GENEVA (AP) — Just when carmakers thought it safe to roll out new models in the wake of the economic crisis — 170 premiers are advertised for the Geneva Auto Show opening this week — a spike in fuel prices has cast a new shadow over the industry and redoubled attention on green technologies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturers likely increased production at a slightly faster pace in February than in January, when output rose at the quickest pace since May 2004. Economists forecast that the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index ticked up to 60.9 in February from 60.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The United Auto Workers say the union has reached a tentative labor agreement with Caterpillar Inc., averting a possible walkout. The UAW says the tentative six-year deal was reached Monday night. Union members will vote on it this weekend. Both Caterpillar and the union issued releases on the agreement Monday night, but neither revealed any details about the proposed contract.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Union workers at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City approved a contract that the company says was needed to keep the plant in Missouri. The seven-year contract approved Monday will mean the loss of about 145 full-time workers. The company will add about 145 positions for workers to fill in when needed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Monday charged a U.S. defense contractor and three of its former board members with accounting fraud, saying the company overstated earnings to investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission said DHB Industries Inc. settled the civil charges without receiving any penalty.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. A discrimination lawsuit filed Friday in U.
IMPO sister publication, Product Design & Development , talks with industry to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What does it take for virtual or remote teams to succeed? Can you build an effective long-distance design team? Kevin Simmons, Design Development Director, Industrial Designer, DD STUDIO Being a full-service design and engineering consultancy, DD Studio has communicated at various levels over the course of 27 years with molders and manufacturers in the Far East on behalf of our clients.
Each and every working hour, 10,000 pounds of sugar is processed at the Lance Private Brands bakery in Burlington, Iowa. The company produces about 5 million pounds of product per week: 180,000 cases of crackers and numerous pallets of sandwich creams and wire-cut premium-brand cookies for major stores around the country.
Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) announces its 30/30 Test Drive program, which allows facilities to use and evaluate the company’s air filters in their own systems — at no cost or obligation — for 90 days. The 30/30 high-capacity MERV 8 pleated panel filter is ideal for medium-efficiency filtration in almost any application, according to the company.
Calpipe (Hammond, IN) has developed a stainless steel single-gang weatherproof in-use box with a lockable cover, which is ideal for corrosive or harsh environments, such as wash-down applications. The casted, 316 stainless steel receptacle cover is compliant with the NEC and NEMA 3R requirement.
Trident Design, LLC (Las Vegas, NV) has announced three new marketing partners (NCC, Bits Limited, and Accell) for its PowerSquid, which eliminates the problem of overcrowded power strips and bulky power adaptors with a unique “tentacled” design. The PowerSquid comes in a variety of models, ranging from basic outlet multipliers to advance surge protectors.
MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced new products in its timing pulleys, belts, and keyless bushings categories. The components can be used by machine builders in the design and assembly of rugged factory automation and motion control machinery. The GT Timing Pulleys and Belts include four types of rugged, round tooth profiles, built to deliver exceptionally durable performance in high-accuracy positioning applications, with minimal backlash.
Q&A with Barry Jaruzelski, Partner, Booz & Company IMPO: How is the supply chain changing in 2011? Jaruzelski : It’s a bit of a good news/bad news scenario. Obviously, the good news is that we’ve turned the corner on the recession. Production is back up, which means there is more demand throughout the supply chain.
Filtering the hot oil in your plant to remove contaminants can minimize unscheduled maintenance that could disrupt operations and interrupt reliable supplies of asphalt for road surfacing, aggregates and roofing materials production during your busy months. Top priorities for asphalt producers during seasonal downtime are preventive maintenance (PM) and upgrades to their plants to assure an uninterrupted supply of product from hot and warm mix plants during the busy road building season.
SANTA ANA, California (AP) — A federal judge overseeing lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp. for sudden acceleration problems indicated Friday that he will allow the automaker to monitor plaintiffs' access to its proprietary source code. And he proposed a number of other ways to prevent leaks of what Toyota says is the "crown jewel" of its intellectual property.
GENEVA (AP) — The car industry, it seems, just can't get a break. Just when automakers thought it safe to roll out new models in the wake of the devastating economic crisis — 170 premiers are advertised for the Geneva Auto Show opening this week — confidence is shaken by a spike in oil prices due to civil unrest in Libya and other energy-producing nations.
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett wants Americans to be optimistic about the country's future but wary about borrowing money and the games public companies play with profit numbers they report. Buffett said in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders Saturday that he still believes America's best days are ahead.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Workers at a plant in Helena recently acquired by Boeing will likely have steady work for another two decades following the Air Force's decision to award a $35 billion defense contract to the company, a Boeing spokesman said. The Helena facility makes the main landing gear beams for 767 widebody jetliners, which the Air Force intends to use for its new fleet of aerial refueling tankers.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Monday ordered automaker Mazda to pay 63 million yen ($770,000) in damages to the parents of an employee who was ruled to have committed suicide over depression from being overworked. Japan, a workaholic nation where people often take pride in suffering in silence, has been plagued with deaths of overworked people, some resorting to suicide and others dying from exhaustion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The patent system hasn't changed much since 1952 when Sony was coming out with its first pocket-size transistor radio, and bar codes and Mr. Potato Head were among the inventions patented. Now, after years of trying, Congress may be about to do something about that. The Senate is taking up the Patent Reform Act, which would significantly overhaul a 1952 law and, supporters say, bring the patent system in line with 21st century technology of biogenetics and artificial intelligence.