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Committee: "America Leads In Innovation, But Is Bleeding Opportunities"

March 5, 2009 7:08 am | Articles | Comments

Today, Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness, called for "focus" on turning energy research and development into real economic value before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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Shortened Work Week Is Risky—And Not Realistic

March 4, 2009 10:03 am | by by Amanda McGowan, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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A “Decent” Wage Cut?

March 4, 2009 10:02 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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U.S. Steel Shutdown Comes As A Shock

March 4, 2009 8:16 am | by Daniel Nolan | Articles | Comments

Workers said Tuesday night they believed the firm might lay off more workers on top of the 684 laid off since last year, but they didn't foresee an idling of the landmark plant, which U.S. Steel bought when it took over Stelco in 2007, nor the laying off of a further 720 workers.

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Low-Profile Puller

March 4, 2009 8:12 am | Articles | Comments

Industrial Pulley Puller offers a new low-profile model to their line of portable hydraulic pullers. Safely remove frozen parts with ease, reduce repair time, and avoid equipment damage

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The New Bumper Movement

March 4, 2009 7:51 am | Articles | Comments

Doc-Blok International introduces its Dok-Blok®, a bumper made of mining-grade rubber, moves up and down with the trailer on its own suspension, improving standard rubber bumpers that easily damage and tear.

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Explosion Proof

March 4, 2009 7:45 am | Articles | Comments

Ashcroft® Type B700 explosion-proof pressure switches can be specifically configured for harsh pressure media and demanding operating environments. The Type B700 pressure switches are enclosed in a NEMA 7/9–IP66 rated housing, and can be used in Class 1, Division 1&2 and Class 2, Division 1&2 hazardous locations.

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ISM Index: Manufacturing Sector Expected To Fall

March 3, 2009 8:19 am | Articles | Comments

Wall Street economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect the index from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, dropped to 33.8 last month from 35.6 in January.

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Intel Outsourcing Atom Manufacturing

March 3, 2009 8:11 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Intel has worked extensively with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on wireless chips and other products. But Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said the announcement Monday marks the first time the company has licensed its CPU core to a foundry, which is a plant that make chips for other companies.

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GM May Buy Delphi Steering Operations

March 3, 2009 8:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

The person, who asked not to be identified because a deal had not been announced, said GM would buy back the factory because it makes critical parts for the troubled automaker. A deal could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

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Should We Give GM And Chrysler Another Chance?

March 3, 2009 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

 "No matter how much money you throw at the automakers, that won't solve the problem. It will actually make things worse" says Viraf Baliwalla, a consumer advocate for car buyers and founder of Automall Network (www.automallnetwork.com) a professional vehicle buying service. "But there is a less risky solution".

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Economy Shrinks At Fastest Pace In 26 Years

February 27, 2009 9:43 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

The Commerce Department report released Friday showed the economy sinking much faster than the 3.8 percent annualized drop for the October-December quarter first estimated last month. It also was considerably weaker than the 5.4 percent annualized decline economists expected.

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Potential For Massive Jobs Expansion

February 27, 2009 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

Environmental Defense Fund today released a groundbreaking online map that identifies and profiles more than 1,200 companies in key manufacturing states poised to grow their business and create new jobs when Congress passes a cap on global warming pollution.

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Leak-Proof System

February 26, 2009 7:40 am | Articles | Comments

Polyconn's Duratec piping system offers an innovative compressed air and inert gas distribution system designed to be absolutely leak-proof, install quickly and easily, and to maintain plant costs. Duratec pipe is available in 100-ft. or 300-ft. coils—significantly reducing the number of joints in a system.

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Owning Your Own Innovation

February 26, 2009 7:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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But I'm No Billionaire

February 26, 2009 7:06 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

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Small In Size, Big In Features

February 24, 2009 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

The Power Probe Micro Torch is small in size, but offers many features and ease of use.

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Rotary Screw Technology

February 24, 2009 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Sullair Corporation offers its new ShopTek™ lubricated rotary screw air compressor. According to the company, these compressors combine Sullair's proven rotary screw technology in a compact belt-drive package which establishes new standards for continuous-duty compressors to meet the needs of small horsepower markets.

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Tools & Equipment For Your Every Need

February 24, 2009 12:15 pm | Articles | Comments

For over 40 years, Neu Tool & Supplyhas offered thousands of tool and equipment items from hundreds of manufacturers.

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Rollers For Those Hostile Environments

February 24, 2009 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

Ralphs-Pugh Companyhas developed a series of rollers to counter the harsh conditions in battery manufacturing and storage and charging station environments.

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