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FL Workers Facing More Hurdles To Get Unemployment

July 29, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's jobless workers are facing additional hurdles to qualify for state unemployment compensation. Several new requirements go into effect Monday under a law passed this year to help reduce unemployment taxes paid by businesses. Claimants will be required to contact at least five potential employers or else meet with a state reemployment services representative each week.

Spirit Workers Reject Nine-Year Contract

July 29, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Engineers and technical workers at Spirit Aerosystems have voted to reject the company's contract offer. Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted Thursday on a 9 1/2-year contract proposal. A strike vote was not on the ballot.


Jury Rules For Ford In Case Of Burned Officer

July 29, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio has ruled in favor of Ford Motor Co. in the lawsuit of a former patrol officer severely burned in a crash in one of the automaker's police cruisers. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports the jury reached its verdict Tuesday, denying former Austintown officer Ross Linert's request for monetary damages.


Japan's Industrial Production On The Rise

July 29, 2011 5:02 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production rose for the third straight month in June as the world's No. 3 economy stages a recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Factory output climbed 3.9 percent from the previous month and is expected to continue growing in the months ahead.


Number Seeking Unemployment Falls Below 400,000

July 29, 2011 5:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 398,000.

FaciliWorks 8i Available In The Cloud

July 28, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

FaciliWorks 8i CMMS/EAM software from CyberMetrics (Phoenix, AZ) is now available in the cloud. FaciliWorks 8i can help reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, and eliminate time and money spent on software maintenance. This software can, Track and coordinate assets, preventative maintenance schedules, personnel, tools, parts, procedures, budgets, suppliers and purchasing.


LIFEPLUS TC3-W High-Frequency Smart Charger

July 28, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

HAWKER (Ooltewah, TN) has introduced the LIFEPLUS TC3-W high-frequency smart charger, equipped with wireless capabilities for real-time data collection and monitoring. The TC3 offers four different charge profile options: Ionic—employing periodic current pulses which both identify the battery’s capacity and state of charge,this profile provides the optimal recharge with minimal heating.


Expanded Line Of ERD Actuators

July 28, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) has expanded its line of ERD electric rod-style actuators. Enhancements such as ball screws, motor mounts for NEMA, and metric stepper and servo motors make it possible to employ ERD actuators in more types of motion control applications. All three sizes of the ERD are available, with an optional external guide system that prevent rod deflection and rotation during operation.


Steel-Lite Series

July 28, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Steel-Lite Series from Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) is ideal for locations where explosive materials may be present. The Steel-Lite Series is UL listed for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, and D; Class I, Zone 2; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G. Standard Intelli-Charge self-diagnostics electronics continuously monitor all critical functions and the optional self-testing feature satisfies the monthly testing requirements in NFPA 101 and the IBC.


Are The Long-Term Unemployed Facing Discrimination?

July 28, 2011 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Are the nation's unemployed being discriminated against if they've been out of work for a significant amount of time? CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on the challenge to find work for people that have been unemployed for more than six months. Then, Chris Wragge talks to John Challenger, CEO of the job placement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.


Trending Right Now...

July 28, 2011 9:43 am | by Martin Stevens, CEO, A1 Technologies | Articles | Comments

When you start to talk about “trending,” immediate reactions will almost certainly take you to Internet search engines, popular culture references, and the topic of the day on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Even within the 3D digital technology sector, trends are often dominated by the medium of film and television, where there are serious investors and therefore serious amounts of money involved.

Overcoming Commodity Prices with Private Labels

July 28, 2011 9:38 am | by Brian Boyle, Senior Managing Director, Food & Beverage Group, McGladrey Capital Markets LLC | Articles | Comments

Without question, the rise of commodity prices has a direct impact upon food manufacturers. Most noticeable is the impact they have on gross margins. When food manufacturers sell through retail or commercial food service channels, there is typically a lag time between the fluctuation itself and the time when a manufacturer can adjust its prices towards the retailer to offset those changes.

Police Investigating Blaze At Tire Plant

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

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Investigators searched a western Pennsylvania tire plant Thursday, a day after a reported explosion and fire in cold storage area of what a company official said is the oldest tire manufacturing plant in North America. The fire at Specialty Tires of America in Indiana, Pa.


GE Aviation Plans $56M Expansion

July 28, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — GE Aviation, a unit of the General Electric Co., plans to spend $56 million to build a second manufacturing plant in Mississippi to produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation plans to employ 250 workers at the new Ellisville plant when full production is achieved around 2018.


Workers Unionizing At IKEA's Only U.S. Plant

July 28, 2011 9:13 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers at IKEA's only U.S. factory overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to unionize amid complaints they have been paid less, injured more and treated worse than the thousands of Europeans who work for the Swedish furniture giant. The vote among workers at IKEA subsidiary Swedwood Danville was 221-69, according to IKEA and the union that will represent them in collective bargaining, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.


Officials Investigating Death Of Maintenance Worker

July 28, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of a Georgia maintenance worker who was hit in the head by a heavy machine at a Gordon County industrial plant. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson says Shin Gyun Kim of Rossville taken by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.


2,000 Delta Employees Taking Buyouts

July 28, 2011 9:10 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

With high fuel prices slicing last year's profit in half, Delta Air Lines said 2,000 workers are taking voluntary buyouts, it will cut its fall schedule more than expected and it won't fly routes where it can't make money. Airlines have been raising fares to cover higher fuel bills. Delta's fuel cost rose 36 percent to $2.

Ford Can't Keep Up With Demand

July 28, 2011 9:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford can't make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently.


Type II AccuFlow Safety Can

July 28, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Type II AccuFlow Safety Can from Justrite Mfg. Co. (Mattoon, IL) was built to meet OSHA and the National Fire Protection Association requirements. Protection features include an internal stainless steel flame arrester that dissipates heat to prevent flashback ignition and a gasketed, self-closing leak proof lid that automatically vents to guard against explosion.


Navigator Series Of Portable Scales

July 28, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) has launched the Navigator Series of portable scales. The Navigator Series offers sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection. The touch-free control of tare, zero, print, function, and display backlight helps to minimize touching the keypad, avoiding cross-contamination.



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