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Integrated Material Handling Results In Modern Paint Manufacturing Line

May 2, 2011 11:43 am | Articles | Comments

Beginning in 1946 with a single manufacturing facility in San Carlos, CA, Kelly-Moore Paints™ has grown to become the largest employee-owned—and the 5th largest paint company—in the United States. Supporting over 165 local stores, Kelly-Moore is “the painter’s paint store,” providing high-quality paint and related products to contractors, commercial and maintenance accounts, and do-it-yourself consumers.

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Southwest Closes $1B AirTran Deal

May 2, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. closed its $1 billion purchase of AirTran on Monday, securing its spot as one of the biggest domestic airlines. For travelers, nothing much changes right away. They'll continue to deal with whichever airline sold their ticket. And policies such as checked bag fees are not changing right away.

2010 Flood Yielded New Water Plant For Tenn. City

May 2, 2011 8:55 am | News | Comments

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Severe flooding last year that washed away the city of Clarksville's wastewater treatment plant's ability to operate has also hastened a needed reconstruction of the facility. With repairs to the plant and needed new construction, the city will essentially build a new facility, said Pat Hickey, the head of Clarksville Gas and Water.

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Oil Prices Rise Again As Dollar Weakens

May 2, 2011 8:44 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices are rising again after falling below $111 a barrel on news that U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Benchmark oil for June delivery rose 24 cents to $114.17 a barrel in Monday morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude gained 48 cents at $126.

Honda To Cut Production Of New Civic, Other Models

May 2, 2011 8:08 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. warned its U.S. dealers Monday that it will run short of popular models such as the Civic compact later this summer because of parts supply shortages caused by Japan's earthquake. Honda will significantly cut production of the new 2012 Civic, the sixth most popular car in the U.

Rolls-Royce Opens New Aerospace Plant In Va.

May 2, 2011 8:02 am | News | Comments

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) — Rolls-Royce is opening a new advanced manufacturing and research facility in Prince George County. Gov. Bob McDonnell joined company executives, and local and state officials for the opening of the facility on Monday. The aircraft engine maker said the 180,000 square-foot facility will manufacture one of the most critical engine components.

Saab Secures Funds, Aims To Resume Production

May 2, 2011 7:57 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Spyker Cars NV said Monday it has secured $88 million (euro59.1 million) in short-term funding for Saab and aims to restart production at the troubled automaker's plant within a week. The company, which bought Saab out of liquidation from General Motors Corp. in January 2010, says it signed a euro30 million convertible loan with investment fund Gemini and will also make a drawdown request to the European Investment Bank for euro29.

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Replace Those Incandescent Dock Lights

May 2, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Products Company, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is now selling the Phoenix FLEX LED docklite, which provides light comparable to an incandescent dock light with a 150W PAR38 lamp. The FLEX LED is designed for the general illumination of a truck trailer. The LEDs have an average rated lift of 50,000 hours and a 12° beam angle, plus they operate on only 16W, which offers an 84 percent energy savings over a 150W incandescent dock light.

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Mark Up Any Surface

May 2, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Markal (Elk Grove Village, IL) has developed the PRO-LINE WP, and industrial-grade liquid paint marker that can be used on wet surfaces. The marker is made with a permanent, fast-drying, and low-VOC formula, which helps it resist spreading when in contact with water or water-based liquids. The formula is safe for use on stainless steel and other super alloys, plus carbon steels, aluminum, powder coating, PVC plastics, coding alloys, textiles, and even rubber.

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Forklifts Get Articulate

May 2, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combilift (Greensboro, NC) has introduced new designs and a new 33E model in the Aisle-Master range of articulated forklifts. By replacing a combination of reach and counterbalance trucks with a very narrow aisle operating Aisle-Master, storage capacity can be doubled, according to the company.

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Better Burs For All Materials

May 2, 2011 7:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels (Niles, IL) now offers a full line of USA-made carbide burs for metal working in three main styles of cuts: single, double, and aluminum. The single-cut burs are good for general purpose work and provide good material removal, according to the company, while double-cut burs produce smaller chips for greater operator control on applications such as stainless steels and ferrous materials.

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Flying Safely With 1950s Technology

May 2, 2011 6:46 am | Videos | Comments

CNN contributor Miles O’Brien gives a little insight into the communication that occurs between pilots and air traffic control from inside the cockpit, and highlights some of the technology that helps our planes get — and stay — in the air. What’s most intriguing is that the technology, such as ground-based radar, is more than a half-century old.

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Survey: Hiring And Purchases Up Amid Rising Costs

May 2, 2011 6:24 am | Articles | Comments

Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, announced the results of its seventh Prime Advantage Group Outlook (GO) Survey, revealing the top economic concerns of small and midsized North American manufacturers for 2011. The survey results show companies are even more confident compared to six months ago about economic growth for U.

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Lean In The Office: What Is Waste?

May 2, 2011 6:13 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Articles | Comments

This is the second part in a two-part series on implementing Lean in the office. To read the first part, go here . ___ 3. Correct, much of what you do in the office is not the same every time and so the Lean approach to measuring waste must be re-thought — similarly, “value” is not easily defined for processes that do not directly produce product: Here is where I have experienced most of my arguments about Lean in the office.

Italian Exec Pleads Guilty To Bribing Foreign Officials

May 2, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Italian citizen who ran a California valve company has pleaded guilty to taking part in a conspiracy to bribe foreign government officials and businessmen. The U.S. attorney's office says in a statement that Control Components Inc. Vice President Flavio Ricotti of Bientina, Italy, pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Travel Act.

China's Manufacturing Sector Continues To Ease

May 2, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's manufacturing sector eased in April, a survey showed Sunday, suggesting that the government's efforts to cool the economy may be having some effect. The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing reported that its purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell to 52.

Bose Founder Donates Majority Of Company To MIT

May 2, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — The founder of audio technology company Bose Corp. is donating most of the privately held firm's stock to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is the alma mater of Amar Bose, who at 81 remains the company's chairman and technical director. The Cambridge-based school said on Friday that it will receive annual cash dividends on the shares, when they're paid by Bose Corp.

ISM Index: 21 Straight Months Of Manufacturing Growth

May 2, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing activity probably increased in April for the 21st straight month, but at a slower pace than in March. Economists forecast that the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity will drop to 59.6 in April from 61.2 in the previous month. That would be the second straight drop, a sign the manufacturing sector is cooling off after expanding in February at the fastest rate in nearly seven years.

'Temporary' Workers Sue GM, UAW Over Back Pay

May 2, 2011 4:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of General Motors employees in Ohio is suing the company and the United Auto Workers, alleging that GM has unfairly denied them full pay and benefits and the union has not fought for them. Twenty-eight employees of GM's Lordstown, Ohio, factory say they have been improperly classified as temporary employees since being hired in October 2006.

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Chrysler Turns First Profit In Two Years

May 2, 2011 4:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler has turned its first profit since leaving bankruptcy two years ago. The company reported first-quarter net income of $116 million and revenue of $13.1 billion on Monday. The profit is a milestone in Chrysler's long road back to health after its 2009 bankruptcy. It last reported a net profit in 2006.

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