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S.C. Company Wins $16m Contract For Mine Disposal Vehicles

February 23, 2010 3:49 am | News | Comments

LADSON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina company that makes armored vehicles has received a $16 million contract to build mine disposal vehicles for the armed services of the United Kingdom. Force Protection Inc. of Ladson said Tuesday the contract calls for building 23 of its Cougar Mastiff vehicles.

More Tritium Leaks Uncovered At Yankee Nuclear

February 23, 2010 3:40 am | by Dave Gram, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant had a radioactive leak years before the one found last month, confirming a Legislature consultant's disclosure last week that aplant employee told him of a previous leak at the reactor. Donald Jackson, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission section chief, confirmed in a conference call between NRC officials and reporters that the 2005 leak occurred in the same pipe system that is the focus of the search for the source of the current leak.

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Brewery Worker Abuses Free Beer, Injures 4 In Car Accident

February 23, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State Farm Insurance has sued Deschutes Brewery, saying it allowed an employee to drink too much free beer before he was involved in a traffic accident. The lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court seeks $230,000. It alleges the employee was told by a supervisor that workers were allowed one free beer at the end of a shift, but no one monitored how much the employee drank.

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Kleen, O & G Sued For Safety Violations In Deadly Blast

February 23, 2010 3:37 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two workers injured in a power plant explosion filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that proper safety procedures were not followed, and an attorney said that included live electricity running through the site, workers welding and a gas-fueled torch heater running when the blast happened.

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Ace Makes The Grade

February 22, 2010 9:53 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Ace Hardware Corp. manufactures only one product that bears its name brand amongst all of the do-it-yourself tools, equipment and other miscellany occupying its more than 4,600 retail stores nationwide. That product is paint, or more specifically, an entire line of interior and exterior water-, latex-, oil- and solvent-based paints, stains, varnishes and coatings.

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Hydrostatic Load Cells Bear The Weight Of Washdown

February 22, 2010 8:01 am | by Rudi Baisch, Emery Winslow | Articles | Comments

“We just lost another load cell on mixer scale number three” is not what any operations or maintenance manager wants to hear in a busy food processing facility. When a scale goes down, and accurate weight data is no longer available, it creates a real problem for production. When Plumrose USA, premium meat product provider, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, decided to do something about it, they turned to Emery Winslow Scale Company for help.

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What Smells Like Eggs?

February 22, 2010 7:59 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The situation is nothing to rival the  coffee crisis  of 2009 or the interoffice email crisis . We lost many good Cubites in the conflicts that ended with the dismantling of the Great Foam Wall. The site of our latest office scandal hangs over an olive-colored bog wading through the aisles of a once great, now crumbling foam city.

Uncloaking The Food Industry

February 22, 2010 7:59 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Some American consumers seem to believe that a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to the production of our food is the only thing that keeps Americans eating pre-packaged and processed foods—that if we were exposed to the real processes by which our food made it to the shelf, we’d all fork over the extra dollars and spend the extra hours required to cook fresh produce and free range meat.

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Die Casting Ladles

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northern Iron and Machine (St. Paul, MN) is now offering an expanded line of replacement ladle cups and mounting brackets for most model die casting machines. The cups now come in eleven models with capacities from 0.44 lbs to 33.70 lbs. The replacement cups are heavy-duty, ¼” ductile iron, and have contoured shapes for smooth pouring and resistance to metal build-up.

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Guard Your Energy

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ENERGY GUARD from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides a perimeter seal along the sides and rear hinge of a dock leveler to block dirt, debris, and insects, and most importantly, prevent energy loss. The design seals the gaps between the dock leveler and concrete pit walls up to 9” above the dock.

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Get A Handle On Stress

February 22, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech (Flemington, NJ) offers the ATEX polyamide strain reliefs for cable entries to provide increased safety in explosion-endangered areas by eliminating any potential for arcs, sparks, or hot surfaces. The IP68-rated strain reliefs offer neoprene seals and promote optimized sealing and protection against contaminants.

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Short But Powerful

February 22, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new CM25 self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioner from MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) offers a high cooling capacity at a lower cost than conventional solutions, such as precision cooling systems. The CM25 was designed specifically for spaces with dense heat loads and small spaces, at only 20” high.

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Pediatricians Push For Better Choking Warnings On Food

February 22, 2010 4:02 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

High-Tech Waste Strangling 3rd World

February 22, 2010 3:59 am | by Jim Gomez and Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Sales of household electrical gadgets will boom across the developing world in the next decade, wreaking environmental havoc if there are no new strategies to deal with the discarded TVs, cell phones and computers, a U.N. report said Monday. The environmental and health hazards posed by the globe's mounting electronic waste are particularly urgent in developing countries, which are already dumping grounds for rich nations' high-tech trash, the U.

Del. Negotiates Pollution Deal At Specialty Steel Plant

February 22, 2010 3:53 am | News | Comments

CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say they are working on a new pollution control settlement for Evraz Claymont Steel. Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O'Mara told lawmakers recently that company officials appear ready to make new investments to control metallic dust and other problems at the site.

Whitacre Earns $9 Million As GM CEO

February 22, 2010 3:44 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. CEO Ed Whitacre will receive a salary of $1.7 million this year, plus stock awards that will bring his total pay package to $9 million at a later date, the automaker said Friday. In a surprise announcement, GM also said former CEO Fritz Henderson has been rehired as a consultant.

212 Jobs Lost In Ark. Air Conditioning Plant

February 22, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Officials say 212 workers are likely to lose their jobs by the end of the year at a Fort Smith plant that makes air conditioning systems, mostly for homes. Ingersoll Rand, the parent firm of Trane Residential Solutions, said Friday that some of the production at the Trane plant at Fort Smith will be moved to a plant in Lynn Haven, Fla.

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Surviving The 1,000-Mile Commute

February 22, 2010 3:26 am | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — In the early dawn, after another week building cars, Michael Hanley leaves his job in Kansas. He quickly zips into Missouri, then heads up a ribbon of highway past grain silos and grazing deer, across the frozen fields of Iowa, over the Mississippi River and into the rolling hills of Wisconsin.

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Cranes In Dry Or Wet

February 19, 2010 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) is offering the CastMaster crane series, a custom-engineered crane system designed to improve the speed and efficiency for precast and prestressed product manufacturers using the WetCast or DryCast process. The system can result in a throughput improvement up to 20 percent in areas of the manufacturing process, according to the company.

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Easy-To-Use Friction Testing

February 19, 2010 11:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Advanced Friction Tester from Gardco (Pomano Beach, FL) produces detailed fingerprints of new substrates, coatings, and production samples. These characteristic can be saved and compared at any time, allowing the manufacturer to specify the optimum surface finish for any packaging process.

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