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Daimler To Pay $185 Million To Settle Bribery Investigations

March 24, 2010 4:45 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Car manufacturer Daimler AG will pay $185 million to settle criminal and civil investigations in which the company is accused of paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to officials of at least 22 foreign governments over the course of a decade, two people familiar with the deal said Tuesday.

NYC Crane Inspector Took Bribes, Faked Inspections

March 24, 2010 4:38 am | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The city's former chief crane inspector admitted taking more than $10,000 in payoffs to fake inspection and crane operator licensing exam results, selling out a 26-year career bit by bit over nearly a decade. James Delayo showed no emotion Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to receiving bribes and read a short statement in court acknowledging his crimes in a case that helped raise questions about the city's oversight of construction and spurred changes designed to keep a tighter rein on cranes.

Fiat Puts 5,000 Italians Out Of Work

March 24, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Fiat will cut 5,000 jobs in Italy, slash the number of car models and increase production as part of its new strategic plan, a newspaper reported Wednesday. La Repubblica said the cuts would affect about 15 percent of the 30,000 assembly line workers at Fiat. They would include between 2,000 and 2,500 workers at the historic Mirafiori plant in Turin and some 1,500 employee at the Termini Imerese plant in Sicily, which will stop auto production next year.

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BAE Systems Cutting 200 Jobs At Tenn. Plant

March 24, 2010 4:21 am | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Body armor manufacturer BAE Systems is laying off about 200 employees at its East Tennessee plant because of a sluggish economy and the failure to win an anticipated contract. WBIR reported that the layoffs will leave about 120 employees on the job. The company cut 74 jobs at theplant in February.

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GM Creates 'Envy' With New Electric Concept Car

March 24, 2010 4:20 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — It's not quite as foldable as the space vehicle that cartoon figure George Jetson pops into his briefcase as he bops into the office. But the EN-V concept car, GM's "automobile solution" for the future, just might fit into an apartment foyer. General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC will showcase the "Electric Networked-Vehicle" launched Wednesday in their joint pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, which opens May 1 and runs for six months.

Know Your Lifting Limits

March 23, 2010 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller’s (Tampa, FL) Weightroller 100 and 100+ are hydraulic scales accurate to within 2 percent of the lifting capacity of the machine. They now provide a forklift operator with a visual (flash) and audible (beep) at the approach of unsafe overload conditions.

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Lamination Made Safer, Easier

March 23, 2010 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ttarp Industries, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) offers its 60-inch heat laminating system, which is designed to laminate, slit, and rewind heat-activated or cold-bonded adhesive products. The laminators process sheet or roll goods, including rubber, plastic, foam, and others. Other features include: Two sets of larger (5” diameter) silicone pinch rollers to improve bonding on thin materials.

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Cranes Tell You Where It Hurts

March 23, 2010 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SMARTON from Konecranes (Springfield, OH) is an overhead crane designed to minimize total lifecycle costs and maximize productivity, along with being rugged and flexible in challenging industrial environments. The SMARTON can lift loads ranging from 30 tons to more than 500 tons.

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Inventory Management Fits Anywhere

March 23, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Absolute E-Z UP (Charleston, SC) offers the ISP-11 inventory management solution, with an innovative driving system that maintains a 57” outside turning radius and allows the platform to rotate a complete turn on its axis. The ISP-11 can be operated in locations with high-density shelving systems and congested aisle-ways, and features a platform capacity of 187 pounds and the ability to drive over a 35 percent grade.

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Overcoming Jelly Belly Aches

March 23, 2010 11:26 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-In-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Requests from overseas customers started almost immediately after it became known in 1980 that President-elect Ronald Reagan adored the jelly beans made by the Herman Goelitz Candy Company. Jelly Belly® jelly beans were different from the standard penny store jellies, instead manufactured through a meticulous process, with intense and unusual flavors in the candy shell as well as inside of the bean, using natural ingredients for flavoring.

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For Health Or Money?

March 23, 2010 5:28 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial director | Blogs | Comments

It should be rather straight forward. Eating better = living healthier. Greater overall health = reduced nation-wide health care costs and less taxpayer burden. Again, this seems like a clear connection to make. The unfortunate truth is that clarity has never been a strength of bureaucratic organizations, and the political pessimist in me says our governments are no different.

China's Geely Close To Volvo Acquisition

March 23, 2010 5:10 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Zhejiang Geely Holding Group expects to wrap up talks on buying Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo car unit by the end of this month, a spokesman for the Chinese automaker said Tuesday. "I cannot tell the exact date, but so far everything goes smoothly, and I think the contract will be signed in March," said Ren Daqing, a spokesman for Geely in Beijing.

Hugo Boss Plant Closure Spurs Hollywood Boycott

March 23, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Glover is meeting in Cleveland with workers at a men's suit plant whose plight became the actor's cause during the recent Academy Awards. The star of the "Lethal Weapon" movies joined with a union in urging Hollywood not to wear Hugo Boss suits to the Oscars earlier this month, to show support for the factory's 375 employees.

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PA Chemical Plant Leaks... Again

March 23, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says a chemical leak at a Marathon Petroleum Co. tank station south of Pittsburgh was the second in a month at the facility. In Monday's incident, about 4,000 gallons of an oil-based asphalt emulsion leaked from a tank at the company's Floreffe tank farm in Jefferson Hills.

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Mitsubishi To Triple Electric Car Output

March 23, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday it aims to more than triple annual production of its electric car — the i-MiEV — over the next three years, anticipating robust global demand for the zero-emission vehicle. Mitsubishi will make some 9,000 i-MiEVs in the upcoming fiscal year starting April 1, some 18,000 in the following year and 30,000 in the fiscal year starting April 2012, said company spokesman Yuki Murata.

New CA Jobs Bill Favors Green Manufacturing

March 23, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger two jobs-related bills that would extend a $10,000 homebuyer's tax credit through the end of the year and give a tax break to the green-technology industry. The Senate and Assembly passed the bills with bipartisan support in hopes of promoting housing construction and making California more inviting to businesses involved in developing alternative energy.

NY Police Agree Driver Error Caused Prius Crash

March 23, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — A housekeeper who reported that her boss' Toyota Prius accelerated on its own and wouldn't brake as she hurtled toward a stone wall apparently had her foot on the gas pedal the entire time, according to a police investigation that concluded the driver, not the car, caused the accident.

33 Plaintiffs Dismissed In 'Popcorn Lung' Suits

March 22, 2010 5:03 am | News | Comments

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Eleven plaintiffs remain in a round of lawsuits against a microwave popcorn packaging plant in Jasper. Originally, 44 plaintiffs were part of lawsuits filed in 2006 against the makers of butter flavorings used at the Jasper Popcorn Co. plant, which has operated as Gilster Mary Lee Corp.

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Auto Supplier Exec Dies, Evades Criminal Charges

March 22, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — The death of a former top executive at CSK Auto Corp. means federal prosecutors won't be able to prove criminal charges that he manipulated earnings reports at the auto parts supplier. Prosecutors filed federal court documents earlier this month that notified the court of the death of former CSK president Martin G.

Rio Tinto Case Underscores 'Worsening Environment' In China

March 22, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, China — An Australian executive and three Chinese officials with mining giant Rio Tinto pleaded guility to accepting bribes in a Shanghai court, lawyers said Monday in a case that has strained relations between the countries. The lawyers said Stern Hu and the three Chinese nationals — Liu Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong — pleaded guilty but disputed the amounts they are alleged to have accepted.

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