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U.S. Economy Held Back By High Gas Prices, Slow Hiring

July 15, 2011 4:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Derkek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mixed slate of reports Thursday showed the U.S. economy is being held back by high gas prices and sluggish hiring. Economists are forecasting a pick-up in growth in the second half of the year. But the latest data revealed only faint signs of a turnaround. The Commerce Department said retail sales ticked up only 0.

OSHA Investigating Deadly Accident At Bar S Foods Plant

July 15, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Lawton police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a deadly accident at a Bar S Foods plant. Authorities received an emergency call late Tuesday that an employee was trapped in machinery. Bar S officials say Michael Raper was cleaning an auger when he fell into it.


Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter

July 14, 2011 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex, designed to meet every requirement for testing and maintaining electrical systems. The Fluke 381 is a full-featured clamp meter with a detachable wireless display for flexibility and safety.


Meltric’s DSDC Series Plugs, Receptacles

July 14, 2011 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meltric Corporation (Franklin, WI) has presented a new product line for electrical equipment powered by direct currents. Meltric’s DSDC Series plugs and receptacles can provide safer connections for direct current applications up to 200 amps at 250VDC, up to 100 amps at 600 VDC, or up to 30 amps at 750 VDC.


Tennant's ec-H20 Technology

July 14, 2011 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The ec-H20 technology from Tennant (Minneapolis, MN) electrically converts water into a cleaning solution for most cleaning applications. The water is first passed through electrified screens in the oxygenating chamber, creating an energetic solution made of highly oxygenated micro-bubbles.


Hydrovane V Series Rotary Vane Compressor

July 14, 2011 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hydrovane (Redditch, Worcestershire, UK) has announced its new Hydrovane V Series line of rotary vane compressors. Small, quiet, and affordable, Hydrovane compressors are all direct drive with no belts or gears to maintain. They operate at 1760 RPM’s for low stress, noise, and long compressor life.


3D Dashboard Maps Future Of Navigation

July 14, 2011 11:07 am | Videos | Comments

Audi and MIT's SENSEable City Lab have teamed up to design the car navigation system of the future--a 3D display that will sit on the dashboard. According to the design team, the new system will be programed to filter real time information allowing drivers to better navigate around a city. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Manufacturing And The Future Of The 401(k)

July 14, 2011 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

VALLEY FORGE, PA -- The financial readiness of Americans for retirement has been a focus of attention in the last few years, particularly after the severe stock market downturn of 2008-2009. A new report shows that employees of larger manufacturing companies who participated in their 401(k) or other defined contribution (DC) plan at Vanguard in 2010 tended to have higher account balances than their counterparts in smaller manufacturing company plans and Vanguard plans as a whole.


U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: Not So Cozy Anymore

July 14, 2011 9:29 am | by Perry Sainati, Founder and President, Belden Universal, and author of The Belden Blog | Articles | Comments

Honesty compels me to admit, I think a lot of people have their heads in the clouds when it comes to the current relationship between manufacturing and jobs. Just recently, President Obama earmarked $500 million to spur the development of high-tech manufacturing jobs. Meanwhile, cruise the blogosphere or surf your cable lineup at any point and you'll find any number of people -- from pundits to politicians -- clamoring for a renewed emphasis on manufacturing.

Thermo King To Close Louisville Plant

July 14, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Executives with the parent company of Thermo King in the small Georgia town of Louisville say they will close the plant, which employs 235 people, by next year. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Ireland-based Ingersoll-Rand will move the Georgia plant's manufacturing line to a Thermo King facility in Hastings, Neb.


Town Awaits Word On Wrangler Plant Destroyed By Tornado

July 14, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

Tom Smith, AP HACKLEBURG, Ala. (AP) — Marion County Commissioner Don Barnwell said rumors about the future of a Wrangler distribution plant that was wiped out by the tornado that hit Hackleburg have everyone "scared to death." "It seems like every day there is a new rumor popping up," said Barnwell, who lives in Hackleburg and represents the town and surrounding area.


MN Shutdown Shuts Down Georgia-Pacific Plant

July 14, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Georgia-Pacific plant in Duluth has been shut down because it can't replenish its water supply from Lake Superior during the government shutdown in Minnesota. That means nearly 150 employees are off the job for the duration of the shutdown because the state Department of Natural Resources has suspended the company's water use permit.


Samsung Says Cancers Unrelated To Work

July 14, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — A study commissioned by Samsung into cancers among six of its semiconductor workers found they were unrelated to exposure to chemicals on the job but the electronics giant is not yet releasing the full results. U.


Fewer Americans Applying For Unemployment

July 14, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

Christopher S. Rugaber, Derek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, an encouraging sign that the job market may be slowly improving. The number of applications dropped by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 405,000, the Labor Department said, the lowest level in almost three months.

Fire At Buffalo Plant Still Burning

July 14, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A four-alarm fire has consumed a Buffalo, N.Y., plant that makes industrial lubricants, sending up plumes of thick, black smoke and leading firefighters to warn residents to keep their windows closed. The fire started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co.


CribMaster Weigh Station

July 14, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

CribMaster (Marieta, GA) has announced the CribMaster Weigh Station, a passive issue device that allows for simplified dispensing of bulk-issue items and high-use consumable inventory through the use of computerized scales and bin technology. After the user identifies him/herself on the touch-screen and has taken the needed supplies, the Weigh Station’s will immediately count when an item has been removed or returned.


Bigfoot CMMS For Maintenance Operations

July 14, 2011 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) from Smartware Group (Center Harbor, NH) is a web-based solution to improve facility and equipment maintenance operations. Features include preventative and predictive maintenance scheduling, equipment history tracking and reporting, and asset life cycle and parts inventory managing.


A1000 Variable Speed Drive

July 14, 2011 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new A1000 Variable Speed Drive from Yaskawa America Inc. (Waukegan, IL) is compatible with interior and surface permanent magnet motors and provides up to 200 percent torque. The user-friendly configuration includes a multi-language LCD display, parameter storage, and application presets.


Boeing's 787 Is Packed With High-tech

July 13, 2011 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing's 787, its newest passenger airliner, arrived in Japan last week for readiness tests ahead of its entry into commercial service. The 787 is not only the newest airliner in the skies, but it's also the most high-tech. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Tyson Cited For Violations In NE

July 13, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 10 violations against a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in northeast Nebraska. The federal agency on Tuesday cited the Dakota City plant for one repeat and nine serious violations following safety and health inspections initiated in May.



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