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Spray Can Tools

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CAN-GUN1 from SafeWorld (Ashland, OR) is a new spray can tool that features the FullGrip trigger. The CAN-GUN1 has earned a 97 percent approval rating from National Street Machine Club members and a 99 percent approval rating from the Handyman Club of America, making it the only spray can handle to ever receive the “Handyman Member-Tested Seal of Approval.

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Spray Can Tools

November 23, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CAN-GUN1 from SafeWorld (Ashland, OR) is a new spray can tool that features the FullGrip trigger. The CAN-GUN1 has earned a 97 percent approval rating from National Street Machine Club members and a 99 percent approval rating from the Handyman Club of America , making it the only spray can handle to ever receive the “Handyman Member-Tested Seal of Approval.

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Industrial Computing In Your Hands

November 23, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Inc. (Holtsville, NY) announces the release of the MC9500, an industrial-class handheld device that brings mobile computing and new features like modular 3.5G WAN to the industrial facility. The MC9500 features a Marvell Xcale PXA320@806 MHz processor running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.

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Automakers Up MPG Ratings, But Only Slightly

November 20, 2009 10:07 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fleet of new cars and trucks sold to U.S. consumers averaged 21 miles per gallon in the 2008 model year, a modest increase over the previous year, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Friday. New vehicle fuel efficiency improved 2 percent in 2008 from 20.

Wisconsin To Symbolize Choppers And Cheese

November 20, 2009 9:56 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Choppers and cheese may soon become official Wisconsin symbols. Bills to honor Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Lactococcus lactis — a bacterium used in the making of cheese — with the state symbol designation were introduced in the Legislature last week.

NASA Learns The Ways Of Social Networking

November 20, 2009 8:13 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA launched a social media experience at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that quickly turned into an unprecedented world-wide event as more than 100 Twitter users got a unique look inside America's space program and front row seats to the Nov.

Frivolous Lawsuit Of The Week: Ex-Smoker Nets $300m

November 20, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former smoker in South Florida are speaking out about the woman's $300 million verdict against Philip Morris USA. A jury on Thursday ordered Philip Morris to pay 61-year-old Cindy Naugle what is believed to be the largest award to date among thousands of lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies.

Boeing Breaks Ground On $750m S.C. Plant

November 20, 2009 3:55 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing is breaking ground in South Carolina on a $750 million aircraft assembly plant — the largest industrial investment in state history. Officials gather Friday at the site near the Charleston International Airport where Boeing will assemble its 787 jetliners.

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Alcoa Idles Italian Smelter Due To Pricey Energy

November 20, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. said Thursday it will temporarily idle production at its two smelters in Italy, affecting about 2,000 workers, after a decision by the European Union left the company's ability to secure electricity for the plants at low rates uncertain. Italy for 10 years gave energy-intensive industries a break on power prices.

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Analyst: Auto Sales Could Top 10 Million

November 20, 2009 3:44 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales could top an annual rate of 10.8 million in November, General Motors Co.'s top sales analyst said Thursday. That would mark the first month this year that sales jumped to such levels without the aid of Cash for Clunkers rebates, which boosted sales in July and August.

Cause Of Massive WY Oil Spill A Known Issue

November 20, 2009 3:35 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A storage tank roof that sank at a Sinclair Oil refinery earlier this year and caused Wyoming's biggest spill in decades wasn't unprecedented: A storage tank roof also sank at the refinery in 2007. Leaks in the pontoons holding up the floating roofs occurred before both incidents.

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Harley Unlikely To Land In Kentucky, Says Governor

November 20, 2009 3:28 am | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has expressed doubt that Kentucky will land a Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant. The governor released a statement Thursday saying the potential for pulling off a deal with the company is "significantly diminished." The company has been looking at a site in Shelbyville for a motorcycle plant that employs 2,500 people.

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Dell Sees Profits Drop 54 Percent, Slides From No. 2 Spot

November 19, 2009 10:20 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell Inc. says its latest quarterly profit dropped 54 percent as the company battles a slump has caused it to lose its ranking as the world's No. 2 personal computer maker. Rivals Hewlett-Packard Co. and Acer Inc. have stolen business from Dell as the company grapples with anemic spending on technology by corporations and government agencies.

Teenagers Dismiss Manufacturing, Want 'Professional' Jobs

November 19, 2009 8:21 am | News | Comments

ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Despite assertions from manufacturers that they will need a new breed of highly skilled workers in the years ahead and job opportunities will abound for today's youth, U.S. teenagers in large numbers want to wear white collars, not blue, when they launch their careers.

Kraft Cuts Habit Of Driving Around The World 8,500 Times

November 19, 2009 5:51 am | by Joel Hans | News | Comments

, Associate Editor, IMPO Kraft, the well-known international food maker, have claimed that in the last four years they have cut more than 50 million miles and a large percentage of CO2 emissions from its manufacturing and distribution processes. In North America alone, Kraft has cut 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions by eliminating wasteful truck shipments by shipping wheat from its Ohio mill via water ways, which amounts to roughly a million miles.

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From The NBA To Plant Floor

November 19, 2009 4:50 am | Articles | Comments

Charlie Bell, a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, grew up in Flint, Michigan, so he knows all about the manufacturing business. So when Tz Roznowski of Amalga Composites asked Charlie to "do his job," the basketball star couldn't help but say yes. After a hard day's work, a 6/10 review from your new boss isn't half bad.

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Inside The Ford Fusion, Motortrend's 'Car Of The Year'

November 19, 2009 4:03 am | Articles | Comments

Earlier this week, Motortrend magazine named the 2010 Ford Fusion as its "car of the year," beating out more than 20 other vehicles from around the world. It's a big deal for the American automaker who has emerged from the recession stronger than ever, and bailout-free. See what makes the Ford Fusion, and in particular its hybrid model, the best car of the year.

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M&Ms Just Got A Little Bit Greener

November 19, 2009 3:43 am | Articles | Comments

Last Tuesday, Mars Chocolate unveiled a 28,000-panel solar garden, which provides 20 percent of peak energy consumption at its New Jersey manufacturing plant. Are you surprised New Jersey is second in solar capacity only to California? I was. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Instructional How To Lose Your Job

November 19, 2009 3:34 am | Videos | Comments

Full disclosure up front: remarkably, no one was hurt in this incident. And that's why forklifts have cabs. That said, this warehouse worker takes his forklift driving a little to vigorously, and has a little mishap with some shelves absolutely filled with bottles of vodka. In his defense, I don't think good steel is supposed to bend over like a twig as these shelves did.

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Apple Industrial Designer: We're Cool, You're Not

November 19, 2009 3:21 am | Articles | Comments

Apple computers are well-recognized around the world, despite having a small market share in comparison to the plethora of Windows-based computers from manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Sony, and countless others. So, what makes people tick when they get an iPod or a MacBook in their hands? Easy: industrial design.

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