kind of terrain the military might be interested in traversing.

Just Juice

September 2, 2011 5:50 am | Blogs | Comments

By Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years, which is not to say my diet is always healthy. Let’s not forget that Doritos, cheese pizza, and jelly beans are all technically vegetarian. Despite this, stories of health success interest me in the sense that they're motivating, while still allowing me to sit idly on the couch, eating Corn Nuts (totally a vegetable!), and observing.

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JUMPFLEX Universal Signal Conditioner

September 2, 2011 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 857-402 JUMPFLEX Universal Signal Conditioner (USC) from WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) supports 456 signal combinations with exclusive input voltage range and self-resetting fuse. The 6mm USC offers class-exclusive signal clipping and factory-calibrated, laser-capable resistors. The 857-402 also has a vibration-proof Momentary Rocker-style Switch (MRS), which has no end/stop point for signal setting and provides scalability across the entire measurement range.

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SKF SPEEDI-SLEEVE

September 2, 2011 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new generation of SKF SPEEDI-SLEEVE from SKF USA Inc. (Lansdale, PA) introduces an advanced and cost-effective sealing solution for worn or damaged shafts on rotating equipment. These easily installed sleeves provide a sealing surface without requiring shaft disassembly or specifying a new size of replacement seal.

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Tuff-Coat Wall Coating

September 2, 2011 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Tuff-Coat single-component, low-solvent, emulsified poly-resin architectural wall coating from Garland (Cleveland, OH) damp-proofs and beautifies all types of exterior and interior masonry wall surfaces. It provides heavy-bodied protection against moisture, UV, fumes, and water—while allowing water vapor to escape through its breathable film.

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Lockout Lifted At International Fiber Plant

September 2, 2011 5:11 am | News | Comments

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 100 employees of International Fiber Corp. have returned to work at the company's southwest Ohio plant after a tentative contract agreement ended a lockout of almost four months. Business agent Don Minton with Teamsters Local 957 says employees returned to the Urbana plant Thursday after being locked out since May 3.

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GM's Sales Up 18 Percent

September 2, 2011 5:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 18 percent in August as fuel-efficient vehicles helped offset economic uncertainty and bad weather. Other automakers may not fare as well. Analysts predict that car and truck sales slowed in last month because of fewer discounts, worries about the economy and Hurricane Irene, which closed showrooms in the huge East Coast market.

Hiring Stalls In August

September 2, 2011 5:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010.

Head Injury Kills Man At Poultry Plant

September 2, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

ORLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was killed in an accident at a chicken-processing plant in northeastern Indiana. The Steuben (stoo-BEN') County coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Worrell of Fremont died from head injuries Thursday at Miller Poultry near the town of Orland.

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Report: Firms Paid More In CEO Pay Than Taxes

September 2, 2011 5:03 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-five of the 100 largest U.S. corporations paid their chief executives more than they paid the government in federal income taxes last year, according to a report released Wednesday. The nonprofit Institute for Policy Studies says the 25 CEOs averaged $16.7 million in salary and other 2010 compensation.

MSC's Latest Catalog Features New Products

September 1, 2011 11:02 am | News | Comments

Melville, New York – MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. recently released its latest V80 Metalworking Catalog, which features thousands of new customer solutions from the company’s long list of trusted, industry-leading suppliers. “The MSC team worked extremely hard this past year to make this catalog the most comprehensive of its kind in the metalworking industry,” said David Sandler, president and CEO for MSC Industrial Direct.

Transforming Industrial Robots Into Precision Machine Tools

September 1, 2011 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

The EU co-funded COMET consortium is creating a revolutionary solution enabling the use of industrial robots for high-end machining. Robots of any brand fitted with the novel COMET plug-and-produce controller unit successfully respond to manufacturing industry needs for cost effective, flexible and reliable manufacturing solutions.

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