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Survey: Job Hiring To Speed Up In Next 6 Months

October 26, 2009 4:28 am | by Betsy Vereckey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Results from a new economic survey may ease concerns about rising unemployment and its effect on consumer spending, as forecasters say more employers appear willing to hire in the coming months. The latest quarterly survey from the National Association for Business Economics, set for release on Monday, shows that unemployment is moderating.

GAO: FDA Ignores Follow-Ups On Ineffective Drugs

October 26, 2009 4:23 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn't extend patients' lives, say congressional investigators. A report due out Monday from the Government Accountability Office also shows that the FDA has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits — even when such information is more than a decade overdue.

Swine Flu Vaccine, Hot Off The Production Line

October 26, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line." But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.

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China Cooperating With U.S. Over Drywall Scandal

October 26, 2009 4:13 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China is helping American officials investigate reports of contaminated Chinese drywall after thousands of American homeowners complained the building material made them sick or damaged their houses, a top U.S. safety official said Monday. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said that her Chinese counterparts have provided technical help and are working with the U.

Recycling On A Massive Scale

October 23, 2009 11:09 am | by Dave Brandt, Nucor Corp. | Articles | Comments

Steel companies are constantly refining their recycling operations to make the process more efficient and environmentally friendly. At Nucor, we place a high value on being stewards of our environmental resources, and to that end we have become the largest recycler in North America. In 2005, we purchased the Marion Steel Company in Marion, Ohio, which gave us a location central to nearly 60 percent of the steel consumption in the United States.

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Bring Your Light Anywhere

October 23, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EZ-Red (Deposit on the Delaware, NY) has introduces a magnetic clip accessory for the Extreme Light XL3000—the XL3000MAG. The clip features strong neodymium magnets covered with durable, non-scratch rubber. Using the magnetic clip, the XL3000 will attach to any steel surface for more versatility.

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Multi-Tipped Blow Gun

October 23, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coilhouse Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) has released the Typhoon blow gun line makes blow-off and clean 132oup easy. The new OSHA-compliant tips are designed specifically for the Typhoon and include: A pinpoint tip for a precise air stream to clean crevices.

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Mini-LEDs

October 23, 2009 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight.com website from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its range of explosion-proof and general area LED lighting with a series smaller than a quarter. The LEDSM30 and LEDSM30MW draw only 30mA and operate on 12 volts DC, and are waterproof, dustproof, and US Coast Guard-certified ignition proof.

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Nothing Is Too Complex

October 23, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Electronics LLC (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced its compact Trajexia motion controller module that integrates into CJ-Series PLCs to handle complex motion tasks for up to 30 serves or inverters. The module is fully compatible with a variety of processors (CJ1M, CJ1G, and CJ1H), and advanced programmable automation controllers.

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Nucor: 'Global Warming Legislation' Decides Plant Site

October 23, 2009 5:02 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of steelmaker Nucor Corp. indicated Thursday that the possible cost of any carbon legislation that emerges from Congress is still a key concern as the company decides whether to build a pig iron plant in Louisiana or South America. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company is considering a site near Convent in St.

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Simonton Windows Rehires 200 Thanks To Tax Credits

October 23, 2009 4:56 am | News | Comments

ELLENBORO, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Secretary, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Gov. Joe Manchin are scheduled to make a joint appearance at Simonton Windows. The Commerce Department says Friday's event is being held to show how President Obama's administration is helping create jobs.

Winning A Fight With Tabasco (And Other Diversions)

October 23, 2009 4:46 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

My friends and I like to play a lot of off-the-cuff word games. For example, my friend posed this question to the group last night: If you were able to ride any animal, real or fictional, into battle, which would it be? The eventual winner, by group vote, was Falkor—the giant flying dog from The NeverEnding Story .

U.S. Seeks Chinese Compensation On Shoddy Drywall

October 23, 2009 4:34 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Top U.S. safety officials are meeting with their Chinese counterparts to seek help for American homeowners complaining of damage from suspect drywall imported from China. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said Friday that apart from discussing compensation, her agency also is urging China to help set standards for drywall products to help prevent future problems.

UAW Detractors Oppose Concessions At Ford Plant

October 23, 2009 4:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union, which have agreed to proposed contract changes that would lower the automaker's labor costs, are running into opposition from some workers who say they've given too much already. Workers at the Dearborn Truck Plant outside Detroit honked horns and shouted down Bob King, the union's top Ford negotiator, Wednesday evening as King tried to speak about the proposed changes, according to Gary Walkowicz, a member of the plant's bargaining committee.

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U.S. Poll Shows Increasing Disbelief In Climate Change

October 23, 2009 4:20 am | by Dina Capiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming. Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.

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Virginia Gov. Vows Aid For Paper Layoffs

October 23, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Calling International Paper Co.'s plan to idle its Franklin plant "a deep blow" to Virginia, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is promising help to the nearly 1,100 families affected by the closure. Kaine said Thursday that he would direct the Virginia Employment Commission to dispatch an economic crisis strike force to Franklin within the coming days.

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Gas Explosion Rocks Puerto Rico

October 23, 2009 4:12 am | by Laura N. Perez Sanchez, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CATANO, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosion at a Gulf gasoline facility Friday rocked a neighborhood outside Puerto Rico's capital, causing minor injuries and forcing evacuations as firefighters raced to prevent additional blasts. Several columns of black smoke and flames were rising from the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.

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Keeping Your Workforce Healthy

October 22, 2009 11:18 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die from seasonal flu complications in the U.S. And it’s predicted that this flu season could be worse because there is a new and very different influenza virus causing illness called 2009 H1N1.

Circuit Board Cutter

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 590 Micro-Pneumatic Cutter from Xuron (Saco, ME) is an air-operated flush cutter that can be supplied with three different cutting heads: standard, standard with a lead retainer, and low-profile for reaching into densely populated PC boards. The tapered rectangular shape fits comfortably in small or large hands for the repetitive cutting of up to 16 AWG wire.

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Doesn't Mind The Cold

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T300 and B300 infrared cameras from FLIR Systems (Billerica, MA) are able to capture detailed images and video with a 320 x 240 focal plane array (FPA) detector (76,800 pixels). The T300 features a 2 percent thermal accuracy, 30Hz frame rate, <0.05ºC thermal sensitivity with a temperature range of -20ºC to 650ºC, and an optional range up to 1200ºC.

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