Christopher S. Rugaber, Derek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, an encouraging sign that the job market may be slowly improving. The number of applications dropped by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 405,000, the Labor Department said, the lowest level in almost three months.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A four-alarm fire has consumed a Buffalo, N.Y., plant that makes industrial lubricants, sending up plumes of thick, black smoke and leading firefighters to warn residents to keep their windows closed. The fire started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co.
CribMaster (Marieta, GA) has announced the CribMaster Weigh Station, a passive issue device that allows for simplified dispensing of bulk-issue items and high-use consumable inventory through the use of computerized scales and bin technology. After the user identifies him/herself on the touch-screen and has taken the needed supplies, the Weigh Station’s will immediately count when an item has been removed or returned.
Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) from Smartware Group (Center Harbor, NH) is a web-based solution to improve facility and equipment maintenance operations. Features include preventative and predictive maintenance scheduling, equipment history tracking and reporting, and asset life cycle and parts inventory managing.
The new A1000 Variable Speed Drive from Yaskawa America Inc. (Waukegan, IL) is compatible with interior and surface permanent magnet motors and provides up to 200 percent torque. The user-friendly configuration includes a multi-language LCD display, parameter storage, and application presets.
Boeing's 787, its newest passenger airliner, arrived in Japan last week for readiness tests ahead of its entry into commercial service. The 787 is not only the newest airliner in the skies, but it's also the most high-tech. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 10 violations against a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in northeast Nebraska. The federal agency on Tuesday cited the Dakota City plant for one repeat and nine serious violations following safety and health inspections initiated in May.
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (AP) — A multi-million-dollar expansion of Oil-Dri Corp. of America plant in Blue Mountain Production Co. will mean 20 new jobs. Chicago-based Oil-Dri, the world's largest manufacturer of cat litter, will manufacture a new line of Cat's Pride cat litter at the Blue Mountain facility On Tuesday, company officials celebrated the completion of a $9 million project and the addition of 20 jobs at the Blue Mountain plant.
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 242,000 Ram pickup trucks because of a problem in the steering system. The recall affects certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2008 to 2011 model years. The Ram is Chrysler's best-selling vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a part near the left wheel can fracture and cause loss of steering control, leading to crashes.
Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press GREENVILLE, Sourth Carolina (AP) — The chairman of President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council said Wednesday there is no magic potion to jobs creation, but the panel is devising pragmatic plans to put people back to work. General Electric Co.
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says it has loaned $730 million to the North American arm of one of Russia's largest steel companies to modernize its Detroit-area plant. The government and Severstal North America on Wednesday officially announced plans to upgrade and expand facilities in Dearborn that make steel for the auto industry.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters in Buffalo continue to battle a stubborn blaze at a plant that manufactures industrial lubricants. Buffalo media outlets report that the fire started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co. in the city's Black Rock neighborhood. Thick black smoke spewed from the three-story structure several hours after the fire started.
The Viega ProPress system from Viega (Wichita, KS) is now available for joining stainless steel piping in sizes from ½-inch to 4-inches using press technology to secure pipe connections in under seven seconds. The system of stainless steel pipe, valves, and fittings provides a flameless way for water-tight and gas-tight stainless steel joining.
The Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) engineering department unveils its next generation swivel technology, Hamilton Precision Integrated, HPI. The new HPI design improves the bearing’s element of contact and the number of contact points. It can be found on select series of Hamilton’s heavy duty forged steel casters with load capacities ranging from 600-23,000 lbs per caster.
Acumatica with JAAS Systems (Bethesda, MD) has launched a fully integrated manufacturing, distribution, and accounting solution on the Windows Azure Cloud. Companies can use it to manage sales, inventory, material plans, and master production schedules from a web-browser from any location.
Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) announces the expansion of its line of heavy-duty 19-Series Steel Storage Cabinets to include five drawer colors—black, blue, gray, red, and yellow. Ideal for storing, consolidating, and organizing small parts, these cabinets are available in six models and feature a heavy-duty welded steel frame.
U.S. employers added far fewer jobs than anticipated for a second month in a row, casting doubt on an economic pick-up in the second half of the year. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
A new, three-dimensional map with a bird's eye view of New York City is showing residents the solar energy potential of their city, the largest in the United States. The map's creators have set out to demonstrate that solar power is more than just an abstract idea. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
As unemployment inches higher and presidential candidates emerge, the issue of how to add jobs takes center focus. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.
An ultra-realistic robot, known as a geminoid, is helping psychologists test how we relate to machines. The device is designed to be almost identical to the professor who's leading the project in Denmark. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.