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Washing Off All Of This Oil

May 19, 2010 4:55 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

What’s scary about running a business is the sometimes latent and foreboding knowledge that there are far-reaching effects to everything . As we’ve seen time and again—and especially lately—natural disasters can have the ability to shut us down completely, whether or not we even operate in the hard hit areas.

Nissan To Recall 48,700 Trucks And SUVs

May 19, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is planning to recall 48,700 trucks and sport utility vehicles for problems with a suspension part that could lead to a rough ride. Spokesman Colin Price says the company is working on details with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and expects the recall to begin this week.

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EU Fines Memory Chip Cartel $403 Million

May 19, 2010 4:46 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union fined 10 producers of memory chips, including Samsung, a combined euro331 million ($403 million) on Wednesday for colluding in a price-fixing cartel. The EU Commission said that the companies, mostly non-European, rigged the market between 1998 and 2002 by sharing secret information which allowed them to set prices and quotations for Dynamic Random Access Memory chips in Europe.

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Ex-Hummer Manufacturer Goes 'Green' With Electric Transit

May 19, 2010 4:37 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — AM General LLC, best known as the maker of hulking Humvees and gas-guzzling Hummers, is going greener with a new foray into the electric vehicle business. The South Bend, Ind., company will handle final assembly of Ford Motor Co.'s electric Transit Connect commercial vans, which will go on sale next spring.

Geithner Pushes China On Currency, Intellectual Property Issues

May 19, 2010 4:36 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visited some of the top exporters in Washington state on Tuesday in advance of a trip to encourage China to open more of its markets to American companies and their products. After going to Boeing Co.'s 737 jetliner plant in Renton, Geithner and Gov.

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Military Robots Become A Soldier's Lifesaver

May 19, 2010 4:34 am | by Verena Schmitt-Roschmann, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HAMMELBURG, Germany (AP) — On the outside, it looks like a normal SUV. But the prototype "autonomous robot car" — fitted with sensors and scanners, multifocal camera systems and powerful computers — might one day help avoid military fatalities from bombings and ambushes — or so its designers hope.

Deere Finds Green With 16 Percent Profit Jump

May 19, 2010 4:33 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Deere & Co. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit jumped 16 percent as sales of farm and construction equipment improved, so the maker of iconic green and yellow machinery raised its outlook for the second time this year. The Moline, Ill.-based company said it generated $547.5 million in net income, or $1.

Our Economic Report Cards Are Improving—Enough Whining

May 18, 2010 7:54 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins Associates | Articles | Comments

I know some fathers who are never happy with their child’s report card. Consider this lecture from a dad to his fourth-grade son, Johnny: "Well, Johnny, you went up in five subjects and down in none, but you still have one A-, one B+ and two Bs on this report card, and I really do not see you putting all your effort into being a straight-A student.

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Fueling The World On Orange Peels

May 18, 2010 7:50 am | by Dr. Rosalie Lober, Biofuels Digest columnist | Articles | Comments

It is the integration of intent, goals, actions and partnerships that differentiates sustainable biofuels companies from the rest. Integrated companies have deep roots. The leaders of these companies create solid alliances with companies that support their missions through sourcing, distribution, technology and long lasting relationships.

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Cooler Summers, Warmer Winters

May 18, 2010 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kelley Company (Carrollton, TX) has launched a new High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) Fan series, designed to provide facilities with an energy-efficient and cost-effective cooling and heating solution. The fans create a horizontal floor jet that consistently circulates air in large spaces, which provides an 8-10 degree cooling sensation.

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Betting Your Safety With A COBRA

May 18, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The COBRA LIFELINK Single-Man cart from Garlock Safety Systems (Plymouth, MN) is a mobile anchorage system that one or two people can tie-off to when they’re on an elevated job site by providing fall arrest for 1 worker and fall restraint for a second. The modular design fits almost anywhere.

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Don't Choose Between Welded And Mechanical

May 18, 2010 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Interna-Rail handrail system from Hollaender Manufacturing (Cincinnati, OH) is an in-line fitting based system designed to combine the look of a welded rail with all the benefits of a mechanical system. The system can be designed to meet any building code. Its fittings are manufactured from 6063-T6 aluminum alloy and the pipe is a combination of 6005-T5 and 6063-T6 alloys.

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A Pump Regulator That Purrs

May 18, 2010 7:09 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Cat Pumps (Minneapolis, MN) has developed the new 7375 and 7376 pressure regulators, which are designed to meet the demands of industrial applications where continuous-duty, dependable performance is required. The high flow regulators set system pressure, by-pass unused liquid without interrupting system operation, and protect the pump from exceeding the set system pressure.

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State Of The Economy: Some Ups, Some Downs

May 18, 2010 5:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices at the wholesale level fell in April, reflecting declines in energy and food. The Labor Department said Tuesday that wholesale prices edged down 0.1 percent last month, the second decline in the past three months. Core inflation, which excludes energy and food, rose 0.

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Turbine Manufacturer To Open Shop In Sioux City

May 18, 2010 4:34 am | News | Comments

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Arizona-based company says it wants to open a wind turbine blade plant in Sioux City, which has recently suffered large layoffs. Sioux City officials and TPI Composites say in state documents that the company wants to open a 250,000-square-foot factory that would employ 500 workers.

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Officials Promote U.S. Exports During Trip To China

May 18, 2010 4:33 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke led his first trade mission to China's financial center Tuesday, working to deliver on President Barack Obama's pledge to double U.S. exports and create 2 million jobs. The visit to China, ahead of an annual economic dialogue, comes as both countries seek to smooth trade tensions and cultivate new business opportunities while grappling with uncertainties revived by the European financial crisis.

Taxpayers Will Lose $1.6 Billion On Single Chrysler Loan

May 18, 2010 4:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Monday it will lose $1.6 billion on a loan made to Chrysler in early 2009. Taxpayer losses from bailing out Chrysler and General Motors are expected to rise as high as $34 billion, congressional auditors have said. Treasury said Monday that Chrysler repaid $1.

Pfizer To Cut 6,000 Manufacturing Jobs Worldwide

May 18, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday it will cut 6,000 jobs as it trims its manufacturing capacity worldwide after acquiring smaller rival Wyeth last year. The world's biggest drugmaker says it will cease operations at eight plants in Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. by the end of 2015, and reduce operations at six other plants over the next several years.

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GM Profits, But Can They Repay That $43.3B Debt?

May 18, 2010 4:18 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — In less than a year, General Motors Co. has roared back from bankruptcy to a quarterly profit. Now comes the hard part: Sustaining the income and repaying billions of dollars in government aid. There are signs that GM is on track to do just that. Revenue is up 40 percent over the first quarter of last year.

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Measure Conductivity Anywhere

May 17, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Models S10 and S17 Universal Toroidal Conductivity Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices, Inc. (ECD, Irvine, CA) feature a standard measurement range from 50 to 1,000 mS. The inductive sensors are built with the toroids in line with the axis of the sensor instead of perpendicular to the axis as is commonly employed.

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