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Imperial Sugar Appeals $8.8M OSHA Fine, Denies Wrongdoing

April 5, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A hearing is scheduled for May 18 in Savannah on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's attempt to fine Imperial Sugar Co. $8.8 million. Explosions and a fire killed 14 people and injured many others at Imperial's Port Wentworth, Ga. refinery in 2008. OSHA issued 124 citations at Port Wentworth.

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V-Vehicle Founder Ousted, Venture Capitalists Take Over

April 5, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

MONROE, La. (AP) — Founder Frank Varasano has been replaced as chief executive officer of V-Vehicle Co., the San Diego-based company created to build fuel-efficient cars, the company says. Ray Lane, a managing partner of V-Vehicle's largest investor — the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers LLP — is running the company while officials look for a full-time CEO, according to a brief statement released Friday.

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OSHA, CSB: U.S. Refineries Marred By Safety Violations

April 5, 2010 4:12 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. oil refineries have an ongoing problem with accidents that turn deadly, losing four times as much money from such incidents than refineries in the rest of the world, according to an insurance company report obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The problem is highlighted by a deadly string of explosions, including one that killed four people Friday at a Tesoro Corp.

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BMW Hiring 200 At Greer, S.C. Plant

April 5, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — Automaker BMW Manufacturing Co. plans to hire about 200 temporary production and logistics workers at its South Carolina plant. The Greenville News reported last week that applicants need a stable work history, a high school diploma or GED and be capable of working 10-hour shifts.

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Stretch Wrapping Technology Reduces Line Stoppages

April 2, 2010 9:14 am | Articles | Comments

In 2008, Buffalo Rock Company—a private, family-owned Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes bottler—had the opportunity to test Lantech's patent-pending No Film Break stretch wrapping machine. The company jumped at the offer. "We were already planning to buy an equivalent Lantech rotary-arm machine—without No Film Break—and determined this alpha machine trial was low risk to us, with the manufacturer standing behind it and able to monitor its performance through an on-line connection," says George Garrison, general manager of manufacturing at Buffalo Rock.

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Don’t Hate the Biofuel Player, Hate the Game

April 2, 2010 9:14 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Last Monday I came back to work after three weeks off. In that relatively short period of time, a lot has changed. Firstly, I’m now married to the girl of my dreams and ridiculously excited about spending the rest of my life with such an incredible person. Secondly, the snow and ice covering Madison, WI has completely subsided, allowing me to pull out the grill in preparation for the 70 degree weather that will apparently arrive at the end of this week.

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3 Dead, 4 Injured In Wash. Oil Refinery Explosion

April 2, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Three people are dead and four critically injured after an explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Washington state shook homes and shot flames into the night sky. Tesoro Corp. says three people died in the fire at its refinery in Anacortes, Wash., about 70 miles north of Seattle.

Hiring Reaches 3-Year High, Manufacturing Continues Climb

April 2, 2010 4:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month. The increase in payrolls is the latest sign that the economic recovery is gaining momentum and healing in the job market is beginning.

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Hyundai's Montgomery Plant Sets Monthly Production Record

April 2, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery's Hyundai plant reports that it produced more vehicles in March than ever before in a single month. A preliminary report says the plant produced more than 28,000 vehicles last month. That broke the plantrecord of 27,157 set in May 2007.

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French Workers Protest Plant Closure With Bomb Threats

April 2, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

CREPY-EN-VALOIS, France (AP) — Workers at a factory north of Paris are threatening to set fire to a huge gas tank to protest the planned closure of the factory. About 50 workers at Sodimatex, which makes car rugs, have been occupying the site in Crepy-en-Valois since Thursday. They want to pressure the company for better compensation.

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Last Corolla Rolls Off Nummi Assembly Line

April 2, 2010 4:25 am | by Brooke Donald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — California's sole auto plant shut down Thursday as the last car rolled off the assembly line and thousands of now unemployed workers walked out the doors, some crying. A red Toyota Corolla was the last of nearly 8 million vehicles that have moved through production at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

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OSHA Fines Bimbo Bakeries $230,000

April 2, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State regulators have fined Bimbo Bakeries more than $230,000 for violations of health and safety laws at three of its California plants. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Thursday that citations were issued at Bimbo Bakeries in Montebello, Escondido and South San Francisco.

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Accident Kills Two At Kansas Fertilizer Plant

April 2, 2010 4:22 am | News | Comments

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An industrial accident at a Kansas fertilizer plant has left two workers dead and another injured. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the MagnaGro International plant in Lawrence. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford says a worker fell into a tank of a nonhazardous substance he wouldn't identify.

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At Least You Have A Job

April 2, 2010 4:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

“Well… I guess I should just be glad I have a job.” Ugh. I sincerely feel that this distasteful phrase is the ugly ribbon tied around our pre-packaged recession malaise. Don’t get me wrong… I AM glad to have a job. But as we grapple up this economic canyon, the lingering cries of a desperately submissive workforce have muted our national confidence.

Chocolate Potpourri Finds Sweet Solution

April 1, 2010 10:54 am | Articles | Comments

After experiencing operational inefficiencies, candy store truffle manufacturer Chocolate Potpourri, sought out an affordable ERP solution that offered a single, integrated database providing up-to-the minute, real-time data for manufacturing, distribution and accounting purposes.

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Jump Starting Your Manufacturing Business In 2010

April 1, 2010 10:52 am | by Dave Mischler, President, Inner Circle Chicago | Articles | Comments

It is no secret that 2009 was tough for a lot of manufacturing business owners. However, 2010 is setting up to be a year of growth for many businesses and there is no reason yours cannot be a part of that. There are some straight-forward but important steps that you can take to help reinvigorate your business’s performance and get it on track to achieve your long-term goals.

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The Spider Of Efficiency

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

RSW BV (Duvien, The Netherlands) has developed the Smart Mixed Palletizing software, which features the Intelligent Palletizing Software (IPS) to quickly calculate the optimum stacking patterns in any medium. The software works with the MLS Spider palletizing machine to determine the sequence in which crates and boxes should be stacked.

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Prevent Pallet Damage

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Polymer Solutions International, Inc. (Medford, NJ) introduces its ProStack Double Leg Ratchet pallet as a material handling solution for companies tired of forklift and pallet jack damage that leads to piles of scrapped pallets. Additional features on the pallets include: Telescoping double legs for twice the forklift damage protection.

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Control Your Electricity

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Thermal Controls (Redwood City, CA) offers the DigiTrace NGC-30, a multi-circuit electronic control, monitoring, and power distribution system for heat-tracing used in process-temperature maintenance and freeze protection applications. The NGC-30 system can control up to 260 circuits with multiple networked panels.

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ShipShape For Tip-Top Handling

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

ShipShape bulk containers from Meese Orbitron Dunne, Co. (Ashtabula, OH) feature durable covers that establish a sturdy seal with the container to safeguard against dust and vapor release. The molded covers protect the products or materials inside the container from contamination and spillage during transport.

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