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Tenn. Court Eases Burden On Job Discrimination Lawsuits

September 27, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a decision that some legal observers found surprising, the state Supreme Court has reversed precedent and made it easier for workers to sue their employers when they believe they were fired illegally. The court ruled 3-2 this week that employers must prove that workers' claims of discrimination or retaliation are false or else face a trial, according to The Tennessean.

Nucor Creates Job Security Despite Deep Recession

September 27, 2010 4:54 am | by Shannon Spears Harris, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) — For employees at Nucor-Yamato Steel, there is plenty of incentive to get the job done right. The majority of their pay comes from production-based bonuses, and even though the recent financial downturn has had a negative effect on the amount of jobs available, Nucor-Yamato is proud of the fact that it has never once laid off an employee because of lack of work.

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'Stuxnet' Computer Worm Affecting Siemens PLCs

September 27, 2010 4:52 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, according to an analysis by a leading computer security company. The malicious code, called Stuxnet, was designed to go after several "high-value targets," said Liam O Murchu, manager of security response operations at Symantec Corp.

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Hyundai Recalls 139,500 Sonatas For Steering Defect

September 27, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. said it is voluntarily recalling 139,500 Sonata sedans in the U.S. because of a manufacturing defect that could cause drivers to lose steering control. The recall affects 2011 models built between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 10, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted on its website Sunday.

Even Now, Out-Of-Work Americans Won't Take 'Immigrant' Jobs

September 27, 2010 4:49 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering vineyards of the largest farm state, the answer is no. Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of work, according to government data for a federal seasonal farmworker program analyzed by The Associated Press.

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Pecan Processor Enhances Safety With Metal Detector

September 24, 2010 9:43 am | Articles | Comments

Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s. Today, the United States produces between 80 and 95 percent of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150,000 to 200,000 tons.  Historically, the leading pecan-producing state in the country has been Georgia, followed by Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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Better Lighting In Tight Spaces

September 24, 2010 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Lighting Control Relays from Trinetics (Menomonee Falls, WI) provide durable options for coordinated area lighting, which helps improve efficiency and a more aesthetically-pleasing area coverage. The RLY Series is a compact, inexpensive relay for “tight fit” applications, while the MR Series features high compression low audible noise, minimum eddy current heating, and offers a wide range of flexibility.

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Improved Control Valves

September 24, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) released its control valve range, SPIRA-TROL, in 6” and 8” sizes and with more control options. Thanks to a “clamp in seat” design, the valves are easy to maintain and do not require any special tooling, according to the company. In addition, a number of options have been added to ensure the valve can be optimized for the specific requirements of a customer application.

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An Epoxy That Handles Anything

September 24, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMSEAL-800 is a high-strength epoxy resin that seals visible porosity in castings and other metal parts. The multi-purpose sealant from IMPCO, Inc. (East Providence, RI) is drawn beneath the surface, penetrating and filling the crack by creating a pressure-tight seal. Once cured, the resin can be drilled, tapped, or machined.

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Industrial-Friendly Laptops

September 24, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced the newest member of its Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, with the Toughbook U1 Ultra. The new model has a TransflectivePlus display for easy viewing in direct sunlight, a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, and Windows 7.

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An Asset You Can’t Afford To Lose

September 24, 2010 5:21 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Upton Sinclair’s early 20th century novel,  The Jungle , has often been credited as the catalyst for the launch of food safety laws in America. It’s no wonder, as Sinclair horrified readers with images of maggoty beef and sausage infused with rat guts. As the author of a novel that inspired such change, one would think Sinclair would have been pleased.

Volvo Gets Two For The Price Of One

September 24, 2010 4:57 am | Articles | Comments

120-position tool carriage holds various HSK63 and HSK100 tooling. By using a  Zimmermann  FZ42 portal milling center, Volvo gets the power and torque needed to cut engine fan cases plus the accuracy to turn the machine tool into a coordinate measuring machine for inspection of finished parts.

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Boeing Welds Final Beam In Massive S.C. Facility

September 24, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Another milestone has been reached in building a $750 million Boeing aircraft assembly plant on the South Carolina coast. Boeing officials on Friday plan a topping off ceremony at the North Charleston plant to mark the last steel beam being put in place for the frame of the plant where the company's new 787 jetliner will be built.

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Wall Street Celebrates Good August Manufacturing Report

September 24, 2010 4:31 am | by Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rallied Friday as traders were encouraged that orders for manufactured goods excluding the volatile transportation sector rose sharply last month. A surprise jump in business confidence in Germany also tempered fresh worries about Europe's economy, driving stocks higher in Europe and the U.

Buffett: We're Not Out Of The Recession Yet

September 24, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the economy remains in a recession, by his definition, because most people and businesses still aren't doing as well as they were before the financial crisis. Buffett talked about the economy and his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. businesses in an interview that aired Thursday on CNBC.

Parents Worried Over Bug-Tainted Baby Formula

September 24, 2010 4:27 am | by Ed White and Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Worried parents have bombarded the maker of Similac with phone calls and peppered Facebook and Twitter pages over fears about insects in the top-selling baby formula after millions of cans were recalled. But the company said Thursday it's unlikely any of the formula already sold is tainted, and doctors offered more reassurance: Even if babies drink bug-tainted formula, the chance for serious harm is slim.

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Neb. Man Shoots Three Co-Workers, Kills Self

September 24, 2010 4:26 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CRETE, Nebraska (AP) — A worker entered the lunchroom of a cold-storage food warehouse in southeastern Nebraska and started firing a handgun, wounding three employees — including a woman who was shot 11 times — before going outside and killing himself, authorities said Thursday. Officials gave no information about why the man, identified as 26-year-old Akouch Kashoual of Lincoln, began shooting at the Americold Logistics plant near Crete around 9:50 p.

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China Tries To Halt Exports Of Brightest Minds

September 24, 2010 4:24 am | by Saiyu Liang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Having worked for two years at a tech company in Japan and picking up the language, Qiu Zhaohua has decided to return to China, lured by a job in the eastern tech hub of Dalian that pays as much 200,000 yuan a year, or about $29,000 — a handsome starting salary by China's standards.

A New Kind Of Intelligence

September 23, 2010 12:06 pm | by Brick By Brick | Articles | Comments

Earlier this summer, Boral Bricks Inc., the nation’s largest brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, announced its Terre Haute, IN manufacturing facility had received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S.

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Increase Sales By Adding New Services

September 23, 2010 11:20 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

In order to take a progressive approach to new opportunities, begin thinking about purchasing the things you make from the customer’s point of view. Often, the customer must spend time, effort, and money figuring out how to buy your products, use your product, maintain it, store it, train their people on it, upgrade it, and dispose of it.

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