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Northrop Wins $517 Million Army Contract For Airships

June 15, 2010 5:10 am | News | Comments

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Northrop Grumman Corp. said Monday it has won a $517 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop up to three hybrid airships for battlefield surveillance. The airship, dubbed the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, is slightly longer than a football field.

Texas Asks Federal Court For Help In EPA Battle

June 15, 2010 4:56 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas asked a federal court on Monday to intervene in its fight with the Environmental Protection Agency over how the state regulates emissions from oil refineries and other petrochemicals plants. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to review the EPA's rejection in March of a 1995 state law that allows refineries to be modified without being subject to additional regulation, provided the changes don't increase a facility's overall emissions.

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Hershey To Spend $300 Million On Plant Modernization

June 15, 2010 4:46 am | by Marc Levy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Chocolate maker The Hershey Co. said Monday it will spend $250 million to $300 million to modernize several facilities and cut costs as part of a plan that is intended to save $80 million a year and could mean big changes for the company's hometown. Hershey made the announcement after its board unanimously approved the plan.

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Navistar Awarded $17.2 Million DoD Contract

June 15, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense said Monday that it has awarded Navistar Defense LLC a $17.2 million contract to support its armored trucks being used in combat zones. The work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June 2011. The work will be performed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

EPA Orders Manufacturer To Clean Up 'Burping Ponds'

June 15, 2010 4:42 am | by John Miller, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday ordered a chemical company to halt toxic, explosive gases leaking from a southeastern Idaho Superfund site that toxicologists concluded were an "urgent public health hazard." Philadelphia-based FMC Corp. operated a phosphorous production plant from 1949 to 2001 on the Eastern Michaud Flats area west of Pocatello, on the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Reservation.

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N.C. Woos Magna International Into Adding 330 Jobs

June 15, 2010 4:29 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With companies hiring few workers in the prolonged recession, economic developers are trying to create jobs by offering tax breaks and other incentives they might not have a few years ago. Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration said Monday it had offered a division of Canadian auto-parts giant Magna International $1.

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Tesla Hopes To Raise $185 Million On IPO, Toyota Deal

June 15, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. set terms for its highly anticipated IPO Tuesday, saying it now hopes to raise about $185 million by selling shares to the public and to Toyota Motors Corp. Tesla and its stockholders will sell 11.1 million shares for $14 to $16 each in an initial public offering, according to a regulatory filing.

Handling Supply Chain Disruptions

June 14, 2010 9:44 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the recent volcano eruption in Iceland, major manufacturers with global suppliers have had to halt operations as flights were grounded throughout Europe. Earlier this year, an earthquake in Chile ground supply chains in the area, halting major food source supplies.

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Q&A With Harry Moser, Re-Shoring Leader

June 14, 2010 9:35 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

A “re-shoring” effort from the National Tool and Machining Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is laying the groundwork to bring jobs back to the United States, and a main outlet for this initiative are the 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fairs.

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Light Up Your Plant

June 14, 2010 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc. (Bluffton, IN) has launched its IS300 Intrinsically Safe, Cordless LED work light. The IS300 comes with three 3-watt LEDs and has the capability of operating in beam mode for use as an inspection light. The long-life LEDs are rated at 50,000 hours and produce 5,000K bright, white light.

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Docks Made Easier

June 14, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Zero-Low Dock Lift from Air Technical Industries (Mentor, OH) is a heavy-duty dock lift table — with a lowered height of 0” — which can raise a load of up to 50,000 pounds. The lift is ideal for use in low-lying areas where a loading ramp is not feasible or not available, or when transferring the load from one level to the next.

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Punching With Your Fingers

June 14, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexco (Downers Grove, IL) recently added the Pun M mobile finger punch to its line of belt fabrication equipment. The Pun M produces more accurate straight finger and finger-over-finger punches. The ergonomic design of the punch makes it easy to set up, and requires no external energy source.

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Die Cutting In Many Widths

June 14, 2010 8:12 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Schober USA (Fairfield, OH) introduces the RSM-410-IML/SMA, the newest version in Schober’s RSM family of rotary die cutting machines. The latest model features automated delivery systems for the production of in-mold labels. The RSM-410 has a working width of 410mm, and additional models have widths of 260mm, 330mm, 430mm, 520mm, and 550mm.

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Gray Markets: Buying Components At Your Own Risk

June 14, 2010 7:25 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Buying from an authorized distributor is your safest bet, but some companies buy at their own risk when shopping on the gray market.  The best assurance that a manufacturer has to minimize the risk of buying counterfeit components is to buy from an authorized source.

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I’ll Take The Science Channel Over MTV Any Day

June 14, 2010 6:39 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

I’m not a fan of reality TV. The catty behaviors, the backstabbing, the constant whining — I don’t need it in my life, nor do I care to watch it played out on TV.  But I do like watching informative TV Shows, and this past weekend, I caught up on a few episodes of the show,  How Do They Do It  on the Science Channel.

Leaking Chemicals At Dow Plant Stopped

June 14, 2010 5:04 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The leak of a pair of chemicals from a rail car at a Dow Chemical plant in Louisville has been stopped and area residents have been given clearance to go back outside. The officials said the leak has been contained within the facility and added that the leak may have been caused by the heat.

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BP's Gulf Cleanup Costs Rise To $1.6 Billion

June 14, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's costs for responding to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen to $1.6 billion. According to a company news release, that includes new $25 million grants the British oil giant has given to Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. It also includes the first $60 million for a project to build barrier islands off the Louisiana coast.

Boeing Faces Another Machinists Strike

June 14, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just days after a monthlong walkout ended at its California C-17 plant, Boeing Co. is facing another possible strike. The plane maker's machinists union in St. Louis has voted to reject a company offer that would have replaced a contract that expires Sunday. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said on its website Sunday that members voted 1548-532 to reject the offer, and voted 1619-459 to strike.

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Jimmy Dean, Sausage Manufacturing King, Dies At 81

June 14, 2010 4:32 am | by Dena Potter, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home. She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock.

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'Last One To Die Please Turn Out The Lights'

June 14, 2010 4:29 am | by Diana Nelson Jones, AP Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bounded on one side by a cliff and on the other by the Ohio River, what's left of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co.'s Aliquippa Works is an overwhelming stretch of emptiness punctuated by debris — metal scrap, concrete, office material and building detritus piled and strewn over miles of rutted clay.

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