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United Steelworkers Rejects Four-Year Contract

July 27, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The United Steelworkers have rejected a four-year contract covering 3,000 workers at Allegheny Technology Inc.'s Allegheny Ludlum specialty steel plans in western Pennsylvania and an ATI plant in Albany, Ore. The union and Pittsburgh-based ATI announced the tentative deal June 30, the day the last contract expired.

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OSHA Cites LA Foundry

July 27, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Prairieville company for 41 alleged workplace safety violations. OSHA has proposed penalties of $158,200 against Pearce Foundry Inc. The agency says the alleged violations include exposing workers to silica above federal limits.

Boeing's 2Q Profit Rose 20 Percent

July 27, 2011 5:22 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. says its second-quarter profit rose almost 20 percent as it delivered more commercial airplanes. The company raised its outlook for the full year. The big airplane maker and defense contractor also says it will not deliver as many of its new 787s and 747-8s this year as previously hoped.

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Manufacturing Is One Of Strongest Sectors Of Economy

July 27, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses likely boosted their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods by a modest amount in June, helped by increases in demand for machinery. Economists surveyed by FactSet expect to see a 0.3 percent rise in orders for durable goods for June. The Commerce Department will release the new report at 8:30 a.

Fire Breaks Out At CA Plastics Company

July 27, 2011 5:17 am | by Adam Weintraub, Associated Press | News | Comments

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A six-alarm fire at a plastics company in the eastern San Francisco Bay area city of Fairfield sent black smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air Tuesday, but no injuries were immediately reported. The fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. in a storage area at the Macro Plastics Inc.

The $12 Billion Question: How Is Your Facility Managing Inventory?

July 26, 2011 12:26 pm | by Deb Oler, Vice President and General Manager, Grainger Brand | Articles | Comments

This year U.S. businesses will spend $110 billion on maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) materials – items ranging from light bulbs to cleaning supplies to nuts and bolts – and of that $110 billion, approximately $12 billion will sit on shelves and never get used.* A study conducted by Grainger’s Consulting Services estimates more than half of U.

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Q&A With Ken McGuire, AME Board Member

July 26, 2011 11:51 am | Articles | Comments

McGuire: As manufacturing companies continue to try to compete globally, the number one issue of complexity has to do with technology. There was a time when you hired people to run machines, and it was self-evident how those machines were to be run. Nobody was going to be able to run it without some skill, but the skill levels didn’t go into computer programming, or get into the kind of PLC controls that are put into equipment now.

A Simple Lesson In Arc Flash Avoidance

July 26, 2011 11:26 am | by Bill Fortman, PE, MBA, Marketing Manager for Meltric Corporation | Articles | Comments

Most think of switchgear, motor control centers, high voltage motor starters, or similar equipment when they worry about arc flash accidents. However some more common electrical devices that are used throughout a typical plant can also be potential arc flash hazards. For instance, industrial plugs and receptacles can be a source of electrical hazard.

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A Culture of Excellence

July 26, 2011 10:26 am | by LUKE SIMPSON, Associate Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | Blogs | Comments

Prior to 2010, Pfizer Health AB produced its legacy products Genotropin® and Somavert® in separate facilities. Somavert was sourced from a contract manufacturer, while Gentropin was manufactured at a Pfizer facility in Strängnäs, Sweden. The two drugs have opposite effects on the human physiology — Genotropin is used to treat growth hormone deficiency and Somavert is a growth hormone antagonist — but the proteins used in each are very similar.

Win By Playing To Your Strengths

July 26, 2011 10:21 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

It's easy to get carried away trying to adopt initiatives and programs that other businesses have adopted or used to improve performance or achieve success. Sometimes, though, the best strategy is not to do what others do well, but to do what you do well, better than anyone else. The Rest of the Story What is true in games is also true in life, and in business.

GE CEO Talks Bringing Jobs Back To The U.S.

July 26, 2011 10:11 am | Videos | Comments

GE CEO Jeff Immelt discusses what it's going to take to take to bring jobs back to the United States. According to Immelt, globalization is important... but so is investing in the United States. What does a company like GE do to strike the proper balance? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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TwisterBand TB30

July 26, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

TwisterBand TB30 from igus (East Providence, RI) is a compact carrier system that makes rapid rotating movements possible up to 3,000 degrees and depends only on the belt length or design height in the axis of rotations. The smaller masses involved allow lower centrifugal forces and rotary speeds up to 720 degrees.

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VAC-U-MAX Model 860/02

July 26, 2011 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAC-U-MAX Model 860/02 from VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) uses the VAC-U-MAX Air-Powered Vacuum cover with manual pulse-jet filter cleaning and non-stick filtration that captures 99.9 percent of particles as small as 0.5 microns. The portable frame includes a collection hopper with automatic discharge valve and polybag loading accessory.

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Lumetronic Slider Light

July 26, 2011 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Lumetronic Slider Light from National Electric (Commerce, CA) utilizes Lumetronic LEDs, the next step in rechargeable work lights with more efficient LEDs and nearly three times the brightness of ordinary LED rechargeable worklights. Its oval shape prevents rolling and fits easily in pockets.

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SafeSite Series LED Area Light

July 26, 2011 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has unveiled its new SafeSite Series LED Area Light, a compact, high-output Class I and Class II, Div 1 certified LED Area Light. Approved for use in Class I, Div 1 Groups B, C, Dl; and Class II, Div 1 Groups E, F, and G hazardous locations, the light is designed to replace up to 150-watt HID fixtures.

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Manufacturer Plans Move To Vacant Auto Factory

July 26, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

GRABILL, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes metal and plastic molded parts plans on moving into a closed auto parts factory in northeastern Indiana and potentially hire 400 workers in the next few years. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday that R3 Composites Corp.

TN Plant Gets 4,300 Applications For 60 Jobs

July 26, 2011 9:23 am | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A new solar plant in southeastern Tennessee received more than 4,300 applications for its first 60 jobs. Wacker (VAHK'-er) Chemical Corp. spokesman Bill Toth said Monday that applicants who were not picked for the first jobs will be considered as hiring continues.

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Ford Plans Took Toll On 2Q Profit

July 26, 2011 9:22 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford's ambitious plans to grow in Asia took a toll on its second-quarter profit, with higher costs to design and sell new cars offsetting rising sales. The company earned $2.4 billion, or 59 cents per share, down 8 percent from $2.6 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Heat Contributed To Death Of IN Worker

July 26, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says a southern Indiana man who collapsed while working at a foundry died of a heart attack complicated by extreme heat. Authorities say 50-year-old Charles Hulse of North Vernon collapsed while at his work station at CE Systems Inc. in Columbus. Bartholomew County Chief Deputy Coroner Larry Fisher says Hulse was on medication for hypertension and high cholesterol.

Judge: Whirlpool Can Change Retirees' Benefits

July 26, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Whirlpool can change benefits for about 3,000 people who had retired from Maytag. Whirlpool bought Maytag in 2006 and later closed the Maytag corporate headquarters and a factory in Newton. Whirlpool had said it wanted to change the retirees' medical benefits to bring them in line with current Whirlpool employees.

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