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Ten Doors, 6.5 Million Pounds of Poultry

September 9, 2009 3:37 am | Blogs | Comments

Fieldale Farms Corp. is not just a major supplier of poultry to the nation’s leading foodservice and restaurant chains. It is the tenth largest privately owned company in the world. This company sells hundreds of millions of dollars of its product every year across the US and to over 50 countries.

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German Labor Anxiously Awaiting Opel Decision

September 8, 2009 8:05 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — General Motors Co.'s board begins a two-day meeting in Detroit on Tuesday with European labor organizations pressing for a decision on the fate of its European unit Opel, where thousands of German jobs are on the line. A person familiar with the meeting said GM's board won't make any decision about the automaker, whose brands also include Britain's Vauxhall, until Wednesday.

200 Ordered To Stay Indoors After WV Toxic Leak

September 8, 2009 7:39 am | News | Comments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A factory employee is being treated for exposure to a toxic chemical and about 200 people were ordered to stay indoors after a leak from a railroad car in West Virginia. Fire officials say three businesses also were evacuated Tuesday morning in the Ohio River city of Huntington.

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High-Heat Ceramic Sealant

September 8, 2009 5:29 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Cotronics (Brooklyn, NY) has engineered the Thermeez 7030, a ceramic-based sealer that is ideal in high-temperature (up to 1,800°F) applications, notably exhaust systems, diesel engines, gas turbines, and heating plants. Unlike epoxy-based adhesives, the 7030 sealer provides high expansion even in the warmest environments.

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Ferret Out Your Ferrite

September 8, 2009 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) has developed the Feritscope, which measures the ferrite content in austenitic and duplex steel. Welds that must survive the rigors of processing plants, where heat, aggressive media, and pressure are all present, can crack if the ferrite content is too low, and become weak if the content is too high.

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Low-Volatile Adhesives

September 8, 2009 5:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Royal Adhesives and Sealants LLC (South Bend, IN) announces the launch of its new line of Silaprene LVOC (low-volatile organic content) contact adhesives and cements. These new adhesives and cements are EPA-compliant and contain less than 250 grams per liter of VOCs compared to over 600 grams per liter of VOCs in traditional solvent-based contact adhesives and cements.

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Improved Gas Detection

September 8, 2009 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has reengineered its gas detection sensor, named the Series 200 UniTox, to included a significantly-improved mechanical assembly and a more economical price. The UniTox line incorporates a common Universal Transmitter Module with a wide range of Intelligent Sensor Modules (ISM) capable of monitoring more than 40 toxic gases.

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Obama Thanks Unions For Workers Rights

September 8, 2009 4:56 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Monday that modern benefits like paid leave, minimum wage and Social Security "all bear the union label," as he appealed to organized labor to help him win the health care fight in Congress. "It was labor that helped build the largest middle class in history.

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Toyota Hires 800 Contract Workers For Prius

September 8, 2009 4:46 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota is hiring 800 contract workers in Japan in its first such job increase in more than a year amid signs of a global recovery led by brisk sales of its Prius hybrid. Most will start working next month at Toyota Motor Corp.'s Tsutsumi plant, central Japan, which makes the Prius and other models for the Japanese market, the world's No.

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China Has High Hopes For New Airbus, Boeing Competitor

September 8, 2009 4:39 am | by Jeremiah Marquez, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HONG KONG (AP) — China showcased its newest and biggest commercial plane Tuesday — a jetliner with as many as 200 seats that could boost the country's fledgling aviation industry to compete with Western rivals like Boeing Co. and Airbus. The narrow-body, single-aisle C919 plane is scheduled to take its maiden voyage in 2014 before being delivered to buyers in 2016, according to Wang Wenbin, an official with the plane's manufacturer, state-backed Commercial Aircraft Corp.

Mercury Marine To Close OK Plant After WI Union Agreement

September 8, 2009 4:29 am | News | Comments

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — After Wisconsin workers agreed to concessions, Mercury Marine said it will move work there from Oklahoma within two years, putting 380 employees in Stillwater out of work. The boat engine maker pitted its manufacturing plants in Stillwater and Fond du Lac, Wis.

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Cadbury Rejects $16.7b Kraft Buyout

September 8, 2009 4:21 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. on Monday proposed a 10.2 billion pound ($16.7 billion) takeover of Cadbury PLC, but the offer was immediately rejected by the British maker of chocolate, gum and candy. Cadbury shares shot up 41 percent to 803.5 pence at midday on the London Stock Exchange, about the minimum analysts suggested Kraft would have to pay to clinch a deal.

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Japan Finds Quiet Hybrids A Danger To The Blind

September 8, 2009 4:14 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — An appeal of a hybrid or electric car is its super-quiet drive. But worries are growing blind people may be endangered by their silence. The Japanese government has set up a panel with automakers, organizations for the blind and consumers groups to come up with a solution, which could have such vehicles emitting what sounds like engine noise or musical sounds like a cell-phone ring-tone, officials said Tuesday.

DuPont Accuses Employee Of Exporting Trade Secrets To China

September 8, 2009 4:08 am | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. is accusing a former employee of trying to steal trade secrets and bring them back to his native China. The lawsuit was filed in late August in the Delaware Court of Chancery. It accuses Hong Meng of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Want Perfection? Do it Yourself!

September 4, 2009 9:43 am | Articles | Comments

Since 1973, Bio San Laboratories Inc. of Derry, New Hampshire, has marketed nutritional food-based supplements worldwide. Always with a mission to deliver its products as nature intended, Bio San and its production company, Durham Reach Inc., strive to keep their products natural, simple and perfect.

Give Me Something To Believe In

September 4, 2009 8:57 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO But if we truly do see innovation as the way forward, then we can’t be trapped under the weight of our fears. Sure, the burden of proof is on the policy, but where will we get if we don’t ever have the courage to get something off the ground?--> As editors in the manufacturing realm, we hear a lot of complaints from readers about government policy.

Print On Anything — Even Fruit

September 4, 2009 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

SATO (Charlotte, NC) has announced that SATO printers currently support the GS1 Composite Symbology — GS1 DataBar. The DataBar makes printing on small, hard-to-mark items like loose produce easy. The system can even provide barcode information, like weight, price, or data codes.

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Be ‘Explosion-Proof’

September 4, 2009 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nilfisk CFM (Malvern, PA) announces the launch of a new micro-site that specifically address the potentially-dangerous issue of combustible dust in the manufacturing industry. The website can be seen at www.explosionproof-vacuum.com . The website utilizes video, fact sheets, application photos, and links to sites like OSHA to provide manufacturers access to pertinent information regarding combustible dust.

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24 Volts — Just Right

September 4, 2009 8:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

LEWCO (Sandusky, OH) is offering a line of conveyors that utilize 24 volt DC technology, including a chain-drive live roller, belt-driven live roller, and a chain conveyor. With the 24 volt DC technology, zero-pressure zoned accumulation conveyors can be constructed without the typical limitations found with most O-ring drive conveyors.

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Global Green Cars To Build Electric Car Plant In KY

September 4, 2009 6:45 am | News | Comments

Global Green Cars, Inc. (GGCI) announced today that it will proceed with its plan to build an electric vehicle production facility in the State of Kentucky. Earlier this year, Governor Steven L. Beshear of the State of Kentucky pledged his support for this electric vehicle production facility and on May 28, 2009, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved a $15.

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