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China Urges Safety After Deadly iPad Plant Explosion

May 25, 2011 4:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing urged Foxconn Technology Group and other Taiwanese companies on Wednesday to ensure safety in their mainland China factories after a fatal blast at a facility that makes Apple iPads. Last Friday's explosion at the facility owned by Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturing contractor, killed three employees.

GM To Add 2,500 Jobs At Detroit-Area Volt Plant

May 25, 2011 4:18 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will add 2,500 jobs at a Detroit-area plant that now makes the Chevrolet Volt electric car. The company plans to invest $69 million in the Detroit-Hamtramck factory and add two shifts of workers so theplant can make the new Chevrolet Malibu midsize car and the Impala large sedan.

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The Brainstorm: Safety At The Loading Dock

May 24, 2011 10:43 am | Articles | Comments

Slippery floors are one of the major hazards at loading docks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips and falls cause 15 percent of all lost-time accidents, with a disproportionately high number of these occurring at the loading dock. Considering their environment with the constant wash downs making floors wet and slick, food processing docks are particularly hazardous.

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The Right Extruder: Process, Sizing And Options

May 24, 2011 10:08 am | by Jeffery P. Schweizer, Diamond America Corp. | Articles | Comments

Common problems associated with the selection and use of food product extruders include lower than desirable throughput, high scrap rates, long post-extrusion cooking or drying times, excessive energy consumption, and high equipment costs. Frequently, these stem from choosing an extruder design that is ill suited for the application.

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Jury: Plane Maker Not Liable In Yankees Pitcher Death

May 24, 2011 9:54 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has found that a Minnesota airplane manufacturer was not responsible for the crash of a small plane into a Manhattan apartment building that killed New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle (LY'-duhl) and his flight instructor. The Manhattan jury returned its verdict Tuesday after a one-month federal trial.

Gov't Dives Into EVs With Vehicle, Charger Purchases

May 24, 2011 9:38 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an effort boost use of electric vehicles, the Obama administration is installing charging stations for government vehicles in five cities, including Washington and Detroit. The General Services Administration plans to buy 116 plug-in electric vehicles, including 101 Chevrolet Volts, and will assign them to government agencies in five cities: Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

Obama Sanctions Seven Foreign Firms For Iran Dealings

May 24, 2011 9:35 am | by Matthew Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday hit seven foreign companies, including Venezuela' state-owned oil company and an Israeli shipping firm, with sanctions for doing business with Iran that helps fund its nuclear program. At the same time, the administration imposed separate sanctions on more than 15 people and companies in China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and elsewhere for illicit trading in missile technology and weapons of mass destruction.

Former Chrysler CEO To Head $100M Innovation Fund

May 24, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan technology association is partnering with former Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda to help companies commercialize their ideas. LaSorda is the co-founder of a $100 million investment fund called Stage 2 Innovations that will be available to so-called second-stage companies.

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Chrysler Repays Gov't Loans, Closes 'Painful Chapter'

May 24, 2011 9:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — With a few computer keystrokes in an office at its headquarters, Chrysler Group LLC sent $7.6 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments on Tuesday, paying off most of the bailout money that saved the company from financial disaster just two years ago. The repayment — expected for weeks — is a huge step in the automaker's unlikely comeback.

VW Unveils Chattanooga Plant For U.S. Buyers

May 24, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is jumping into the U.S. auto market with a new Passat that is bigger, cheaper and built domestically in hopes of breaking into the competitive midsize sedan market. During a grand opening for their new plant in Chattanooga on Tuesday, the German automaker presented the 2012 Passat as the key to building U.

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VW Aims For U.S. Domination

May 24, 2011 7:31 am | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen officially opened its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant yesterday, which means the creation of 1,200 jobs for the new Passat. The German automaker is aiming to become the largest automaker in the world, which means taking on GM and Toyota head-on. Certainly, company executives are hoping this new plant will help increase sales among U.

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Shine Light In Dangerous Places

May 24, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight (Kemp, TX), a Larson Electronics company, has added the EPL-50-120x12-HER incandescent work light to its line of explosion-proof and hazardous location drop lights. The work light produces an effective spotlight beam that is valuable for jobs requiring the ability to project illumination across significant distances.

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Environment-Beating Lubricants

May 24, 2011 6:44 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The HV Switchgear Lubricant from CRC (Warminster, PA) is a one-step lubricant and corrosion inhibitor for metering distribution and substation-class switchgear contacts. The non-flammable formula penetrates to coat contacts and provides corrosion protection, while the PowerJet spray nozzle allows application from a greater distance.

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A Universal Flowmeter

May 24, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Instruments (Monterey, CA) has introduced the Innova-Sonic 210i, their updated universal transit-time flow meter for liquid flow measurement applications. A high-powered ultrasonic pulse offers improved digital signal processing, which allows customers to use just one set of transducers over a wide range of pipe sizes.

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Flexible, Modular Power

May 24, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One, Inc. (Camarillo, CA) has announced the availability of its i-PWER Low Profile Modular (LPM) AC-DC power supply family. The flexible series offers up to 1,500W of power in the six-slow chassis (LPM615 model) or up to 900W in a four-slop chassis (LPM409 model). Four available output modules can easily be fitted into the four- or six-slot chassis, which provides customers with their exact voltage and current requirements.

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Deere Announces Another $60 Million Chinese Investment

May 24, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. will spend $60 million to build a new engine manufacturing plant in China for its agricultural, construction and forestry equipment. Deere's new engine plant will near several of the Moline, Ill., company's other facilities in Tianjin, China. Tuesday's engine plant announcement is the second investment in China that Deere has announced in the past week.

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German Manufacturers Try To Kill Of Nuclear Power

May 24, 2011 4:50 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's most powerful industrial sectors said Tuesday they are backing government plans to abolish nuclear power within about a decade, but warn that blackouts and other risks could arise from the decision. "We believe that it is possible to replace nuclear power by 2022 or a date in that range," said Christopher Gruenewald, head of energy and climate policy for the Federation of German Industry group that represents the nation's manufacturers.

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Old General Motors To Sell New GM Stock, Warrants

May 24, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The company that got stuck with General Motors Co.'s debts and bad assets will begin selling stock and warrants in the new GM, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. Motors Liquidation Co. said in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the stock and warrants being sold starting Tuesday are worth a total of $5.

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Ford Could Woo Japanese Buyers Amid Tsunami Troubles

May 24, 2011 4:33 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Ford sees a big chance to snatch buyers away from Japanese automakers battling production delays caused by the March earthquake and tsunami, and vehicles in the works could help deliver it growth in a long-difficult market. "The opportunities for Ford in Japan have never been greater," Ford Japan Chief Executive Tim Tucker said Tuesday of the products planned for Japan.

South Korean Police Raid, Break Up In-Plant Strike

May 24, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police in South Korea are breaking up a strike at an auto parts manufacturer that has caused production disruptions for the country's automakers. Police official Seo Jung-pil said Tuesday that about 1,000 police raided a Yoosung Enterprise Co. factory in Asan, south of Seoul, where some 500 workers had been on strike since May 18.

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