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RI Moves Off-Shore Prevention Bill Forward

July 11, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Two members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation are set to announce new legislation intended to boost manufacturing in the state. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline are expected to announce Monday the introduction in Congress of the House version of the "Off-shoring Prevention Act.

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Goodyear Closes TN Plant Early

July 11, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Monday that it has stopped production at its tire manufacturing facility in Union City, Tenn. The tire maker announced plans in February to close the plant by the end of the year, but said Monday that it was able to transfer production to other facilities faster than expected.

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Worker Loses Hand In Conveyor Acccident

July 11, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) — An employee at a Wyoming bentonite plant is recovering at a Denver hospital after severing his hand while operating a conveyor. Steve Wilkerson, who manages American Colloid in Lovell, says the employee was injured at about 9 p.m. Monday and is doing well and is in "good spirits.

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Obama Struggles To Reach Debt Deal, Create Jobs

July 11, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs.

UV Curing Adhesives Shine

July 8, 2011 8:37 am | by Robert Michaels, VP of Technical Sales, Master Bond | Articles | Comments

Easy-to-use one component UV curable adhesives are environmentally friendly and offer high bond strengths to similar and dissimilar substrates. Adhesives that cure under a UV light source are user friendly and versatile—if you know how to apply them.

The World Won’t End Without Grease

July 8, 2011 8:30 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

An interesting relationship exists between the purchasing department and those in need of a just-in-time part. The order taker is great at faxing or emailing a part order, but he/she often isn’t concerned with the dire implications of the weeks, days, and even minutes that a company lies in wait for a part.

"Space City, USA" Feels Post-Shuttle Pain

July 8, 2011 8:25 am | Videos | Comments

With the ending of NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle program, more than 7,000 people will lose their jobs at the Kennedy Space Center--devastating Florida’s already sluggish economy.

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New Eddy Current Separator

July 8, 2011 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has designed a Eddy Current Separator (ECS) that features a rotor which maximizes gauss intensity on the belt surface and provides separation of non-ferrous materials. The ECS is protected with a urethane belt and a carbon fiber epoxy shell. The new design includes a drop down side panel which can be lowered by one person and only requires one tool to loosen, replace, and re-track the belt.

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OILMISER Reservoir Aspirator

July 8, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Reservoir Aspirator (ORA) from JLM Systems Ltd. (Richmond, BC, Canada) has two independent passageways in one cast aluminum body. The inflow control gate is a vertical airway, where replacement air can enter if the oil level drops. The secondary airway is also unidirectional and is the exhaust control outlet port.

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Master Bond EP36AO

July 8, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Formulated for electrical potting and encapsulation applications, Master Bond EP36AO from Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) combines high thermal conductivity with thermal stability. It is serviceable from -80°F to 500°F, has a tensile strength of over 2,000 psi, and can adhere to metallic and non-metallic substrates.

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SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall from Zoneworks

July 8, 2011 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall from Zoneworks (Milwaukee, WI) is a flexible fabric wall that allows users to enclose areas to minimize overspray during routine production processes. Ideal for any plants with harsh wash-down environments, the wall is constructed of 18-ounce white vinyl fabric and is manufactured without stitched seam to help eliminate the potential for bacteria accumulation.

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Solar Panel Manufacturer Says IN Factory On Track

July 8, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — A solar panel manufacturer says its plans remain on track to start production at an unfinished auto parts factory in central Indiana a year after President Barack Obama announced $400 million in federal loan guarantees for the company. Abound Solar took control of the vacant factory near Tipton after gaining final loan approval in December and has since added production at its existing plant in Longmont, Colo.

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Electric Boat Hires Hundreds Of Workers

July 8, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

Michael Melia, Associated Press GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy's primary contractor for submarines is hiring hundreds of employees and putting up new buildings as it doubles production of fast-attack submarines and ramps up design work for a new generation of ballistic missile vessels, company officials said Wednesday.

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General Dynamics Receives $56M Army Contract

July 8, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Thursday that it has received a $56.4 million contract from the Department of Defense to make Rifleman and Manpack radios for the U.S. Army. The contract calls for General Dynamics C4 Systems to produce 6,250 Rifleman and 100 Manpack radios, the company said.

Plant Explosion Claims Life Of TN Worker

July 8, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A worker has died from injuries he received in a flash fire at a Nashville metals plant over the weekend, less than two months after a fire at a metals plant in Gallatin resulted in two deaths. The Metro Nashville Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the death of Shawn Allen Austin, 28, of Nashville, according to The Tennessean.

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WV Plant To Fight OSHA Violations

July 8, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

Vicki Smith, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia chemical plant where three men died in a December explosion will fight federal safety violations issued against it last month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration received notice last week that AL Solutions in New Cumberland plans to contest the 18 violations, said spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson.

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Unemployment Rises As Hiring Stalls

July 8, 2011 4:32 am | News | Comments

Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June.

Quiet Sheet Metal Work

July 7, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. (Chesterfield Township, MI) introduces its new Slide-A-Mark to quiet the marking of sheet metal parts. The stamp holder is mounted stationary on the opposite side of the part in a special molded sound suppressor material that is slightly raised above the stamps.

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Spring Loaded Collection Cart

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

The Poly-Trux 54P-18 recycling collection cart from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) is now available with an optional, ergonomic spring loaded platform. Set inside the utility truck, the plastic platform automatically rises as materials are removed while hiding the spring mechanism underneath to prevent contact.

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Wera Screwdrivers Available In Six-Piece Sets

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

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now offers Wera standard, insulated, and miniature screwdrivers in six-piece sets. Screwdriver handles are marked with a screw symbol and the tip size for easy identification. A laser treatment provides a microrough surface on the tip of the blade for less slipping.

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