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GM Partners With China's SAIC For Fuel-Efficient Engines

August 18, 2010 4:43 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. and Chinese partner SAIC announced Wednesday plans for joint development of fuel-efficient small engines and transmissions, focusing squarely on the fastest-growing part of China's huge auto market. The companies, which run several joint ventures including their flagship Shanghai GM, will develop a 1 liter to 1.

Foxconn Holds Morale Parades For Disheartened Workers

August 18, 2010 4:42 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Young workers who normally spend their days assembling iPhones and other high-tech gadgets packed a stadium at their massive campus Wednesday, waving pompoms and shouting slogans at a rally to raise morale following a string of suicides at the company's heavily regimented factories.

Deere Posts 47 Percent Jump In 3Q Profit

August 18, 2010 4:40 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Deere & Co. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit grew 47 percent because American and Canadian farmers bought enough of the company's large equipment to offset a sharp downturn in Europe, but Deere kept its forecast for the year conservative. The company reported $617 million net income, or $1.

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Union: Navistar To Leave Fort Wayne, Ind.

August 18, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A union official at the Navistar International plant in Fort Wayne says the company has told workers it plans to phase out its operations in that city within three years. United Auto Workers Local 2911 President Tom Burkholder says workers got that message Tuesday but it could be a negotiating stategy.

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Vacuums For Gases

August 17, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KNF (Trenton, NJ) N860-Series diaphragm vacuum pumps can sample, transfer, or evacuate air and gases. The compact pumps have structured diaphragm that optimize pneumatic performance and a long service life. N680 pumps feature multi-port valves to tolerate condensation without damage, perform oil-free transfer with an uncontaminated flow, and run quietly with low vibration.

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Abrasives Made Easier

August 17, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MIGHTY-LOK 3 from The Malish Corporation (Willoughby, OH) is a multi-purpose pad driver that can be used with pads, bonnets, diamond discs, and abrasive pucks. The driver is available in sizes ranging from 13” to 20” and includes a molded riser and universal Malish NP-9200 Tru-Fit Clutch Plate built in to the block.

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Better Gears Make Better Robots

August 17, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Machine (Elk Grove, IL) has developed TH-A Series rigid gears for its SCARA 6-axis robots, providing quicker acceleration/deceleration, a longer life span, and easier maintenance. With the new gears, axis one and two of the TH-A combine to provide a near 360° working area. The TH-A’s arms are constructed of aluminum casing, and span from 650mm to 1,200mm.

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Nomex Stands Up To Combat

August 17, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wiley X (Livermore, CA) has introduced the Wiley X Hybrid Glove, with an 80/20 Nomex/Kevlar weave and an injected molded knuckle protector that can be slipped in and out in seconds to protect the hands. A goatskin rubber helps reinforce high-wear areas on the palm and underside of the fingers.

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FDA: Put Up Or Shut Up

August 17, 2010 4:56 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A battle for jurisdiction over chemicals in food production is ongoing between government agencies like the FDA and food manufacturers. Both groups appear to believe they are in the best position to protect public health.    Despite organizational failings, the FDA is in the position to best oversee food safety.

Industry: Put Your Studies Where Your Mouth Is

August 17, 2010 4:56 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In order to mitigate the potentially heavy regulatory changes coming down the pike, food manufacturers and chemical producers need to be the ones to uncover and disclose the effects of their products on public health. A  Washington Post article  published Monday reported on the lack of information possessed by federal agencies — the FDA and EPA, specifically — about the potential health and environmental risks posed by the chemicals often found in foods and food packaging.

Lawsuits Filed In Deadly Conn. Power Plant Explosion

August 17, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer for a New Jersey man says he'll be filing a $6 million federal lawsuit over injuries his client suffered in a Connecticut power plant explosion that killed six people in February. Attorney William Bloss says the lawsuit will be filed Tuesday morning in U.

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Industrial Production Rose 1 Percent In July

August 17, 2010 4:23 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose in July on the strength of U.S. manufacturing, as auto factories stayed open and businesses replaced worn-out equipment. Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased 1.0 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday.

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Death Toll In Fireworks Blast Rises To 19

August 17, 2010 4:21 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a massive explosion at a fireworks factory in northeast China rose Tuesday to at least 19 workers, with five still missing. Up to 50 people were working at the fireworks factory in the Heilongjiang province city of Yichun when it was rocked by the explosion Monday, damaging nearby buildings and sparking secondary blasts, according to a statement on the local government's website.

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14 Protestors Arrested At Honeywell's Kansas City Plant

August 17, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fourteen protesters have been arrested at the construction site of a Kansas City plant that will make parts for nuclear arms. The Kansas City Star reports Monday's arrests came as about 75 people locked arms and marched onto the excavation site. The $685 million Honeywell plant is being built in southern Kansas City.

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GM Recalls 250,000 Crossovers For Unlatching Seat Belts

August 17, 2010 4:18 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 250,000 crossover vehicles worldwide to inspect second-row seat belts that could be damaged and not latch. GM says the recall affects 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the United States but some are also in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

Obama Touts Wis. Battery Plant As America's Future

August 17, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — President Barack Obama says a Milwaukee-area battery plant represents the country's future in renewable energy. Obama visited ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls on Monday morning. The company makes batteries and fuel cells that get used in renewable-energy products.

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UAW Halts Vote At Indy GM Plant

August 16, 2010 7:53 am | News | Comments

August 16, 2010 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has decided not to go ahead with a vote on a new wage-cutting contract for a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis that is facing sale. UAW Local 23 bargaining chairman Gregory Clark says members won't vote on the proposed contract, which would cut base wages from $29 per hour to $15.

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Air Products Closer To Airgas Takeover

August 16, 2010 7:49 am | News | Comments

August 16, 2010 ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Air Products and Chemicals,Inc. said Monday it has reached an agreement with staff at the Federal Trade Commission on the terms of a consent decree for its $5.5 billion takeover of rival Airgas, Inc. The decree allows Air Products to acquire Airgas if it divests of certain assets, including Airgas's liquid bulk and onsite supply of atmospheric gases.

China Overtakes Japan For Number 2 Economy

August 16, 2010 7:45 am | News | Comments

August 16, 2010 Tomoko A. Hosaka, AP TOKYO (AP) — Japan lost its place as the world's number two economy to China in the second quarter as receding global growth sapped momentum and stunted a shaky recovery. Gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of just 0.4 percent, the government said Monday, far below the annualized 4.

Russian Official Blames Wheat Shortage On Global Warming

August 16, 2010 7:42 am | News | Comments

August 16, 2010 David Nowak, AP MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's heat wave, drought and wildfires — which have killed dozens of people and destroyed millions of acres of wheat — are another indication that global warming is causing more weather extremes around the world, a Russian official stated.

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