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Pfeiffer Foods Closes NY Salad Dressing Plant

September 11, 2009 4:47 am | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 WILSON, N.Y. (AP) — Pfeiffer Foods says it will close its western New York salad dressing plant this fall, putting more than 150 people out of work. Officials at Pfeiffer, a division of Columbus, Ohio-based T. Marzetti Co., confirmed Thursday that the company's plant in Wilson will close in November.

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China's Industrial Output Rises 12.3 Percent

September 11, 2009 4:39 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 SHANGHAI (AP) — China's recovery gained momentum in August as stimulus spending helped boost industrial output, investment and retail sales in the world's third-largest economy, offsetting a slump in exports. The National Statistics Bureau reported that industrial production rose 12.

CA Auto Dealers Appeal Strict EPA Emissions Standards

September 11, 2009 4:34 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Auto dealers and business leaders on Thursday appealed a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that allowed California to establish the nation's first greenhouse gas standards for cars and trucks, setting the stage for a potential attempt to block the global warming rules.

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Feds: WY Workplace Fatalities 3 Times Average

September 11, 2009 4:16 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal official who's been studying Wyoming's high rate of workplace fatalities said the state needs to foster an environment where workers regard following safety procedures as proof of their professionalism, not as a sign of weakness.

GM Fuel Cell Demo Rolls To 1 Million Miles

September 11, 2009 4:07 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors Co. is now 1 million miles into its fuel cell experiment and company officials say having everyday people drive a test fleet of pollution-free cars has convinced them they are on the right track. The automaker on Friday said it passed the 1 million-miles-driven mark in its fuel cell Chevrolet Equinox vehicles, with about 5,000 people rotating in and out of more than 100 cars over the past 25 months.

Deere To Cut 367 At IL Plant

September 11, 2009 4:00 am | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. said Thursday it plans to lay off 367 production workers at its John Deere Harvester works in East Moline, Ill., due to weak demand for the factory's products. The world's largest maker of farm equipment said the indefinite layoffs, effective Sept.

Conveying Yourself, Your Product

September 10, 2009 12:28 pm | Articles | Comments

Keeling & Walker Ltd, and its sister company Thermox Performance Materials Ltd, operate from the same site in Stoke-on-Trent. Between them, they offer more than 50 tin oxide-based materials for use in ceramics, electrical, electronic,s and advanced technology applications. Originally, the companies supplied materials for the local ceramics industry.

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Boeing's Composites, Compressors & Pumps

September 10, 2009 11:36 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Bonjour! This week’s column comes from about 30,000 feet above Quebec, on my way home after three glorious days in Montreal for the Labor Day weekend. Perfect weather, two days of great music on the city’s waterfront and some interesting food (beef tartare — basically a raw hamburger patty but surprisingly good) was exactly what the doctor ordered, and I’m returning to Chem.

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Official Arrested At Factory Of Dec. Sit-In

September 10, 2009 8:59 am | News | Comments

September 10, 2009 CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a former official at a Chicago factory where workers staged a high-profile sit-in has been arrested and others who ran Republic Windows and Doors are also under investigation. The six-day occupation of the shuttered plant last December drew national attention to the plight of laid-off workers.

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Electronic Pressure Switch

September 10, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIKA (Lawrenceville, GA) has released the PSD-30, an electronic pressure switch with display, which can be used in machine-building, hydraulics, pneumatics, pumps, or compressors. The display is easily-readable and robust, and the PSD-30 features an intuitive setup. In addition, the switch is flexible for your particular application.

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The Eco-Friendly Mini-Heater

September 10, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Reznor (Memphis, TN) Model CAUA, a vertical gas-fired air handler is available with staged heating from 75 to 400MBH to provide the right amount of heat in non-extreme conditions. This system will save on energy usage particularly during the fall and spring, but also during mild winters.

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Safety That’s Cool

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) has developed the Serpent Ventilated Safety Helmet, designed to offset the adverse effects of working in hot weather. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, workers in hot environments face the risk of heat stress, which can lower mental alertness and physical performance, particularly when wearing safety clothing.

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Strike A Chord

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has three styles of drop-forged, heavy-duty striking wrenches, including the offset 12 point, straight-pattern 12 point, and “roughneck” straight-pattern six point. All three styles are produced using alloy steel and are heat-treated for extended life, especially when used on difficult fasteners requiring large amounts of force.

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Double Decker Racing

September 10, 2009 5:13 am | by Top Gear | Articles | Comments

Top Gear's crew heads to the mainland to take on their German counterparts in a no-holds-barred car race. The only problem? They're racing home-made double decker cars. The driver on top controls the steering, while the bottom participant navigates the throttle, brake, and gearbox.

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SUV-Sized Engines

September 10, 2009 5:11 am | by Caterpillar Inc | Articles | Comments

Caterpillar, along with MaK, creates massive marine engines for cruise ships and other large boats at this manufacturing facility in Germany. Watch how these incredible machines are built with the same precision and delicacy you would see in a car's engine.

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Shades Of Green

September 10, 2009 5:07 am | by Faro Technologies and Discovery | Articles | Comments

The Discovery Channel has recently featured FARO technologies in a documentary entitled "Shades of Green," a behind-the-scenes look at how those massive turbines progress from design and engineering to manufacturing.

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Robots With A Taste For Flesh

September 10, 2009 5:00 am | by New Scientist | Articles | Comments

James Auger, at the Royal College of Art in London, has built a series of furniture that do a little more than decorate your home. A table that eats mice? Yes, it's true. A fuel cell hidden inside the table can decompose a trapped mouse and generate enough electricity to not only power a table-top display, but also capture the next sorry rodent.

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Forklift Safety: 16 and Paralyzed

September 10, 2009 4:53 am | by Work Safe BC | Articles | Comments

John Higgins was a regular 16-year-old who found a good-paying job, and was eager to help most anyone around the workplace. All was well, up until a simple mistake — along with improper forklift training — led to an accident that left John with a broken back and without a kidney.

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Goodyear-Steelworkers Contract To Protect 6 Plants

September 9, 2009 5:46 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The United Steelworkers says the union's tentative contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. protects six U.S. tire plants from closing for the next four years. Union members on Tuesday received a summary of the deal reached with the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker on Aug.

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German Labor Anxiously Awaiting GM's Opel Decision

September 9, 2009 4:45 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 FRANKFURT (AP) — German workers and politicians waited anxiously Wednesday for a decision by the board of General Motors Co. on the fate of its Opel unit, with thousands of jobs at stake and national elections less than three weeks away. The automaker had little to say about the second day of the meeting in Detroit on Wednesday.

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