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Safe And Ergonomic Lift Tables

May 6, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Unidex, Inc. (Warsaw, NY) has designed a mobile workstation designed for safe, ergonomic lifting, positioning, load transfer, assembly, manufacturing, and maintenance operations. The PHQL mobile lift table has a 500-pound load capacity and features a 24” by 24” platform table time.

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Apollo-Soyuz-Era Spacesuit Fetches $240,000 At Auction

May 6, 2011 9:32 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian spacesuit worn during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project skyrocketed to $242,000 at a New York City auction. Bonhams had estimated it at $100,000 to $150,000. The auction house didn't disclose the buyer of the Sokol K pressure suit. The Apollo-Soyuz marked the first multinational manned spaceflight.

Markets Surge At News Of Forecast-Busting Jobs Numbers

May 6, 2011 9:30 am | by Pan Plyas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — A forecast-busting U.S. jobs survey on Friday eased concerns that the world's largest economy was slowing down, sending stocks and the dollar higher. Worries about the U.S. recovery's pace had grown over the past few days following a run of soft economic data. Commodity prices took the brunt of the sell-off amid worries of waning demand for crude, metals and raw materials.

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Japan Seeks More Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

May 6, 2011 9:13 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan urged a power company Friday to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plantwhile a seawall and other structures are built to ensure a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second radiation crisis. The move came as the government is conducting a safety review of all Japan's 54 nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 25,000 people dead and missing on the northeast coast.

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GM's Chinese Sales Drop 5 Percent As Growth Cools

May 6, 2011 8:56 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. and its joint ventures sold 203,367 vehicles in China in April, down nearly 5 percent from a year earlier as growth cools in the world's largest auto market. GM said Friday that sales by its flagship venture Shanghai GM rose 7.4 percent to 96,219 vehicles in April.

Superior Industries Exec Pleads Guilty To Wire-Fraud

May 6, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former finance executive at the Superior Industries plant in Fayetteville has pleaded guilty to a federal wire-fraud charge, admitting she embezzled almost $400,000 from the maker of aluminum automotive wheels. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says Mary Benz of Bella Vista entered the plea Thursday as part of an agreement with the U.

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Obama: Economy Is Strong Enough To Survive Challenges

May 6, 2011 8:49 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Refocusing on the nation's economic struggles, President Barack Obama welcomed news Friday that the economy unexpectedly added more than 200,000 jobs last month. "We are regaining our footing," he said. The president spoke during a visit to a transmission plant in Indianapolis, even as the killing of Osama bin Laden continued to dominate headlines and much of the president's time.

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Military Makes Chopper Disappear

May 6, 2011 7:39 am | Videos | Comments

CBS News ' Chris Wragge speaks with national security correspondent David Martin about one of the U.S. helicopters that crash-landed in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. As pictures of the wreckage emerged on the Internet, some have noticed previously top-secret stealth technology on the Blackhawk.

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X-Rays Rid Raisins Of Refuse

May 6, 2011 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

A raisin processor uses x-ray technology to keep its products free of contaminants . Located in the Central San Joaquin Valley, Calif.,  Chooljian Brothers  Packing Company is one of the oldest raisin processors in the country. The sweet sun-dried fruit is sold domestically and worldwide via private label packaging or as a bulk ingredient for food manufacturers, retail distributors and candy and cereal producers.

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Turn Your Warehouse Into 'A Green House'

May 6, 2011 5:53 am | by Mikael Trapper, Managing Partner, Bridgenet Solutions, Inc . | Articles | Comments

There are two high-impact things you can do to make your warehouses and distribution centers (DCs) greener and streamline your company’s supply chain at the same time. The first and easiest thing you can do is begin using environmentally-friendly packaging materials and reusing old packaging materials.

Quad/Graphics Creates 400 Jobs With $15M Investment

May 6, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Berkeley County officials say Quad/Graphics Inc.'s plan to invest $15 million in two plants will create 400 jobs. QuadGraphics announced last month that it will shut a plant in the Buffalo, N.Y., area by the end of the year and shift the work to sites in West Virginia and Massachusetts.

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U.S. Employers Go On Biggest Hiring Spree In 5 Years

May 6, 2011 4:55 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added more than 200,000 jobs in April for the third straight month, the biggest hiring spree in five years. But the unemployment rate ticked up to 9 percent. The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy added 244,000 jobs last month. Private employers shrugged off high gas prices and created 268,000 jobs — the most since February 2006.

Kawasaki Re-Hires 115 Previously Laid-Off Workers

May 6, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kawasaki has been calling back laid-off Lincoln workers earlier than expected. In late March the plant manager said it would be laying off 115 workers for at least a month because of a parts error. The plant payroll includes about 1,500 people at the passenger rail car plant and an adjacent plant for utility and recreational vehicles.

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China On Currency: Don't Mess With Our 'Sovereign Right'

May 6, 2011 4:51 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China is ready to discuss its currency controls at talks in Washington next week, a Chinese official said Friday, but he gave no sign Beijing will act on U.S. pressure to speed the rise of its yuan. U.S. officials say they plan to raise currency at annual talks Monday and Tuesday and also press Beijing to open its market for financial services.

China Fines Unilever For Increasing Yuan Inflation

May 6, 2011 4:34 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said it fined consumer products maker Unilever for disrupting efforts to cool surging inflation by talking to Chinese media about expected price hikes for soap and triggering a buying rush. The British-Dutch company was fined 2 million yuan ($308,000) for "spreading information about price rises and disrupting market pricing order," the Cabinet's planning agency said Friday.

GE Begs For F-35 Funding, Offers To Pay Up Itself

May 6, 2011 4:29 am | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jet engine manufacturer GE Aviation on Thursday offered to fund continued development of the recently terminated alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through 2012. The GE Electric Co. unit in Evendale, a Cincinnati suburb, has been developing the F136 engine for about 15 years, but the 2011 U.

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CEO Pay Already Surpasses Pre-Recession Levels

May 6, 2011 4:21 am | by Rachel Beck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In the boardroom, it's as if the Great Recession never happened. CEOs at the nation's largest companies were paid better last year than they were in 2007, when the economy was booming, the stock market set a record high and unemployment was roughly half what it is today. The typical pay package for the head of a company in the Standard & Poor's 500 was $9 million in 2010, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data provided by Equilar, an executive compensation research firm.

Volvo To Add 50 Jobs At Hagerstown Engine Plant

May 5, 2011 9:41 am | News | Comments

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Swedish truck maker Volvo says it expects to add at least 50 jobs at its Hagerstown engine-and-transmission plant. An executive made the announcement Wednesday at the plant's 50th anniversary party. He says about 35 jobs will be created when the plant starts making a new transmission for the company's Volvo and Mack trucks in mid-2012.

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RBD Helps Manufacturers On An Electron-Sized Scale

May 5, 2011 9:37 am | by Tim Doran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Bend-based RBD Instruments deals in equipment so technical that when someone asks about it, President and CEO Randy Dellwo usually gives a simplified answer. He tells them it's similar to working with electron microscopes. For physicists or others who need help operating or aligning their ion guns or rebuilding their duoplasmatrons, RBD Instruments can handle it.

Ky. Gov. Candidate Blasted For Industrial Hemp Support

May 5, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett is under attack from a primary opponent for supporting a proposal to allow Kentucky farmers to grow industrial hemp. Moffett has called during the campaign for restrictions to be lifted so that Kentucky farmers could grow hemp for industrial purposes.

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