VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering vineyards of the largest farm state, the answer is no. Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of work, according to government data for a federal seasonal farmworker program analyzed by The Associated Press.
Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s. Today, the United States produces between 80 and 95 percent of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150,000 to 200,000 tons. Historically, the leading pecan-producing state in the country has been Georgia, followed by Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
The Lighting Control Relays from Trinetics (Menomonee Falls, WI) provide durable options for coordinated area lighting, which helps improve efficiency and a more aesthetically-pleasing area coverage. The RLY Series is a compact, inexpensive relay for “tight fit” applications, while the MR Series features high compression low audible noise, minimum eddy current heating, and offers a wide range of flexibility.
Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) released its control valve range, SPIRA-TROL, in 6” and 8” sizes and with more control options. Thanks to a “clamp in seat” design, the valves are easy to maintain and do not require any special tooling, according to the company. In addition, a number of options have been added to ensure the valve can be optimized for the specific requirements of a customer application.
IMSEAL-800 is a high-strength epoxy resin that seals visible porosity in castings and other metal parts. The multi-purpose sealant from IMPCO, Inc. (East Providence, RI) is drawn beneath the surface, penetrating and filling the crack by creating a pressure-tight seal. Once cured, the resin can be drilled, tapped, or machined.
Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced the newest member of its Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, with the Toughbook U1 Ultra. The new model has a TransflectivePlus display for easy viewing in direct sunlight, a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, and Windows 7.
Upton Sinclair’s early 20th century novel, The Jungle , has often been credited as the catalyst for the launch of food safety laws in America. It’s no wonder, as Sinclair horrified readers with images of maggoty beef and sausage infused with rat guts. As the author of a novel that inspired such change, one would think Sinclair would have been pleased.
120-position tool carriage holds various HSK63 and HSK100 tooling. By using a Zimmermann FZ42 portal milling center, Volvo gets the power and torque needed to cut engine fan cases plus the accuracy to turn the machine tool into a coordinate measuring machine for inspection of finished parts.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Another milestone has been reached in building a $750 million Boeing aircraft assembly plant on the South Carolina coast. Boeing officials on Friday plan a topping off ceremony at the North Charleston plant to mark the last steel beam being put in place for the frame of the plant where the company's new 787 jetliner will be built.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rallied Friday as traders were encouraged that orders for manufactured goods excluding the volatile transportation sector rose sharply last month. A surprise jump in business confidence in Germany also tempered fresh worries about Europe's economy, driving stocks higher in Europe and the U.
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the economy remains in a recession, by his definition, because most people and businesses still aren't doing as well as they were before the financial crisis. Buffett talked about the economy and his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. businesses in an interview that aired Thursday on CNBC.
Worried parents have bombarded the maker of Similac with phone calls and peppered Facebook and Twitter pages over fears about insects in the top-selling baby formula after millions of cans were recalled. But the company said Thursday it's unlikely any of the formula already sold is tainted, and doctors offered more reassurance: Even if babies drink bug-tainted formula, the chance for serious harm is slim.
CRETE, Nebraska (AP) — A worker entered the lunchroom of a cold-storage food warehouse in southeastern Nebraska and started firing a handgun, wounding three employees — including a woman who was shot 11 times — before going outside and killing himself, authorities said Thursday. Officials gave no information about why the man, identified as 26-year-old Akouch Kashoual of Lincoln, began shooting at the Americold Logistics plant near Crete around 9:50 p.
TOKYO (AP) — Having worked for two years at a tech company in Japan and picking up the language, Qiu Zhaohua has decided to return to China, lured by a job in the eastern tech hub of Dalian that pays as much 200,000 yuan a year, or about $29,000 — a handsome starting salary by China's standards.
Earlier this summer, Boral Bricks Inc., the nation’s largest brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, announced its Terre Haute, IN manufacturing facility had received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S.
In order to take a progressive approach to new opportunities, begin thinking about purchasing the things you make from the customer’s point of view. Often, the customer must spend time, effort, and money figuring out how to buy your products, use your product, maintain it, store it, train their people on it, upgrade it, and dispose of it.
AME’s “Rebirth of Manufacturing Jobs” is built on growing the manufacturing sector and manufacturing employment in North America. Manufacturing job growth provides jobs both in the manufacturing sector but also creates the demand for services creating more jobs. In a Nov 20-22, 2009 Gallop poll, respondents rated “Keep manufacturing jobs here” as the best way to create more U.
There is a critical, ongoing need to reduce maintenance costs, especially considering companies are being attacked by global competition and such savings go straight to the bottom line. One way to reduce costs is to conduct a survey of the condensate removal approach for your compressed air system.
Somewhere between the IT offices and the plant floor at Hy-Capacity, Inc. of Humboldt, Iowa, hangs a quilt that serves to remind employees of the multi-faceted and collaborative spirit that makes for a strong company. Many years ago, Hy-Capacity — a remanufacturer and refurbisher of farm equipment parts from the likes of John Deere, Caterpillar, and AGCO — launched an initiative to become leaner, more energy-efficient, and more environmentally-friendly.
Material Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Allegan, MI) has developed a new system that utilizes hydraulically-actuated pivoting conditioning arms and a rotary lift table to safely and efficiently return solidified materials to a free-flowing state. The system’s frames penetrate deeply into the material for a more effective operation, and the lift table rotates and positions the bulk bag for material conditioning.