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Recliner Maker Expands, Ready To Hire 200 Workers

August 10, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plantexpansion in northeast Mississippi. Southern Motion said it's investing $7 million in its new 180,000-square-foot production facility in Pontotoc. The company said it will create at least 200 new jobs over the next two years, with the potential to double that number within five years.

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Toyota Cuts 600 Japanese Workers On Sales Drop

August 10, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has cut 600 workers at its Japanese factories, the company said Tuesday, as it prepares for a drop in local sales when incentives for green cars run out next month. Toyota Motor Corp. employed a total of 2,400 contract workers at the end of 2010, it said. Contract workers are hired under different terms from other employees at Toyota, mainly to make it easier to increase or cut the numbers of workers in response to fluctuating demand for cars.

Tata Motors Recovers On Jaguar, Land Rover Sales

August 10, 2010 4:28 am | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Tata Motors posted quarterly profit of 19.9 billion rupees ($428.4 million) Tuesday, turning around a loss as reviving global demand for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands made up for rising commodities costs. The company returned to profitability on a consolidated basis for the April to June quarter from a loss of 3.

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HP's Ex-CEO Gets A Payday As Investors Suffer

August 10, 2010 4:27 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Whatever Mark Hurd did that cost him his job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest technology company, it wasn't enough to cost him a payday that could top $40 million. Meanwhile, with little still known about why an actress and HP contractor threatened Hurd with a sexual-harassment lawsuit, stockholders took a $9 billion hit Monday, and HP's 300,000 workers were left to wonder about its future.

B-2 Stealth Engineer Sold Secrets To China

August 10, 2010 4:23 am | by Mark Neisse, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A former B-2 bomber engineer who marketed and sold his stealth expertise to China is facing life in a federal prison following his conviction for bartering U.S. military secrets. Noshir Gowadia, 66, was found guilty Monday on charges that he designed a cruise missile component for China and pocketed at least $110,000, which he allegedly used to help pay a $15,000-a-month mortgage on a multimillion-dollar oceanview home he built on Maui's north shore.

A Switch Is Not Simple

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Trinetics Compact UltraVac from Maysteel, LLC (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a single-phase capacitor switch that provides maximum dielectric strength in a compact design. The switches are designed for long life in tough conditions, and are available with either reliable motor operators or with high-speed dual solenoid operators.

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Redesigned Butterfly Valves

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sure Seal, Inc. (Mineral Point, MO) announces that the tapered-seat design of its LBF Series Lined Butterfly Valves requires lower torque in all applications, has improved seat integrity, and significantly improves the service life of the valve. The butterfly valves are available in 12 different sizes — from 2” to 24” — and have been designed for use in corrosive processes.

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Pressure-Safe Filtering

August 9, 2010 10:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Orival, Inc. (Englewood, NJ) has fabricated complete manifolds for multiple filter systems, all of which are designed to meet the specific requirements of the project. The manifolds can be equipped with flanged, welded, or Victaulic ends in any size required, and are coated inside and out with a tough coating used on Orival filter housings.

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Sanitation Is Important, Says Dilbert

August 9, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega (Laval, Quebec, Canada) has released its catalog, the DILBERT NEW HORIZONS in Products for Sanitary Applications Version No. 27 , which contains 180 pages of information on top-selling products for manufacturers. These products include the Digital RTD Thermometers with NEMA 4 enclosures, which are ideal for washdown environments, according to the company.

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The Apple In The Supply Chain

August 9, 2010 6:30 am | by Amanda Earing, Manufacturing.net, News Editor | Articles | Comments

In its search for the latest technology to aid a growing supply chain operation,  Markley Enterprises, a small manufacturer of point-of-purchase displays, found the solution in Apple’s iPad. As technology continuously changes, your supply chain and its processes should be revolving continuously, too.

The New Normal: Consumers And Private Labels

August 9, 2010 6:25 am | by Pat Conroy, Vice Chairman and U.S. Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP | Articles | Comments

The recession has caused many to make spending changes, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. More and more consumers are making the switch to private labels, leaving some national brand manufacturers at a loss of what actions to take.

Cloudy With A Chance For Collaboration

August 9, 2010 6:19 am | by Craig Hodges, General Manager, Microsoft Corp. | Articles | Comments

These days, manufacturers have their heads in the cloud, as cloud computing promises to drastically improve the ability of companies and their customers to drive modern product design and development. Collaboration isn’t new to manufacturing — it has long been essential. But it’s no secret that collaborative processes have tended toward the awkward and time-consuming.

The Best Ways To Convey With Metal Detection

August 9, 2010 6:11 am | by AJ Naber, Senior Design Engineer - Dorner Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An essential part of any inspection process is the ability to quickly and effectively remove questionable product from the process flow. And a key component of that inspection process is metal detection. Once contaminated product has been detected there are many methods of product removal from a simple stop-on-detect mechanism to a more complex system such as a retractable tail.

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Sara Lee CEO Steps Down Following Stroke

August 9, 2010 5:07 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes will step down permanently to focus on improving her health following a stroke, the food maker said Monday. Barnes, 56, had been on temporary medical leave since May 14. She will also leave her position on Sara Lee's board of directors.

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Chrysler Recoups In 2Q, Still Loses $172 Million

August 9, 2010 4:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A year after emerging from bankruptcy protection, Chrysler Group LLC said Monday that growing car and truck sales helped it narrow its second-quarter loss to $172 million. The U.S. and Canada are Chrysler's primary markets, and both have seen increased demand for cars and trucks since a recession-related slump last year.

Two Men Crash Firebird Into Ethanol Plant, Gas Line

August 9, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) — Two Fairbank men are dead after the car they were riding in crashed into a natural gas line at an ethanol plant. Authorities say 49-year-old Brad William Higgins died at the scene of Friday's crash. The car's driver, 23-year-old Corey Allen Annis, died Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol says it appears that Annis lost control of the Pontiac Firebird, sending the car into a ditch, where it rolled several times.

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Experts Conflicted On How To Prevent Workplace Shootings

August 9, 2010 4:51 am | by Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Criminologists call it murder by proxy — rampages by employees who go after their boss, supervisors and even co-workers they link to the source of their outrage. The message is: Look who's doing the firing now. These eruptions of workplace violence often occur in similarly brutal ways.

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China Closes Polluting Factories For Being 'Backward'

August 9, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's government has ordered 2,087 steel and cement mills and other factories with poor energy efficiency to close as it struggles to cut waste and improve the country's battered environment. The "backward" facilities produce steel, coke, aluminum, paper and other materials in areas throughout China and must close by late September, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Sunday.

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HP CEO Ousted Over Sexual Harassment Claim

August 9, 2010 4:47 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman at the center of the sexual harassment claim that forced the resignation of Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd revealed her identity Sunday and said she is "surprised and saddened" that Hurd lost his job. Jodie Fisher, 50, an actress and businesswoman, knew Hurd through her contract jobs with HP's marketing department from 2007 to 2009.

Seal Or Sell? BP Has Option On Remaining Oil

August 6, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The vast oil reservoir beneath BP's blown-out well could still be worth billions of dollars even after it spewed crude into the Gulf of Mexico for more than three months — but the multinational company blamed for causing the disaster isn't saying whether it plans to cash in on this potential windfall.

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