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120-Year-Old Steam Locomotive Revived

July 2, 2010 6:44 am | by Ed Marcum, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 120-year-old steam locomotive that spent 55 of those years sitting out in the weather at Chilhowee Park will be back on the tracks this weekend for the first time since 1953, hauling passengers for the Three Rivers Rambler train excursion. Locomotive No. 154 will make its first run in 57 years at 11 a.

Manufactured Goods Decline 1.4 Percent In May

July 2, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories declined broadly in May after nine straight months of gains. The Commerce Department says orders for manufactured goods decreased by 1.4 percent in May. It was the biggest drop since March 2009. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, orders fell by 0.

F-Series Still Top-Selling Vehicle, Foreigns Strong

July 2, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers released June U.S. sales figures last Thursday. These were the top-selling vehicles, as well as the percent change in sales from June 2009. Vehicle June 2010 sales Percent change Ford F-series 46,502 29.5 percent Chevrolet Silverado 30,994 25.

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ArcelorMittal: Forget The Law, No Guns At Our Mills

July 2, 2010 5:47 am | by Charles Wilson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state law that went into effect on Thursday allowing employees to keep guns locked and out of sight in their vehicles while parked at work caused some confusion as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce weighed the possibility of a legal challenge. One steel company told workers at two northwestern Indiana mills that they were not permitted to bring guns onto its property despite the new law.

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Wind Power Is Still Possible, Just Think Small-Scale

July 2, 2010 4:58 am | by Steve Everly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Abigail Stutzman has anything to say about it, small wind turbines will someday dot backyards across the Midwest. The fifth-grader at Starside Elementary School in De Soto has an interest in the environment, including helping to recycle much of her family's trash.

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The Blind Driving The Blind

July 2, 2010 4:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.

Toshiba To Build Batteries For Future Mitsubishi EVs

July 2, 2010 4:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Friday it's jumping into the battery business for electric vehicles in a development deal with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. It's the first EV battery deal with a major automaker for Toshiba, which already makes batteries for laptops and cell phones, said company spokesman Ken Shinjo.

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GM: China A Better Market Than The U.S.

July 2, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. says its first-half sales of vehicles in China overtook the U.S. for the first time amid a fitful recovery in American demand. The 1.21 million GM-brand vehicles sold in China in January to June — a near 50 percent gain over a year earlier — compared with 1.

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Unemployment Drops, Manufacturing Pitches In

July 2, 2010 4:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of census layoffs cut the nation's payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year. Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said Friday.

Jackpot Winners Won't Quit Working For Chrysler

July 2, 2010 4:27 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CURTICE, Ohio (AP) — A year ago, William Shanteau and his 13 co-workers at a Detroit auto plant were worried their jobs could be gone at any moment. Now they're all millionaires after winning a share of last week's $96.9 million Powerball drawing. Most of the group from the paint shop at a Chrysler plant that makes Jeep Grand Cherokees still plan to keep working, Shanteau said Thursday after working a 12-hour shift.

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Remove Fasteners With Heat

July 1, 2010 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) is now offering the Mini-Ductor II, a handheld, portable induction heater designed to safely and accurately heat nuts, bolts, and other fasteners, making removal easier. The Mini-Ductor II uses electromagnetic fields to heat the fasteners precisely while leaving the surrounding area untouched.

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Vertical, Sustainable Conveyors

July 1, 2010 12:28 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The DynaCon Vertical Lift Conveyor from Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) is ideal for more sustainable material handling, according to the company, due to its ability to save space in crowded manufacturing facilities and be reconfigured when needs change. The Vertical Lift is designed to meet ANSI/ASME B20.

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Two-In-One Grooves

July 1, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Combo Roll Groovers from Reed Manufacturing Company (Erie, PA) are now available in a new model for larger pipe, the RGCOMBO812, which forms standard rolled grooves in 8” to 12” steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. The two-in-one tool yields cost savings by allowing a complete change in minutes from power machine operation to manual work, according to the company.

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A Blast Of Ice

July 1, 2010 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cold Jet, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) has announced the new Aero V, a compact, single-hose electric dry ice blast cleaning system. The Aero V uses a compact variable feed system with an aerodynamic rotor to ensure high reliability and smooth pulse-free dry ice blasting performance.

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Indiana Manufacturer Battles Guns-At-Work Law

July 1, 2010 12:06 pm | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana steel company is disregarding a new state law that lets workers bring their guns to work, while other businesses are weighing a possible legal challenge. A memo to ArcelorMittal workers in East Chicago and Burns Harbor says that federal law pre-empts the state law and that the company will strictly enforce its firearms ban.

Indiana Manufacturer Battles Lifted Handgun Ban

July 1, 2010 12:06 pm | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana steel company is disregarding a new state law that lets workers bring their guns to work, while other businesses are weighing a possible legal challenge. A memo to ArcelorMittal workers in East Chicago and Burns Harbor says that federal law pre-empts the state law and that the company will strictly enforce its firearms ban.

Seafood Supply Chains Jump 'Sideways' To Avoid Gulf

July 1, 2010 11:00 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — At the Carioto Produce and Seafood warehouse, shrimp from India and Vietnam stock the freezer, while a refrigerated aisle is stacked with bags of clams from Rhode Island, cockles from New Zealand, a fresh 5-pound fillet of lane snapper from Nicaragua and mahi-mahi from Ecuador.

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Makeup Can't Cover Manipulation In L'Oreal Case

July 1, 2010 10:59 am | by Angela Doland, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NANTERRE, France (AP) — Judges on Thursday postponed a highly awaited trial on whether a schemer manipulated France's richest woman out of euro1 billion ($1.2 billion) after secret recordings emerged suggesting the L'Oreal heiress was evading taxes by keeping millions in Swiss bank accounts. The recordings have implications that reach beyond the trial, shaking the highest echelons of power in France and embarrassing the government — in part because the wife of a leading minister worked for the company managing Liliane Bettencourt's fortune.

Industrial-Sized Straining

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kochek Company (Putnam, CT) has introduced a new all-aluminum strainer designed with a self-leveling float system that makes drafting possible under almost any condition. The high intake ratio allows for maximum volume flow rates while the vortex shield protects against whirlpooling.

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Energy-Efficient Dry Pumps

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Edwards (Tewksbury, MA) has launched a new range of dry pumps that enable full process integration. The compact GXS pump features screw technology that enables users to optimize their processes, resulting in a low cost of ownership. According to the company, the GXS has a service life of up to five years and is virtually maintenance-free, even in harsh conditions.

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