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Easy Coupling

October 13, 2009 5:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Style 177 QuickVic Flexible Coupling from Victaulic (Easton, PA) offers a flame-free pipe joining solution that reduces installation time and cost. The new coupling is an extension of the patented installation-ready line, and with no loose parts and no requirement to disassemble before installation, this line provides a competitive edge.

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GM Trimming Fat With Opel, Hummer Sales

October 13, 2009 4:24 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors could finalize the sale of its German auto unit Opel as early as this week, the U.S. automaker's CEO said Tuesday. Fritz Henderson, visiting China for the first time since GM was restructured last summer, was also upbeat about the prospects for the sale of the company's Hummer unit to Chinese buyer Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.

Siemens Nabs $888m Turbine Deal With Four States

October 13, 2009 4:07 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — Siemens AG has won orders worth some euro600 million ($888 million) to supply 250 wind turbines in the United States and Canada, the German-based industrial conglomerate said Tuesday. A quarter of the order is destined for the Canadian province of Ontario, while the rest of the turbines will go to California, Oklahoma, Washington and Wyoming, Munich-based Siemens said.

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China Poisons Another 1,000 Children

October 13, 2009 3:57 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 1,000 children in a central Chinese province have tested positive for excessive lead in their blood, state media reported Tuesday, the latest of several lead poisoning cases involving thousands of children across the country. After reports of large-scale lead poisoning in neighboring Shaanxi province, the health bureau in Jiyuan City, Henan province, conducted blood tests on 2,743 children under the age of 14, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the bureau's director, Wei Zongchang, as saying.

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Cap & Gown Co. Sued For Hispanic Discrimination

October 13, 2009 3:56 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha cap-and-gown manufacturer has been accused in federal court of discriminating against its Hispanic employees. Three lawsuits filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha allege that Willsie Cap & Gown routinely offered better hours, more desirable work, more breaks and even better lighting to non-Hispanic employees.

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Iowa Slaughterhouse Exec On Trial In SD

October 13, 2009 3:54 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The first trial for a former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse that was the site of a massive immigration raid gets under way Tuesday in South Dakota. Sholom Rubashkin's trials were moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Sioux Falls, S.D., after a federal judge ruled last month that a "prodigious" amount of negative pretrial publicity caused potential jurors to develop a bias against Rubashkin and Agriprocessors, Inc.

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Detroit Mayor Considers Selling Bing Steel Plant

October 13, 2009 3:52 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Dave Bing says he is weighing whether to sell the steel company that bears his name and employs about 600 people. Bing tells WWJ-AM that The Bing Group has been caught up in the auto industry downturn that has depressed sales of the stamped and processed steel. He says he'll likely decide by early 2010 whether to sell the Detroit-based company.

All The Right ERP Questions

October 12, 2009 10:00 am | by Jay Deakins | Articles | Comments

Integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is the backbone of your business, as it handles everything from lab management to invoicing. So selecting and implementing an ERP system is a big decision and significant investment for any specialty chemical manufacturing company.

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Honey, I Shrunk The Company

October 12, 2009 9:44 am | by Ron Melcher and Mark Fiquett, Step3 Consulting | Articles | Comments

As we emerge from unprecedented economic decline, past experience and common sense suggest that growth in these better times will not come without hardship.  Many companies were forced to take quick measures to reduce costs, and this approach often has negative consequences in terms of operating risks down the road.

Enough With The Positive Thinking

October 12, 2009 9:38 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Before I decided to study literature in college, I took the typical freshman approach: I changed my major again and again, based on the whims of my current fascinations, causes and favorite professors. It’s scary looking back, considering I could have based my life’s career goals around an affinity for a class that happenstance scheduled following my afternoon latte boost.

Wider, Better Skimming

October 12, 2009 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The B-Series Belt Skimmer line from Zebra Skimmers Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has been expanded to include a wider belt for heavier oil load applications for customers with large surface area sumps or central tank applications. Additional features include: A rugged, heavy-duty steel construction.

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Build A Strong Foundation

October 12, 2009 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Athena Controls, Inc. (Plymouth Meeting, PA) has announced the availability of their new line of Foundation series of customizable modular control products. The Foundation series offers virtually limitless heat and/or cool control possibilities in a small package. The basic control board can handle everything from simple multi-loop PID control to more complex custom “state machine” control using a large flash code and RAM memory.

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Thermally-Resistant Epoxy

October 12, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP46HT-1, which extends the limits of epoxy adhesive/sealant formulations, according to the company. It can operate in temperatures from -100°F to 550°F and intermittent exposures up to 600°F. In addition, the epoxy has been designed to withstand repeated thermal cycling.

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Weigh In Any Unit

October 12, 2009 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Newton line of precision balances from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) feature ten different capacities over a broad range of applications: 120g, 210g, 310g, 410g, 610g, 1500g, 2100g, 3100g, 4100g, and 6100g, all with 0.1g resolution. The 16mm LCD display has an amber backlight for easy viewing.

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Onyx Pharma Buys Proteolix For $851m

October 12, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it will buy cancer drug developer Proteolix Inc. in a deal that could be worth as much as $851 million. Onyx shares advanced $2.20, or 8.2 percent, to $29.10 in premarket trading. Onyx will pay $276 million upfront for the privately held South San Francisco company, and in the process it gains Proteolix's cancer drug candidate carfilzomib, which is being tested as a treatment for multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and solid tumors.

Plasan Expands Armor Manufacturing

October 12, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bennington manufacturer has purchased a second industrial site in town as it prepares to fill a Pentagon contract to make armor for vehicles going to Afghanistan. Plasan North America, a subsidiary of an Israeli firm, is joining with a Wisconsin-based company, Oshkosh Corp.

Steel Makers Raise Outlook On Global Demand

October 12, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) -- World steel makers said Monday that "exceptionally strong growth" in Chinese demand and a better-than-expected global economic recovery would keep steel consumption from falling as sharply as previously expected. The World Steel Association said steel use was likely to fall by 8.

Hybrid, Indian Automakers Show Interest In Ex-GM Plant

October 12, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT, Del. (AP) — Three automakers reportedly have toured the shuttered Boxwood Road auto plant near Newport as Delaware officials work to find another tenant for the former General Motors plant. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that the three include a start-up developing a plug-in hybrid and an Indian automaker.

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China Asks WTO To Probe EU Steel Taxes

October 12, 2009 4:11 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — China said Monday that it will ask the World Trade Organization to examine whether European Union charges on imports of Chinese steel fasteners comply with international commerce rules. Beijing argues that the EU is illegally taxing the screws needed for products from furniture to cars.

Manufacturers Turn To Prisoners For Work

October 12, 2009 4:07 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Good help is hard to find, unless that help is doing hard time. Two manufacturers are taking advantage of a program in which they develop factories in Arkansas prisons and put convicts to work at market wages. The workers use their earnings to fund the program, pay child support, fines, restitution and build a nest egg.

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