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Helmet Manufacturer Hits Hard In Congressional Lobbying

May 16, 2011 4:28 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major football helmet manufacturer has sharply increased its Washington lobbying this year, responding to a congressional push to come up with new safety standards for children's football helmets. Riddell, which makes helmets for both kids and adults and is the official helmet of the NFL, spent $80,000 in the first quarter of this year lobbying on new legislation that could lead to federal regulation of youth football helmets.

Chinese Battery Boss Detained For Widespread Lead Poisoning

May 16, 2011 4:25 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — The boss of a battery plant in eastern China was detained Monday after more than 300 people, including 99 children, were sickened by lead pollution, the government says. Fifty-three people were hospitalized after tests found that 332 residents in Deqing, near a factory making lead-acid motorcycle batteries, had elevated levels of lead in their blood, the local government said in a statement.

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Saab Inks Deal For Chinese Production With Pang Da

May 16, 2011 4:22 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scrambling for a quick fix for its cash-strapped unit Saab, Spyker Cars NV on Monday signed a distribution deal with the Chinese company Pang Da, but postponed plans to start production in China to avoid regulatory issues. The Netherlands-based Spyker Cars said Pang Da will inject euro65 million ($92 million) for a 24 percent stake in Spyker, and the two will form a 50/50 joint venture for the distribution of Saab cars in China.

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A Year After Oil Spill, Pensacola Beach In Recovery

May 13, 2011 9:58 am | by Melissa Nelson, Associated Press | News | Comments

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Pensacola Beach's famously white sands — coated in thick crude last year after the nation's worst offshore oil spill — are back to their original color, and tourist arrivals outnumber what they were before BP PLC's blown-out well spewed 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Talks On Mo. Manufacturing Incentives Stalemate

May 13, 2011 9:51 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The prospects for an overhaul of Missouri's economic incentive programs waned Friday as lawmakers neared the end of the last day of their 2011 session. Although negotiations continued, House and Senate members said they had yet to settle their differences on a package that would end or reduce many of the state's existing incentives for businesses, developers and residents while creating new tax breaks to attract international cargo shippers to the St.

LG To Appeal Ruling That Imports Hurt U.S. Business

May 13, 2011 9:44 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. said Friday that it will contest a finding that U.S. rivals such as Whirlpool Corp. are being hurt by imports of bottom-mount refrigerators from South Korea and Mexico. The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday that there is a "reasonable indication" that the U.

Who Will Buy Out Tyco International?

May 13, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Tyco International Ltd. rose in Friday trading after a news report said a potential buyer is speaking to private equity firms about partnering on bid for Tyco. THE SPARK: According to the New York Post, France-based Schneider Electric has contacted buyout firms about putting together a bid that could offer $30 billion or more for Tyco, which owns ADT security and a series of other fire protection and industrial companies.

ITC Rules Against Apple In Kodak Patent Claims

May 13, 2011 9:25 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. shot higher Friday after a judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission rejected Apple Inc.'s digital-camera patent claims against the photography pioneer. Kodak's technology does not infringe on Apple's patent rights, and one of the two patents in dispute is invalid, Robert Rogers Jr.

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GM To Invest $109 In Flint, Bay City Factories

May 13, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $109 million in two Michigan operations, keeping or creating 96 jobs. The investment will fund production of engines for the Chevrolet Cruze compact and Volt electric car. GM says the money is part of a $2 billion investment announced earlier this week that will create or keep more than 4,000 jobs at 17 GM facilities in eight states.

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Get No Backlash

May 13, 2011 7:51 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Ruland Manufacturing (Marlborough, MA) offers its Oldham couplings, which have typically been used in motion control applications where zero-backlash performance is needed. However, according to the company, the couplings can be used as an alternative to straight jaw couplings on general industrial equipment such as pumps, valves, gearboxes, and conveyor systems.

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Rugged Embedded Computers

May 13, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SeaPAC R9-8.4 embedded computer, from Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC), features a 8.4” TFT LCD to create a wide-temperature, rugged computer for a variety of HMI and control applications. The computers can survive an extended operating temperature range of -30 to 70°C with no heaters or cooling fans, and uses a resistive touchscreen for use in a wide range of industrial environments.

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Bright LEDs Live Longer

May 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Albeo Technologies, Inc. (Boulder, CO) is introducing the H-Series LED high bay for general illumination. The lights are modular and deliver more than 50,000 lumens at 100 lm/W due to a cast aluminum structure, conservative currents, and highly-engineered heat dissipation, according to the company.

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Electric Motors For Severe Environments

May 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

WEG Electric Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has redesigned the frame of the IEE 841 electric motor to its new W22 platform, which offers extended benefits for severe-duty applications. The NEMA Premium electrical design of the motor delivers high torque and low temperature, while the electromechanical design meets the IEE 841 Standard.

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Making Baseball In The U.S.A.

May 13, 2011 6:17 am | Videos | Comments

This one is for you baseball fans out there. Like many other manufacturing niches, work for making baseball gloves was sent overseas in order to reduce costs. In contrast to the normal outsourcing swing, and in spite of the economic downturn, Insignia Athletics, of Worcester, Mass., has recently started high-end baseball gloves using American leather.

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Never Too Small To Brand

May 13, 2011 5:53 am | by Perry Sainati, Founder and President, Belden Universal, and author of The Belden Blog | Articles | Comments

Besides being some of the most well-known and trusted brand names in the world, do you know what else  Teflon , Gore-Tex  and  NutraSweet  have in common?  They’re not consumer products at all, but ingredients found  in  consumer products.

Chrysler Moves Usual Summer Shut-Downs To June

May 13, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is moving its normal summer shutdowns at three factories into June from the usual July closings because of parts shortages from the earthquake in Japan. The company says its pickup truck plant in Warren, Mich., and its Toledo, Ohio, North assembly plant will be idled the weeks of June 20 and 27.

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U.S. Army Spents $24 Million On N.J.-Built Choppers

May 13, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Officials in a southern New Jersey town are pleased a lucrative military contract will not fly away. The Army will spend an additional $23.7 million with Boeing to continue modifying Chinook helicopters at Millville Airport in Cumberland County through April 2012. The Millville facility opened last year.

Historic Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Fades Away Quietly

May 13, 2011 4:55 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The technology industry advances at lightning speed. So perhaps it's no surprise that the expiration of the Justice Department's historic antitrust settlement with software giant Microsoft is passing with little fanfare Thursday. In an age of Apple iPhones, Google Web searches and Facebook friends, Microsoft Corp.

Treasury Dept. Looking To Sell Share In GM

May 13, 2011 4:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department will hold off on further sales of the stock it owns in General Motors Co. until August at the earliest, according to two people with direct knowledge of the GM situation. These people said Thursday that Treasury will not start selling shares until after the automaker reports its second-quarter results which is expected to occur in mid-August.

Nissan Boosts U.S. Efforts To Prevent Japan-Like Disaster

May 13, 2011 4:38 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is hoping to steal U.S. sales from its Japanese rivals, who have been harder hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In a memo sent Thursday to dealers, Nissan North America Vice President Al Castignetti said Nissan is in a "much healthier position" than Toyota Motor Corp.

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