FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Whirlpool Corp. says up to 270 employees may be laid off from the company's Fort Smith plant. Kristine Vernier released a statement Thursday saying up to 250 hourly and 20 salaried employees may be laid off. Vernier said the possible cutbacks are because of an expected reduced demand for side-by-side refrigerators and the softening of the economy.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that a pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research and development and manufacturing operation in Marietta. Deal says that Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. plans to create 156 jobs over five years. He said in a statement that the plans represent a $20 million investment over the next five years.
The union that represents ramp workers at United Airlines won an election on Thursday to cover more than 14,000 workers as it combines with Continental. It's a big win for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which just gained more than 7,300 Continental workers from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Privately held defense contractor DynCorp International said Thursday it won a deal worth up to $490 million for aircraft maintenance at a Navy facility in Maryland. The contract has a base year value of $92.8 million plus four option years. DynCorp will provide maintenance help at the Navy's air warfare center in Patuxent River, Md.
NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon reclaimed the title of the most valuable company in America from Apple, thanks to an increase in the price of oil. Shares of Apple Inc., which makes the iPhone and iPad, rose 2.8 percent to $373.70. But Exxon Mobil Corp. shares had an even better day, rising 5.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Thirty miles north of Pittsburgh, where industrial giants like U.S. Steel were just beginning to forge the metallic backbone of the nation's upcoming World War II machine, a tiny company that made even tinier cars developed the prototype for a vehicle that would revolutionize the way soldiers traveled: the Jeep.
Is wireless better or worse than a wired network? The answer is no; it’s different. A plethora of wireless technologies exist to suit a variety of users. Is it for every application? No. But for many, wireless can be more flexible, versatile, and cost effective than wired networks.
In the spring of 1989, Shigeo Shingo addressed the 14th annual Productivity Conference at Utah State University. On this occasion there were seven hundred persons, mostly academics, assembled to hear Dr. Shingo describe poka-yoke and SMED. Shingo had just received an honorary doctorate from the Utah State College of Business, and had in turn bestowed his name upon the North American Shingo Prize, an award recognizing those companies who have successfully implemented the concepts and techniques of the Toyota Production System.
Last weekend, Boeing unveiled the new 787 Dreamliner. Three years overdue and billions of dollars over budget, the first 787 was finally delivered to its first customer. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
The Standard Precision Positioning Stages from MISUMI USA (Schaumburg, IL) combine streamlined functionality with precision levels acceptable for many automation-related applications. They offer a practical solution wherever there is a need to make small positioning adjustments in the assembly, inspection, and processing instruments and jigs used in the production of consumer and industrial electronics.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. is closing its microwave popcorn plant in Hamburg, Iowa and cutting 95 jobs, a move the company says is needed to improve efficiency. The company, based in Omaha, Neb., says it will close the plant in October and move the operations to its other popcorn facilities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April. Layoffs are easing in most states, and some economists are predicting mild improvement in job growth.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese bullet train manufacturer announced a recall Friday of 54 trains in the latest embarrassment for a problem-plagued prestige project following a July crash that killed 40 people. The recall adds to growing signs official attitudes toward the bullet train are shifting and Beijing might scale back its rapid expansion of the high speed rail network.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of American Crystal Sugar workers and others showed up in Moorhead with signs, banners and even guitars Thursday in a rally for employees who have been locked out for 11 days. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.
Boeing booked 19 new orders for its 777 and said on Thursday that it needs to build its commercial planes faster to keep up with demand. Boeing said unidentified customers ordered seven more of its 777s. Cathay Pacific ordered 12 of the planes late Wednesday. Boeing now has a backlog of 293 of its 777s and more than 3,400 of all civilian planes.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling some 2012 Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse models to fix safety problems. GM says 11,915 Impalas are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada because a power steering fluid hose gets too close to the catalytic converter. The hose can melt, and fluid can leak and start a fire.
Tapeswitch Corporation (Farmingdale, NY) has added magnetic and electronic non-contact interlocks and mechanical trapped key interlocks to their product lines. The non-contact interlock product line is offered as four product systems: the F-Series, SSS, and ISIS safety systems; and the Magnasafe.
The Metalux Commerical, OpticaHP, Archos, and Cruze retrofit kits from Cooper Lighting (Peachtree City, GA) consist of architecturally-inspired designs that update a building’s look and value, while offering a wide range of features and benefits that save energy, time, and money. The series of kits include one-piece tool-less reflectors with squeeze and fit mounting capability and Ready-Set—captive and secure self-tapping screws.
The Superior Mark Corner from Insite Solutions (Wake Forest, NC) is an L-shaped floor marker that features a patent pending beveled edge on all side. Using corner markers requires less material and less maintenance than solid lines—if one corner is damaged, it can be individually replaced.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. says it will pay about $300 million for a 51 percent stake in the U.S. maker of Dr. Dre headphones. HTC said Thursday its alliance with Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics LLC will provide a "flawless listening experience for our customers.