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Fire Shuts Down IN Tyson Facility

March 5, 2010 9:42 am | News | Comments

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. suspended operations at a pork processing plant in northern Indiana after a fire damaged the facility. No injuries were reported from the Friday morning fire, which authorities say forced about 1,000 workers from the Logansport plant. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says the fire involved part of the roof over the plant's slaughter area.

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GE CEO Turns Down Bonus For Second Straight Year

March 5, 2010 9:36 am | News | Comments

STEPHEN MANNING, AP Business Writer General Electric Co. said Friday that Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt did not receive 2009 bonus, the second straight year he gave up extra pay as the industrial and financial conglomerate struggled with one of its worst years on record. GE's board of directors agreed to Immelt's request not to grant him a bonus even though it concluded he had performed well during a brutal year for the company, according a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Turning Trash Into Cash

March 5, 2010 6:15 am | Articles | Comments

The holiday season always proves to be a busy time for retailers and wholesalers alike. Alexandra Foods Co., makers of the finest pierogies and Polish dumplings in the Chicago area are no different. The year-end rush for their products places an undue burden on their factory, which is unable to keep up with the amount of cardboard and plastic shipping and packing materials.

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All-Stainless Cylinders

March 5, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fabco-Air (Gainsville, FL) now offers 3 new styles of cylinders with all exposed surfaces made of stainless steel. The new styles include: The Pancake, a round, compact cylinder that has a uni-body construction and a smooth outside surface that doesn't trap wash down solution or allow bacteria growth.

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Be Kind To Your Ears

March 5, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SZ Acoustic Curtain Walls from Zoneworks (Milwaukee, WI) can make reducing excessive noise within an industrial facility easy and affordable. The walls reduce noise levels inside buildings by up to 22-25 decibels, making a space approximately four times quieter than it would be without them.

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Clean Up With Soy

March 5, 2010 6:05 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Soy Technologies (Nicholasville, KY) introduces the SoyGreen MultiPack, a specially-packed case of cleaning products designed for cleaning the varied surfaces of industrial facilities. The soy-based products are environmentally-safe, VOC-compliant, and contain no alcohol or other petrochemicals.

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Prevent Over-Torque, Over-Stress

March 5, 2010 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley Proto (Conyers, GA) has expanded its lineup of Dial Electronic Wrenches with seven new SKU’s, bringing the total to nine sizes to choose from. The wrenches have torque ranges from 7.5 in-lbs. to 2000 ft-lbs., so there is a solution regardless of the maintenance issue.

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Lawmaker: Investigate Deaths Linked To Chinese Drywall

March 5, 2010 3:48 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Sen. David Vitter has called for federal officials to do a more thorough review of the deaths of several people who lived in homes that contained smelly, possibly toxic Chinese drywall. Federal officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission said they have investigated and found no link between the drywall and the deaths of eight people.

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Commercial Metals Closes Nev. Plant, Cuts 100 Jobs

March 5, 2010 3:36 am | News | Comments

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — Commercial Metals Co. is closing its Fallon plant, and scores of employees will lose their jobs. Officials for the Irving, Texas-based company are blaming the sluggish economy for the closure set for April 29. But they declined to release the number of affected employees.

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Lawsuit Reveals Details In Deadly Refinery Blast

March 5, 2010 3:32 am | by Tim Korte, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A survivor of a deadly explosion and fire at a southeastern New Mexico oil refinery has filed a lawsuit, saying the cause was a welding accident and that the plant operator failed to follow safety procedures. Juan Carlos Hermosillo, also known as Elias Aleman, remained hospitalized Thursday with injuries from Tuesday's explosion at Navajo Refinery in Artesia, N.

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Pratt & Whitney Demands Quick Decision On Jobs Appeal

March 5, 2010 3:31 am | News | Comments

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney asked a federal appeals court Thursday to act quickly on the jet engine maker's request to overturn a judge's ruling that blocks the company from moving 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. In a request to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Pratt & Whitney said a decision is needed soon to avoid financial harm because the company plans to shut two Connecticut plants immediately after its union contract expires in December.

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Toyota President Ushers In 'New Beginning'

March 5, 2010 3:29 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota President Akio Toyoda urged thousands of his employees Friday to work toward a new start and win back customer trust following safety lapses that have battered the world's biggest carmaker. "Let's go with high spirits, have fun and be confident while staying humble," Toyoda, choking up and wearing a gray workman's jacket, told 2,000 workers packed into the company's headquarters.

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Wyoming Senate Kills Worker Safety Bill

March 4, 2010 9:11 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would have increased employer penalties for workplace safety violations has died in the Wyoming State Senate. House Bill 93 had come out of a worker safety task force Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed last year to address the state's chronically high worker fatality rate, particularly in the energy industry.

I Have Seen Many Weird And Wonderful Things

March 4, 2010 8:31 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

In early 2010, Rollon added more than twenty years of linear motion experience to its roster by bringing Rick Wood on board as managing director. In the latest PD&D Fireside Chat, Wood taps into those 20 years to discuss bearing jokes, one-piece flow, silly ways to make money and the further weakening of the dollar — among other things.

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CSB Releases 7 Guidelines To Reduce Workplace Explosions

March 4, 2010 7:30 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Write | News | Comments

r MILWAUKEE (AP) — There was no reason to think the storage tank was unsafe. All it contained was recycled water and organic waste. So when a damaged part needed repair, three workers approached the top of the 80-foot-tall tank on a catwalk and one worker began welding. Moments later an explosion tore through the massive tank.

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Measure Your Facility In 1,500,000 Ways

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HygroLog NL-HT data logger from Rotronic USA (Hauppauge, NY) uses HygroClip2 sensors and the AirChip3000 to record many different physical parameters while meeting all requirements for FDA, CFR Part 11, and GAMP compliance. The HydroLog is ideal for applications in which long-term recording of humidity and temperature is critical, according to the company, such as pharmaceutical, food, and electronics manufacturers.

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No Need For Night-Lights

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HEPC Series of emergency power controls from High-Lites (Wallingford, CT) adapt locally switched lighting fixtures for operation during power interruptions, with a design that bypasses the local switch. HEPC power controls also save energy by eliminate the need for night-light circuits.

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Servomotors In Three Weeks Flat

March 4, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Industry, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) announces a new service for its line of 1FK7 servomotors, which allows customers to place an order for any Siemens customizable servomotor and have it drop-shipped in three weeks. A diverse range of options are available, creating more than 100,000 possible configurations, according to the company, including all compact (CT) and high-dynamic (HD) servomotors.

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Can You Gauge Your Tube Fittings?

March 4, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hy-Lok USA (Mobile, AL) now offers leak-free double ferrule compression tube fittings, which are specifically designed for interchangeability with other major manufacturers. The Hy-Lok fittings are ideal for engine or turbine manufacturers. The tube fittings are also gaugeable, which is important in maintaining maximum safety during the installation of compression tube fittings.

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Puerto Rican Hand Sanitizer Contaminated With Bacteria

March 4, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers in Puerto Rico that two locally produced hand sanitizers contain high levels of bacteria. The agency says "Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer" with Aloe Vera and "MD Quality Hand Sanitizer" are distributed only in the U.

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