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Five Still In Intensive Care After Tyson Toxic Spill

June 29, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas (AP) — Five workers exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant are in intensive care and about 50 others remain hospitalized after an accident caused by the unintentional mixing of two chemicals, the company said Tuesday. The accident Monday at the plant in Springdale resulted in the evacuation of about 300 workers, 173 of whom were treated at hospitals.

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Johnson Controls To Invest $138.5M For Expansion

June 29, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. says it will upgrade and expand a northwest Ohio battery plant, a move that will add 50 jobs. The Milwaukee-based company plans to invest $138.5 million to convert the factory near Toledo so it will produce batteries for more fuel-efficient vehicles, including those using start-stop technology.

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J&J Recalls More Tylenol Due To Moldy Odor

June 29, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced another Tylenol recall due to a musty moldy odor linked to a trace chemical. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit is recalling one product lot of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets made in February 2009 and distributed in the U.

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Sandbox Helps Firefighters Combat Wildfires

June 28, 2011 11:55 am | Articles | Comments

A sandbox, created by Chas Curtis, is being used to create a 3-D interactive fire simulator to bring a wildfire to life for firefighters. The model is used to understand how the terrain affects a growing wildfire and includes options to add in wind speed and direction. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 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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Why Training Isn't Being Applied On-The-Job

June 28, 2011 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

ARLINGTON, Va. USA — Results of a just-released global study show that organizations must become more fully committed and engaged in the transfer of learning to the workplace. Survey findings highlight several weak areas in the on-the-job application of learning, including manager support, trainee preparation, incentives and an overall formal design and measurement process.

Concept Plane Would Fly From Paris To Tokyo In 2.5 Hours

June 28, 2011 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

At the Paris Air Show, the senior manager of EADS Innovation Works discusses a concept plane that would fly from Paris to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. The concept plane would be able to use existing airports, having standard take-off lengths. It would also be "green," with low gas and noise emissions.

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OSHA Cites Graham Lumber After Death Of Worker

June 28, 2011 9:25 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. for 15 safety and health violations following the March death of a worker who was electrocuted. OSHA says the worker was killed at the company's Fulton sawmill while troubleshooting a malfunctioning starter inside a motor power control center.

Consumer Confidence At Seven-Month Low

June 28, 2011 9:03 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a U.S. consumer, why would you be confident? Following a string of bad economic news, consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in June on continuing worries about high unemployment and stagnating wages, according to a report released Tuesday by a private research group.

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Free Trade Agreements Could Support 70,000 Jobs

June 28, 2011 9:01 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have broken a stalemate that could clear the way for Congress to vote on three key free trade agreements, according to congressional officials and business representatives briefed on the plan. The deal would allow for a renewal of retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.

New Mandatory Crib Standards Effective Today

June 28, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world.

Army Signs Contract With Textron For $49.6 Million

June 28, 2011 8:52 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Textron Inc. said Tuesday that the U.S. Army exercised a contract option worth $49.6 million for Textron's marine and land systems unit to supply it with 65 additional M1117 armored security vehicles. Manufacturing of the wheeled armored vehicles will take place at Textron facilities in the New Orleans area.

$500 Million Cut From IL Workers' Compensation System

June 28, 2011 8:47 am | News | Comments

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a major overhaul of Illinois' workers compensation system. Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday at a Navistar plant in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. Quinn says the bill would help companies large and small save money and be more competitive, while protecting workers injured on the job.

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Building Behemoths

June 28, 2011 7:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

When Thomas Brandt took over the helm as CEO of the Germany-based manufacturer of the Zeppelin NT airships, he made it his business to visit each airship player in the world. From small companies based in China to his Russian customers, Brandt finally made it to the United States to meet with his prime goal, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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New NITRA Solenoid Valves

June 28, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added modular solenoid valves to its NITRA product line. NITRA pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port, two-position poppet valves available in open or closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors.

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Handheld Radiation Survey Meter

June 28, 2011 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Electronics (Everett, WA) recently introduced the 481 Radiation Survey Meter for industrial radiation safety. The hand-held radiation device detects skin dose (beta), deep dose (gamma) and x-ray radioactivity. The Fluke 481 can measure radiation on goods, equipment, surfaces or environments—indoors and outdoors.

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Thermometer With Laser Targeting

June 28, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Tools & Instruments (New York, NY) has launched the new Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting, suitable for both commercial and consumer applications. The gun-style device allows the user to designate a set point and determine whether subsequent readings are within or outside selectable ranges.

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Electrically Insulating Epoxies

June 28, 2011 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed a new epoxy, Master Bond EP21LV, which features a low viscosity and improved electrical insulation properties. This system is unique in that the rigidity of its cure can be altered by adjusting its mix ratio, giving users the option to get a more rigid cure with enhanced machinability, for example.

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LaHood Visits GM To Talk Manufacturing Expansion

June 28, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood plans to visit General Motors Co. plants in Flint and Bay City on Wednesday to discuss the Obama administration's manufacturing job programs. The stops are in the morning at the Flint plant and in the afternoon at the Bay City plant.

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Norampac To Build $430 Million Facility in Niagara Falls

June 28, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A maker of "green" packaging material will build a new facility in western New York, creating 108 new jobs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Norampac, a division of the Cascades packaging and paper products company, will invest $430 million to build the facility in Niagara Falls.

Nissan Begins Recovery After Japan Earthquake

June 28, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers' global vehicle production was weaker overall in May due to the lingering impact from the March 11 earthquake, but Nissan showed resilience with an increase in output. Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday that Japan production in May fell 54.4 percent to 107,437 vehicles while its global production declined 49.

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