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Magnetic-Free Positioning

March 9, 2010 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) introduces the new LI-Q25 series linear position sensors, which replace magnetostrictive and potentiometer devices to deliver precise measurements in metal processors, rolling mills, or injection molding machines. The LI-Q25 sensors do not require a magnetic positioning device, so they are unaffected by metal debris.

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Detroit Downsizes To Save Itself

March 9, 2010 4:07 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile. Operating on a scale never before attempted in this country, the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods.

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P&G Recalls 'Taco Night' Pringles For Salmonella

March 9, 2010 3:55 am | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble Co. has recalled two versions of Pringles chips because of concerns about potential Salmonella exposure. The Cincinnati-based consumer products maker says the Cheeseburger and "Taco Night" versions of the snack are being recalled. The company is offering replacement coupons or refunds.

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Nature's Valley Expands Pet Food Recall

March 9, 2010 3:42 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nature's Variety has expanded its recall of chicken-flavored pet food because of concerns over salmonella. The Lincoln, Neb.-based company said Monday that the raw, frozen food is being recalled because it could be contaminated with salmonella. The recall includes three-pound packages of chicken medallions, six-pound packages of chicken patties and two-pound packages of chicken chubs.

Exelixis Cuts 270 Biotechnology Jobs

March 9, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Biotechnology company Exelixis Inc. plans to eliminate about 270 jobs, or around 40 percent of its staff, as it tries to save money and continue development of cancer drugs with Sanofi-Aventis SA and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. After the market closed on Monday, Exelixis said it will cut jobs and restructure its business to focus on its most advanced drugs.

EU Warns U.S. Of Boeing-Over-Northrop Protectionism

March 9, 2010 3:39 am | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU on Tuesday warned the United States against protectionism after a European-led consortium pulled out of the bidding for an Air Force contract, saying the terms had been altered to favor a U.S. company. EADS, the parent company of Airbus, had partnered with Northrop Grumman to vie for the tanker project, but their consortium pulled out on Monday.

Miss. Officials Disgusted Over Loss Of Tanker Contract

March 9, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials expressed both disappointment and disgust with a Pentagon process that prompted Northrop Grumman Corp. to drop out of the competition for an Air Force refueling tanker contract. The Northrop proposal had set off a celebration along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mobile, Ala.

Apple Cares About Your Employees

March 9, 2010 3:33 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple found more than a  dozen serious labor law violations  that needed quick fixing – keep in mind that this includes Apple’s own labor policies to which its suppliers need adhere. Similar to  Wal-Mart’s  green supplier push after a history of eco-PR terrorism, Apple took the initiative when an employee from a Chinese iPhone factory  leapt off of the  12th floor of his apartment building  after a prototype went missing.

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Bottler Bets On Stretch Wrapping Technology

March 9, 2010 3:23 am | Articles | Comments

The Lantech No Film Break stretch wrapper in action at Buffalo Rock Company, Birmingham, Alabama. Buffalo Rock Company—a private, family-owned Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes bottler—has the flexibility to make quick decisions, so when given the opportunity to shakedown an alpha model of Lantech's patent-pending No Film Break stretch wrapping machine in 2008, the company took the offer.

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Get A Rigid Grip On Management

March 8, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Orlando, FL) has launched RIDGIDConnect, an online business tool designed for service professionals to securely share and store job site information via a computer, laptop, or smart phone. The online suite can store job site photos or videos, job reports, maintenance records, customer lists, and other files needed for recordkeeping.

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Brazil Punishes U.S. With Tariffs On Cars, Ketchup

March 8, 2010 6:57 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — Affecting products from Ford automobiles to Heinz ketchup, Brazil announced Monday a range of sanctions against American goods in retaliation for the United States' failure to eliminate billions in illegal cotton subsidies. The higher tariffs affecting dozens of products from fresh fruit to sunglasses comes after the World Trade Organization authorized Brazil last year to set $829.

Adhesives From On High

March 8, 2010 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

LORD Corporation (Cary, NC) has produced a new aqueous primer and covercoat adhesive for bonding during vulcanization to metal, the Chemlok 8212, which is designed for use with the Chemlok 8008 Primer. The primer increases environmental resistance for the bonded assembly and adhesion to the substrate—LORD’s bonding solution works on cold rolled steel, phosphatized steel, and aluminum.

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Keep An Eye On Time

March 8, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ED210 TIME CLOCK from Computerwise, Inc. (Olathe, KS) is a large format, wall-mounted digital time display with 4” high digits. The self-contained time-of-day clock can be periodically synchronized with a designated SNTP time server located on your local network.

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Repair, Don't Scrap, Frames And Columns

March 8, 2010 6:20 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

RIDG-U-RAK (North East, PA) introduces a turnkey rack repair solution for damaged frames and columns, which are designed to fit any manufacturer’s rack system. The repair kits are available in straight leg, slant back, and set-back designs. Features of the repair kits include: Heavy-duty horizontal and diagonal bracing, with a full length heavy-gauge rear channel, offering complete and rigid engagement with the rear column.

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Consumers, Business Locked In Spending Stalemate

March 8, 2010 4:09 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — To understand why jobs are so scarce, consider John McFarland and Nicole Rosen. The two share something in common: They're reluctant to spend freely. McFarland is CEO of Baldor Electric Co. in Fort Smith, Ark.; Rosen is a consumer in Washington state. Each is earning and saving money.

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My Garbage Blanket

March 8, 2010 3:58 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As I drove down Madison’s Beltline highway during last Friday's lovely 40-degree afternoon in search of lunch, I saw some of the first signs of spring. The city-wide blanket of snow was beginning to look like a blanket soaked in beer and run across a dirty wood floor.

Ex-GM Workers Hope Documentary Will Reveal Hardship

March 8, 2010 3:46 am | News | Comments

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Four displaced autoworkers invited to the Academy Awards hope a documentary that chronicled the closing of their General Motors factory will draw attention to the plight of the jobless. The HBO film "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant" was nominated for best documentary short.

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As GM Exits, V-Vehicle Poised To Take Over Louisana

March 8, 2010 3:33 am | by Alan Sayre, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has reached a crossroad in its quest to catch up with other Southeast states in the automobile manufacturing business: one of its companies is on the way out, while the other is waiting to get started — both with the help of Washington, D.C. On the way out is General Motors Co.

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Boeing Unexpectedly Cancels Evergreen's 787 Contract

March 8, 2010 3:31 am | News | Comments

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Officials at Evergreen International Aviation Inc. are shocked and disappointed to lose a contract to operate Boeing Co.'s "Dreamlifter" super freighters, the chairman of the McMinnville-based aviation services company said. The converted 747 jumbo jets fly components for Boeing's new 787 jetliners to its assembly plant in Everett, Wash.

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Ohio Missed Out On Solar Revolution, Thousands Of Jobs

March 8, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has missed out on thousands of manufacturing jobs in the solar industry because it was slow to phase out certain taxes and make other adjustments to lure factories, a newspaper reported Sunday. Industry analysts say Ohio is fighting both the perception and reality of having a noncompetitive tax structure compared with other states.

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