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July Hiring Up, Unemployment Rate Dips

August 5, 2011 5:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring picked up slightly in July and the U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent. The modest improvement may quiet fears of another recession after the worst losses on Wall Street in nearly three years. Employers added 117,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday.

OSHA Investigating Death Of Fork Lift Driver At ID Plant

August 5, 2011 5:12 am | News | Comments

PAYETTE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a fork lift driver at a food processing plant in Payette. The Payette County coroner tells KTVB-TV that 59-year-old Thomas Walker of Payette died Wednesday afternoon when he was hit by a semi tractor-trailer that was backing up in a loading dock area at the Seneca plant.

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Chrysler Recalls 367,000 Minivans - Again

August 5, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 367,000 Dodge and Chrysler minivans because the air bags can go off unexpectedly. It's the second recall of the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans for a similar problem. Those vans were recalled in January because water from the air conditioner could leak onto the computer chips that control the air bags, and that could make them inflate.

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The Right Gear Reducer For Your Washdown Application

August 4, 2011 11:10 am | by Chuck Russell, Senior Principal Engineer for Dodge Gearing, Baldor | Articles | Comments

Finding a gear reducer that offers performance and withstands the harsh chemicals and high-pressure washdown required in a food or beverage plant can be a real challenge. No plant can afford to have processing lines shut down when inspectors find corrosion or other damage that can result from the cleaning process.

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Poll: Voters See Jobs As Top Priority for Washington

August 4, 2011 10:58 am | by Scott Paul, Director | Articles | Comments

AAM WASHINGTON , DC .  – A new, bipartisan national poll conducted by The Mellman Group and Ayres, McHenry & Associates shows that voters want Washington to act on jobs, especially in manufacturing, which they believe will help restore America’s lost status as the world’s number one economy.

Face It, The U.S. Business Cycle Is Stuck

August 4, 2011 10:51 am | Videos | Comments

Is the U.S. economy in another slowdown? There is evidence that may be the case. Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute sits down with CNN Money's Poppy Harlow to discuss the evidence out there and offer some perspective on why the business cycle in the United States "is stuck.

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PsionOmnii XT10

August 4, 2011 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PsionOmnii XT10 from Psion (Hebron, KY) is a modular handheld computer, designed for demanding usage, such as in ports, airports, and supply chain and logistics operations. The IP65 rating resists water and the durable construction withstands drops from 2.0 meters. The XT10 weighs in at 1.

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New DryLube Bearings

August 4, 2011 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

New DryLube Bearings from SKF (Lansdale, PA) eliminate the need for grease relubrication and are designed to perform virtually maintenance-free over a wide temperature range. Filled with a dry lubricant based on graphite or molybdenum disulfide and a resin binder, the dry lubricant maintains a thin film on the bearing’s rolling elements to protect against metal-to-metal contact and any potential damage caused by solid contaminants.

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Flat Return Conveyor Guard

August 4, 2011 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MSHA and OSHA accepted Flat Return Conveyor Guard from ASGCO (Allentown, PA) is a modular powder coated all steel guard that is typically mounted to the conveyor steel to guard against moving equipment and protect workers from injury. They are pre-engineered panels that install easily and prevent workers from unauthorized access to moving parts and equipment.

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PristineFG Food-Grade Lubricant

August 4, 2011 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

PristineFG food-grade lubricant for rotary compressors from Sullair (Michigan City, IN) is a long-lasting synthetic lubricant that maintains product quality and increases equipment performance. Now available for use by food processors and packagers, beverage bottlers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, this lubricant complies with current FDA and USDA H1 regulations.

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Black & Decker Agrees To Pay $960K Penalty

August 4, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal consumer watchdog agency, said Wednesday that Black & Decker agreed to pay a $960,000 civil penalty to settle allegations it knowingly failed to report some safety problems with its Grasshog XP Weed Trimmer/Edger.

Greenbrier Gets $285M Railcar Order

August 4, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The Greenbrier Cos. said Thursday it has received orders for 3,700 new railcars valued at about $285 million. The orders are primarily for double-stack intermodal cars, boxcars, covered hopper cars and tank cars for North America and various car types for the European market.

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Deny Deal Talks

August 4, 2011 9:05 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese manufacturing giants Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. denied Thursday they are in talks to combine their businesses, just hours after Hitachi's president said an announcement was imminent. Both companies reiterated that media reports about a possible business combination were untrue but the speculation made waves with investors who pushed up shares of both companies.

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Tyson Truck Driver At AR Plant Killed

August 4, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods says a truck driver has been killed outside its plant in Springdale. Company spokesman Worth Sparkman says the driver was accidentally pinned between two truck trailers outside of its Berry Street plant about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sparkman declined to release the driver's name of age.

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GM Doubles 2Q Profits

August 4, 2011 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — After years of big discounts, GM is finally getting a good price for its cars and trucks, and it's helping the company's bottom line. General Motors Co. surprised Wall Street Thursday by doubling its second-quarter profit. A big reason was higher prices for its vehicles worldwide.

CA Begins Ground Turkey Recall

August 4, 2011 8:59 am | by Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California stores began recalling ground turkey meat Wednesday following an outbreak of salmonella that has killed one and sickened dozens across the nation. The fresh and frozen tainted meat has been sold in California under the brand names of Kroger, Honeysuckle White and Riverside, according to the state Department of Public Health spokesman Mike Sicilia.

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Fehrer Plans $14M SC Plant Renovation

August 3, 2011 9:29 am | News | Comments

DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) — Auto parts producer Fehrer (FAIR'-er) Automotive is expanding in South Carolina, creating 130 new jobs over five years. State and local officials announced Tuesday the company plans to invest $14 million renovating an existing 100,000-square-foot facility in Spartanburg County.

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SC BMW Adds 100 Jobs Amid X3 Demand

August 3, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — German automaker BMW is adding 100 new jobs at its South Carolina plant and shifting to a six-day work week as it ramps up production for its vehicles. BMW Group Board Member Harald Krueger announced Wednesday the company will be looking for engineers, information technology specialists and production management associates to work at the plant in Greer.

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Alcoa Pays To Settle Discrimination Claims

August 3, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials said on Tuesday that an Alcoa Inc. subsidiary in central Pennsylvania will pay more than $540,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against minorities and women. Alcoa Mill Products Inc. will pay about $485,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanics and African-American men who were denied jobs at the plant in Lancaster.

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UAW President Asks Industry To Work With Labor

August 3, 2011 9:24 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — United Auto Workers President Bob King is calling on industry leaders to reject what he says is a multi-billion-dollar campaign to destroy organized labor. Speaking to a conference of vehicle and parts manufacturers Thursday in Traverse City, Mich., King said the union is sincere in its push for a more cooperative relationship with management.

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