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Caterpillar Expects Strong 2010 Despite 4Q Tumble

January 27, 2010 3:57 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit tumbled as its dealer inventories dwindled, the same reason the company expects sales and revenue to rebound this year. Leading the way will be China and other developing countries where the world's biggest mining and construction equipment company has seen an increasing share of its business go.

Indiana Unions Push for 'Green' Manufacturing Jobs

January 27, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Union workers are joining with environmentalists in calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation they say would bring new "green" manufacturing jobs to Indiana. Members of the Blue Green Alliance held a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring that the state get a certain percentage of its electricity from renewable sources.

Boeing Gives Cautious 2010 Outlook For 787 Delays

January 27, 2010 3:41 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing is giving a cautious outlook for 2010 after dealing with program delays and declining orders in 2009. The airplane maker and defense contractor expects to earn $3.70 to $4 per share. Wall Street analysts were expecting $4.26. Boeing says the guidance accounts for lower production of its 777 aircraft, some smaller defense programs, and "market risks.

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Toyota Idles 6 American Plants Due To Faulty Cars

January 27, 2010 3:40 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The faulty gas pedals that prompted Toyota to suspend U.S. sales of eight of its most popular models — including the Camry, America's best-selling car — are also in its vehicles sold in Europe, an official with the automaker said Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp.

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Toyota Idling Could Hurt Quality-Based Reputation

January 27, 2010 3:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota's suspension of U.S. sales on an unprecedented scale to fix faulty gas pedals deals a blow to the automaker's reputation for quality and endangers its fledgling earnings recovery. The suspect parts are made by a U.S. supplier, but they are also found in its European-made vehicles, an official with the automaker said Wednesday.

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High-Definition Video In Your Facility

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Teli America, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has launched the CSDS60CM3, the company’s first high-definition color camera to target the industrial vision marketplace. With high picture quality and smearless imaging, the camera is ideal for industrial facilities requiring machine vision.

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Fan-Powered Utility

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of BIU Utility Fans from Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) are offered in thirteen sizes, ranging from 10” to 36”. The Utility Fans feature heavy gauge, rugged welded steel construction in either Class I or II construction. They come with either backward inclined or B1 airfoil wheels, depending on size selected.

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Gas Detection With Infrared

January 26, 2010 8:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Infrared Industries Inc. (Hayward, CA) announces the new Automated Programmable Calibration tool that reduces the service, maintenance, and labor costs for CEMS gas monitoring. The calibration is offered on the Model IR8400D, an explosion-proof NEMA7 IR gas analyzer that is approved for hazardous areas.

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Dress The Part With Dickies

January 26, 2010 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply (Muskegon, MI) has added the Dickies family clothing line, in addition to other safety products, to its online offerings at www.reidsupply.com . Reid offers a selection of work pants and shirts, in addition to garments such as denim jeans, bib overalls, shorts, high-visibility apparel, jackets, and insulated apparel in a variety of colors.

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Ultrasonic Tank Testing a Resounding Success

January 26, 2010 7:46 am | Articles | Comments

SGS Colombia S.A. was awarded the contract to perform storage tank inspections for the expansion of the Cartagena Refinery. All inspection services were performed in accordance with applicable Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) requirements. The storage of dangerous goods in tanks involves risk to the population, the environment, and the surrounding area, and must therefore be executed safely.

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Focusing on Distractions

January 26, 2010 7:45 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

During a week in which there were plenty of newsworthy stories floating around, I spent the majority of my news-reading time emotionally invested in a fight among millionaires. I don’t tend to get overly wrapped up in the lives of famous people, but for reasons that are difficult to articulate, I’m apparently completely entranced by the sight of a bunch of rich people fighting over exactly what time they should be paid millions of dollars to tell jokes on TV.

Mueller Industries Fined $638,000 For Unsafe Operations

January 26, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Federal labor officials are recommending that three Mueller Industries subsidiaries in Mississippi pay $638,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to unsafe working conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the companies in Fulton for 128 alleged violations.

Oshkosh Corp. Tallies Up $325 Million In Military Contracts

January 26, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. has received two hefty military orders for spare parts and repair kits for its new class of mine-resistant trucks. Oshkosh Defense said Monday the deals with the U.S. Army are worth more than $325 million. The parts are for M-ATVs, which are all-terrain military vehicles that are specially designed for the rougher terrain of Afghani battlefields.

Federal Investigation At DuPont After Leaks, Worker Death

January 26, 2010 3:22 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says a four-member team of investigators is heading to DuPont's idled chemical plant in Belle. The board says it expects the team to be on site Tuesday to start investigating a series of leaks that resulted in the death of one worker and the operation's temporary shutdown over the weekend.

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GM Returns To Building Electric Motors In-House

January 26, 2010 3:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. is back in the electric motor business. The automaker said Tuesday that starting in 2013, it plans to build its own electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles. GM has been getting electric motors for those vehicles from suppliers, but wants to make the motors in-house in order to lower costs and improve quality and reliability.

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U.S. Sodexo Workers Demand French Protections, Benefits

January 25, 2010 11:09 am | by Fannie Dassie, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A group of U.S. employees at French food services giant Sodexo on Monday demanded workplace protections in North America similar to those their colleagues in France enjoy. Their tactics were viewed with curiosity in France, where it is more common to see French labor unions pressing for more rights from big American employers.

Ford Adds 1,200 Jobs To Chicago Assembly Line

January 25, 2010 11:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A person briefed on the matter says Ford Motor Co. will add 1,200 jobs at its Chicago assembly plant to build the new Ford Explorer starting later this year. The company and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are scheduled to make the announcement on Tuesday at the factory. Quinn told reporters in Chicago on Monday that an unspecified company would be announcing 1,200 new jobs in Illinois.

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Biofuel 'Pests' Key to Energy Conversion & Storage

January 25, 2010 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

In South Dakota,  news that researchers have discovered that an obscure but fast-growing moth species  has a potentially destructive appetite for switchgrass, raises a question. Is the appearance of this destructive pest good news or bad news? Generally,  pests and invasive species are considered very, very bad news .

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Automated Manufacturing System Quadruples Production

January 25, 2010 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Research Products Company, headquartered in Salina, Kansas, manufactures food additives for the baking and grain milling industries. Products include flour bleaching and maturing services, vitamin and mineral premixes, and others that help the company’s customers create nutritious food for their consumers.

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Extendable, Versatile Pallets

January 25, 2010 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sun Technologies (Blomfield Hills, MI) has developed the Mini Floor & Pallet, which is a 2’ x 4’ x 2’ Polypropylene riser platform. The pallet holds up to 1,000 pounds, yet weighs only 8.5 pounds. In addition, the sections can be connected by the length or the width with clips, which are included.

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