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Solar Windows Offer Solution To Brighter Future

July 19, 2011 6:17 am | Videos | Comments

An Israeli company hopes to revolutionize the green solutions market with solar windows that combine electricity production, energy reduction, and transparent design. 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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Northeast, West Offer Cheaper Manufacturing

July 19, 2011 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Despite the conventional wisdom that the South is best place for manufacturing in the United States, eight of the top 10 states for cost-efficient manufacturing are located in the West and Northeast, new research by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) shows.

Teaching Others Is Often The Best Lesson

July 19, 2011 5:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After two years of work on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO), I’ve accepted the role of managing editor at Manufacturing.net, another property with Advantage Business Media. I was recently tasked with training a new employee to take over my previous responsibilities with IMPO Magazine .

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J&J 2Q Profits Down 20 Percent

July 19, 2011 5:20 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent due to restructuring, recall and litigation costs and higher spending on overhead and research. The results still topped Wall Street expectations. The maker of Band-Aids, biologic medicines and birth control pills said its net income was $2.

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Harley's Second-Quarter Profits Doubled

July 19, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Fueled by its first U.S. sales increase in more than four years, Harley-Davidson's second-quarter profit more than doubled, easily beating Wall Street's expectations. The iconic motorcycle maker also boosted its shipment forecast for 2011 and its shares rose $1.

Tablets Shift PC Industry

July 19, 2011 5:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The personal computer industry needs a jumpstart — and it's counting on a rescue from emerging markets and a late-to-the-party push into tablet computers. The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple's iPad.

AP Study Shows Western States Lag In Recovery

July 19, 2011 5:13 am | by Martin Crutsinger, Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western states hit hardest by the housing crisis are feeling the greatest economic stress two years after the recession ended, according to The Associated Press's monthly analysis. Depressed home prices and high rates of foreclosures have limited job growth in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Cisco Will Cut 6,500 Jobs

July 19, 2011 5:11 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer-networking gear, is reducing its work force by about 9 percent to reduce costs and raise profits as the company tries to become more competitive. Monday's announcement to cut 6,500 of its roughly 73,000 worldwide employees follows up on a plan disclosed in May to eliminate thousands of jobs.

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MI Governer Sees Immigrants As Key To Economy

July 19, 2011 5:08 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has seen the results of what immigrants can do to help the economy through companies such as Meijer Inc., Masco Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., and should be attracting more immigrants who can repeat those successes, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. Speaking at a conference on immigration and Michigan's economy at Wayne State University, the governor pointed out that the Meijer retail chain was founded by a Dutch immigrant, the building products maker Masco by an Armenian immigrant and Dow by a Canadian.

Dynorbital Silver Supreme Random Orbital Sander

July 18, 2011 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynorbital Silver Supreme Random Orbital Sander from Dynabrade (Clarence, New York) is an American-made, air-powered sander designed for high production areas. Ideal for flat and horizontal sanding, the Dynorbital Silver Supreme can be used on wood, metal, composites, plastic, fiberglass, and various other materials.

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BBP31 Sign And Label printer

July 18, 2011 10:54 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The New 4” BBP31 Sign and Label printer from Brady (Milwaukee, WI) offers two-step printing. With the intuitive touch-screen display and “smart chip” auto-calibration supplies, users can type their desired text and hit print. Offering a full range of editing and design capabilities, including “drag and drop” editing and a database of more than 200 symbols, the BBP31 can operate as a stand-alone unit or connect to a PC.

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New Wireless Ranger System

July 18, 2011 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The wireless Ranger system from Commtest (Knoxville, TN) is a machine health information system to monitor and detect faults on industrial machinery. The Ranger system consists of the Ascent software suite and four hardware modules: the Ranger Sensor, Ranger Booster, Ranger Station, and the Ranger Bridge.

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NORDOT Adhesive #34P-4

July 18, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

NORDOT Adhesive #34P-4 from Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (Scotch Plains, NJ) is a new one component outdoor adhesive that was designed to install and repair synthetic turf and other outdoor surfaces in widely variable and hostile weather conditions. Allowing for year-round installation and repair, the adhesive can be applied to a dry or damp surface at any temperature and humidity in which a mechanic can work.

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BDI Opens New Branch In Los Angeles

July 18, 2011 10:24 am | News | Comments

BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, announces the opening of a new branch in Los Angeles.  BDI Branch #80 is located at 14263 Proctor Ave., Unit F, La Puente, CA 91746. Tel: 626/709-4995; Fax: 626/333-4207. The newly opened office is overseen by Gabe Duchene, a five-year BDI veteran who has relocated to Los Angeles from the company’s Cleveland headquarters.

Microsoft CEO Optimistic On Jobs

July 18, 2011 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is optimistic that information technology will help boost overall productivity and hiring. Here, he speaks from the Imagine Cup Challenge, held by Microsoft in New York City. 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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ND Ends Decade With More Than 430,000 Workers

July 18, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Job Service analysis shows that North Dakota ended the decade with more than 430,000 workers. That's up more than 61,000 since the year 2000 and an increase equal to the population of Bismarck, the state's second-biggest city. Job Service says about 15,000 jobs remain unfilled in the state that's enjoying a robust economy led by its booming oil patch and healthy agriculture markets.

A123 Systems Celebrates 1,000th Hire

July 18, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area company that makes batteries for electric vehicles is celebrating its latest milestone with some high-profile people. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and some Michigan members of Congress have been invited to A123 Systems in Romulus on Monday.

Allen Family Foods Will Lay Off Workers

July 18, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Allen Family Foods will lay off 28 employees at its processing plant in Cordova, Md., according to an official from Maryland's Talbot County. Paige Bethke, director of economic development for Talbot County, says the layoffs Friday were related to market conditions and not to the company's ongoing bankruptcy reorganization.

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HTC Says Ruling Finds It Violated Apple Patents

July 18, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. said it believes it has a strong case for an appeal of a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that HTC violated two Apple Inc. patents. HTC said it does not yet have the full ruling and analysis to determine the details of the findings, but General Counsel Grace Lei said, "We are highly confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible," in a release dated Saturday.

Businesses See Surge After New DUI Laws

July 18, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Companies that provide ignition-locking devices for vehicles are preparing for a surge in business after a new state law requiring more drivers to use them went into effect on July 1. The demand for ignition interlock systems began even before Kansas enacted the law that requires more people to install the devices after being convicted of drunken driving, The Salina Journal reported Monday.

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