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Fire At Mich. Facility May Have Started Near Meter

August 5, 2009 5:40 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A fire at a Michigan fuel storage facility that caused several oil barrels to explode and prompted area evacuations may have started near an electric meter, authorities said Wednesday. Clio Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Paulson said the fire was "mostly out" at the White Oil Co.

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Factory Orders Unexpectedly Increase In June

August 5, 2009 5:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory orders rose in June for the fourth time in five months, an unexpected gain and the latest sign of recovery in the ailing manufacturing sector. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that factory orders rose 0.

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Baumer Enters Cognex Acquisition Alliance

August 4, 2009 12:16 pm | Articles | Comments

Baumer, a Swiss-based manufacturer of high performance sensors and digital cameras, has become a member of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance. This partnership will facilitate vision system integration by unifying Baumer digital camera and VisionPro vision software expertise, and by simplifying product technical support.

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How An Engineer Folds A T-Shirt

August 4, 2009 10:15 am | Articles | Comments

Annoyed by those pesky wrinkled shirts from the dresser? Don't like clothes hangers? See how to make your own shirt-folding cardboard template, just like an engineer would.

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Can't Walk? Honda Is There For You

August 4, 2009 9:58 am | Articles | Comments

Honda's ASIMO-based experimental device assists users in supporting their bodyweight by reducing stress on joints, muscles, and bones. While unnecessary for most purposes, the Walking Assist Device might have a future in manufacturing, particularly among those who must carry large loads for an extended period of time.

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Inside Hyundai's Montgomery, AL Plant

August 4, 2009 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

With a workforce 2,000-strong, Hyundai has made a commitment to American manufacturing.

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3D Printing And The Future Of Manufacturing

August 4, 2009 9:20 am | Articles | Comments

Rapid prototyping could revolutionize manufacturing. See how on-demand parts can be built using nothing more than a single machine, ready to go from 3d computer model to functional piece in a matter of minutes.

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Tyson Foods 3Q Profit Jumps As Chicken Sales Rise

August 3, 2009 9:45 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Changes at Tyson Foods Inc. over the past year have begun to help the bottom line of the world's largest meat producer, which posted a strong third-quarter profit on Monday. Tyson earned $134 million, or 35 cents per share, compared with $9 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier, mainly through its chicken business.

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GM Continues Work With German Government Over Opel Bids

August 3, 2009 8:45 am | Articles | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Monday that it sees "encouraging" signs of progress in negotiations on the future of auto maker Opel as it prepares for more talks with parent General Motors Co. and the two bidders. The Economy Ministry said it expected another round of talks in Berlin on Tuesday between German federal and state officials, GM and the bidders: a consortium of Canadian car parts maker Magna International Inc.

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GM Buyout Offers Falls Short Of Goal, Layoffs Loom

August 3, 2009 8:39 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — About 6,000 General Motors Co. blue-collar workers have taken the latest round of early retirement and buyout offers, but it fell short of the company's goal, meaning more layoffs are likely. GM has about 54,000 factory workers and wants to end the year with 40,500, a cut of about 13,500.

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NY Man Wanted In Bhopal Gas Leak 'Haunted'

August 3, 2009 6:02 am | News | Comments

The former head of the chemical company responsible for the gas leak that killed 10,000 people in India 25 years ago has been "haunted" for years by the world's worst industrial disaster, his wife said Saturday. An Indian court issued a warrant Friday for Warren Anderson, the former head of Union Carbide Corp.

BMW Offers Buyout Packages To SC Workers

July 30, 2009 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW has offered voluntary separation packages to workers at its facility in Greer even as plans for a $750 million expansion remain on track. The Greenville News reported Thursday that the offers are part of the automaker's plan to cut its work force by about 8,000 worldwide.

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One Dead, Several Hurt In NE Miss. Explosion

July 30, 2009 4:53 am | Articles | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — One person was killed and others injured in an explosion Wednesday at a copper tubing plant in northeast Mississippi, emergency officials said. Itawamba County Coroner Steven McNeece says Phillip Cason Hosch, 29, of Sulligent, Ala., died in the blast that happened about 4 p.

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Congress Pushing To Restore Hydrogen Funding

July 30, 2009 4:28 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Congress is moving to restore funding for hydrogen research prized by the auto industry despite questions from the Obama administration over the time it will take to build a fleet of vehicles and a network of fueling stations. The Senate was poised to provide $190 million to fund hydrogen research programs as part of a budget plan under consideration Wednesday, more than double the amount sought by the Obama administration.

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Ohio Aluminum-Maker Will Eliminate Up To 982 Jobs

July 29, 2009 11:13 am | Articles | Comments

An aluminum-maker has notified workers that it intends to eliminate up to 982 jobs at its southeast Ohio plant this fall. Ormet Corp. sent a notification late Monday to union workers, the Monroe County commissioners and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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Police Car Maker Picks Ind. City For Factory

July 29, 2009 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A startup company that plans to build high-tech police cars has picked a vacant auto-parts plant in eastern Indiana for its first factory. The announcement Wednesday by the chairman of Atlanta-based Carbon Motors Corp. drew cheers from the large crowd gathered inside the former Visteon plant in Connersville.

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Meltdown 101: What Companies Do To Cut Costs

July 29, 2009 11:06 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

For anyone looking for signs that the recession may finally be giving up its firm grip on the economy, the steady stream of quarterly earnings reports coming out of the nation's companies could offer some signs of hope. To be sure, big companies like General Electric, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Yahoo and drug maker Merck are showing the pain, with sales and profits dropping as the recession eats away at demand for their goods.

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See The (LED) Light

July 29, 2009 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

Mac Tools (Westerville, OH) introduces its new TLL4000 rechargeable LED shop light, for use in a variety of applications — any time additional, focused lighting is required. The TLL4000 model is improved from previous versions, including a molded handle grip, lens edge guard, and polycarbonate hook.

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Spray Painting Made Easy

July 29, 2009 7:29 am | Articles | Comments

Hyde Tools (Southbridge, MA) has developed its Rapid Valve Transfer spray painting system, useful for getting at hard-to-reach spots. With Hyde’s new product, the spray valve is separated from the gun, allowing for easy pivoting of the head to any angle.

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Monitor Without Skipping A Beat

July 29, 2009 7:23 am | Articles | Comments

Parsec Automation Corp. (Brea, CA) releases a new generation of its LEANTrak line, a mobile productivity solution that can be easily moved from machine to machine, or line to line, in order to monitor and examine critical operations. The new LEANTrak utilizes Parsec’s Real-time Performance Management software, which is easy to use, even for nonprogrammers, requiring no wiring, programming, or disruption in productivity.

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