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Bubble Wrap Now 'Over The Hill,' Still Fun As Ever

January 25, 2010 3:42 am | by David Porter, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — People have walked to the altar dressed in it, protected their garden plants with it, even put it on display at highbrow art museums. Mostly, they like the sound it makes when they destroy it, piece by piece, which largely explains the appeal of Bubble Wrap, the stress reducer disguised as package cushioning that maintains an inexplicable hold on pop culture.

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More Melamine-Tainted Milk In China's QA Nightmare

January 25, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Melamine-tainted dairy products were pulled from convenience store shelves in southern China more than a year after hundreds of thousands of children had been sickened in a massive milk safety scandal, a government spokeswoman said Monday. The announcement calls into question the effectiveness of a crackdown launched by Chinese officials to improve product safety after a number of scandals, including the contamination of baby formula in 2008 and the recent discovery of the toxic metal cadmium in cheap jewelry.

Chrysler's Ohio Stamping Plant Stays Alive 3 More Months

January 25, 2010 3:31 am | News | Comments

TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Union leaders say Chrysler's stamping plant in Ohio will stay open until June 26, three months longer than the company had planned. Doug Rice, president of the United Auto Workers Local 122, said Friday that Chrysler wanted to build up a bank of parts and then close the plant in March, but rising steel prices delayed those plans.

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Military Body Armor Execs Charged With Fraud

January 25, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -- A federal jury is hearing the case of two former top executives of the nation's leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military. They're charged with insider trading, fraud and tax evasion in an alleged $185 million scheme. Opening statements were scheduled Monday in Central Islip (EYE'-slihp), N.

RI Meatpacker Recalls 1.24 Million Pounds Of Salami

January 25, 2010 3:19 am | News | Comments

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island meat company recalled 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami on Saturday, after officials conducting a months-long, multistate investigation of a salmonella outbreak compared shopping receipts of those who got sick. The recall by Daniele International Inc.

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Oil Refineries Desperate For Boomer Replacements

January 25, 2010 3:18 am | by Peter Johnson | News | Comments

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Concerned about the graying of its work force, three Billings area oil refineries persuaded MSU-Billings College of Technology to create a two-year program in process-plant technology. Almost 50 students are starting the concentrated, two-year program this semester, hoping to take advantage of median Montana wages of $51,200 in the industry.

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Safety, Especially At Low Speeds

January 25, 2010 3:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron (Fremont, CA) introduces the G9SX-LM Low-speed Safety Monitoring Unit, which consists of two proximity sensors and a G9SX safety controller with fault diagnostics, to monitor motor rotation speed and facilitate safe machine maintenance. The G9SX-LM allows an operator to access the machine for maintenance work while it is running at a safe, maximum threshold of 10 Hz.

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The New 'Super' Power: Air

January 25, 2010 3:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR’s (Cincinnati, OH) new Large Super Air Nozzle has been engineered to maximize entrained airflow and force while reducing compressed air use and noise. The design directs air to a single point of convergence, delivering 23 pounds of blowing force when mounted 12” from the target.

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Get A Hybrid... Workspace

January 25, 2010 3:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hybrid Systems from Shure (Washington, MO) can be customized to numerous configurations according to customer specification, with increased under-bench storage, making them ideal for an existing facility in need of remodeling. The workbench systems are offered in 4’, 5’, 6’, 8’, and 10’ lengths to accommodate different configurations.

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Pumps That Handle Particles

January 25, 2010 3:06 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) announces that its XLW Series of sliding vane pumps have been designed to handle liquids with suspended particles up to 250 microns and 25 percent concentrations, such as oxide primers, inks, paints, and adhesives. With hardened ductile iron materials, the XLW pumps can easily handle a variety of abrasive fluids when outfitted with O-rings, mechanical seals, relief valves, springs, and rotors.

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Smith & Wesson VP Charged With Multimillion-Dollar Bribe

January 22, 2010 3:34 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A top Smith & Wesson executive is among 22 people accused of trying to bribe an African government to get part of a multimillion-dollar deal to outfit its presidential guard. Amaro Goncalves, 49, vice president of sales for the Springfield-based gunmaker, and the other defendants were arrested Monday in Las Vegas while attending a trade show.

Harley-Davidson Posts 4Q Loss, First In 16 Years

January 22, 2010 3:15 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. on Friday reported a fourth-quarter loss, its first quarterly deficit in 16 years, as restructuring costs and the sluggish economy wore on the motorcycle maker. Harley-Davidson has spent the last year reorganizing its business to cope with falling demand of its high-end bikes.

Union: Opel Closure, Job Cuts A 'Declaration Of War'

January 22, 2010 3:09 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Employee representatives at General Motors Co.'s Opel unit on Friday slammed the automaker's announcement it would cut 8,300 jobs and close its plant in Belgium as a "declaration of war" on European workers. Armin Schild, head of the IG Metall union in Frankfurt and a member of Opel's board, criticized GM for lacking a clear and thoroughly financed restructuring concept, the DAPD news agency reported.

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EnerDel To Bring 500 Jobs To Indianapolis Region

January 22, 2010 3:06 am | News | Comments

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Lithium battery maker EnerDel says it will locate its newest manufacturing operation in Hancock County, bringing 500 jobs to the area. Gov. Mitch Daniels joined EnerDel executives Thursday to announce the new operation near Mount Comfort just east of Indianapolis. He says he hopes EnerDel can help make Indiana the capital of the electric vehicle industry.

Obama Pushes Populist Message For Clean-Energy Jobs

January 22, 2010 3:03 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling voters in Ohio, already wracked by high unemployment, that investments in clean-energy technologies will help boost the nation's economy. Obama planned to use his visit Friday to test-drive an aggressive populist push on jobs, a top concern for voters across the country as the White House begins a message shift heading into fall elections expected to be difficult for Democrats.

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Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Cars For Sticky Accelerators

January 22, 2010 2:58 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota is recalling 2.3 million U.S. vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals, the latest in a string of quality problems that have bedeviled the Japanese automaker. The recall includes the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequioia.

IT — A Love & Hate Story

January 20, 2010 5:10 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

First, for those familiar with the work of Stephen King, the IT I mention here is not the terrifying Pennywise the clown, who haunted my dreams for about a week after seeing the movie IT that was based on the famous horror author’s novel. Rather, I’m talking about that equally wonderful and frustrating art of information technology — and the only time its impact ever seems to be really appreciated.

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How To Move A Super Duty

January 20, 2010 4:37 am | Articles | Comments

Have you ever needed to move your huge truck around the garage, but couldn’t do it yourself? Maybe your two small daughters are there to help out. Well, with the AeroGo Air Casters, your kids can put themselves to good use, moving that couple thousand pound Super Duty around like it’s a hockey puck.

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The Irradiated Truth

January 20, 2010 4:36 am | Articles | Comments

When people hear their food is often “irradiated,” they think of nuclear fallout, or something equally unappetizing. The debate over the mertis of irradiation, including its safety, has raged on for years. Listen to one side of the story, from Sadex Corporation, out of Sioux City, Iowa.

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Sheep + LEDs = Art?

January 20, 2010 4:36 am | Articles | Comments

The Mythbusters aren’t the only ones who can recreate the “Mona Lisa” with unconventional means. A group of shepherds from Wales got together (with a little help from Samsung… shh!) to outfit their herd with coats of LED lights, and set them loose, relatively speaking, at nightfall.

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