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Six Common Questions Related To ERP Software

July 22, 2011 6:03 am | by Dylan Persaud, Eval-Source | Articles | Comments

The good folks over at Eval-Source, a provider of  professional services and products for enterprise software evaluation, system benchmarking, software investment evaluation, and procurement automation outsourcing, have offered their thoughts on six common questions related to enterprise software.

Worker At KY Plant Injured In Chemical Spill

July 22, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A worker at a Louisville plant has been injured in a chemical spill. Lake Dreamland Fire Department Chief John Wilkinson says three employees came in contact with toluene at the American Synthetic Rubber Company and one was taken to the hospital because it got into his eye.

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MI Unemployment Up Again

July 22, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's unemployment rate rose again in June, this time to 10.5 percent, its highest rate since January. The seasonally adjusted figures released Wednesday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget show an increase of 0.2 percentage points since May.

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Bill Would Prevent NLRB From Closing Plants

July 22, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina U.S. Rep. Tim Scott has introduced legislation in Congress to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from closing down plants or ordering companies to transfer employment. Scott's measure comes in light of the NLRB suit against Boeing, which last month opened its $750 million assembly plant in North Charleston.

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Ex-Yarnell Worker Sues Over Company's Closing

July 22, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former worker is seeking class status for a lawsuit against Yarnell's Ice Cream, claiming the Searcy company didn't give workers the required 60-day notice that the plant would close. The family-owned company, in business for more than 75 years, abruptly closed its doors on June 30, saying it couldn't get financing to continue operating.

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CAT 2Q Profits Jump 44 Percent

July 22, 2011 5:24 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar's second-quarter profit grew 44 percent and with strong demand for its heavy equipment, the company bumped up its outlook for the entire year Friday. But profits fell just shy of Wall Street estimates and shares tumbled 6 percent in premarket trading. The Peoria, Illinois, company said it generated $1.

Gov't Ends Chrysler Investment

July 22, 2011 5:21 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Thursday it has exited its investment in Chrysler LLC after Italian automaker Fiat SpA purchased the U.S. government's remaining holdings in the auto company. Fiat paid $560 million to the Treasury Department for the government's 98,000 shares.

Spirit Expands Production, Creates Jobs

July 21, 2011 9:35 am | News | Comments

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — A company that manufactures large aircraft sections is expanding production at its North Carolina factory, adding work that could mean up to 200 additional jobs within five years. Spirit AeroSystems Inc. said Wednesday that it will move wing production for Gulfstream trans-continental business jets from its Tulsa, Okla.

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Polyplex Will Open $185M Plant In AL

July 21, 2011 9:33 am | News | Comments

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An international company that makes high performance plastic films has decided to open a new $185 million manufacturing plant in Decatur. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Polyplex Corp. chairman Sanjiv Saraf announced Wednesday in Decatur that the new plant would create 150 new jobs.

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Bridgestone Will Expand SC Plant

July 21, 2011 9:31 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Bridgestone on Wednesday announced plans to expand its tire plant in Aiken County and add 122 jobs by 2013. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. plans to invest $135 million in a 266,000-square-foot expansion at its Graniteville plant off Interstate 20, according to a news release from Gov.

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Boeing Makes Fast Turnaround On 737

July 21, 2011 9:29 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To keep one of its biggest customers, Boeing just promised American Airlines a plane it wasn't sure it wanted to build. The plane doesn't even have a name yet. Boeing, a massive company that typically plans years in advance for airplanes it will build for decades, made a lightning-fast turnaround.

Worker Collapses, Dies At Steel Mill

July 21, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in central Illinois are trying to figure out what caused the death of an employee at Keystone Steel & Wire Co. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says 40-year-old John DeCanter of Manito was found unresponsive in the plant's shower room Wednesday.

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More Sought Unemployment Last Week

July 21, 2011 9:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are rising and the job market is weak. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped to 421,250.

Layoffs And Hardship For Space Shuttle Workers

July 21, 2011 5:34 am | Videos | Comments

The end of the space shuttle means layoffs and other economic distress for Florida's Space Coast. Robert Jordan, a former space shuttle engineer, is one of approximately 5,400 hundred space workers losing their jobs as NASA closes down the space shuttle program. Jim Tulley, the mayor of Titusville, describes the dependency the town had on NASA for jobs.

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The Incredible Egg-Opening Machine

July 21, 2011 5:12 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Blogs | Comments

Novartis Vaccines provides more than 20 vaccines to prevent viral and bacterial diseases, and is dedicated to delivering on its promise of prevention through the research, development, and production of innovative, safe and effective vaccines. The company’s new MARS (Marburg Site) facility in Marburg, Germany was designed and built to be the company’s “Center of Excellence” for modern vaccine production.

Cellphone Tumors

July 21, 2011 5:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Your cellphone will give you cancer, your laptop will make you sterile, your water bottle will hit three favorites — breast cancer, sperm count, and prostate cancer (among others) — and yet we remain sweaty, sport jacket-wearing mouth breathers who will be suddenly shocked when we turn paternal/maternal only to realize that our plumbing has been stripped out by homeless copper bandits.

New AeroVent 1 From Newstripe

July 21, 2011 4:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AeroVent 1 from Newstripe, Inc. (Aurora, CO) can deflate aerosol cans to recyclable scrap metal. It can quickly puncture and drain a variety of aerosol can sizes, reducing the cost of hazardous waste disposal. A smaller version of the AeroVent 3, it is designed for users that have smaller quantities of cans in a variety of sizes.

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Protect-R-Shield Protects Circuit Boards

July 21, 2011 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shat-R-Shield (Salisbury, NC) introduces the Protect-R-Shield, a unique one part, non-yellowing, optically clear silicone elastomer which has been developed for use as a conformal coating on LED printed circuit boards. Protect-R-Shield is a crystal clear encapsulating material that is formulated to offer outstanding insulation performance over a wide range of temperature (-65°C to 200°C).

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Grippy Mat from New Pig Stays Put

July 21, 2011 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Grippy Mat from New Pig Corporation (Tipton, PA) is an absorbent mat that stays put no matter what. It reduces slip and trip hazards and helps prevent liquid from being tracked throughout your plant. Features include: 100% Grippy® backing coverage holds tight and leaves no residue Peels up easily for quick change-outs Eight layers of fine-fiber polypropylene absorb and retain leaks, drips and overspray to keep liquids from being tracked around Poly backing creates an additional barrier to stop absorbed liquids from passing through to floors Can be used as a walk-on mat for your floor safety program; provides a high-traction surface Tested and certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) To see more, visit www.

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STAR TECK EXTREME DIRECTOR Cable Fitting

July 21, 2011 4:49 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The STAR TECK EXTREME DIRECTOR Cable Fitting from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) is an adjustable, range-taking fitting, used to terminate metal-clad and Teck cable. Featuring a swashplate design, the fitting adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees and is available in half- and three-quarter inch NPT hub sizes.

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