SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise due July 1, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. Edwin Benn ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days. "As a matter of contract, the state cannot simply refuse to pay the increase," Benn wrote in his opinion.
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has suspended nine workers for allegedly drinking and smoking marijuana before their shifts at a Michigan plant. Detroit television station WJBK-TV aired a story about the workers at the Trenton Engine Plant last week. Chrysler says it identified the workers using the station's video.
KANSAS CITY , Kans. and NEW CASTLE, Del. – Rush Tracking Systems ( www.rushtrackingsystems.com ) and Sky-Trax, Inc. ( www.sky-trax.com ) announce they have merged to form a vertically integrated provider of smart truck tracking systems for manufacturing and warehousing environments, solidifying the combined companies’ market leadership.
An Israeli company hopes to revolutionize the green solutions market with solar windows that combine electricity production, energy reduction, and transparent design. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Despite the conventional wisdom that the South is best place for manufacturing in the United States, eight of the top 10 states for cost-efficient manufacturing are located in the West and Northeast, new research by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) shows.
After two years of work on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO), I’ve accepted the role of managing editor at Manufacturing.net, another property with Advantage Business Media. I was recently tasked with training a new employee to take over my previous responsibilities with IMPO Magazine .
Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent due to restructuring, recall and litigation costs and higher spending on overhead and research. The results still topped Wall Street expectations. The maker of Band-Aids, biologic medicines and birth control pills said its net income was $2.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Fueled by its first U.S. sales increase in more than four years, Harley-Davidson's second-quarter profit more than doubled, easily beating Wall Street's expectations. The iconic motorcycle maker also boosted its shipment forecast for 2011 and its shares rose $1.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The personal computer industry needs a jumpstart — and it's counting on a rescue from emerging markets and a late-to-the-party push into tablet computers. The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple's iPad.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Western states hit hardest by the housing crisis are feeling the greatest economic stress two years after the recession ended, according to The Associated Press's monthly analysis. Depressed home prices and high rates of foreclosures have limited job growth in Arizona, California and Nevada.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer-networking gear, is reducing its work force by about 9 percent to reduce costs and raise profits as the company tries to become more competitive. Monday's announcement to cut 6,500 of its roughly 73,000 worldwide employees follows up on a plan disclosed in May to eliminate thousands of jobs.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has seen the results of what immigrants can do to help the economy through companies such as Meijer Inc., Masco Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., and should be attracting more immigrants who can repeat those successes, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. Speaking at a conference on immigration and Michigan's economy at Wayne State University, the governor pointed out that the Meijer retail chain was founded by a Dutch immigrant, the building products maker Masco by an Armenian immigrant and Dow by a Canadian.
The Dynorbital Silver Supreme Random Orbital Sander from Dynabrade (Clarence, New York) is an American-made, air-powered sander designed for high production areas. Ideal for flat and horizontal sanding, the Dynorbital Silver Supreme can be used on wood, metal, composites, plastic, fiberglass, and various other materials.
The New 4” BBP31 Sign and Label printer from Brady (Milwaukee, WI) offers two-step printing. With the intuitive touch-screen display and “smart chip” auto-calibration supplies, users can type their desired text and hit print. Offering a full range of editing and design capabilities, including “drag and drop” editing and a database of more than 200 symbols, the BBP31 can operate as a stand-alone unit or connect to a PC.
The wireless Ranger system from Commtest (Knoxville, TN) is a machine health information system to monitor and detect faults on industrial machinery. The Ranger system consists of the Ascent software suite and four hardware modules: the Ranger Sensor, Ranger Booster, Ranger Station, and the Ranger Bridge.
NORDOT Adhesive #34P-4 from Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (Scotch Plains, NJ) is a new one component outdoor adhesive that was designed to install and repair synthetic turf and other outdoor surfaces in widely variable and hostile weather conditions. Allowing for year-round installation and repair, the adhesive can be applied to a dry or damp surface at any temperature and humidity in which a mechanic can work.
BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, announces the opening of a new branch in Los Angeles. BDI Branch #80 is located at 14263 Proctor Ave., Unit F, La Puente, CA 91746. Tel: 626/709-4995; Fax: 626/333-4207. The newly opened office is overseen by Gabe Duchene, a five-year BDI veteran who has relocated to Los Angeles from the company’s Cleveland headquarters.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is optimistic that information technology will help boost overall productivity and hiring. Here, he speaks from the Imagine Cup Challenge, held by Microsoft in New York City. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Job Service analysis shows that North Dakota ended the decade with more than 430,000 workers. That's up more than 61,000 since the year 2000 and an increase equal to the population of Bismarck, the state's second-biggest city. Job Service says about 15,000 jobs remain unfilled in the state that's enjoying a robust economy led by its booming oil patch and healthy agriculture markets.
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area company that makes batteries for electric vehicles is celebrating its latest milestone with some high-profile people. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and some Michigan members of Congress have been invited to A123 Systems in Romulus on Monday.