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UAW Accuses Toyota Of Phasing Out Unions

June 18, 2010 4:35 am | by Dan Strumpf and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota's announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation. But the decision drew fire from America's largest auto union, which accused Toyota of shifting production from a union plant to a nonunion facility.

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Campell Recalls 15 Million Pounds Of SpaghettiOs

June 18, 2010 4:34 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday. Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned.

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Eye And Face Safety Standard Explained

June 17, 2010 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), of which MSA is along-standing member, announced on April 13, 2010 that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a new standard for eye and face protection. The new Z87.1 standard, titled “ANSI/ISEA Z87.

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Reducing VOCs, Helping The Environment

June 17, 2010 7:19 am | Articles | Comments

Many industrial processes use solvent based paint, ink, and coatings in their manufacturing process. When these solvents dry, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted which are damaging to the environment and can be harmful to health. Legislation, such as the Solvent Emission Directive in the EU and Clean Air Act in the USA, means that something must be done to remove or destroy the VOC prior to exhausting any process air to atmosphere.

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The State Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 17, 2010 6:37 am | by Craig Hodges, General Manager, U.S. Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

In a 2008 research paper titled, “Revised Forecast Advances Date of China Becoming the Preeminent Global Manufacturer,” Global Insights predicted that by the year 2016-17, the United States could lose its status as the world’s top manufacturer for the first time in more than 100 years, providing a clear call to action for U.

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Buy Genuine

June 17, 2010 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Genuine Moyno (Springfield, OH) replacement parts ensure Moyno pumps continue to perform and help reduce the total cost of ownership. The parts meet all product design parameters, quality standards, and manufacturing tolerances. In addition, Moyno’s parts help protect product warranties.

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Analyze Your Water

June 17, 2010 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Triton DO8 Dissolved Oxygen Analyzer System from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD, Irvine, CA) combines a multi-channel digital controller with a fluorescence quenching (FQ) sensing element to provide a reliable monitoring system for water treatment. The DO8 stores calibration data within the sensor, which minimizes maintenance over long service intervals.

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Prevent Falls Easily

June 17, 2010 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Workman Personal Fall Limiter from MSA (Pittsburgh, PA) is made from a lightweight yet durable thermoplastic housing, plus rugged, impact-absorbing protective bumpers. A choice of cable or web lifelines are available, not to mention a multitude of connector choices. The Workman PFL is made to be durable and easy to use, according to the manufacturer, and has a 400-pound working capacity, no annual recertification requirement, and an integral load indicator.

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Cleaning Gets A Cold

June 17, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cold Jet, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced the Aero 40 HP, a compact, high-pressure dry ice blast cleaning system, which provides economical cleaning in an environmentally-friendly format. The Aero 40 HP uses Cold Jet’s SureFlow system to prevent clogging and pellet sublimation, ensuring uninterrupted cleaning performance.

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Want An iPad? Head To China

June 16, 2010 9:28 am | Articles | Comments

While the whole tech world is abuzz over the Apple iPad, one country is notably absent: China. The shiny new gadgets aren't available there yet, but that doesn't mean there isn't a host of copycats and replicas available for the more adventurous consumer, and at a fraction of the cost. In fact, one Chinese businessman claims his manufacturing company was stolen from , by Apple, and he's turning to the law to make his case.

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A Toxic Reputation

June 16, 2010 7:46 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

The call for transparency and accountability is everywhere, and it’s deafening. And that means us — even as responsible corporations and/or environmental citizens, too, not just politicians. With the growing pessimism of consumers against the unknowns of chemicals, paired with the origins of explosions and oil spills, these trends could become disastrous for the processing reputation.

Painting Fighter Jets With Lasers

June 16, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

This Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II doesn't get your standard paint job, to say the least. It's supposed to be able to fly into enemy airspace without being detected by typical radar systems, which isn't an easy task. The people at Lockheed Martin have developed a whole host of laser systems to precisely paint the technology-heavy planes to make them as stealthy as possible.

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Insurers Banned From Dropping Chinese Drywall Owners

June 16, 2010 5:06 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on insurance companies dropping coverage of homeowners who have found corrosive Chinese drywall in their homes is headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal after getting final legislative passage Tuesday. The bill by Rep. Julie Quinn, R-Metairie, would prohibit insurers from canceling or refusing to renew policies for homes because of Chinese-made drywall, which has been blamed for home corrosion and health concerns.

Chrysler Won't Shut Down Production This Summer

June 16, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has ended a cost-saving requirement that all workers take the same two weeks off during the summer, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. For the past two years, cash-starved Chrysler shut down all of its operations during the same two weeks in July that it closed U.

Industrial Production Rises 1.2 Percent, Fuels Economy

June 16, 2010 4:42 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose 1.2 percent in May as manufacturing remained a key engine of the economic recovery. The Federal Reserve says output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rose over April's 0.7 percent increase. The industrial sector's gains reflect the growing strength of the recovery.

Lindt Expands Unique All-In-One Chocolate Plant

June 16, 2010 4:40 am | by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Swiss chocolate maker Lindt had humble beginnings when it set up its U.S. headquarters in southeastern New Hampshire back in 1989. "At that point in time we were a very small unit, manufacturing just a few products," said Ernst Tanner, Lindt CEO. "Our brand was really not established.

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DuPont Ordered To Pay $59,000 For Mercury Pollution

June 16, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Industrial giant DuPont has agreed to pay a $59,000 penalty for mercury discharges at a North Carolina plant. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the settlement relates to the company's polymer fiber manufacturing facility in Kinston. The EPA says discharges at the plant exceeded permitted levels of mercury for eight months between September 2008 and March 2009.

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EPA: Climate Bill To Cost Less Than A Postage Stamp

June 16, 2010 4:34 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A climate and energy bill being pushed in the Senate would cost American households 22 to 40 cents a day — less than the cost of a first-class postage stamp, the Obama administration said Tuesday. An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the Senate bill, sponsored by Sens.

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Berries Benefit From Project Management Solution

June 15, 2010 12:06 pm | Articles | Comments

Driscoll’s is a fourth-generation family-owned company that is the world’s leading supplier of fresh berries. The company works with a network of independent farmers throughout the world and needed a project management solution that would enable it to efficiently oversee and execute global projects throughout the organization.

Mixing Up Some Chicken Breast Tonight?

June 15, 2010 12:05 pm | Articles | Comments

Scientists at the University of Missouri have accomplished what many thought to be impossible: making fake chicken that tastes and feels like the real deal. It's soy-based, and considered to be the first "meat analogue." While some might consider it a novelty, the scientists involved think it could help the country depend less on expensive and agriculturally-intensive poultry production while continuing to satisfy our love for all things chicken.

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