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FAA Clears The Way For First Boeing 787 Flight

August 29, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — After nearly two years of flight tests and analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways next month — more than three years later than initially planned.

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Marlboro Snus Plant In VA Being Idled

August 26, 2011 7:04 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. says it's idling a Virginia manufacturing plant that makes its Marlboro snus smokeless, spit-less tobacco. The subsidiary of Altria Group said Wednesday it is moving production from the York County facility to various locations Smokeless owns in the U.

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A. Schulman To Close Plant, Cut Jobs

August 26, 2011 7:01 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A. Schulman Inc. on Thursday said it plans to shutter its Nashville, Tenn. plant and cut about 60 jobs because of the weak economy. Separately, the company also reduced its forecast for the year to account for a settlement and for a change in how it measures inventories.

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Compass To Buy CamelBak For $257M

August 26, 2011 6:59 am | News | Comments

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Investment firm Compass Diversified Holdings is buying CamelBak Products LLC, a maker of reusable water bottles, military gloves and other goods, for $257.5 million. Compass CEO Alan Offenberg said in a statement that CamelBak has strong brand recognition and hopes to capitalize on increasing demand for its hydration products.

Toray Announces RI Expansion

August 26, 2011 6:58 am | News | Comments

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — One of the state's largest employers on Wednesday announced a multi-million dollar expansion expected to create more than two dozen new jobs, but Rhode Island is still competing with Virginia to be home to a second, much larger expansion project. Toray Plastics (America), which already employs about 600 people in the state, said it would undertake an $11.

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Ammo Plant Expands Available Space At Stennis

August 26, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant facility and its 1.6 million square feet of space have been transferred to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. The munitions plant increases space at Stennis by about 33 percent and will be used to attract employers that complement NASA's mission.

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Saab Postpones 1H Report

August 26, 2011 6:51 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Shares in Swedish Automobile, the owner of struggling car maker Saab, have plummeted after it postponed the release of its earnings figures for the first six months of the year, saying the report has yet to be completed. In a brief two-line statement Friday, the Zeewolde-headquartered Dutch company said the results would be delayed by five days because the earnings report is incomplete.

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A Look At IBM's Brain-Like Computer Chips

August 26, 2011 6:08 am | Videos | Comments

IBM announced that it has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that now power PCs and supercomputers. The prototypes offer further evidence of the growing importance of "parallel processing," or computers doing multiple tasks simultaneously.

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Q&A: Processing Sustainably

August 26, 2011 6:00 am | by Interview by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The food industry is ramping up its efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of production, and Green Research has introduced a new benchmarking tool to help manufacturers produce food more sustainably. Food Manufacturing spoke with David Schatsky of Green Research to discuss how processors can most efficiently increase their sustainability.

Accuracy: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

August 26, 2011 5:56 am | by Jim Tennermann, Life Science Market Manager for the Americas, Vaisala | Articles | Comments

Measurement accuracy is a subjective concept applied to all kinds of measurements. Generally speaking, accuracy refers to the degree of closeness of the measurement to a true value. This definition is usually good enough, but not always. The subjective nature of accuracy allows for a wide variety of claims that may technically be true, but misleading at the same time.

Coolerado Heat And Mass Exchanger

August 26, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air conditioners from Coolerado (Denver, CO) provide 100 percent fresh, filtered, and comfortable air with no added humidity. With the fan being the only component being powered with the system, energy consumption can be reduced by 90 percent. The Coolerado heat and mass exchanger consists of several plates of a special material, designed to wick water evenly on one side and transfer heat through the other.

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W18LTX Cordless Angle Grinder

August 26, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (Westchester, PA) has introduced its first professional-grade cordless angle grinder, complete with a rotating battery pack, making it ideal for grinding and cutting applications in hard to reach areas. The W18LTX cordless angle grinder is part of the PowerMasterSeries of 18 volt lithium-ion cordless power tools.

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BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock

August 26, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock from ACS Valves (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada) is designed to ensure optimal bulk density and throughput of hard-to-convey materials such as fine powders and flakes that, in high-pressure pneumatic conveying applications, can easily over-aerate and reduce material feed efficiency.

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Microfiber Surface Cleaning Tools

August 26, 2011 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Briarwood Products (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the 18 inch and 24 inch Microfiber Surface Cleaning Tools, designed for any surface cleaning application. The Microfiber Cleaning Tools are durable, easy to clean, and can fit any standard threaded handle. With an easy 360 degree swivel radius, these tools are able to slide under furniture and equipment and are also able to fit into tight corners, increasing efficiency and preventing injury.

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Ohio Truck Plant Recalls Workers Laid Off In 2006

August 26, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Navistar International Corp. has taken back the last of a group of workers laid off from an Ohio truck plant nearly five years ago. Union president Jason Barlow says 20 members of his United Auto Workers local received recall letters on Friday and returned to work Monday at the plant in Springfield.

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Toyota Supplier To Set Up Steel Factory In Quake-Hit Iwate

August 26, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 25 (Kyodo) — S.S.C, which processes steel sheets mainly for Toyota Motor Corp., said Thursday it will set up a factory in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, in line with Toyota's strategy of enhancing its group production in northeastern Japan ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Mitsubishi Plant To End Production Of Three Models

August 26, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Mitsubishi plant in central Illinois will produce its last Eclipse coupes, Spyder convertibles and Endeavor SUVs this week. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/pZPz76 ) reports that the assembly line in Normal is scheduled to be retooled to begin producing the Outlander Sport crossover SUV by mid-2012.

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OSHA Cites UP For Retaliating Against Workers

August 26, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say Union Pacific Corp. should pay $612,215 for retaliating against three employees who raised safety concerns, but the railroad disagrees with the finding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it determined the Omaha-based railroad violated the rights of two conductors based in Kansas City, Mo.

GM To Cut Truck Production Next Month

August 26, 2011 5:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is cutting its production of pickup trucks next month, a sign that truck sales aren't as robust as the company had hoped. Spokesman Tom Wickham said Thursday that GM cancelled five scheduled overtime shifts on Saturdays in September and October.

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Fire Damages ND Fertilizer Plant

August 26, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

LITCHVILLE, N.D. (AP) — A fire at a fertilizer plant in the southeastern North Dakota town of Litchville destroyed a building and about $300,000 worth of dry fertilizer. Fire Chief Darren Miedema tells The Jamestown Sun that no one was hurt in the fire early Tuesday. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately determined, but Dakota Plains Cooperative President Ken Astrup says the fire might have been sparked by lightning.

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