NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a U.S. consumer, why would you be confident? Following a string of bad economic news, consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in June on continuing worries about high unemployment and stagnating wages, according to a report released Tuesday by a private research group.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have broken a stalemate that could clear the way for Congress to vote on three key free trade agreements, according to congressional officials and business representatives briefed on the plan. The deal would allow for a renewal of retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Textron Inc. said Tuesday that the U.S. Army exercised a contract option worth $49.6 million for Textron's marine and land systems unit to supply it with 65 additional M1117 armored security vehicles. Manufacturing of the wheeled armored vehicles will take place at Textron facilities in the New Orleans area.
MELROSE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a major overhaul of Illinois' workers compensation system. Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday at a Navistar plant in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. Quinn says the bill would help companies large and small save money and be more competitive, while protecting workers injured on the job.
When Thomas Brandt took over the helm as CEO of the Germany-based manufacturer of the Zeppelin NT airships, he made it his business to visit each airship player in the world. From small companies based in China to his Russian customers, Brandt finally made it to the United States to meet with his prime goal, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added modular solenoid valves to its NITRA product line. NITRA pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port, two-position poppet valves available in open or closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors.
Fluke Electronics (Everett, WA) recently introduced the 481 Radiation Survey Meter for industrial radiation safety. The hand-held radiation device detects skin dose (beta), deep dose (gamma) and x-ray radioactivity. The Fluke 481 can measure radiation on goods, equipment, surfaces or environments—indoors and outdoors.
General Tools & Instruments (New York, NY) has launched the new Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting, suitable for both commercial and consumer applications. The gun-style device allows the user to designate a set point and determine whether subsequent readings are within or outside selectable ranges.
Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed a new epoxy, Master Bond EP21LV, which features a low viscosity and improved electrical insulation properties. This system is unique in that the rigidity of its cure can be altered by adjusting its mix ratio, giving users the option to get a more rigid cure with enhanced machinability, for example.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood plans to visit General Motors Co. plants in Flint and Bay City on Wednesday to discuss the Obama administration's manufacturing job programs. The stops are in the morning at the Flint plant and in the afternoon at the Bay City plant.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A maker of "green" packaging material will build a new facility in western New York, creating 108 new jobs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Norampac, a division of the Cascades packaging and paper products company, will invest $430 million to build the facility in Niagara Falls.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers' global vehicle production was weaker overall in May due to the lingering impact from the March 11 earthquake, but Nissan showed resilience with an increase in output. Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday that Japan production in May fell 54.4 percent to 107,437 vehicles while its global production declined 49.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Crisis-hit car maker Saab has struck a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property in an effort to improve its ailing finances that have forced it to halt production and withhold workers' salaries. If approved by Swedish and European regulators, Tuesday's property deal could help Saab ease a severe cash shortage that has pushed the loss-making Swedish brand closer to bankruptcy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will tout manufacturing as a key to America's economic success during a trip to Iowa, as he seeks to counter criticism of his policies by Republican presidential candidates who have descended on the state. The trip Tuesday is Obama's first to Iowa since announcing his re-election campaign earlier this year.
CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. says its new 787 is beginning the final phase of flight testing and repeated that it should be ready for delivery in August or September. The final flight testing includes simulations of abnormal operations. It also tests long-range flying, including the 787's ability to divert to a far-away airport on just one engine.
Today’s food business is a swirling sea. World-wide political, economic and social changes, instant communications and the ceaseless ebb and flow of global trade are radically altering how companies must navigate. Industry players have two options: they can scramble to change supply chain strategy based on every new development, or they can accept that some complexity is not only unavoidable and uncontrollable, but even desirable.
Riten Industries, Inc. (Washington Court House, OH) developed Extra-Light live centers specifically to turn or grind parts weighing as little as two ounces. According to the company, these parts are often too flimsy to turn the larger bearings found in typical live centers, resulting in galling or excessive wear on the tip of the live center.
The HC-150 and HC-300 desiccant dehumidification units from Munters Corp. (Amesbury, MA) have been inspected, tested, and approved for ETL compliance to UL 1995 specifications. According to the company, the off-the-shelf units combine air desiccant technology with dependability and long-lasting life for humidity control at virtually any temperature.
Clear Automation (Southington, CT) has announced its new 100 parts-per-minute label applicator system, which was designed with a Fanuc robot, Herma labeler, and a graphical touch-screen human machine interface. Bottles travel to the cell along a conveyor, upright in pucks, which are fed by a servo-driven screw that spreads them to match the pitch of a linear indexer.