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Boeing Pares Benefits; Cites Health Care Legislation

October 19, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers. In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers to pay significantly more for their health plan next year.

FDA: Iowa Company's Eggs OK To Sell After Recall

October 19, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of two Iowa farms that recalled millions of eggs this summer will start shipping its products to stores again, but the second farm could be shut down if it doesn't clean up, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. In an Oct. 15 letter to Hillandale Farms the FDA said the company has adequately cleaned up its facilities after it was linked to 1,600 salmonella illnesses earlier this year.

Honda Reaches No-Waste With 8 North American Plants

October 19, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Honda Motor Co. said Monday that eight of its 14 North American plants are now sending no waste from manufacturing activities to landfills, and it expects none will be sending waste to landfills by next year. In its sixth annual North American environmental impact report, Honda said 90 percent of the parts in its new cars can be recycled.

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Plant Managers May Face Charges Over Death Of Pregnant Worker

October 19, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The owner and the manager of a San Francisco printing plant are facing charges in connection to the death of a pregnant worker who was crushed by a machine. The owner of Digital Pre-Press International, Sanjay Sakhuja, and manager Alick Yeung were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the January 2008 death of 26-year-old Margarita Mojica.

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BP To Link Bonuses To Safety Performance

October 19, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — BP employees' performance on safety issues will be the only measure for awarding fourth-quarter bonuses, the British oil company said Tuesday as it tries to tighten performance and clean up its image after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a statement sent to employees Monday, CEO Bob Dudley said the bonus policy was intended to reinforce the message that safety is the company's priority and to insure that "a low-probability, high-impact incident such as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy never happens again.

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GE To Invest $432M To Revamp Appliance Business

October 18, 2010 5:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — GE says it will spend $432 million to establish four U.S.-based refrigeration design and manufacturing plants that will be centers for the company's new energy efficient line of refrigerators and other appliances. General Electric Co. said Monday the move will also create 500 new jobs by 2014.

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Labor Unions Face "Enthusiasm Challenge"

October 18, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Jones has heard the frustrations as he goes door-to-door among union households — the economy remains poor; issues important to workers are stalled in Congress; Republicans seem more energized this election. Put mildly: "There is an enthusiasm challenge," said Jones, the leader of a five-person voter canvassing crew for a local chapter of the Service Employees International Union.

Hitachi, Johnson Controls Tie Up In Auto Batteries

October 18, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics company Hitachi is tying up with a U.S. battery-maker in developing and making batteries for green vehicles, both sides said Monday. The deal, signed last month with Johnson Controls Inc., based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, centers around lithium-ion batteries — already widely used in laptops and other gadgets but starting to take off in auto technology such as hybrids and electric vehicles.

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NASCAR Switching To Ethanol Blend Fuel By 2011

October 18, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will move from unleaded fuel to an ethanol blend in all three of its national series beginning next season. The switch to Sunoco Green E15 was announced Saturday by NASCAR chairman Brian France, who touted the switch as yet another step by the auto racing series toward environment friendly practices.

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Hawker Beechcraft Machinists Vote Against Contract

October 18, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Machinists at Hawker Beechcraft voted Saturday against a new seven-year contract that would have included a 10 percent pay cut and other concessions aimed at keeping the company from moving all its operations out of Kansas. Bob Wood, spokesman for the airplane maker's union, said 55 percent of the members rejected the contract.

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Baltimore Energy Plant Creates Jobs, Debate

October 18, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — Construction is ready to begin on a new waste-to-energy plant proposed for the site of a former Baltimore chemical plant. Energy Answers says it has received all key permits for development of the former FMC chemical plant site. FMC Corporation will continue to own the brownfield site and conduct monitoring and remediation.

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Packaging Can Be Sustainable

October 15, 2010 8:23 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Packaging sustainability continues to be an important issue for food manufacturers. Improving sustainability can be as simple as the choice of packaging, whether it be can, plastic bag or cardboard box — each package has its own benefits. The Carton Council of North America is working to raise awareness and increase recycling for what it says is one of the most renewable packaging choices available: the carton.

Vacuums For Finer Particulates

October 15, 2010 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) Model 110MFS Portable Industrial Vacuum Cleaner is designed for fine or difficult powders found in food plants and bakeries, chemical plants, and general manufacturing. The 100MFS has a 5HP motor to handle difficult materials, such as flour, corn starch, powder coatings, carbon black, and more.

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Video Release: Polish The Worst Of Floors

October 15, 2010 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Product Design & Development Editor David Mantey spoke with Perfect Polish (Norris, TN) owner David Paget at Design & Manufacturing Midwest to discuss some of the worst floors he's ever had to salvage.  Perfect Polish diamond grinds facility floors, removes coatings, and fixes curled joints.

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Lock Equipment Into Place

October 15, 2010 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. (West Seneca, NY) has announced its upgraded Flexello TLCH Series floor locks, designed to provide a means of instantly securing a truck or other mobile equipment without raising it. The new TLCH features a longer and wider engagement pedal so the unit is safer and easier to lock into position.

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Detect Hard-To-See Glass, Plastic

October 15, 2010 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schneider Electric (Palatine, IL) has announced the new OsiSense XUBT1, a photo-electric sensor specifically designed for machine manufacturers in the packaging and bottling industries. The sensor is adaptable, enabling manufacturers to detect transparent materials such as PET bottles, translucent wrapping film, and colored glass.

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Sticking Your Hand In The Large Hadron Collider

October 15, 2010 5:34 am | Videos | Comments

Sixty Symbols asks the world's best physicists a relatively simple question: What would happen to your hand if you stuck it inside the Large Hadron Collider? A small sampling of possible answers: "Not a good idea." "I don't think you'd feel very much." "These protons have an energy .

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Get Your Ducks In A Row

October 15, 2010 5:28 am | Articles | Comments

Migrating the combined entities onto the same enterprise application is considered a best practice for bringing together merged entities into a single business unit. After a merger or acquisition, migrating the combined entities onto a common enterprise application is considered a best practice for uniting merged entities into a single business unit.

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GM Recalls 300,000 Impalas For Seat Belt Failure

October 15, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 300,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans because the seat belts may fail to restrain people in the front seats during a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the front-seat belt webbing may not be secured properly to a lap belt anchor on the side of the seat near the doors.

GE Profits Drop 18 Percent On Low Equipment Sales

October 15, 2010 4:41 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Friday its third-quarter income fell 18 percent because of a loss from a Japanese division that it's selling. Lower equipment sales, reflecting a slowdown in the once red-hot U.S. manufacturing sector, also damped results. The industrial and financial giant, which makes everything from refrigerators to power plant equipment to jet engines, reported net income of $2.

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