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Japanese Auto Production Down In July

August 30, 2011 8:50 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Most Japanese automakers are reporting lackluster vehicle production and sales figures for July. The results underscore ongoing malaise in the industry as it grapples with a strong yen, a precarious global economy and recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Pfizer To Sell Manufacturing Plant

August 30, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Pfizer is selling its manufacturing plant in Henrico County to Fareva. McDonnell announced the deal Tuesday in a news release. He says Fareva plans to acquire and invest $42 million in the facility. McDonnell says the plant will continue to produce Pfizer consumer products under a manufacturing and supply agreement between the companies.

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Auto Supplier To Open $23M TN Plant

August 30, 2011 8:46 am | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An automotive supplier will open a new $23 million manufacturing plant and create 400 jobs in the next five years in Perry County, where the unemployment rate in recent years has reached nearly 30 percent, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday. The Republican governor and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said Michigan-based NYX Inc.

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Sticking To The Plan

August 30, 2011 5:53 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group | Blogs | Comments

In the beginning, there were no single-use packaging applications. There were no dosage control offerings. There were no topical patches. There certainly were no transdermal delivery products. There was however, a stamping and printing company, as well as a man with vision, discipline and an open mind.

How Do Your Benefits Shape Up?

August 30, 2011 5:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

With the troubled economy, all of manufacturing is worried about its future. Most companies are devising new methods for staying competitive against foreign, low-cost providers, and others are still struggling with the possibility of layoffs. While managers and executives worry about the next decade of their company's success, the people they employ are also increasingly concerned about their future, particularly if they're nearing retirement.

New Weapon Against Bird-Strike At Airports

August 30, 2011 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

New Zealand scientists have developed a bird-repelling grass designed to reduce the number of bird strikes at airports. Marketed as "Avanex," the grass is infected with a fungus that birds won't eat and is seen as an important new weapon in a fight that costs the airline industry about $1.

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Decatur Foundry To Add Shift, Hire Workers

August 30, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A business in Decatur that makes iron castings plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary by adding a shift and hiring dozens of workers. Decatur Foundry President Terry Young on Monday said he plans to add a weekend shift before the end of the year and hire 35 to 50 workers.

Harris Wins $16M Army Contract

August 30, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Harris Corp. said Monday that it has been awarded a $16 million follow-on contract by Lockheed Martin Corp. to supply more than 100 radio systems to the U.S. Army. The communications and information technology company said the contract brings the total value of contracts to Harris under the Army's Warfighter Information Network - Tactical program to more than $200 million since 2002.

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Worker Crushed In Fatal Press Accident

August 30, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fire officials say a worker has died in an accident at a Milwaukee door manufacturer. A battalion chief says the man was crushed in an industrial press at ASI Technologies early Tuesday. Employees told WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/oxhPFf) the man had been an ASI employee for more than 30 years.

Boeing To Redesign 737 Engine

August 30, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing says it's planning to redesign the engine of its workhorse 737 airplane in an effort to quickly match growing competition from rival plane maker Airbus. The Chicago manufacturer said Tuesday it has received commitments for 496 airplanes with the new engines from five airlines.

Mistake Costs Plant $1.4M

August 30, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Milwaukee Tool clerk's paperwork error means the manufacturing plant in Jackson must pay Hinds County $1.4 million more in property taxes than it contends it owes. The Board of Supervisors on Monday denied Milwaukee Tool's request for relief, saying the company should have called it to the board's attention earlier than just a few weeks ago.

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Obama Faces Tight Restraints In Crafting Jobs Plan

August 30, 2011 5:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hamstrung by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling, President Barack Obama is preparing a September jobs package with limited tools at his disposal to prime the economy and crank up employment. At a minimum, the president's plan will call on Congress to extend current payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits, spend money for new construction projects and offer incentives to businesses to hire more workers.

TAC 2 Adhesive Chain Lubricant

August 29, 2011 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CRC Industries (Warminster, PA) has introduced TAC 2 Adhesive Chain Lubricant, a lubricant which will bond to chain/wear surfaces to keep them in peak operating condition by reducing friction and wear that causes metal fatigue. It contains a tackifier that enables the lubricant to cling tenaciously to metal surfaces without increasing the viscosity.

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VESM02 Cable Reel

August 29, 2011 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new VESM02 cable reel from Newson Gale Inc. (Overland Park, KS) is designed to provide secure static ground protection for difficult field applications, such as tanker trucks, rail cars, IBCs, and mobile tanks or drums.VESM02 self-retracting reels are housed in a durable, light-weight steel housing with a powder-coated finish, suitable for use outdoors or indoors.

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Wind Turbine Simulator

August 29, 2011 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SpectraQuest (Richmond, VA) has introduced a full featured Wind Turbine Simulator (WTS) for education in wind turbine technology from power generation to operation. The device provides an ideal platform for teaching the fundamental principles of wind energy conversion to electricity, energy storage, control system, instrumentation, operation, and maintenance of a wind turbine.

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Electrical Systems For Facilities Maintenance Personnel

August 29, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) has released their new textbook, Electrical Systems for Facilities Maintenance Personnel by Glen A. Mazure. Providing a detailed overview of facility electrical equipment and systems, this text is a comprehensive resource for facilities maintenance personnel.

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Confidence In Equipment Leasing Falls In August

August 29, 2011 10:09 am | Articles | Comments

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) has released the August 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $521 billion equipment finance sector.

Linking HR Development To The Bottom Line

August 29, 2011 10:06 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc | Articles | Comments

In today’s environment, efforts to sustain the relevance of human resource development (HRD) hinge on three golden words: Return on Investment. Demonstrate your function’s ROI and chances are it will not go MIA. But how can HR demonstrate that its people development adds bottom-line value? Here are six ways to do so.

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Brazil Airline Must Compensate For Jet Pollution

August 29, 2011 9:28 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — A court has ordered Brazil's second-largest airline to plant trees near Sao Paulo's international airport to compensate for pollution caused by its passenger jets. The Sao Paulo State Court of Justice says in a statement that Gol Lineas Aereas Intelligentes S.A.

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Manufacturers Say Not Enough Skilled Workers

August 29, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City-area manufacturers say there are plenty of jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill met with business and academic leaders Friday to discuss ways to improve job training to meet increasingly technical needs of manufacturers.

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