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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.

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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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Airline Industry Stability In Jeopardy

July 20, 2011 10:13 am | Videos | Comments

Nearly every major airline union contract is up for negotiation and Helane Becker, Director of Dahlman Rose and Company says a resolution is essential to avoid a work stoppage. 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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Union To Push Rejection Of Spirit Contract

July 20, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A union at aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems is recommending that workers reject the company's contract offer. Leaders of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace recommended Tuesday that members reject the 10-year contract proposal. The contract covers about 2,300 technical and professional employees at Spirit.

SD Businesses Expanding, Adding Jobs

July 20, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two more businesses in southeast South Dakota are expanding and adding jobs. Adams Thermal Systems plans a $6 million expansion in Canton that will add 50 jobs and make room for even more growth in the future. The company makes engine cooling systems for vehicles.

PVD Coatings Will Spend $9M On Plant Upgrades

July 20, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A company that provides finish coatings for automotive wheels plans to expand its operations in northern Indiana and hire dozens of more workers. Winona PVD Coatings announced Wednesday that it would spend about $9 million on new equipment for its Warsaw plant, where it now has about 35 workers.

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MS Governor Chasing Jobs In CA

July 20, 2011 9:06 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he's spending several days in California "chasing jobs" and calling on companies that have investments in his home state. Barbour told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday from California that he had already visited executives from KiOR, which is building refineries in Mississippi to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.

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Worker At Goodyear Plant Died Of Heart-Related Problems

July 20, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County coroner says an employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka who died Tuesday had heart-related problems that contributed to his death. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the worker was identified as 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka.

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Locked Out Union Workers Reach Deal

July 20, 2011 8:58 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The union representing about 230 workers at a key southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel has reached a tentative three-year deal with the company that locked them out more than a year ago in Superman's adoptive hometown, both sides confirmed Wednesday. Terms of the deal involving Honeywell's Metropolis plant were not released, pending a vote by the union's members after bargainers first resolve how to transition the workers back to their jobs at the nation's only plant that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

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Competition Heats Up To Re-Launch America's Space Program

July 20, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

As the final U.S. space shuttle lands for the last time, Mark Strassmann, CBS, reports on the privately owned companies racing to re-launch America's manned space program. 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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Storing Hydrogen Safely To Fuel Cars

July 20, 2011 6:51 am | Videos | Comments

A new way of safely storing hydrogen, by capturing the gas in tiny plastic beads which behave like a liquid, could allow it to be more widely used as a carbon-free petrol alternative. 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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Ballard Gets Order For Fuel-Cell Stacks

July 20, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballard Power Systems said Tuesday that Plug Power Inc. committed to buy at least 3,250 of Ballard's fuel-cell stacks to power forklift trucks. The deal was made under an existing agreement between the companies that runs through 2014. Plug Power said some companies such as Kroger Co.

Locked-Out Union Workers Near Deal

July 20, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — A labor dispute that's dragged on for more than a year at a southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel may soon be over. Honeywell and the union representing about 230 locked-out workers at the uranium-conversion plant say both sides have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year deal.

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Man Dies While Working At Goodyear Plant

July 20, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka has died after collapsing while at work. Authorities say 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka died Tuesday after being taken from the plant. WIBW reports that some of Davis' co-workers say he was not feeling well and took a break.

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