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Is Student Debt Worth A College Degree?

September 20, 2010 9:31 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The American dream has always been about upward mobility and the mantra for the last 50 years has been “just get a college education.” In the 1950s, only 10 percent of workers had bachelor's degrees. Then the mantra kicked in and people flocked to college. By 2007, 27 percent of the working people had four-year degrees.

New Asphalt Plant Meets Suburban Resistance

September 20, 2010 5:02 am | by Dan Olson, AP Writer | News | Comments

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A major Twin Cities asphalt manufacturer has run into strong opposition over a new plant in Roseville. Mendota Heights-based Bituminous Roadways wants to build an asphalt plant in the northern inner ring suburb. State pollution control officials say the asphalt plant poses no human health risks.

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Seven Arrested In Chinese Toxic Milk Scandal

September 20, 2010 5:01 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dairy company executive and six other people were arrested after authorities discovered 26 tons of milk powder tainted with a toxic chemical, the latest incident highlighting the country's enduring struggle with food safety, a report said Monday. The Jinfulai Dairy Company in Yangquan city of Shanxi province traded fresh milk for expired milk powder that contained high levels of the industrial chemical melamine, according to JCRB.

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S.C. Electric Car Company Delays Production

September 20, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An electric car manufacturing company is delaying production at a new South Carolina plant until at least Christmas. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported Monday that CC&T Southeast expects production at its plant in Duncan to start in four to six months.

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Govt', GM Could Seek Foreign Investors For IPO

September 20, 2010 4:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Investment bankers handling the upcoming General Motors Co. stock sale are expected to court foreign investors as well as those in North America, according to a U.S. Treasury Department statement. GM and the Treasury Department would not comment Sunday on reports that the automaker is in talks with its current partner in China, SAIC, about buying a stake in the Detroit company.

Paper Mill Worker Hospitalized For Steam Burns

September 20, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) — A co-owner a paper mill in Lincoln, Maine, says a worker has been hospitalized after suffering burns during the mill's annual shutdown for maintenance. Keith Van Scotter, co-owner of Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, says the worker suffered hot water and steam burns while inspecting one of the tissue machines at the plant on Thursday.

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The Well Is Dead, But Troubles Aren't Over

September 20, 2010 4:55 am | by Allen G. Breed, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The "nightmare well" is dead. But the Gulf coast's bad dream is far from over. Federal officials declared Sunday that the well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded had finally been killed. Workers drilled a relief well into the damaged one and sealed it with cement. Its official end came 11 years after Texaco first sank an exploratory well near that same spot 50 miles (80 kilometers) out in the Gulf of Mexico, then moved on after finding it unprofitable.

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Faster Cutting, Grinding

September 17, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Enduro-Flex Turbo, from Walter Surface Technologies (Windsor, CT) uses its Cyclone technology and a unique mixture of abrasive grains, plus cooling agents, to produce a fast removal rate of welded material, not to mention a uniform finish. According to the company, the technology can guarantee a 36 Grit cut with a 60 Grit final finish, and can help reduce costs by as much as 30 percent through quicker labor.

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Tuck-Away Safety Latches

September 17, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

All Metric Small Parts (New Hyde Park, NY; aMsp) has launched a series of flush-handle latches that feature fold-away safety handles. They are designed for use in EMI shielding racks for information devices, such as digital equipment, magnetic disk devices, control boards, and more. The rectangular shape measures 75mm x 110mm.

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Massive Heating Or Cooling

September 17, 2010 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A portable heat pump that delivers 1.8 tons (21,240 BTU/hour) of heating capacity and 1.5 tons (17,700 BTU/hour) of cooling is being offered by Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA). The SHAC Model 1811 portable unit provides supplemental heating in environments with ambient temperatures of 45°F and above.

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Food-Grade Stainless Scales

September 17, 2010 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The multi-head scale by CombiScale, Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) is designed so that all contact parts are completely tool-less: pans, buckets, and chutes are all designed for quick and easy removal and feature a food-grade stainless steel construction. All functions are controlled digitally using a microprocessor.

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ERP: An Excellent Strategic Weapon 

September 17, 2010 7:51 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group | Articles | Comments

As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth. As a result, SMEs must seek competitive advantages that enable them to contain costs to ensure that growth of revenues is not at the expense of profits. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can indeed be a strategic weapon.

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A Fertile Field

September 17, 2010 7:38 am | by Dr. Ronald L. Hollis, President & CEO, Quickparts.com | Articles | Comments

What do you do when you design parts that have a specific purpose? What do you do when they’re not only critical to operations, but they’re expensive, and you only need a few? Well, the aerospace and defense (A&D) industries have been fighting this battle forever.

Toyota In Talks With Diamler Over Hybrids

September 17, 2010 4:46 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is in talks with Daimler AG about sharing its gas-electric hybrid technology with the German automaker, Japanese media reports said Friday. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top automaker, said it has a policy of sharing its hybrid technology with other automakers to help make it widespread but declined to comment on any specific talks with other automakers.

World Markets Rise On Tech Company Earnings

September 17, 2010 4:46 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Friday as positive earnings news from technology companies such as Oracle and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion helped shore up sentiment. Figures showing that U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in August — roughly in line with expectations — had little impact on the markets on a day when trading is likely to be volatile given that many futures and options contracts have to be settled in both Europe and the U.

Mullaly: Ford Committed To Miss., Plant Still In Limbo

September 17, 2010 4:45 am | by Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally told a crowd of business and government leaders Thursday that he's committed to Missouri but doesn't have any news about a new product line for the Claycomo assembly plant near Kansas City. There had been speculation that Mulally might make news when he spoke during a gathering of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and during a separate economic development conference in Kansas City.

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Biden Defends Stimulus-Funded Manufacturing Projects

September 17, 2010 4:40 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rehabilitating New York's Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Cutting a new highway through Nelsonville, Ohio. Building a trio of battery factories in Michigan. In a report being released Friday by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House pushes back against criticism of its $814 billion stimulus program and highlights 100 projects that it says are creating jobs and growing the economy.

Georgia Man Crushed By Stacking Machinery

September 17, 2010 4:38 am | News | Comments

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Gwinnett County officials say a man was crushed to death by machinery at plant near Norcross. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Gwinnett County fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says the 48-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was employed at the RockTenn plant.

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J&J Exec Retires Amid Another Recall Probe

September 17, 2010 4:37 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Johnson & Johnson division responsible for most of the company's 11 product recalls announced her retirement late Thursday, shortly after a congressional committee probing the recalls invited her to a second hearing on the case. J&J, reeling from an unprecedented spate of recalls that includes more than 135 million bottles of infants' and children's Tylenol and other nonprescription medicines, said Colleen Goggins will retire on March 1 after almost 30 "successful and distinguished" years with the company.

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Harley-Davidson And The Union Debate

September 16, 2010 10:32 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Editor's note: In the interest of gathering better feedback from our readers on what topics interest them, we're going to try and solicit feedback and constructive debate on the topics we cover. A new commenting system will be enabled on this page, with the hope you, IMPO 's readers, will feel compelled to respond.

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