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Peterbilt Shuts Down Idle Nashville Plant

September 29, 2009 5:18 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peterbilt Corp. is permanently closing its truck plant in Nashville. The Tennessean quoted plant manager Larry Vessels who said the decision means the loss of about 390 jobs at the idled plant. Peterbilt manufactures over-the-road commercial trucks and said it will consolidate work at its plant in Denton, Texas.

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Kraft Sparks Anti-Government Protests In Argentina

September 29, 2009 4:45 am | by Vanessa Hand Orellana, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An effort by Kraft Foods Inc. to end a labor dispute at its Argentina factory has ignited a larger dispute between leftist groups and the government, as several thousand people marched to the presidential palace late Monday in solidarity with fired workers. Kraft spokesman Pedro Lopez Matheu said the plant in suburban Buenos Aires reopened Monday after police enforcing a court order evicted fired employees who had occupied the factory 40 days ago.

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China Agrees To GM Takeover of Delphi

September 29, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's Commerce Ministry has given a conditional green light for General Motors Co.'s plan to acquire portions of auto parts maker Delphi Corp. Among other things, the ministry banned GM and Delphi from exchanging trade secrets about Delphi's other customers. Delphi is required to ensure it supplies parts to other automakers in a timely, reasonably priced and fair way, the ministry said in a statement issued Monday.

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Reuse It Or Lose It

September 29, 2009 4:31 am | by David Madden, Owner, ContainerExchanger.com | Articles | Comments

Buying used reusable packaging yields immediate cost savings and long term benefits. Looking for new ways to add to your bottom line? Perhaps you should take a look at replacing expendable packaging with reusable/returnable options. Buying reusable packaging, specifically quality used reusable packaging, can generate cost savings.

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I Am Woman. Why Should I Roar?

September 29, 2009 4:27 am | by by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Last week I had the pleasure to join some of my PD&D comrades at the Design & Manufacturing show in Rosemont, IL. I had the chance to see what’s new in the industry, scout out potential column ideas for PD&D , and work on my pitching skills to help promote our publication. I learned a lot about the industry and the ins and outs of the business, but I was quite disappointed on how the experience ended.

WA Governor Courts Boeing In Interstate Competition

September 29, 2009 4:17 am | by Curt Woodward, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's governor is stepping up public efforts to court the Boeing Co., part of a high-stakes interstate competition for the second assembly line of the company's long-delayed 787 jetliner. In a report released Monday, Gov. Chris Gregoire detailed what she called the business case for building a second 787 line in Washington state.

Harley's MV Agusta Unveils New Models

September 28, 2009 12:14 pm | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta Group unveiled its first new models in 10 years on Monday, saying its purchase by motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson Inc. last year is beginning to pay off. The two new bikes — new versions of its Brutale sport bikes — are geared toward younger, affluent riders interested in MV Agusta's sporty performance rides.

Wife Wants To Unseal Evidence In Cintas Dryer Death

September 28, 2009 12:07 pm | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The widow of a Cintas Corp. worker who fell into an industrial dryer and died in 2007 wants a federal judge to unseal for public viewing more than 90 percent of the evidence in her lawsuit against the nation's largest uniform supplier. Amalia Diaz Torres claims in a motion filed last week that the Cincinnati-based company is abusing the court's protective order by marking much of the case evidence as "confidential," forcing key documents and depositions to be blacked out.

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Moog Acquires GE Aviation Asset For $90m

September 28, 2009 12:01 pm | News | Comments

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) — Aircraft systems maker Moog Inc. said Monday it completed its acquisition of a GE Aviation Systems flight control product line for $90 million. The deal was made in cash, with funds from the company's revolving credit facility, Moog said in a release. The GE business, based in Wolverhampton, England, designs and makes flight control actuation for commercial and military programs, including for the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A330.

21st Century 'Land' Rush: Alternate Energy Across The West

September 28, 2009 9:39 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Want some solar energy with your geothermal? In Utah, state officials are fielding various combinations of energy proposals, a list that includes solar and geothermal installations and an energy storage project that would turn salt caverns into a kind of giant battery.

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Chinese Drywall Makers Likely To Ignore Suits

September 28, 2009 9:33 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers representing homeowners and homebuilders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts. So, who's going to be on the hook for any damages courts might award? That's the pivotal question for lawyers as they pursue about 300 lawsuits in U.

Skim Off The Top

September 28, 2009 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zebra Skimmers Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has expanded it s Muscle Coalescer line to include a new model for servicing air compressor condensate. Because many industries are required to treat their compressor condensate before its release into the water table, the new model can help in the separation and remove of contaminate oils.

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It's Alright To Conform

September 28, 2009 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) introduces a revolutionary new screwdriver line featuring a handle that conforms to the tool user’s hand, which helps eliminate pressure points. In addition, less force is required to grip the handle, allowing more of the effort to be focused on extracting the screw.

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'Doctor' Your Flexographic Printing

September 28, 2009 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Web Systems Inc. (Auburn, MA) has expanded its current doctor blade product line to include the ProEdge system for flexographic printing and offset coating applications. The blades are available in seven wear-resistant materials and feature application-specific bevels and profiles for precise cleaning and metering performance.

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Removable, Reusable Adhesive

September 28, 2009 6:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

un-du (St. Louis Park, MN) introduces its eponymous un-du line of adhesive removers, allowing workers to remove self-sticking and pressure-sensitive tapes, labels, and adhesives quickly. Even duct tape can be removed without leaving behind reside, grease, or a sticky mess.

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Kraft Considers Hostile Bid For Cadbury

September 28, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- Kraft Foods Inc. is poised to launch a hostile bid for British candy maker Cadbury PLC, The Observer said Sunday, citing unnamed sources. Kraft earlier this month made a $16.7 billion stock-and-cash proposal that was rebuffed by the U.K. confectionary company. Cadbury has repeatedly said it is not interested in a takeover but the U.

Analyst: Success For Chrysler-Fiat Would Be 'A Herculean Feat'

September 28, 2009 4:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler thinks its future may be in a new lineup of smaller cars based on models from Italian partner Fiat. The question is how to make them for Americans put off by stiff suspensions, firm seats and — perish the thought — not enough cupholders. The problem is further complicated because Americans generally are plumper and taller than Western Europeans, and they're used to driving fatter and longer cars on wider roads.

Waste Not The Profit

September 28, 2009 4:33 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

While it’s not the first time a trip to Starbucks has helped propel my work, it usually has more to do with the caffeine kick than any topical inspiration. However, a visit last week offered some insight on both the innovation and challenges that lie ahead for the processing industry.

Clean Energy Bill Could Create 5,000 SD Jobs

September 28, 2009 4:17 am | by Roger Larsen | News | Comments

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Transitioning to a clean energy economy with passage of an energy bill pending in the Senate would create 5,000 South Dakota jobs, break the nation's dependence on oil and help solve the climate crisis, the state director of Repower South Dakota said Wednesday. Wind turbine blade manufacturer Knight & Carver stands to double or triple its current 60-employee base should the measure pass.

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MN Pig Iron Plant Fights For American Steel

September 28, 2009 4:16 am | by Peter Passi | News | Comments

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The sea of vehicles crowding the approach to Mesabi Nugget bespeaks the project's scale. Somewhere between 600 and 700 contractors are on the job most days, working to launch the Iron Range's newest taconite processor. At the peak of activity, about a month ago, upwards of 800 tradespeople were working to construct the $270 million plant that will transform taconite into pig iron.

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