Police have arrested a 25-year-old man and located another male who they believe may have launched a military illumination flare that caused a massive fire at a southeastern Wisconsin meatpacking plant.
Harley-Davidson Inc. said Thursday it is cutting 1,000 more employees and lowering its motorcycle shipment guidance as quarterly earnings continued to fall due to weaker sales. The Milwaukee-based maker of the famous heavyweight motorcycles said it plans to cut another 700 hourly and 300 salaried employees from its ranks as it copes with falling demand for its high-end bikes.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, plans to demand that all its suppliers measure the environmental cost of making their products so Wal-Mart can calculate and post an eco-rating for each item. The ambitious program, to be announced today, is likely to spur companies to redesign products from electronics to jeans, but it presents still more costs to contain as they pinch pennies to tackle the recession.
Authorities say a contract worker died after a boom from a crane fell on him at Appleton Papers in western Ohio. The accident happened Wednesday at the West Carrollton plant, which is temporarily shut down this week so that equipment can be serviced.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.