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Iowa Town Recovering From Slaughterhouse Immigration Raid

July 15, 2009 11:53 am

Life in Postville wasn't easy before federal agents raided the area's largest employer and detained 389 people on immigration charges. The May 2008 raid on the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse came as the nationwide recession was deepening and the city was struggling to cope with some of the long-term economic problems many rural Midwestern communities face.


Consumer Prices Jump, Industrial Production Falls

July 15, 2009 11:47 am

Consumer prices shot up in June by the largest amount in 11 months, reflecting the biggest jump in gasoline prices in nearly five years. The Labor Department said Wednesday that inflation at the consumer level rose by 0.7 percent last month, slightly higher than the 0.


Sucking The Cost And Complexity Out Of Conveying Systems

July 15, 2009 10:23 am

In choosing a system for the safe, clean conveyance of materials, it seems that the choices can be remarkably complex. Prior to such a choice, a facility is usually operating with live personnel, open conveyor belts, and implements such as buckets. While employees may be protected by proper clothing, masks, and goggles, materials are exposed to air and dirt, waste is a constant worry, and expensive equipment is endangered by particulates that can slow or jam it.


Case Study: Reliability With Automated Storage And Retrieval Systems

July 15, 2009 7:23 am

In more than 10 years, the Automated Storage and Retrieval System installed at Hershey Creamery Company has not had a single down day. Back in 1997 the Hershey Creamery Company, manufacturer of Hershey’s Ice Cream, sought Westfalia Technologies, Inc. to design and build an automated warehousing system for its new ice cream distribution center in Middletown, PA.


Case Study: Safe And Expandable Monitoring For Exhaust Purification Plants

July 15, 2009 7:01 am

In the past, the safety functions on exhaust purification plants manufactured by Dürr Systems GmbH were monitored using conventional automatic gas burner control systems and safety relays. This required a lot of space; all the logic connections had to be implemented through the wiring. So in the past, any changes that were required during the planning phase and implementation involved a considerable amount of work.


Customers Design Reid Supply's New Web Site

July 15, 2009 6:00 am

Muskegon, Michigan — What does it take to build a great e-commerce web site? According to the web services team at Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial parts, components and supplies, all it takes is getting direct input from many customers, along with some savvy data managers, creative web designers and clever web developers to incorporate the customers’ desires.


Raymond Reach-Fork Truck Featured On ‘How It's Made’ Television Show

July 15, 2009 5:47 am

GREENE, N.Y. — How is a Reach-Fork truck made? Find out July 17, 2009, when The Raymond Corporation is featured on the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” television show. The production team from “How It’s Made” visited Raymond’s Brantford, Ontario manufacturing facility in August 2008 to film the manufacturing process of the Raymond Reach-Fork truck.


Wis. High Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Mower Mishap

July 14, 2009 5:33 am

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a father who accidentally severed the feet of his two-year-old son with a riding lawnmower cannot hold the manufacturer liable for the injury. In a 4-2 decision, the court ruled that bystanders, such as the boy, do not have any greater protections than consumers from dangerous products.


Southwest Checks Planes After Hole Forces Landing

July 14, 2009 4:48 am

Southwest Airlines ordered inspections of nearly 200 aircraft after a football-sized hole opened up in the passenger cabin of a plane during flight, forcing an emergency landing in West Virginia. Travelers on the 737 aircraft could see outside through the 1-foot-by-1-foot hole that appeared during the flight Monday.


Exxon Mobil To Invest In Algae-based Biofuels

July 14, 2009 4:30 am | by JOHN PORRETTO, AP Energy Writer

Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday it will make its first major investment in greenhouse-gas reducing biofuels in a $600 million partnership with biotech company Synthetic Genomics Inc. to develop transportation fuels from algae.


300 Back to Work at Burned Wisconsin Plant

July 13, 2009 11:18 am

Operations are slowly returning to normal at the southeastern Wisconsin meatpacking plant where a fire last week gutted part of one building. The blaze at Patrick Cudahy Inc. caused an estimated $50 million in damages. About 1,400 production workers were idled for days, but some are being called back.


SNX Rotary Joint: Flexible And Heat-Resistant

July 13, 2009 9:07 am

Kadant Johnson, Inc. (Three Rivers, MI) has introduced its new self-supported SNX rotary joint for steam and thermal oil applications, designed for applications with a rotating pipe and two flow passages. The SNX rotary joint is available with a 1” threaded or quick-release flange nipple connection and is rated up to 500 °F, 300 psig, and 450 RPM for steam service.


Cleaning and Restoring Electrical Connections

July 13, 2009 8:54 am

Innovative Products of America (IPA, Mt. Tremper, NY) has developed DeoxIT Cleaner and DeoxIT Shield, a pair of contact cleaning and restoring products for a variety of electrical connections. DeoxIT Cleaner prevents electrical failure by removing oxidation and corrosion, while increasing performance from existing electrical connections.


Stay Safe With Lead-Free Valves

July 13, 2009 8:51 am

Bradley Corp. (Menomonee Falls, WI) has introduced its Navigator® Lead-Free Valves, which have recently earned certification from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. The thermostatic mixing valves also comply with a California law (CA AB 1953) which requires products in contact with drinking water to contain less than 0.


New Pig On Staying Odor- And Vapor-Free

July 13, 2009 8:41 am

New Pig Corp. (Tipton, PA) has launched its Vapor-Control Latching Drum Lid , built to provide easy access and security to materials stored in 55-gallon open-head steel drums. The new drum lid is ideal for the temporary storage of hazardous waste and features an additional 5”diameter easy-access port to accept waste and minimize vapor emissions.


GM's Arlington Plant Back Online

July 13, 2009 4:41 am

Workers are returning to the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington for the first time in nearly two months. The factory's 2,400 employees are set to be back on the assembly line Monday morning, welding and bolting together Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicles.


Product Recalls, Possibly Salmonella-tainted

July 10, 2009 8:57 am

The following recalls have been announced because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems; no illnesses have been reported.


Source of E. coli in Tainted Nestle Dough Still Unknown

July 10, 2009 6:30 am

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the strain of E. coli found in a sample of raw cookie dough collected at a Nestle USA manufacturing plant does not match the strain that has been linked to a 30-state outbreak, and they aren't sure how the dough was contaminated.


Cocoa Plant Where Worker Died Operating Illegally

July 10, 2009 6:22 am

Officials say a cocoa processing facility in New Jersey where a worker fell into a vat of melting chocolate and died was operating illegally. Camden cited Lyons & Sons Inc. for not having a business license after Vincent Smith II died Wednesday.


GM Exits Bankruptcy, CEO Vows Better Performance

July 10, 2009 6:13 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer

A leaner General Motors arose on Friday, making an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy with ambitions of making money and building cars people are eager to buy. Once the world's largest and most powerful automaker, the new GM is cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans.



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