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Prescott, AR Plant To Cut 90 Workers

August 17, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

PRESCOTT, Ark. (AP) — Ninety workers will be laid off at the Firestone Building Products plant at the start of next month, company officials say. The cuts represent a 21-percent employee reduction at the Prescott plant, which makes a synthetic rubber compound for roofing. They follow the layoffs of 71 plant workers in April.

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MI Cruisers Worry Days Of Classic Cars Are Over

August 17, 2009 4:07 am | by David Grant, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Jack Beller's blue 1966 Corvette has the classic big-block engine and the enormous carburetor that make putting the keys in the ignition a roaring ode to muscle car history. He and his classic ride have been coming to Saturday's Woodward Dream Cruise, billed by its sponsors as "the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture," since it began 15 years ago.

$1B In Battery Grants May Recharge MI Talent Base

August 17, 2009 4:03 am | by David N. Goodman & Jeff Karoub, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

As a business professor and former auto executive in Michigan, Gerald Meyers has seen his share of former colleagues and students leave the state. The state's economy has been shrinking along with its struggling auto industry.

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The Ultimate In Accuracy

August 14, 2009 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ludeca (Doral, FL) has developed INCLINEO, a level/plumbness measurement system utilizing high-precision inclinometer technology with a resolution of 0.0003 degrees. The product can measure relative or absolute angularity, flatness, levelness, or parallelism or surface — its flexibility makes it possible to check the geometry of CNC machines in addition to the plumbness of hydro turbines.

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Environmentally-Conscious Cleaning

August 14, 2009 12:13 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA) introduces the G-49 Orange Degreaser with a low volatile organic compound (VOC) content. G-49 conforms to the VOC regulations of CARB, OTC< and LADCO.  G-49 is ideal for cleaning equipment, whether it is afflicted with grease, grime, or oil, and is an excellent alternative to methyl ethyl ketone.

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The Future of Energy Harvesting

August 14, 2009 11:30 am | by Jonathan C. Smith, IDSA, Senior Industrial Designer | Articles | Comments

Energy Harvesting? Let’s begin by establishing a definition for the phrase. Energy harvesting as defined on Wikipedia - is the process by which energy is derived from external sources (e.g., solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, salinity gradients, and kinetic energy), that is captured, and stored.

Scaling Back Is The New Black

August 14, 2009 11:19 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO About a year ago, I began drooling over new car ads and decided I would trade in my dependable VW Jetta for something a bit flashier. Nothing like a bird’s eye view of your 401K floating in the toilet to derail any thoughts of luxury. I decided that I could wait it out, continue to drive my Jetta, and look slightly less cool.

Top 5 Energy Management System Considerations

August 14, 2009 10:15 am | by Gus Ezcurra, CEO, Advanced Telemetry | Articles | Comments

The economy has forced most if not all U.S. companies to seek ways to reduce non-essential and otherwise variable costs. A new opportunity has emerged in recent years with the advent of affordable lightweight energy management systems that can be controlled on-site or remotely.

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Accelerate Your Maintenance

August 14, 2009 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wilcoxon (Germantown, MD) had added three new accelerometers with M12 connectors to its product line of vibration sensors and sensor networks. The M12 connector is an established protocol throughout the world, and several M12-compatible assemblies are now available.

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Universal Replacement Casters

August 14, 2009 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tingue, Brown & Co. (Saddle Brooke, NJ) introduces a new line of casters for carts, trucks, and containers, offered as replacements for failed OEM components. The line provides up to 675 pounds of weight-bearing capacity per caster — ideal for facilities where casters often fail under heavy loads with carts remain intact.

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600 Children Positive For Lead Poisoning In China

August 14, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

The number of children sickened from lead poisoning has risen to more than 600 in a northern Chinese province where authorities shut a smelter earlier this week thought to have caused the contamination, state media reported. More than 80 percent of the 731 children living in the two villages near the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co.

New Arkansas Plant To Trade On Clean Energy

August 14, 2009 5:06 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A $180 million wood pellet plant to be built in Camden could chart a green future for the city still working to overcome the loss of its biggest employer nearly a decade ago. The Phoenix Renewable Energy facility is to occupy the site of the former International Paper mill.

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Arkansas Plant To Trade On Clean Energy

August 14, 2009 5:06 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A $180 million wood pellet plant to be built in Camden could chart a green future for the city still working to overcome the loss of its biggest employer nearly a decade ago. The Phoenix Renewable Energy facility is to occupy the site of the former International Paper mill.

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Airport Controller And Supervisor Suspended For NY Crash

August 14, 2009 4:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A personal phone call and the absence of a supervisor during last week's collision over New York's Hudson River has led to two air traffic controllers being removed from duty, although officials said the actions probably had no impact on the tragedy.

Air Force Contractor Settles With DOJ

August 14, 2009 4:26 am | News | Comments

The Department of Justice said that Dynamics Research Corp., a consulting, engineering and information technology services provider, will pay the United States $15 million plus interest to settle allegations of a 1990s kickback scheme related to contracts with the Air Force.

Company Sued In Bridge Collapse Responds

August 14, 2009 4:23 am | News | Comments

An engineering firm being sued by the state of Minnesota says it's not responsible for the fatal collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge two years ago. The Star Tribune reports that URS Corp. filed its response Thursday to the lawsuit. The San Francisco-based firm notes that as recently as last year, state officials were praising the firm's work on the old bridge and that the state has hired URS for subsequent projects.

Arizona Sheriff Raids Plant Seeking Illegal Workers

August 14, 2009 4:06 am | News | Comments

An Arizona sheriff who has aggressively cracked down on illegal immigration sent deputies into a Phoenix paper plant where they arrested 44 employees suspected of identity theft or immigration violations. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says Thursday's raid on the Royal Paper Converting Co.

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Boeing Pays $25 Million To Settle Probe

August 13, 2009 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Boeing Co. agreed Thursday to pay the U.S. government $25 million to settle claims the company did defective work on critical military refueling planes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The settlement arose out of a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in Texas by two former Boeing workers who will now receive $2.

PPG Contract To Redesign 737 Windshields

August 13, 2009 12:25 pm | News | Comments

PPG Industries, a maker of paints, coatings and other specialty products, said Thursday one of its subsidiaries received a contract to redesign laminated glass windshields for Boeing's next-generation 737 airplanes. Pittsburgh-based PPG said its aerospace transparencies business was awarded the contract by Spirit AeroSystems, a Boeing supplier based in Wichita, Kan.

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Ford To Boost Production Of Focus, Escape

August 13, 2009 11:27 am | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said Thursday it will build more of its popular Focus and Escape models and boost total vehicle production later this year to help dealers restock depleted showrooms. The automaker needs to keep up with demand for its Focus compact car and Escape crossover, both ranked as top sellers under the federal government's Cash for Clunkers program.

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