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STAR TECK EXTREME DIRECTOR Cable Fitting

July 21, 2011 4:49 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The STAR TECK EXTREME DIRECTOR Cable Fitting from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) is an adjustable, range-taking fitting, used to terminate metal-clad and Teck cable. Featuring a swashplate design, the fitting adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees and is available in half- and three-quarter inch NPT hub sizes.

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Airline Industry Stability In Jeopardy

July 20, 2011 10:13 am | Videos | Comments

Nearly every major airline union contract is up for negotiation and Helane Becker, Director of Dahlman Rose and Company says a resolution is essential to avoid a work stoppage. 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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Union To Push Rejection Of Spirit Contract

July 20, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A union at aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems is recommending that workers reject the company's contract offer. Leaders of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace recommended Tuesday that members reject the 10-year contract proposal. The contract covers about 2,300 technical and professional employees at Spirit.

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SD Businesses Expanding, Adding Jobs

July 20, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two more businesses in southeast South Dakota are expanding and adding jobs. Adams Thermal Systems plans a $6 million expansion in Canton that will add 50 jobs and make room for even more growth in the future. The company makes engine cooling systems for vehicles.

PVD Coatings Will Spend $9M On Plant Upgrades

July 20, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A company that provides finish coatings for automotive wheels plans to expand its operations in northern Indiana and hire dozens of more workers. Winona PVD Coatings announced Wednesday that it would spend about $9 million on new equipment for its Warsaw plant, where it now has about 35 workers.

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MS Governor Chasing Jobs In CA

July 20, 2011 9:06 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he's spending several days in California "chasing jobs" and calling on companies that have investments in his home state. Barbour told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday from California that he had already visited executives from KiOR, which is building refineries in Mississippi to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.

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Worker At Goodyear Plant Died Of Heart-Related Problems

July 20, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County coroner says an employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka who died Tuesday had heart-related problems that contributed to his death. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the worker was identified as 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka.

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Locked Out Union Workers Reach Deal

July 20, 2011 8:58 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The union representing about 230 workers at a key southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel has reached a tentative three-year deal with the company that locked them out more than a year ago in Superman's adoptive hometown, both sides confirmed Wednesday. Terms of the deal involving Honeywell's Metropolis plant were not released, pending a vote by the union's members after bargainers first resolve how to transition the workers back to their jobs at the nation's only plant that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

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Competition Heats Up To Re-Launch America's Space Program

July 20, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

As the final U.S. space shuttle lands for the last time, Mark Strassmann, CBS, reports on the privately owned companies racing to re-launch America's manned space program. 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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Storing Hydrogen Safely To Fuel Cars

July 20, 2011 6:51 am | Videos | Comments

A new way of safely storing hydrogen, by capturing the gas in tiny plastic beads which behave like a liquid, could allow it to be more widely used as a carbon-free petrol alternative. 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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Ballard Gets Order For Fuel-Cell Stacks

July 20, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballard Power Systems said Tuesday that Plug Power Inc. committed to buy at least 3,250 of Ballard's fuel-cell stacks to power forklift trucks. The deal was made under an existing agreement between the companies that runs through 2014. Plug Power said some companies such as Kroger Co.

Locked-Out Union Workers Near Deal

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

METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — A labor dispute that's dragged on for more than a year at a southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel may soon be over. Honeywell and the union representing about 230 locked-out workers at the uranium-conversion plant say both sides have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year deal.

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Man Dies While Working At Goodyear Plant

July 20, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka has died after collapsing while at work. Authorities say 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka died Tuesday after being taken from the plant. WIBW reports that some of Davis' co-workers say he was not feeling well and took a break.

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More Americans Are Buying Harleys

July 20, 2011 5:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since the Great Recession, more Americans are buying Harleys. Harley-Davidson Inc.'s U.S. sales rose almost 8 percent and its profit more than doubled in the second quarter, the first time since the end of 2006 that domestic sales have increased for the motorcycle maker.

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Ford Recalls Pickup Trucks, SUVs

July 20, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 20,000 pickup trucks and SUVs because a defective switch can cause the turn signal, tail lights and brake lights to fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday on its website that the recall affects certain 2004 through 2011 Ranger pickups, 2002 through 2005 Excursion SUVs, and 2002 through 2007 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks.

American Airlines Buys 460 Planes From Airbus, Boeing

July 20, 2011 5:08 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in what it calls the biggest airline order in history. And in a victory for Airbus, it's splitting the work between the European plane maker and Boeing. American said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing Co.

Flying Orb Goes Where Humans Can't

July 19, 2011 11:58 am | Videos | Comments

It's called the "futuristic circular flying object" and it can hover, tumble, and soar. CBSNews.com's Nick Dietz reports on the unprecedented aircraft designed to aid in search and recue operations. 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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German Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Car

July 19, 2011 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

German scientists are developing technology which allows a person to steer and drive a car using brain power alone. Using a cap fitted with sensors and an onboard computer, the researchers are able to control their experimental Volkswagen, just by thinking about it. 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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New IAWP-7.3 Platform

July 19, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new IAWP-7.3 from Absolute E-Z Up (Charleston, SC) is the smallest in its line of self-propelled industrial aerial work platforms. Measuring at 43”L x 30”W x 59”H, the IAWP-7.3 has a maximum capacity of 397 lbs. Combined with a zero inside and 39 in. outside turning radius and at 965 lbs.

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T9000 Series of I/P And E/P Transducers

July 19, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild (Winston Salem, NC) has launched the T9000 Series of I/P and E/P transducers for high accuracy and the capability to customize the product for the user’s exact application. The basic T9000 Electro-Pneumatic transducer attains accuracy of 0.5 percent or better and has an LCD display screen with a keypad user interface.

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