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Deere Announces Another $60 Million Chinese Investment

May 24, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. will spend $60 million to build a new engine manufacturing plant in China for its agricultural, construction and forestry equipment. Deere's new engine plant will near several of the Moline, Ill., company's other facilities in Tianjin, China. Tuesday's engine plant announcement is the second investment in China that Deere has announced in the past week.

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German Manufacturers Try To Kill Of Nuclear Power

May 24, 2011 4:50 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's most powerful industrial sectors said Tuesday they are backing government plans to abolish nuclear power within about a decade, but warn that blackouts and other risks could arise from the decision. "We believe that it is possible to replace nuclear power by 2022 or a date in that range," said Christopher Gruenewald, head of energy and climate policy for the Federation of German Industry group that represents the nation's manufacturers.

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Old General Motors To Sell New GM Stock, Warrants

May 24, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The company that got stuck with General Motors Co.'s debts and bad assets will begin selling stock and warrants in the new GM, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. Motors Liquidation Co. said in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the stock and warrants being sold starting Tuesday are worth a total of $5.

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Ford Could Woo Japanese Buyers Amid Tsunami Troubles

May 24, 2011 4:33 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Ford sees a big chance to snatch buyers away from Japanese automakers battling production delays caused by the March earthquake and tsunami, and vehicles in the works could help deliver it growth in a long-difficult market. "The opportunities for Ford in Japan have never been greater," Ford Japan Chief Executive Tim Tucker said Tuesday of the products planned for Japan.

South Korean Police Raid, Break Up In-Plant Strike

May 24, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police in South Korea are breaking up a strike at an auto parts manufacturer that has caused production disruptions for the country's automakers. Police official Seo Jung-pil said Tuesday that about 1,000 police raided a Yoosung Enterprise Co. factory in Asan, south of Seoul, where some 500 workers had been on strike since May 18.

Chrysler To Repay $7.5 Billion Loan On Tuesday

May 24, 2011 4:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) — Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that his company will save $300 million in interest a year when it repays $7.5 billion in U.S. and Canadian government loans on Tuesday. Chrysler plans to announce the repayment at a Detroit-area auto assembly plant on Tuesday afternoon.

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UK Lawmakers Heavily Criticize Kraft-Cadbury Takeover

May 23, 2011 9:55 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers said Monday they still have "significant concerns" about the takeover of chocolate maker Cadbury by Kraft Foods Inc. — more than a year after the controversial deal. The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee also strongly criticized Kraft's chief executive Irene Rosenfeld for refusing to appear before parliamentary hearings into the takeover.

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Entrepreneurs Re-launch Baby Boomer Favorite: Choc-Ola

May 23, 2011 9:50 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two entrepreneurs who relaunched a chocolate-flavored drink called Choc-Ola are hoping baby boomers' taste for nostalgia and consumers' love of anything with chocolate helps make the revived beverage a success. Choc-Ola — a concoction of water, sugar, low-fat milk, cocoa and a handful of other ingredients — debuted in the 1940s and was pitched to a generation of fans in the 1970s by "Cowboy Bob" on Indianapolis television station WTTV-4's children's program.

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Campbell Income Rises Despite Less Soup Slurping

May 23, 2011 9:48 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. said Monday that its U.S. soup sales fell in its third quarter as it ditched the heavy discounts and found consumers stocked up less. But its overall results beat expectations as its baked goods and snacks which include Pepperidge Farm products, Goldfish crackers and Milano cookies sold well.

Diamond-Studded Grinders

May 23, 2011 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels (Niles, IL) has introduced a line of diamond wheels engineered for demanding metal applications, with a high concentration of diamond grip, a solid steel body, and an advanced brazing process. The longer-lasting life spans allow for increased production times and lower cost ratios.

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Stop Porosity

May 23, 2011 9:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The AlumiSeal brush-on methacrylate compound, from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI), is formulated for sealing porosity in aluminum parts and welds that will contain liquids or gases under pressure. The low dynamic viscosity enables it to wick deeply into pores and between close-fitting non-ferrous metal surfaces.

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Easier Motion Control

May 23, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenze Americas (Uxbridge, MA) has recently launched the Lenze 8400 Inverter Series, which features L-Force automation technology for tailored motion control solutions that deliver stable and dynamic performance in material handling operations. In addition, the series incorporates intelligent features, including memory modules, online diagnostics, and optional integrated safety systems.

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Record Humidity Wirelessly

May 23, 2011 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has announced the UWRH-2-NEMA wireless relative humidity transmitter that features a standalone, compact, and battery-powered NEMA design. According to the company, it can transmit measurements to a host receiver up to 400 feet away, and includes free software to convert a TC into a multi-channel chart recorder or data logger.

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Electronics Recycler Reopens In Old Alcoa Plant

May 23, 2011 9:20 am | by Renee Elder, Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Electronic Recyclers International announced plans Monday to open a regional operations center at Alcoa's former smelting plant in Badin, eventually providing jobs for 200 or more employees. ERI is the first new tenant signed at the vacated 700,000-square-foot Badin Business Park, a building formerly used by Alcoa Inc.

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Two La. Workers Killed By Chemical Fumes

May 23, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — Officials with Shintech Louisiana have identified two workers who died after they were overcome by chemical fumes at the Shintech facility south of Plaquemine. Plant Manager David Wise said in a news release that Tommy Rivet, a Shintech employee, and Tory Sanchez, a contract worker employed by Performance Contractors, Inc.

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Panel: Toyota Needs To Accept Criticism Better

May 23, 2011 8:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — An independent panel set up to review Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety and quality issues says the company doesn't do a good job of incorporating customer feedback into its car designs. The panel says Toyota should appoint executives who are responsible for safety and should give more power to regional executives outside Japan.

One Job, 20 Years In The Making

May 23, 2011 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Here's the amazing story behind jet engine designer and manufacturer Pratt & Whitney's 20-year effort to create one engineering position for one employee hire. Meet that employee. 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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Using Talent Management To Create A Development-Focused Culture

May 23, 2011 7:44 am | by JP Guay, Regional Manager, Halogen Software | Articles | Comments

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Basic American Foods (BAF) is an innovator and leader in convenience and refrigerated foods. With several patents to its credit, BAF is an acknowledged leader in research and development, earning universal respect for innovation, quality, and customer service.

Bun Facility Finds Vacuum Worthy Of Its High-Tech Operation

May 23, 2011 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

Supplying hamburger buns for the fast food giant McDonalds, the Turano Bakery facility in Orlando, FL must run an exceptional operation in order to bake a quality and consistent product that billions have come to expect. For nearly half a century, the Turano family has followed European traditions to bake the freshest, highest quality artisan-style breads such as Ciabatta, Focaccia, Hearth-baked Peasant breads, and a variety of rolls.

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'Jeopardy'-Winner Watson Computer Turns To Medicine

May 23, 2011 4:50 am | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

YORKTOWN, New York (AP) — Some fellow in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments. A doctor who is helping to prepare IBM's Watson computer system for work as a medical tool says such blog entries may be included in Watson's database.

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