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Tube Fittings Fit For A King

April 8, 2009 4:27 am

The double-ferrule, instrumentation-grade tube fittings from Brennan Industries feature interchangeable nut and ferrule sets, allowing the use of one manufacturer’s set within the body of another’s. With design characteristics that are comparable in form, function and fit to several other manufacturers, the fittings are also intermixable.

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Green Pump Saves Energy

April 2, 2009 5:49 am

The latest pump from PIAB is the P6040. It uses PIAB's COAX® technology to generate low and high suction in a small package. According to PIAB, the pump’s compact size allows it to be mounted close to the point of suction, reducing energy costs by up to 25 percent.

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No More Butts

April 2, 2009 5:30 am

The Elite Smoker Cease-Fire is a next level ash tray designed to keep facilities free of cigarette butt litter. It also uses a double-drip edge to keep tar build-up on the inside, and a removable steel pail to gather the butts. Justrite Manufacturing built the receptacle from fire-resistant polyethylene, which was fire tested and approved by FM Global.

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Walk-Behind Scrubber Steps Up

April 2, 2009 5:20 am

PowerBoss has released the Phoenix 35, a walk-behind scrubber that can cover up to 45,208 square feet per hour. The 33" scrubber has a 4" offset for edge scrubs along walls and 30 gallon tanks for solution and recovery. It's designed to be maneuverable and uses easy to understand controls.

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Total Remote Control

April 2, 2009 5:08 am

Designed by Tri-Tronics Company Inc., the Smarteye® X-Pro model XPC is built for companies that require multi-drop sensor feedback for overall process control. This photoelectric communication sensor provides users with complete remote control from an onboard HMI or central plant control station.

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British Gas Business lets 40,000 customers defer bills

April 1, 2009 12:02 pm

Utility giant British Gas Business recognizes the financial pressure facing consumers and small businesses. British Gas Business, the market leading small business gas and electricity supplier, is preparing to let up to 40,000 customers defer paying their bills to help them through the recession.

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Ford's design chief to take post at Volvo

April 1, 2009 11:21 am

Peter Horbury, executive director of Ford Americas design, is heading back to Volvo as Ford tries to sell the Swedish carmaker.  Ford Motor says its leading design director is heading to Volvo, as the company tries to sell the Swedish carmaker. Peter Horbury, executive director of Ford Americas design, will move to Volvo and become vice president of design.

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3M cutting worldwide work force by 1,200 more jobs

April 1, 2009 11:17 am | by DONNA BORAK, AP Business Writer

3M Co. is cutting “several hundred” jobs in Minnesota as part of further global work force reductions.  3M Co. is cutting its worldwide work force by another 1,200 jobs, or 1.5 percent, because of the global economic slump.

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Construction, manufacturing dip less than expected

April 1, 2009 11:01 am

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

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

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

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

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Automation & Skilled Maintenance

March 26, 2009 6:25 am

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The 77-Point Plan

March 26, 2009 6:25 am

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Ahead Of The Pack

March 26, 2009 6:24 am

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Record Strong Export Growth to China in 2008

March 26, 2009 4:29 am

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

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

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

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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