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Harley-Davidson Posts $105.7M Profit

January 24, 2012 4:07 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson posted a profit of $105.7 million for the fourth quarter, boosted by improved consumer confidence that prompted more riders to buy its often-pricy bikes. The profit contrasted with a loss in the same period a year ago. The company expects to ship more motorcycles this year.

Hyundai Production Halted At AL Plant

January 24, 2012 4:04 am | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Executives with Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama say they temporarily shut down production at the company's Montgomery plant after discovering a problem with the paint process. Company spokesman Robert Burns tells The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.


Analysts: New Software Won't Save RIM

January 24, 2012 4:01 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In the trend-setting North American market, BlackBerry phones have gone from must-have messaging toys to outdated clunkers —all in the space of a few years. The new CEO of Research In Motion Ltd., the company behind the phones, says it can claw its way back to the top with new software, but analysts are deeply doubtful.


Reshoring Initiative Encourages Insourcing

January 23, 2012 10:09 am | Articles | Comments

Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative , was invited to participate in a daylong Insourcing Forum hosted by President Obama at the White House on January 11. Featuring a cross-section of American industry leaders and experts and cabinet level officials, the event included a roundtable discussion with President Obama, a speech by President Obama on the insourcing of jobs and two panel discussions on bringing jobs back to the...

Counterfeiting The Counterfeiter

January 23, 2012 9:54 am | Blogs | Comments

Here is a look at how one independent electronics distributor works to undermine the efforts of counterfeiters around the globe. Founded in Houston in 1984,  Smith & Associates  is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and components for electronic devices.


Study Finds Tablet Ownership Soared

January 23, 2012 8:41 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift over the holidays, so much so that the number of people who own them nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study finds. A report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project set to be released Monday found that 29 percent of Americans owned at least one tablet or e-reader as of the beginning of this month.

Loss Of Manufacturer Setback For Old Base

January 23, 2012 8:37 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The loss of hundreds of jobs that will fly to Wisconsin with Kestrel Aircraft Co. represents the first major setback for the redevelopment of Brunswick Naval Air Station, but there's no need to villainize the company because Maine failed to provide promised help, a redevelopment official said.

Neil Young Company Sued Over Fire

January 23, 2012 8:34 am | News | Comments

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) — A company founded by Neil Young is facing a lawsuit over a fire in the San Francisco Bay Area that authorities say started in a vintage car the rocker had converted into a hybrid vehicle. The San Jose Mercury News reports ( that Unigard Insurance Co.


GE Expects Another Volatile Year

January 23, 2012 8:32 am | by Samantha Bomkamp | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. is bracing for another volatile year. The global conglomerate expects to see emerging markets from China to South America continue to grow while Europe falls into a recession. Its own results are also telling two different stories: Fourth-quarter profit improved when the results of sold-off businesses are excluded.

Show Features Best Of Outdoor Gear

January 23, 2012 8:30 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An inflatable vest meant to keep skiers afloat in an avalanche took top honors at a premiere outdoor-gear trade show in Salt Lake City. The $1,300 vest uses air bag technology and a rip cord to inflate two bags, and it can also protect a tumbling skier from head injuries, Stephen Barnes, senior product manager for The North Face, said Friday.

Lawmaker Opposing VA Light Bulb Ban

January 23, 2012 8:26 am | by Larry O'Dell, Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Delegate Bob Marshall doesn't want the federal government telling Virginians what kind of light bulbs to use. The Prince William County Republican has introduced legislation to allow the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs within Virginia's borders after new federal energy standards take effect.

PD&D TV From 2012 CES

January 23, 2012 7:18 am | Videos | Comments

Every year, CES features more than 1.7 million square meters of new technology, making it the largest show in the United States. CES is the show where some of the world’s leading and breakthrough technologies have been launched. PD&D TV scoured the show floor and talked to CES veterans to find the most under-the-radar innovations coming your way in 2012, and beyond.


Outsourcing Education For The Well-Trained Employee

January 23, 2012 7:04 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

A business that isn’t learning today is falling behind tomorrow. As American manufacturers look to regain momentum in today’s economy, a main concern will be talent. Squeezed by time constraints and a challenging economy, many manufactures don’t have the internal resources necessary for maintaining well-trained employees In addition to new technology training, there will always be new techniques, business demands, and...

A Leaner Way Of Life

January 23, 2012 6:34 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

US Synthetic, Orem, UT, is an industry leader in diamond solutions, and challenged for the world's most prestigious award for operations excellence in 2011, The Shingo Prize. A thirty year veteran in the development of long-lasting diamond inserts for use in drilling tools, US Synthetic’s strategy for continuous improvement is constantly keeping workers engaged and communicating—with each other, with the executives, and with customers.


Which 280 Seconds?

January 23, 2012 5:23 am | by Anna Wells, Managing Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

This past November, I attended a trade show in San Antonio where the keynote speaker was airplane captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III. Captain Sullenberger’s name gained wide recognition, as many of you recall, in May of 2010 when he and a co-pilot successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving 155 lives after ducks flew into both the plane’s engines.


USDA Awards $25M For IA Biodiesel Plant

January 23, 2012 4:17 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $25 million Friday to an eastern Iowa plant for its project to turn garbage into fuel. Maryland-based Fiberight LLC is building the plant, which would work with a local landfill to obtain municipal trash that will be turned into cellulosic ethanol.


Glanbia Foods Plans $15M ID Expansion

January 23, 2012 4:15 am | News | Comments

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Officials with the cheese manufacturer Glanbia Foods say the company is spending up to $15 million to build its corporate headquarters and innovation center in Twin Falls. The expansion, announced Friday, is expected to add 100 jobs when the facility opens in March 2013, with plans to expand to 150.


New CEO For BlackBerry Maker

January 23, 2012 4:13 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — The new chief executive of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said Monday drastic change is not needed after the departure of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, who stepped down as co-CEOs and co-chairmen of the once iconic but now struggling company. The RIM founders have been replaced by Thorsten Heins, a little-known chief operating officer who joined RIM four years ago from Siemens AG, RIM said Sunday.

Deal Reached Between Cooper Tire, Union

January 23, 2012 4:10 am | News | Comments

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced a tentative contract agreement Friday with its union workers in Texarkana, avoiding a repeat of a labor dispute in Ohio in which the company locked out more than 1,000 plant workers there. The company and United Steel Workers Local 752L released a joint statement announcing the four-year deal.


Kodak Gets 2013 Deadline To Reorganize

January 23, 2012 4:08 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Eastman Kodak Co. has a little over a year to reshape its money-losing businesses and deliver a get-out-of-bankruptcy plan. Girded by a $950 million financing deal with Citigroup Inc., the photography pioneer aims to keep operating normally during bankruptcy while it peddles a trove of digital-imaging patents.



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