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Actuate Higher Reliability

April 15, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) offers a new line of CE- and CSA-Approved reversing, quarter-turn actuators, designed for use with all ball and butterfly valves up to 24” in size and torque outputs from 300-13,500 in. lbs. The EPM actuators include a modular design that utilize US-manufactured modular PC boards to eliminate 90 percent of internal wiring for higher quality, reliability, and easier maintenance.

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Ford Pushing Gasoline Vehicles Off The Road

April 15, 2010 4:59 am | Articles | Comments

The Transit Connect Electric is Ford’s first all-electric vehicle, but the company insists its just the first of four new vehicles arriving in the near future that will dart around the city without a single puff of exhaust. The Transit Connect is meant to replace gasoline-driven fleet vehicles with a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 80 miles.

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Anti-Bacterial Soaps Kill More Than Bacteria

April 15, 2010 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

It’s a chemical you find in most soaps, anti-bacterial products, and even toothpaste: triclosan. While it’s been given a pass by the FDA as safe for humans, some organizations, such as the National Resource Defense Council, think it’s hazardous. Studies on animals have shown a tendency for triclosan to affect thyroid and sex hormones, which can lead to behavioral changes and learning abnormalities.

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A Tribute To LEGO

April 15, 2010 4:50 am | Articles | Comments

I admit — this one is a little out there. But I know many of us grew up with LEGO, and for many, they occupy a special place in our memories. This short film pays tribute to the big — and small — ideas that come from building something with our two hands. Without getting too sappy, all I can say is just watch.

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Is China Changing U.S. Business?

April 15, 2010 4:50 am | Articles | Comments

The fish fillet on your dinner plate tonight might have traveled some 14,000 miles before arriving at the supermarket. Hard to believe? With China’s penchant for cheap labor and highly-subsidized industrial segments, it’s cheaper for many seafood companies to send their Alaskan catches there before returning to U.

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Reid Supply Expands Through Web-Based Efforts

April 14, 2010 10:18 am | News | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial supplies, announced the launch of more than 8,000 packaging and shipping products to its tens-of-thousands of industrial products inventory. It was a common sense decision to offer our customers packaging and shipping supplies ,” says Greg Palmer, Director of Marketing at Reid Supply.

Hugo Boss Workers Rally To Save Jobs

April 14, 2010 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

Apri 14, 2010 Actor Danny Glover and hundreds of Hugo Boss workers rallied outside of the German clothing manufacturer’s Brooklyn, Ohio facility Wednesday in an effort to gain support for keeping the plant open. In December, Hugo Boss announced its plans to close the Brooklyn plant and move jobs and manufacturing out of the country.

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Toyota's Safety Woes Grow

April 14, 2010 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

Toyota just can’t catch a break. The Lexus GX460 SUV recent received a “Don’t Buy” rating from Consumer Reports due to a quirk in the electronic stability control that allows the car to slide sideways when taking a turn at speed. Toyota has learned it’s lesson, however, and quickly moved to halt sales, provide buyers with loaner cars, and increase internal testing to fix the issue.

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Bunnies Die By Incandescence

April 14, 2010 9:25 am | Articles | Comments

We all know that incandescent bulbs are a “thing of the past” with their electricity-hogging ways. But because they’re usually up in our ceilings, we forget about all the heat they produce, too. For 90 minutes, heat is all this unfortunate chocolate bunny can think about. And it should get you thinking about the possibility of LED technology in your plant.

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Can The Lithium-Ion Battery Save Detroit?

April 14, 2010 9:20 am | Articles | Comments

A panel of experts on the battery technology discuss the emerging market for electric-powered vehicles on the road. Up until now, American battery manufacturing has been nonexistent, meaning that Asian companies like Sanyo have taken in all the profits. As Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of Satki3, says, battery manufacturing is in a “dead sprint” toward stealing back market share, and it’s going to change the landscape of American automaking forever.

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Wal-Mart's Green Balancing Act

April 14, 2010 9:04 am | Articles | Comments

Wal-Mart has long been seen as an opponent to organic food and sustainability efforts, but Lee Scott, chairman of the company, disagrees entirely in an interview with John Huey, Editor-In-Chief of Time Inc. Scott says that there is no conflict between sustainability and low cost — as most consumers believe — and goes as far as to say that the two are “totally aligned.

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Bernanke: Slow Economic Recovery Won't Kill Unemployment

April 14, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke goes to Capitol Hill on Wednesday with a bittersweet message: The economic recovery is taking hold but won't be strong enough to quickly drive down unemployment. Bernanke's out-of-the box thinking during the 2008 financial crisis helped prevent the Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression.

Feds Slap Meat Industry With Massive Antitrust Rules

April 14, 2010 4:43 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Agribusiness Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal regulators are set to release the most sweeping antitrust rules covering the meat industry in decades, potentially altering the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers who raise their animals. Activists, farmers and meat industry officials have been anxiously awaiting the new rules, which will be released this spring for public comment and are set to take effect this summer.

Toyota Halts Sale Of 'Do Not Buy' SUV

April 14, 2010 4:33 am | by Dan Strumpf and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has suspended sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports warned car shoppers not to buy the sport utility vehicle because handling problems could lead to rollover accidents during sharp turns. Toyota said Tuesday it had asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the SUV while it conducts its own tests on the GX 460.

Jerky Manufacturer Drops Roethlisberger Endorsement

April 14, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh company that markets food products endorsed by local sports stars has ended its beef jerky sponsorship deal with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. PLB Sports president Ty Ballou says Roethlisberger is "falling short" of the company's standards after a Georgia prosecutor announced Monday he will not prosecute the quarterback over sexual assault allegations.

Rising Yuan Won't Save U.S. Manufacturing

April 14, 2010 4:28 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite its latest public pushback, China is expected to soon let its currency rise against the dollar, a long-sought goal of U.S. manufacturers. For the U.S., that shift could boost exports and potentially raise the prices of imported Chinese goods. The undervalued Chinese currency has made Chinese goods cheaper for American consumers.

Man Killed By Polishing Machine

April 14, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A man working at a manufacturing plant in Forsyth County died Tuesday in an industrial accident after authorities say he became trapped in a machine that polishes heavy gauge metal. Authorities have not identified the 53-year-old man, who Capt. Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department says died at the AP Specialty Metals plant on Grassland Parkway.

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Direct Your Angry E-Mails Elsewhere

April 13, 2010 8:56 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Fan of the Obama administration or not, it’s clear that we need a new direction on our country’s manufacturing policy. We’ve needed one for a long time, actually — before President Obama took office, and before President Bush won for the first time in 2000.

Carpet Maker, Employees Reach $18 Million Settlement

April 13, 2010 8:40 am | News | Comments

by Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — One of the world's largest carpet makers has agreed to an $18 million settlement with employees who claimed the company hired illegal immigrants in an effort to reduce wages. U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy on Monday granted a motion by employees of Mohawk Industries Inc.

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Lexus SUV Deemed Unsafe

April 13, 2010 6:58 am | by Dan Strumpf , AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer Reports has given the Lexus GX 460 SUV a rare "Don't Buy" warning, saying a problem that occurred during routine handling tests could lead to a rollover accident in real-world driving. In the latest blow to Toyota's reputation, the magazine said that during a test of the vehicle's performance during unusual turns, the rear of the vehicle slid until it was nearly sideways before the electronic stability control system kicked in.

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