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New Toyota Integrated Scale For Lift Trucks

July 25, 2011 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (Irvine, CA) has launched the new Toyota integrated scale, now available on 4,000-5,000 lb. Toyota internal combustion, cushion tire lift truck models through the company’s authorized network of dealers. The new scale, ideal for freight handlers, warehouses, and general shipping and receiving docks allows for simultaneous weighing and transportation of loads for increased efficiency and reduced logistic expenses.

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New Line Of Sprinter 88 Color Code-Marking Machines

July 25, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprinter Marking (Zanesville, OH) has announced a new product line of band head ink code-marking machines. The Sprinter Model 88 Six Band model has six bands; each band is capable of applying one unique character in up to six positions on one line. The Sprinter Model 88 Date Code Band can apply a date code (month, day, year) by using four separate adjustable bands.

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SJ700-2200HFU2 Model Inverter

July 25, 2011 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced the SJ700-2200HFU2 model inverter, with a 440 A output current capability. The SJ700 can develop more than 200 percent starting torque at 0.3 Hz and 150 percent torque near 0 Hz. Another feature is the SJ700 is Hitachi’s EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function—in many cases the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated.

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StressPly E Modified Bitumen Membrane

July 25, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The newest StressPly E (Environmental) modified bitumen membrane from Garland (Cleveland, OH) is a high-strength, puncture-, and fatigue-resistant membrane. The new StressPly E membrane retains the high-performance capabilities of earlier versions of the product, but incorporates recyclable materials for increased sustainability.

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NASA Admin: Hands-On Experience For Students Is Critical

July 25, 2011 9:29 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON -- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will visit Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, July 26, to meet with summer interns from Ball and United Launch Alliance (ULA). Garver will view demonstrations of student-built rockets and payloads and discuss how hands-on experience for students is critical to developing experience for science and technology-related jobs of the future.

Coastal Corrugated Plans $1.5M Expansion

July 25, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Packaging manufacturer Coastal Corrugated Inc. plans to expand its plant in South Carolina's Dorchester County, adding 26 jobs this year. State and local officials announced Monday that the company will add spend $1.5 million on a 40,000-square-foot expansion that's expected to be completed by December.

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Metals USA 2Q Net Income Soars

July 25, 2011 9:24 am | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Steel company Metals USA Holdings Corp. said its second-quarter net income jumped nearly tenfold compared with last year on higher sales and prices. The company said Monday its net income for quarter ended June 30 was $21.5 million, or 57 cents per share, compared with $2.

OSHA Investigating PA Plant Explosion

July 25, 2011 9:23 am | News | Comments

FARRELL, Pa. (AP) — A tanker truck loaded with more than 6,000 gallons of hydrogen exploded at a metals processing plant, burning the driver, injuring another worker and threatening an even larger storage tank. The blast occurred after 6 p.m. Sunday at the Duferco Farrell Corp. plant in Farrell, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh near the Ohio border, said Mike Hrycyk, human resources vice president.

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BAE Wins $56M To Upgrade Marine Vehicles

July 25, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

The Associated Press BAE Systems PLC has won orders totaling $56.6 million to upgrade and maintain mine-resistant vehicles used by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. The global defense contractor, based in London, said Monday that the awards comprise five distinct projects, all involving RG-33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles: — $17.

Chrysler, UAW Talks Officially Begin

July 25, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and some benefits four years ago. Now that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much they get is the central question hanging over contract talks that start this week between Detroit and one of the largest and most powerful U.

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UAW Wants Bigger Cut Of Detroit's Growing Profits

July 25, 2011 5:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union wants a bigger share of Detroit's newfound profits while the car companies hope to cut labor costs in contract talks that begin Monday. Workers agreed to give up pay raises and benefits to keep the companies in business as they headed for financial trouble starting four years ago.

Gulf Drilling Could Add 230,000 Jobs

July 25, 2011 5:28 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — An energy research group predicted that an increase in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico could create 230,000 jobs and add $44 billion to the U.S. economy next year. IHS on Thursday said that the U.S. would produce more jobs, more tax revenue and another 411,000 barrels of oil per day if the industry was allowed to operate at full speed in the Gulf.

Driver Injured At Rolled Metal Plant Blast

July 25, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

FARRELL, Pa. (AP) — The driver of a tanker truck was burned and another worker was treated for cuts after an explosion at a rolled metal plant in western Pennsylvania. An official with Duferco Farrell Corp. has confirmed the injuries for The Associated Press, but says another official will release more information later in the day.

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Honda Recalls 50,000 Vehicles

July 25, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, July 25 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. said Monday it will recall a combined 50,122 units in the Stream minivan, the Civic sedan and the Crossroad sport utility vehicle to repair their bolts that fix the water pump pulley to the engine, free of charge. In a report filed with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Honda said the engines of the vehicles, made between July 2008 and July 2010, may stall due to the defect.

Japan Automakers On Mend After Disaster

July 25, 2011 5:23 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's automakers reported mixed vehicle production figures Monday as the industry works toward recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Some, such as Nissan, are doing considerably better than others. Nissan Motor Co. made 419,831 vehicles worldwide in June, up 18.

U.S. Union Tests IKEA's Global Image

July 25, 2011 5:19 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — The union attempting to represent workers at IKEA's only U.S. plant is challenging the Swedish furniture giant's vaunted corporate ethos, accusing the retailer of paying its American workers low wages and tolerating unsafe working conditions. Approximately 320 workers at IKEA's Swedwood Danville plant will vote Wednesday whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Munich Scientists Set To Electrify Frankfurt Auto Show

July 22, 2011 7:29 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists from Munich's Technical University will be joining the world's major car manufacturers at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, with an electric vehicle they have designed and built themselves. Called the ''Mute,'' the vehicle is more than just a novelty. The scientists want to bring it to market in five years.

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Nissan Will Build Leaf Motors In TN

July 22, 2011 7:16 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (AP) — Nissan will build motors for the electric Leaf at its engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee, starting in early 2013 as the automaker expands production. The plant will be able to make up to 150,000 electric motors a year. It currently makes engines and components for Nissan vehicles built in North America, and also houses engine casting and forging operations.

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Stinger Gets $17M To Complete Plant

July 22, 2011 7:14 am | News | Comments

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Community Development Corporation has announced $17 million in financing to allow Stinger Welding to complete a fabrication plant that will bring at least 100 more jobs to Libby. Stinger Welding, a fabricator of steel bridge components, has 43 employees in Libby.

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Copper Falls On Signs Of Manufacturing Slowdown

July 22, 2011 7:12 am | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Copper prices are falling on more signs of a manufacturing slowdown in China and Europe. Copper for September delivery fell 5.25 cents to settle at $4.3835 a pound, its second day of losses. Other commodities were mixed as investors monitored debt negotiations in Europe and the United States.

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