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Air-Powered Disc Sanders

September 1, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) introduces a new series of air-powered vacuum disc sanders. The new tool is effective at removing coatings while capturing contaminants through the vacuum. The sanders are available in 2, 3, 5, and 7” diameters, and the vacuum shroud diverts dust and debris to the vacuum source.

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Integrated Drive For Cavity Pumps

September 1, 2009 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

seepex (Enon, OH) has developed a new integrated drive for its popular line of metering and general transfer progressive cavity pumps. The new drive features a single reduction gear box and an inverter-rated 1/2 HP electric induction motor. Because external control enclosures are not required for high pressure or run-dry protection, installation is simple and quick.

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Stay Away From The Ledge

September 1, 2009 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Garlock Safety Systems (Plymouth, MN) has developed the LedgeGuard mezzanine safety gate system, which has two gates, one of which is always closed. The inside gate is closed when pallets are being handled by a forklift, prevented personnel from falling. When raised personnel open the inside gate to access the pallet, the opposite gate closes.

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Raytheon To Assist With Taiwan Missle Defense

September 1, 2009 8:39 am | News | Comments

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Tuesday it has been awarded a contract worth $26.9 million to provide technical assistance to Taiwan's missile defense system. The award from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command represents a modification to a technical assistance contract granted in 2008.

Kansas City Rejected In New Harley Plant Survey

September 1, 2009 8:34 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. says it will not build a second manufacturing plant in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports that the motorcycle manufacturer told city officials Monday that the city did not make the cut as Harley-Davidson looks to build a potential replacement for its plant in York, Pa.

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GE To Expand SC Aviation Business, Hire 140

September 1, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — General Electric Co.'s aviation business says it will expand operations in South Carolina and add 100 jobs by 2013. The state Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that GE Aviation will move from its 50,000 square-foot building in Greenville to a 150,000 square-foot site in the city.

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Man Confirms Guilty Plea In July 5 WI Meatpacking Fire

September 1, 2009 6:11 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two brothers accused of starting a $50 million fire at a Cudahy meatpacking plant pleaded guilty Tuesday. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Kurtis Popp fired a military flare July 5 given to him by his brother. The flare landed on a roof at the Patrick Cudahy Inc. meatpacking plant and ignited the fire.

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Manufacturing Indexes Showing Growth After 18 Months

September 1, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. manufacturing, aided by government rebates to first-time homebuyers and car buyers, likely experienced some growth in August after shrinking for 18 months. Economists expect a national measure of manufacturing activity to show the sector grew last month. That hasn't happened since January 2008, as a recession triggered by the U.

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Boeing Jetliner Head Steps Down Amid 787 Faults

September 1, 2009 4:22 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Monday that Scott Carson will step down as head of its commercial airplane division, ending a tenure marked by costly problems with the company's much-delayed 787 jetliner. The Chicago-based company said Carson will be succeeded Tuesday by the head of its defense business, Jim Albaugh.

Deere To Invest $125m In Russian Plant

September 1, 2009 4:16 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

Deere & Co., the world's largest agricultural-equipment maker, said Monday its board of directors has approved a plan to invest $125 million to establish a new manufacturing and parts center in Russia. The Moline, Ill.-based company said the facility near Moscow will be capable of making a broad range of John Deere products, including tractors and harvesting equipment, as well as construction and forestry products.

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Stillwater, OK Anticipates Mercury Marine's Exit From WI

August 31, 2009 12:27 pm | by Murray Evans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials in Stillwater said Monday they're happy to hear boat engine maker Mercury Marine could be moving hundreds of jobs to their city, even if they sympathize with a Wisconsin city that may be losing those jobs. Mercury Marine said Sunday it intends to move the jobs to Stillwater after a union rejected a contract proposal that would have kept the jobs at the company's Fond du Lac, Wis.

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Trial For Iowa Slaughterhouse Raid Could Be Moved

August 31, 2009 12:10 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday delayed the trial of four former top managers at an Iowa slaughterhouse where 389 people were arrested last year in what was the largest immigration raid in U.S. history at the time. U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade agreed to an Oct.

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NH Suing Company To Protect Neglected Plant Workers

August 31, 2009 12:05 pm | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge is temporarily blocking Precision Technology from transferring assets that could be used to provide workers compensation they are owed. Gov. John Lynch said Monday that the state sought the order to protect the 131 workers the Pembroke company locked out last week without the federally required 60-day notice.

Jaguar-Owner Tata Motors Loses $70m In 2Q

August 31, 2009 11:11 am | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Tata Motors lost 3.3 billion rupees ($67.2 million) in the April-June quarter, driven by a 52 percent drop in sales volumes at its Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary and the cost of servicing its debt, the company said Monday. During the same period last year, Tata posted a profit of 7.

EPA - R.I.P.

August 31, 2009 8:15 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

One of the more interesting green developments in recent months has been Wal-Mart’s decision to initiate greater sustainability standards in the products they’ll purchase and re-sell. I’ll abstain from sharing the inter-office banter that has pitted my colleagues against me regarding this topic, but instead offer some thoughts on the interesting precedent this could set for processors.

Blocking & Tackling

August 31, 2009 8:00 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

What is my worst self-critique as far as work habits are concerned? Time management. I may consider it my arch nemesis, yet it still needs to be blocked and tackled over the course of the day.--> Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info If you hang out with sports lover and editorial director Jeff Reinke for any amount of time, you are bound to stumble across some of his sage advice.

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Racking On The Brain

August 31, 2009 7:40 am | by John T. Phelan, Jr. P.E., COO, TriFactor LLC | Articles | Comments

Before selecting the storage medium for either a new distribution center or an existing facility, the first step is to analyze the products that will be handled. Whether it's 150-pound mattresses, cases of bottled water or 10,000-pound rolls of paper, the product determines the proper storage.

Mercury Marine No Longer Speaking To Union

August 31, 2009 6:51 am | News | Comments

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Leaders of the union representing workers at Mercury Marine say they have no new ideas for reviving talks to keep 850 manufacturing jobs in Fond du Lac from moving to Oklahoma. Dan Longsine of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947, said Monday the company is no longer interested in talking.

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Guest Feature: Selecting The Right HMI Vendor

August 31, 2009 4:44 am | by by Gary Labadie, Marketing Manager, Pro-face America | Blogs | Comments

How do you go about choosing the right HMI vendor for your operations? It’s a great question that bares discussion. An HMI vendor is a critical information visualization supplier that greatly impacts and influences a process plant, an OEM, and system integrator operations. An HMI vendor can be one of two things, a supplier or a partner.

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Memphis Could Be Home To $8b 'Bioeconomy'

August 31, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A study by a Memphis nonprofit group proposes major changes in the way agricultural land in the Delta is used to create a bioeconomy worth $8 billion with more than 25,000 jobs in the next decade. The study commissioned by Memphis Bioworks Foundation was released last week.

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