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Harley-Davidson Threatens To Abandon Wisconsin

April 29, 2010 11:29 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. has warned its employees it may have to move its Milwaukee manufacturing operations if it can't cut millions of dollars in costs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that company officials told employees Thursday there are significant "cost gaps" that must be filled.

The Price Is Right

April 29, 2010 9:36 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

I’m the proud owner of a 2010 Honda CR-V.  I bought the car back in December—before Toyota’s problems had surfaced. When Toyota’s issues came to light a month later, I was even happier with my choice. But every now and then, I feel some guilt.


Hear The Heat

April 29, 2010 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Technologies (Delta, BC, Canada) has designed the ThermoSounder feature on the LTX12 Infrared Thermometer to provide users with audio feedback of both cold and hot spots. The audio feature prevents users from having to interpret digital readouts. The LTX12 has a wide temperature range—20° to 1,200°F—and a 10:1 distance to measurement spot ratio.


Video Release: Get Movin'

April 29, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) has released a new video that presents the features of its CM12 and CM25 celing-mounted commercial spot air conditioners. The CM12 and CM25 are designed to fit in the cramped ceiling space above equipment closets or server roomers, and built-in mounting brackets allow for a quick installation.


Rubber Stands Up To Anything

April 29, 2010 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Iron Works, Inc. (Mountain Top, PA) announces that it will distribute the line of industrial rubber doors from TNR Industrial Doors, Inc. The Extreme Performance Doors have been designed for applications with extreme dirt or corrosive factors, such as torrential rain, blizzard snow, scorching heat, or frigid cold.


Hardened Reactive Metals Drive Innovation

April 29, 2010 6:39 am | by Brian P. Hood, Product Manager, Flowserve Flow Control Division | Articles | Comments

Metal-seated ball valves used in highly corrosive or erosive applications must be able to withstand challenging operating environments. Zirconium, titanium, and other reactive/refractory metals are extremely corrosion-resistant and are often used by valve manufacturers to design valves for applications involving sulfuric, hydrochloric, and acetic acids.


Rising Chinese Currency Will Not Save U.S. Manufacturing

April 29, 2010 5:38 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

IMPO recently sat down with Josh Green, CEO of Panjiva, to discuss the ongoing tale of China’s yuan, the global pressure to allow the currency to rise in value, and what affect that might have on U.S. manufacturing. IMPO: Could you provide an overview of what China is doing with their currency, and why? Green: China has pegged its currency to its specific exchange rate.

Two Ohio Cabinetry Plants Threatened With Closure

April 28, 2010 6:37 am | News | Comments

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A major employer in southern Ohio's Pike County says it will close its two cabinetry plants if it can't find a buyer, putting more than 1,200 jobs at risk. Taylor, Mich.-based Masco Corp. said Tuesday that if there is no sale, the Mill's Pride cabinetry factories in Waverly and nearby Seal Township are likely to shut down by spring of next year.


One Injured In Maryland Plant Explosion

April 28, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — Washington County's emergency services director says a man has been airlifted to a Baltimore hospital after an explosion and fire at a paint manufacturing plant in Williamsport. Kevin Lewis said the blast shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday was contained to one room at the Rust-Oleum plant where the victim worked.


Life Sentence Sought For Fraud, Illegal Immigrants

April 28, 2010 4:09 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former kosher slaughterhouse manager who was convicted of financial fraud not only cheated a bank out of $26 million (€19.6 million), prosecutors claim, he also knowingly employed illegal immigrants. Sholom Rubashkin was never convicted of immigration violations and his attorneys dispute the allegations, but they still could be an issue at his sentencing hearing Wednesday on 86 financial fraud charges.


U.S. Pushes China On 'Protectionist' Technology Policy

April 28, 2010 4:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Global technology suppliers face a looming Chinese deadline to reveal the inner workings of computer encryption and other security products in a move the United States and Europe say is protectionist. Suppliers must comply with the rules that take effect Saturday or risk being shut out of the billions of dollars in purchases that the Chinese government makes of smart cards, secure routers, anti-spam software and other security products.

Automakers Bending Over Backwards For Wealthy Chinese

April 28, 2010 4:02 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The businessman climbed into the Rolls Royce Phantom with the gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and sank his feet into wine-red carpet. He says he has a Mercedes S600 sedan and a Jaguar sports car at home but needs something for work. "I just have to consider whether it's too flashy.

Chinese Drywall Maker To Pay For Renovation

April 28, 2010 3:59 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $164,000 to a Louisiana family whose home was ruined by Chinese-made drywall and said the tainted material must be removed. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's latest ruling comes less than a month after he awarded $2.

Boeing Delays 787 Parts Shipment

April 28, 2010 3:57 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing Co. has asked the companies that make the large sections of its new 787 jetliner to hold back shipping the assemblies for two of the jets for about a month. Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokeswoman Yvonne Leach said Tuesday that 787 final assembly is continuing at its Everett plant and that the temporary delay won't affect work under way.


Honda Sales Jump 28 Percent Against Toyota's Woes

April 28, 2010 3:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda posted a 72 billion yen ($774 million) profit for the January-March quarter in a reversal from red ink a year earlier as booming demand in China and India combined with a fledgling U.S. recovery to boost car sales. Honda Motor Co., Japan's No. 2 automaker, reported Wednesday that quarterly sales surged 28 percent from a year earlier to 2.

Obama: Invest In Clean Energy Technologies

April 27, 2010 9:55 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama says investments in clean energy technologies can help return jobs to the country's heartland and ensure that America doesn't fall behind other nations. Obama made the comments at a wind energy plant in Iowa that employs more than 600 workers with help from tax credits in last year's economic stimulus law.


OSHA Nails Wis. Plant With $96,000 Fine

April 27, 2010 6:59 am | News | Comments

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) — A company where a 2008 explosion killed three Wisconsin workers has been fined nearly $100,000. The fines stem from seven safety violations levied against Packaging Corporation of America. A federal safety agency noted the violations during an October inspection.

No 'Cover-Up' By Reformed Toyota

April 27, 2010 4:24 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's transport minister criticized Toyota on Tuesday as initially too slow in responding to its recall crisis, but said the automaker had learned its lesson and is getting quicker in announcing recalls. Seiji Maehara, who will meet U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood later this week during a trip to Washington, said the Japanese government is checking Toyota Motor Corp.

Ford Rakes In $2.1 Billion Profit

April 27, 2010 4:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it earned $2.1 billion in the first quarter, another sign the economy is improving as people spend more on big-ticket items like cars. The automaker expects to be solidly profitable this year, a year earlier than its previous guidance. Ford said its net income per share was 50 cents during the quarter.

GM Chooses NY Plant for New Engine, Jobs

April 27, 2010 4:14 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors Co. has chosen its Tonawanda Engine plant to build a new V8 engine, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday. The auto maker has scheduled a news conference at the suburban Buffalo plant for Tuesday. GM will announce a $400 million investment for a next-generation engine that the person said will create or retain more than 700 jobs.



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