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19-Series Steel Storage Cabinet Line Expanded

July 13, 2011 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) announces the expansion of its line of heavy-duty 19-Series Steel Storage Cabinets to include five drawer colors—black, blue, gray, red, and yellow. Ideal for storing, consolidating, and organizing small parts, these cabinets are available in six models and feature a heavy-duty welded steel frame.

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Weak Job Growth Continues

July 13, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

U.S. employers added far fewer jobs than anticipated for a second month in a row, casting doubt on an economic pick-up in the second half of the year. 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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3D Map Shines Light On New York Solar Potential

July 13, 2011 6:02 am | Videos | Comments

A new, three-dimensional map with a bird's eye view of New York City is showing residents the solar energy potential of their city, the largest in the United States. The map's creators have set out to demonstrate that solar power is more than just an abstract idea. 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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Job Issue Takes Center Stage

July 13, 2011 5:59 am | Videos | Comments

As unemployment inches higher and presidential candidates emerge, the issue of how to add jobs takes center focus. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Ultra-realistic Robots Test Our Relationship With Machines

July 13, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

An ultra-realistic robot, known as a geminoid, is helping psychologists test how we relate to machines. The device is designed to be almost identical to the professor who's leading the project in Denmark. 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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Product Barcodes Get A Creative Upgrade

July 13, 2011 5:31 am | Videos | Comments

A subtle change is emerging in the often overlooked barcodes used on retail items. New "designer barcodes" are meant to give traditional packaging a little extra flair by embellishing a functional barcode, something found on every packaged item. 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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Toyota Strengthens Japanese Production

July 13, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president said the car maker plans to take 100 percent ownership of two auto-assembly companies it partly owns and combine one of them with two other subsidiaries in an effort to strengthen Japanese manufacturing. Toyota Motor Corp.

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Electric Boat To Lay Off Workers

July 13, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Electric Boat has notified workers that it plans to lay off 104 employees at its Groton shipyard. A spokesman for the Groton-based division of General Dynamics Corp. says the layoffs reflect a projected softening of the workload for carpenters, machinists and pipefitters.

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Fire Breaks Out At Buffalo Plant

July 13, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

July 13, 2011 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a fire at a plant in Buffalo that manufactures industrial lubricants. Buffalo broadcast media outlets report that the blaze started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co. located in the city's Black Rock neighborhood.

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U.S. Government Loans For Russian Steelmaker

July 13, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers DETROIT (AP) — Two people briefed on the matter say the North American arm of Russia's largest steel company is getting a $730 million loan from the U.S. government. They say Severstal plans to modernize a plant in Dearborn, Mich.

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Corporate Jet Tax Hikes Take Off

July 13, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama aims at corporate fat cats when he calls for a tax increase on companies that own private jets. But he hits an American manufacturing industry that is just starting to show life after years of slumping sales and thousands of job losses.

GE Head Visits SC To Focus On Manufacturing

July 13, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The chair of President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council is touring his company's gas turbine plant in Greenville to focus on manufacturing in America. General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffry Immelt is scheduled to meet Wednesday with employees and touring GE's manufacturing and engineering complex.

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Importance Of Managers Is Overestimated

July 12, 2011 9:17 am | by Lund University | Articles | Comments

Stop wasting money on expensive training courses for managers — send the entire team instead! This produces better results, says Johan Bertlett, who recently defended a PhD thesis in psychology at Lund University, Sweden. A good working climate is not only a requirement for job satisfaction.

Bonding Deal Allows Toyo To Expand

July 12, 2011 8:52 am | News | Comments

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal announced an agreement aimed at allowing Toyo Tire to continue expanding its operations in Bartow County, northwest of Atlanta. Deal said the agreement will expand Bartow County's bonding capacity an additional $910 million. Deal said that will enable Toyo to expand its current facility in Bartow County, adding up to 470 new jobs over the next few years.

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Topeka Signs Off On New Mars Plant

July 12, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka economic development board has signed off on a package of incentives for construction of a new Mars Chocolate North America factory south of the city. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Joint Economic Development Organization on Monday unanimously approved the $9.

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NC Manufacturer Promises Growth

July 12, 2011 8:47 am | News | Comments

CARY, N.C. (AP) — A privately-owned company that makes products that control vibration, motion and noise will build up its headquarters near Raleigh over several years and get state help with the expansion, Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Tuesday. Lord Corp. could pocket up to $1.

Crane Buys WT Armatur For $38M

July 12, 2011 8:44 am | News | Comments

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Industrial manufacturer Crane Co. said Tuesday it bought WT Armatur GmbH & Co. for about $38 million. The German company makes bellows sealed globe valves, along with specialty valves, for chemical, fertilizer and thermal oil applications, Crane said. WT Armatur employs 95 people and posted 2010 sales of about $21 million, Crane said.

Clinton: American Diplomacy Critical For Job Creation

July 12, 2011 8:42 am | News | Comments

Matthew Lee, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — American diplomacy abroad is critical to creating jobs and improving economic conditions at home, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday, urging Congress not to slash the Obama administration's foreign policy budget.

Weak Job Growth Extends Through Summer

July 12, 2011 8:41 am | News | Comments

Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. job postings didn't increase in May, a sign that hiring is unlikely to pick up this summer. Employers advertised nearly 3 million job openings, the Labor Department said. That is the same amount as in April and down from 3.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 108 Percent In 2011

July 12, 2011 7:08 am | Articles | Comments

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $388.27 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT, the Association For Manufacturing Technology.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 2.6 percent from April but up 121.

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