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CA Begins Ground Turkey Recall

August 4, 2011 8:59 am | by Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California stores began recalling ground turkey meat Wednesday following an outbreak of salmonella that has killed one and sickened dozens across the nation. The fresh and frozen tainted meat has been sold in California under the brand names of Kroger, Honeysuckle White and Riverside, according to the state Department of Public Health spokesman Mike Sicilia.

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Fehrer Plans $14M SC Plant Renovation

August 3, 2011 9:29 am | News | Comments

DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) — Auto parts producer Fehrer (FAIR'-er) Automotive is expanding in South Carolina, creating 130 new jobs over five years. State and local officials announced Tuesday the company plans to invest $14 million renovating an existing 100,000-square-foot facility in Spartanburg County.

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SC BMW Adds 100 Jobs Amid X3 Demand

August 3, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — German automaker BMW is adding 100 new jobs at its South Carolina plant and shifting to a six-day work week as it ramps up production for its vehicles. BMW Group Board Member Harald Krueger announced Wednesday the company will be looking for engineers, information technology specialists and production management associates to work at the plant in Greer.

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Alcoa Pays To Settle Discrimination Claims

August 3, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials said on Tuesday that an Alcoa Inc. subsidiary in central Pennsylvania will pay more than $540,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against minorities and women. Alcoa Mill Products Inc. will pay about $485,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanics and African-American men who were denied jobs at the plant in Lancaster.

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UAW President Asks Industry To Work With Labor

August 3, 2011 9:24 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — United Auto Workers President Bob King is calling on industry leaders to reject what he says is a multi-billion-dollar campaign to destroy organized labor. Speaking to a conference of vehicle and parts manufacturers Thursday in Traverse City, Mich., King said the union is sincere in its push for a more cooperative relationship with management.

Chrysler Says Improved Engines Will Boost MPG

August 3, 2011 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Carmakers will squeeze more miles out gasoline and diesel engines to meet the tougher fuel economy standards announced by the government last week, the CEO of Chrysler said Wednesday. Sergio Marchionne, also head of Italy's Fiat SpA, said changes to the internal combustion engine, and not electric or hydrogen fuel cell technology, will be the answer to meeting the new standards.

Factory Orders Fall Again In June

August 3, 2011 9:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses cut back on orders for airplanes, autos and heavy machinery in June, lowering demand for factory goods for the second time in three months. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders to U.S. factories fell 0.8 percent in June. A key category that tracks business investment plans managed a small increase, offering a positive sign amid other gloomy reports on the economy.

DIO-16-LPCIe PCI Express Digital I/O Adapter

August 3, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC) has introduced the DIO-16-LPCIe low profile PCI Express digital I/O interface adapter. The DIO016-LPCIe provides eight optically isolated inputs and eight Reed relay outputs for a variety of monitoring and control applications. Sealevel PCIe serial and digital I/O boards are PCI Express X1 compliant and will work in any PCIe slot.

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Eric Giler Demos Wireless Electricity

August 3, 2011 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker. 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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Cutting A New Cloth For Growth

August 3, 2011 6:01 am | Videos | Comments

A factory in mid-town Manhattan remains a testament to one man's determination to keep jobs local as the economy slowly recovers. 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 video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Save Money On Gas, Ride A Golf Cart?

August 3, 2011 5:57 am | Videos | Comments

When gas prices go up, residents of Peachtree City, Ga. get around by driving golf carts. There are a few other golf cart communities in the U.S. but most are retirement communities. In Peachtree City, just about everyone gets around on golf carts. It's an interesting, and unique, way of embracing sustainability.

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How to Create Strong Passwords

August 3, 2011 5:53 am | Videos | Comments

Is your password too weak? Do you use the same one for multiple sites? Here's how to build strong, site-specific passwords. 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 video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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A Robot That Flies Like A Bird

August 3, 2011 5:48 am | Videos | Comments

Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. Check out this soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011. 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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Locked-Out Honeywell Workers Reach Deal

August 3, 2011 5:08 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Locked-out Honeywell workers at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel agreed Tuesday to a three-year contract, ending a labor dispute that festered for more than a year in the otherwise tranquil confines of Superman's adoptive hometown. The ratification of the deal reached about two weeks ago does not mean the roughly 230 union-backed workers in Metropolis will return immediately to their Honeywell jobs at the nation's only site that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

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BAE Wins $108M Contract For U.S. Army, Marines

August 3, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday that it has won a $108.4 million contract modification to provide 45 vehicles and parts for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The contract calls for it to provide 29 of the M88A2 Hercules vehicles to the Army and 16 to the Marines, beginning in April 2013 and running through December 2013.

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Ford Plans To Sell Supplier To French Parts-Maker

August 3, 2011 5:05 am | News | Comments

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says there's a tentative deal to sell a Saline auto parts plant to a French components maker. Ford spokeswoman Della DiPietro said Tuesday a memorandum of understanding was signed for a sale to Faurecia SA. The French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen SA is Faurecia's majority owner.

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Toyota Tells Suppliers To Prepare For Growth

August 3, 2011 5:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has told its suppliers in Japan to prepare for ramped up production in 2012 and following years, signaling that the automaker is confident it's back on a growth track after being hit by massive recalls and the tsunami disaster. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Wednesday that there was a meeting with suppliers earlier this week so they could be ready to increase production.

Worker Dies In Machine Accident At Bakery

August 3, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — A worker has died following an industrial accident at a Dallas bakery. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans say the accident happened early Tuesday at CSM Bakery Products. Rescue crews arrived to find the man trapped by a piece of machinery. Evans says the man was crushed after somehow ending up on a conveyor belt.

Fire Destroys PA Recycling Plant

August 3, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — A fire has destroyed an eastern Pennsylvania recycling plant and sent massive clouds of black smoke high into the air. The fire began Tuesday morning at Nicos Polymers Group in Plainfield Township, 55 miles north of Philadelphia. Two hundred firefighters spent much of the day knocking down the heavy flames at the 180,000-square-foot fabricated steel structure.

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New Bulk Bag Filling Line

August 2, 2011 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new Bulk Bag Filling Line from Flexicon (Bethlehem, PA) automatically dispenses pallets, fills bulk bags, and accumulates filled bags for removal by forklift. The dispenser, which holds up to 15 pallets, is equipped with a powered roller conveyor that removes the bottom-most pallet from the stack, and positions it beneath the cantilevered fill head.

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