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Visualizing Our Humanity

May 27, 2011 7:01 am | Videos | Comments

Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data — sometimes at the expense of a vast number of “sheep” — and weaves them into stunning visualizations. 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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Ill. Company To Open Cardboard Ga. Facility, Hire 50

May 27, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — An Illinois-based manufacturer says it will establish a corrugated cardboard sheet-feeder plant in Conyers, bringing 50 jobs to the area. Corrugated Supplies Co. announced Thursday it will put the plant in the former Solo Cup distribution center. The company says plant operations are expected to begin in September.

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Tate & Lyle Reopens Alabama Sweetener Plant

May 27, 2011 6:51 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Sugar and sweeteners company Tate & Lyle PLC says it plans to reopen a mothballed U.S.plant to meet surging demand for sweeteners after reporting a strong rise in full-year earnings. The London-based company on Friday reported net earnings of 163 million pounds ($268 million), up from 15 million pounds a year ago.

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High Energy Costs Take A Bite Out Of Economic Growth

May 27, 2011 6:37 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy hit a soft patch in the first three months of this year, caused by a big jump in oil prices, and the impact of those higher prices are likely to weigh on growth for the rest of the year. After growing at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the final three months of last year, the economy slowed to just 1.

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Timken Buys Philadelphia Gear For $200 Million

May 27, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Timken Co. is buying Philadelphia Gear Corp. for $200 million in order to expand its offerings, the auto parts supplier said Friday. Philadelphia Gear, based in King of Prussia, Pa., provides gear drives and components to the industrial and military sectors. Timken makes bearings, assemblies and alloy steels for auto producers and othermanufacturers.

Regulators Investigate Nissan, Jeep Safety Issues

May 27, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating brake problems with the Nissan Altima and complaints of air bag troubles with the Jeep Wrangler. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Friday that brake fluid can leak on the Altima midsize car, causing a loss of stopping power.

Three Tenn. Workers Burned In Chemical Explosion

May 27, 2011 6:25 am | by Kristin Hall, Associated Press | News | Comments

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Three workers have been critically injured in an explosion at a Middle Tennessee chemical plant where a January flash fire killed another worker. Gallatin Police said the accident that injured five at the Hoeganaes (HAY'-gan-eez) Corp. plant was reported at 6:37 a.m.

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Packager Invests $22 Million In Utah Plant, Adds 125 Jobs

May 27, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A foodservice packaging manufacturer has announced plans to invest in a new multimillion-dollar plant in southern Utah. Genpak says it will expand its operations with a new $22 million plant in Cedar City that will add 125 new jobs over the next five years to the company that already employs nearly 200 people in southern Utah.

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Chrysler Supplier To Open Ill. Plant With 200 Jobs

May 27, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A supplier for Chrysler plans to open a new facility in northern Illinois, bringing 200 jobs to Belvidere. The Rockford Register Star reports Thursday that International Automotive Components will open a 172,000-square foot assembly plant in Belvidere. The company supplies vehicle interiors for the automaker Chrysler Group LLC.

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Japanese Auto Production Plummeted In April

May 27, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers' global vehicle production plunged in April, especially in Japan where supplier plants were destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Toyota Motor Corp. reported Friday that Japan production in April fell 74.5 percent to 79,341 vehicles while its global production declined 48 percent to 346,297 vehicles.

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Manufacturers Recall Pool Drains For Entrapment Hazard

May 27, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight manufacturers have voluntarily recalled about one million pool and in-ground spa drain covers because of incorrect water flow ratings. The U.S. Product Safety Commission announced the recall Thursday. The agency says the recalled covers could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

Global Economies Growing, But More Slowly

May 27, 2011 4:20 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Europe and even to booming China, the global economy is showing signs of strain. Most major economies are expected to keep growing. But evidence is mounting that many around the world are struggling to expand as fast as they did last year. European governments are struggling with debts and squeezed budgets.

Saab Restarts Production With Chinese Cash

May 27, 2011 4:18 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Spyker Cars NV's cash-strapped Swedish unit Saab Automobile on Friday resumed car production after a near seven-week standstill caused largely by payment problems to its suppliers. The long-awaited resumption came after Chinese group Pang Da last week agreed to buy a 24 percent stake in Spyker for €65 million ($92 million).

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Temperature Control Keeps Your Facility Clean And Safe

May 26, 2011 11:24 am | Articles | Comments

As those who operate food manufacturing and distribution plants know, there are a multitude of regulations from both the FDA and OSHA that are intended to help keep them safe and clean. What most do not realize is how important water temperature is in the right place at the right time for complying with those regulations.

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Full Of Sound And Fury

May 26, 2011 11:19 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As someone who spent the better part of college studying modern literary theory — a vocation so rich with complexity yet sparse in practical application — I can sympathize with the other liberal arts devotees out there: the ones with the music performance or art history degrees.

Soft-Drink Execs Plead Guilty To $800M Fraud

May 26, 2011 9:54 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two men have admitted taking part in a massive scheme to defraud banks and investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars through a now-defunct western Pennsylvania soft-drink company. Jonathan Podlucky and Donald Pollinger pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a scheme that cost investors in Latrobe-based Le-Nature's Inc.

Delphi Automotive Files For $100 Million IPO

May 26, 2011 9:36 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Auto parts supplier Delphi Automotive PLC filed for a $100 million initial public offering, following former owner General Motors Co. back to public ownership. It's the latest auto-industry company to seek out an IPO as auto sales recover from their plunge during the recession.

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Philip Morris Buys Patent For Smoke-Free Nicotine Device

May 26, 2011 9:25 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. has purchased the rights to a technology that lets users inhale nicotine without smoking. The world's largest nongovernmental cigarette seller told The Associated Press on Thursday it has bought the patent for an aerosol nicotine-delivery system developed by Jed Rose, director of the Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Honda: U.S. Production Will Normalize By August

May 26, 2011 9:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production in August, the company said Thursday, much faster than expected following supply disruptions. The flow of auto parts was interrupted after Japanese factories were damaged by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, or stricken by the power outages that followed.

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GM Adding 110 Jobs To Arlington SUV Plant

May 26, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — General Motors Co. is adding 110 jobs to a Texas factory and investing $331 million to expand the plant to make full-size sport utility vehicles. The Arlington, Texas, factory will make Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades. The plant, which currently has 2,400 employees, opened in 1954 and was expanded in 2001 to 3.

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