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SNX Rotary Joint: Flexible And Heat-Resistant

July 13, 2009 9:07 am | Articles | Comments

Kadant Johnson, Inc. (Three Rivers, MI) has introduced its new self-supported SNX rotary joint for steam and thermal oil applications, designed for applications with a rotating pipe and two flow passages. The SNX rotary joint is available with a 1” threaded or quick-release flange nipple connection and is rated up to 500 °F, 300 psig, and 450 RPM for steam service.

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Cleaning and Restoring Electrical Connections

July 13, 2009 8:54 am | Articles | Comments

Innovative Products of America (IPA, Mt. Tremper, NY) has developed DeoxIT Cleaner and DeoxIT Shield, a pair of contact cleaning and restoring products for a variety of electrical connections. DeoxIT Cleaner prevents electrical failure by removing oxidation and corrosion, while increasing performance from existing electrical connections.

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Stay Safe With Lead-Free Valves

July 13, 2009 8:51 am | Articles | Comments

Bradley Corp. (Menomonee Falls, WI) has introduced its Navigator® Lead-Free Valves, which have recently earned certification from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. The thermostatic mixing valves also comply with a California law (CA AB 1953) which requires products in contact with drinking water to contain less than 0.

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New Pig On Staying Odor- And Vapor-Free

July 13, 2009 8:41 am | Articles | Comments

New Pig Corp. (Tipton, PA) has launched its Vapor-Control Latching Drum Lid , built to provide easy access and security to materials stored in 55-gallon open-head steel drums. The new drum lid is ideal for the temporary storage of hazardous waste and features an additional 5”diameter easy-access port to accept waste and minimize vapor emissions.

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GM's Arlington Plant Back Online

July 13, 2009 4:41 am | Articles | Comments

Workers are returning to the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington for the first time in nearly two months. The factory's 2,400 employees are set to be back on the assembly line Monday morning, welding and bolting together Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicles.

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Product Recalls, Possibly Salmonella-tainted

July 10, 2009 8:57 am | Articles | Comments

The following recalls have been announced because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems; no illnesses have been reported.

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Source of E. coli in Tainted Nestle Dough Still Unknown

July 10, 2009 6:30 am | Articles | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the strain of E. coli found in a sample of raw cookie dough collected at a Nestle USA manufacturing plant does not match the strain that has been linked to a 30-state outbreak, and they aren't sure how the dough was contaminated.

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Cocoa Plant Where Worker Died Operating Illegally

July 10, 2009 6:22 am | Articles | Comments

Officials say a cocoa processing facility in New Jersey where a worker fell into a vat of melting chocolate and died was operating illegally. Camden cited Lyons & Sons Inc. for not having a business license after Vincent Smith II died Wednesday.

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GM Exits Bankruptcy, CEO Vows Better Performance

July 10, 2009 6:13 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

A leaner General Motors arose on Friday, making an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy with ambitions of making money and building cars people are eager to buy. Once the world's largest and most powerful automaker, the new GM is cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans.

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GM, Chrysler Fight Against Reopening Dealerships

July 9, 2009 11:45 am | Articles | Comments

A Boeing Co. spokesman says the aerospace manufacturer's new 787 jetliner taxied under its own power Tuesday for the first time in its development. Boeing spokesman Jim Proulx says the low-speed taxi test at Paine Field near Everett, Wash., was the first time the plane has moved under its own engine power.

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Boeing 787 Completes First Taxi Test

July 9, 2009 11:39 am | Articles | Comments

A Boeing Co. spokesman says the aerospace manufacturer's new 787 jetliner taxied under its own power Tuesday for the first time in its development. Boeing spokesman Jim Proulx says the low-speed taxi test at Paine Field near Everett, Wash., was the first time the plane has moved under its own engine power.

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Wis. Packing Plant Fire Out, Damage Could Top $50M

July 9, 2009 11:14 am | Articles | Comments

The stubborn fire that gutted part of a sprawling meatpacking plant in suburban Milwaukee is finally out. That declaration came Wednesday afternoon as the estimate of damage from the two-and-a-half-day fire soared to $50 million or more. Despite that, company officials offered hope that portions of the Patrick Cudahy Inc.

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Turn Up the Heat

July 9, 2009 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

Master Appliance Corp. (Racine, WI) has introduced its new, butane-powered, Model MT-30 Table-Top Microtorch for applications including shrinking tubing and specialty connectors, heating and spot drying materials, and more. Its self-contained design, says the company, also eliminates the need for external fuel tanks, costly piping or unsightly hoses.

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Blaze At Wis. Meatpacking Plant Causes Evacuation

July 6, 2009 8:42 am | by DINESH RAMDE | Articles | Comments

Fire crews battled a large blaze at a meatpacking plant south of Milwaukee on Monday, and authorities warned residents within a mile of the plant to leave the area because of the threat of toxic fumes. About 100 firefighters were battling the blaze at the Patrick Cudahy Inc.

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Analysis: No Sure Things In Economic Development

July 6, 2009 8:25 am | by ALAN SAYRE | Articles | Comments

The past few weeks in Louisiana have demonstrated there are certain things economic developers armed with the taxpayers' checkbook can accomplish, and others they can do little about, especially during the current recession.

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Biofuels and Feedstocks: A Commercialization Outlook

July 6, 2009 8:23 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

Of all the hydrocarbons and simple sugars that can be made from biomass, or recovered from fossil reserves, gasoline, diesel and natural gas remain the most important end-products and are likely to remain so for some time to come. Into that mix comes the advent of biofuels, and in recent years the arrival of what are variously termed “second-generation” or advanced biofuels.

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Exelon Raises Hostile Bid For NRG Energy To $8 Billion

July 2, 2009 8:02 am | by MARK WILLIAMS | Articles | Comments

Exelon Corp. on Thursday sweetened its hostile takeover bid for NRG Energy Inc. by 12 percent to $8 billion in stock, citing newly identified cost savings along with NRG's recent deal for Reliant Energy's Texas retail business.

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U.S. Launches Workplace Immigration Crackdown

July 2, 2009 7:30 am | by Suzanne Gamboa | Articles | Comments

The Obama administration launched investigations of hundreds of businesses around the U.S. Wednesday as part of its strategy to focus immigration enforcement on the employers who hire illegal workers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun notifying businesses of plans to audit their I-9 forms -- employment eligibility documents that employers fill out for every worker -- the agency told members of Congress in an e-mail Wednesday.

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Collision Course

July 2, 2009 7:08 am | by Parmy Olson | Articles | Comments

Hugo Spowers is an inventor with a dream -- perhaps an impossible one. After nearly a decade of mighty labor and no little expense, he has built a hydrogen-fuel cell car--albeit one so tiny it's more like a buggy. If the money holds out, he intends to make 50 more of them and then test market the Riversimple Urban Car by leasing it out to residents in a British city center in just three years.

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GE To Partner With USM In Composite Engine Project

July 2, 2009 6:11 am | by TIMOTHY R. BROWN | Articles | Comments

A $2.4 million state grant will be used by a General Electric Co. subsidiary and the University of Southern Mississippi for research on composite materials for an engine to power the Boeing 787 and 747-8 aircraft.

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