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Construction, manufacturing dip less than expected

April 1, 2009 11:01 am | Articles | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management revealed a better than expected manufacturing index for February, suggesting contraction may be nearing an end.  Construction spending fell for a fifth straight month in February, but the results were better than expected and along with other economic reports, suggested contraction may be nearing an end.

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Bombardier gets boost with US$1.44-billion order for new CSeries jets

March 31, 2009 8:04 am | Articles | Comments

Bombardier said Monday the firm order from Lease Corporation International Aviation Ltd., which leases aircraft to major airlines including Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Air France, SAS and Virgin Atlantic, comes with options for a further 20 jets.

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Arkansas governor signs manufacturers' tax cut

March 31, 2009 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

The governor signed identical House and Senate bills Monday that would reduce the tax from 3.875 percent to 3.125 percent. The bills are sponsored by Rep. David Dunn, D-Forrest City, and Sen. Barbara Horn, D-Ashdown.

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Obama puts GM, Chrysler on short leash

March 31, 2009 7:47 am | by DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent | Articles | Comments

President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry Monday, bluntly rejecting turnaround plans by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, demanding fresh concessions for long-term federal aid and raising the possibility of quick bankruptcy for either ailing auto giant.

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with Jerry Jasinowski, Proudfoot Consulting

March 26, 2009 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

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Automation & Skilled Maintenance

March 26, 2009 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

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The 77-Point Plan

March 26, 2009 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

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Be The Biggest Winner

March 26, 2009 6:25 am | Blogs | Comments

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March 26, 2009 6:24 am | Articles | Comments

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America’s Economic Tether

March 26, 2009 5:16 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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Common Sense Patriotism

March 26, 2009 5:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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Record Strong Export Growth to China in 2008

March 26, 2009 4:29 am | Articles | Comments

States across the country again increased exports to China during 2008, with 18 exceeding $1 billion in sales, according to the third annual survey of state exports by the US-China Business Council (USCBC).

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Oil Prices Decline; More Build-up in US Reserves

March 26, 2009 4:26 am | Articles | Comments

Benchmark crude for May delivery fell $1.12 to $52.86 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It had been off as much as $51.86 before the Energy Information Administration released its inventory data.

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Stocks Climb as Economic Data Again Top Forecasts

March 26, 2009 4:18 am | Articles | Comments

The government says February brought unexpected increases in demand for big-ticket manufactured goods and sales of new homes. Economists had expected both readings would add to an extended slump.

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Durable Goods Orders, New Home Sales Rise in Feb.

March 26, 2009 4:14 am | Articles | Comments

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods — manufactured products expected to last at least three years — increased 3.4 percent last month, much better than the 2 percent fall economists expected. It was the first advance after a record six straight declines and the strongest one-month gain in 14 months.

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Yellow Jacket

March 25, 2009 10:37 am | Articles | Comments

The R2607A “Yellow Jacket” tool box from SEQUOIA® is a 26”, 7-Drawer roll cab, equipped with auto-return drawers and smooth ball-bearing slides rated at 99 lbs per pair. According to the company, the drawers are also equipped with full-extension and quick release features. Double-wall construction and heavy duty casters boost the load rating to over 800 lbs. 

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Mobile Hydraulic Series

March 25, 2009 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

CEJN recently unveiled its Medium Pressure Mobile Hydraulic series. Offering compact designs, ergonomic one hand operation, extra locking security, and minimal spillage, this series is designed to streamline operation and save energy costs

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Inductive Proximity Sensors

March 25, 2009 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

Omron's E2EH inductive proximity sensors in a food-grade 316L stainless steel housing provide reliable metal object or machine part detection in demanding environments. The sensor is designed to withstand high temperatures up to 120 degrees Celsius and resist corrosion from detergents and disinfectants used in the food industry.

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Safeti-Gates

March 25, 2009 10:03 am | Articles | Comments

Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc., announces the latest design innovation, the Tri-Sided Model, to the Roly safety gate product line. While the same proactive approach to worker safety applies to all models, the new model allows access to the mezzanine workstation from three sides. 

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Tentative Deal Between Canadian Auto Workers, GM

March 9, 2009 1:32 pm | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

The deal freezes wages and pensions through September 2012 and for the first time requires workers and retirees to pay health care premiums. Cost-of-living adjustments also are frozen until June 2012.

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