British contract workers walked off their jobs at British energy facilities Friday, part of an escalating dispute triggered by the employment of foreign workers. Tensions flared after French oil and gas company Total fired more than 600 contract workers Thursday for participating in a wildcat strike at its Lindsey Oil Refinery in northern England.
ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday a recent explosion at its Slim Jim plant in North Carolina which injured 38 workers and killed three people will not have a major impact on its fiscal 2010 financial results. "The company maintains comprehensive property and general liability insurance policies with very significant loss limits that it believes will provide substantial and broad coverage for the currently foreseeable losses arising from this accident," the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
General Motors has told NASCAR teams it is cutting back on its support in all of the sanctioning body's professional series. Among the teams already notified that they will lose funding are JR Motorsports, owned by Sprint Cup star Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Utility officials announced plans Thursday to build a giant solar energy plant in the New Mexico desert in what is believed to be the largest such project in the nation. The 92-megawatt solar thermal plant could produce enough electricity to power 74,000 homes, far exceeding the size of other solar plants in the United States.
The United Auto Workers union urged senators on Monday to reject any attempt to block a "cash for clunkers" proposal designed to generate new auto sales. The Senate is expected to consider the proposal this week to provide vouchers to consumers who turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The GatorJaw framework system—an aluminum extrusion using a one-piece fastener—has unveiled its new website. The home page of the site features an embedded Flash presentation of a cabinet framework, designed and made from GatorJaw, being assembled within a matter of minutes.
Saab Automobile, General Motors Corp.'s struggling Swedish unit known for its family cars, was rescued Tuesday by a consortium led by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, a tiny company that produces only a dozen custom-made super cars a year.
FuelCell Energy Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to sell 6.7 million shares of common stock worth $24.2 million in a registered direct offering for $3.59 per share, 18 percent below Monday's closing price of $4.39 per share. The deal is expected to close Friday.
Emergency tapes released Monday show workers dialed 911 in a frenzy after escaping an explosion that killed three workers at a Slim Jim processing plant, with one panicked woman telling dispatchers: "ConAgra just blew up!" The 15 audio tapes portray the early moments after the blast rocked the sprawling facility in Garner, a few miles south of Raleigh, where 300 people were working.
In the maintenance and manufacturing world, tightening, controlling, or measuring torque of fasteners is imperative for production efficiency and quality control. With inadequate torque, a fastener can vibrate or work loose. Conversely, if the torque is too high, the fastener can break, strip, or adjoining parts may fail causing premature malfunction, warranty, or other liability.
Summer is upon us, and although orders may be slightly down compared to this time last year, your customers are no less demanding and your production schedules are no less critical in maintaining and growing your business. Capital projects have come under scrutiny and the maintenance budget has probably been reviewed and reduced as well.
Located in Rhinelander, WI, Laser Pros International (LPI) is one of the world’s largest distributors of laser printer parts and accessories. The company has grown tremendously since its origin in 1990 when it began out of president Steve Spencer’s home.
Trumpf Laser GmbH Co. KG, based in Schramberg, Germany, develops and manufactures machines and systems equipped with solid-state lasers, that are then deployed in sectors such as automotive or medical technology. One particular industrial application area is precision welding of small components made of different metals.
Cessna Aircraft Co., the nation's largest builder of corporate jets, has announced an additional 1,300 layoffs. The number means the company will have slashed its work force in half since the recession began. Cessna said Friday the cutbacks will affect all the company's facilities.
The Netherlands - Officials from Boeing, Royal Ten Cate, Stork Fokker and the University of Twente signed an agreement today to establish the Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. Reasons for pursuing research into thermoplastic composites technologies are that they can offer cost-efficient fabrication and assembly processes and have environmental advantages.
Detroit Tool Metal Products says it's closing its plant in Fort Madison and consolidating operations at one central facility at its headquarters in Lebanon, Mo. The company in a statement on Thursday says the Iowa plant would close by the end of the year in an effort to cut costs and become more competitive.
Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. said it has named Lawrence G. Hund president and chief operating officer of its financial services division. Hund, 53, replaces Perry Glassgow as president of Harley-Davidson Financial Services Inc.
Revolution is the world’s first ratcheting open-end wrench. The ratcheting feature allows sequential strokes without the need to remove and reposition the wrench, and the three point touch grab helps to maintain grip even with badly worn hexagonal nuts. According to the company, safety is also promoted by the Revolution because less repositioning reduces the chance of contacting a neighboring hazard or a dangerous moving object.
Bradley has added a point of use valve to its Navigator® line: a lead-free 3/8” compression thermostatic mixing valve (TMV). The only lead free 3/8” compression TMV on the market, it contains less than 0.25 percent lead content and meets lead free requirements as defined by CA AB 1953, which, according to the company, makes the valves even safer for commercial applications and better for the environment.
Industrial Magnetics, Inc. has revamped its Ceramic & Rare Earth Plate Magnet line to include new features, more products and price reductions on many of the exposed pole, flush face and spout magnet models. The company’s plate magnets are designed for magnetic separation in angled chute applications, with either above-the-flow or below-the-flow installation.