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Chrysler Names New Dodge Ram, Car Execs

October 5, 2009 4:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler's new Italian management on Monday announced a surprise shake-up of the automaker's executive team, saying two recently appointed brand CEOs have resigned and that it was splitting Dodge into two groups, one focusing on trucks and the other on cars. The moves, announced Monday, marked the second management reorganization since Fiat Group SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne took control of Chrysler on June 10 when it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Deere, UAW Ratify Six-Year Contract

October 5, 2009 4:26 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. says it has been notified by the United Auto Workers that union members have ratified a six-year contract. The agreement, which covers about 9,500 workers and 17,000 retirees, takes effect Monday and expires Oct. 1, 2015. Neither party provided details about the contract's terms.

Chemical Company Fined $150,000 For Acid Cloud

October 5, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says a pump used without an electrical safety shut off caused an acid cloud that forced hundreds of western Pennsylvania residents to evacuate last year. Indspec Chemical Corp. faces more than $150,000 in state environmental and federal workplace safety fines for the leak in Petrolia on Oct.

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Biodegradable Plastic Packaging Material

October 2, 2009 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

Poly(lactic acid) cup before and after adding hot water. Interest in biodegradable disposable plastic items has steadily grown over the last decade. With packaging materials, the reduction in usage of raw materials, re-use, and recycling is of course the best route to a sustainable lifestyle.

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Programmable Flowmeters

October 2, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FMA-4100/4300 series flow rate meter from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) can display 23 different volumetric flow or mass flow engineering units, including a user-specific selection. The flowmeters support a programmable flow totalizer in addition to high- and low-flow alarms.

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Epoxy-bonded Lining

October 2, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kalpoxy, a wear-resistant epoxy-bonded hard compound, is now available from Abresist (Urbana, IN). The compound contains more than 70 percent solids, and can be used as a jointless lining for structural components and repairs. Kalpoxy can be cured at 68°F in approximately 24 hours.

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Leadscrew Tables

October 2, 2009 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) has unveiled a new addition to its line of DryLin SLW leadscrew tables. The DryLin SLW Pre-Loaded utilizes anti-backlash nuts to reduce axial clearance and is fitted with “turn-to-fit” linear bearings. According to the company, the DryLin is less expensive than ball bearing assembles, and costs associated with research, design, and assembly are eliminated.

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'Dieing' Isn't A Grind

October 2, 2009 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade’s (Clarence, NY) line of 0.4hp die grinders have been designed for precision grinding, deburring, and blending on a wide variety of materials. They are available in versions from 950 – 30,000 rpm and feature composite overmold housing, which reduces tool vibration and cold air transmission.

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Raising The Bar

October 2, 2009 9:15 am | Articles | Comments

Harry London Candies of North Canton, Ohio has been manufacturing high quality chocolates and other gourmet confections since 1922, when Harry London, a steelworker, left his job at the local mill and began making family recipes by hand in his own kitchen. Over the years, Harry London Candies has progressed from these humble beginnings to become a world class provider of luxury candies while retaining the London family traditions of high standards and the purest ingredients.

Safe Lifting

October 2, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

A&H Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc. (Cerritos, CA) now offers the Shop Lift as an ergonomic solution to the problem of heavy material handling in a confined space. The Shop Lift is designed to carry up to 600 lbs. and deliver the load safety. With a gross weight of 700 lbs.

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It Goes Where You Can't

October 2, 2009 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) has developed the water-cooled Portable FireSight Diagnostic System. The new FireSight was designed to view and record real-time color video images of combustion and other high-temperature processes in furnaces, kilns, and incinerators.

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A Whirlwind Of Safety

October 2, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) reminds workers and employers that October is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Eye Injury Prevention Month, and, according to the company, their Wheelz safety eyewear is at the forefront of designing modern eyewear that is both attractive and comfortable.

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Tough Videoscopes

October 2, 2009 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus NDT (Waltham, MA) announces the new IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes, designed for a wide range of remote visual inspections where access is limited. The new scopes are compact — about half the weight of the IPLEX FX — due to their thin LCD monitor, which makes them ideal for usable inside boiler rooms, airplane fuselages, or wind turbine gearboxes.

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Chrysler's Italian Boss Unfazed By Low Market Share

October 2, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The new Italian leader of Chrysler Group LLC says he is not alarmed by the automaker's market share decline and he expects to improve the company's U.S. share from this point forward. Fiat SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne, speaking to reporters Thursday while on a tour of Chrysler's headquarters with Italy's economic development minister, also said there are no plans to reverse a decision to close an assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.

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Bookmaker Closes Factory Because Nobody Reads Anymore

October 2, 2009 4:13 am | News | Comments

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York book manufacturer is closing its doors after nearly a century in business. Vail-Ballou Press in Kirkwood will close in the next 90 days, eliminating 270 jobs. Vail-Ballou's parent company, The Maple Press Co. of York, Pa., cited a significant decrease in manufacturing demand during the recession as the reason for the shutdown.

580 Jobs At Sparrows Point Steel Mill At Risk

October 2, 2009 4:12 am | News | Comments

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — The union that represents 2,500 Sparrows Point steel mill workers says the plant's Russian owners' proposed restructuring could affect nearly a third of the work force. John Cirri, president of United Steelworkers Local 9477, said Thursday that Russian steel company Severstal's restructuring proposal details different ways about 580 jobs could be affected, including reductions, retirements or transfers.

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Toyota President Regrets Fatal Floormat Crash

October 2, 2009 3:58 am | News | Comments

by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president said it was "extremely regrettable" an American family died in a crash in which a floor mat in one of the Japanese automaker's vehicles is suspected as the cause. "Four precious lives have been lost," Toyota Motor Corp.

Hyundai Marked As Biggest Automaker Threat

October 2, 2009 3:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. — not the up-and-coming Chinese, nor the leaner meaner Americans — is the automaker that has the Japanese seriously worried. Talk to any Japanese auto executive, and the official is likely to say the South Korean automaker is rapidly emerging as the most feared competitor to Japan's world-leading car companies.

Chips Conduct 16% Less August Sales

October 2, 2009 3:49 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Global sales of semiconductors fell 16 percent in August to $19.1 billion compared to a year ago, according to an industry report Friday. But chip sales rose by 5 percent from the previous month, with strength in all geographic regions, the Semiconductor Industry Association said.

Senator Backs Northrop, Blocks Boeing's $35b Contract

October 2, 2009 3:47 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Republican who backs Northrop Grumman Corp.'s bid for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract wants to withhold funding until the service resolves a company gripe with the competition. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama filed an amendment Thursday that would require the Air Force to release pricing information of previous bids from both Northrop and its partner, Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.

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