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88. Narrow-Aisle Reach Truck

June 30, 2009 5:29 am

Specifically engineered for the unique challenges of a narrow-aisle warehouse environment, the Crown RR 5700 features the industry’s first traction control system, enhanced execution of load-handling functions, and the fastest lift and travel speeds among other available reach trucks.

Ergonomic Chair

June 26, 2009 11:31 am

BioFit Engineered Products has announced its new Intensive Plus line of 500-lb. capacity, continuous use chairs, recently rated compliant with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for 24-hour intensive use in severe environments. Featuring a fully contoured profile, the Intensive Plus chair has a 21" wide saddle-shaped seat with a waterfall front to ensure even weight distribution, and comes standard with an executive style seat pan control so users can quickly and easily adjust the seat position.

Distributed Control Technology

June 26, 2009 11:08 am

Bardac introduces the all new drive.web technology, which uses distributed control over Ethernet to provide integration for drives systems of any size or complexity without the need for a PLC or system computer. According to the company, innovative configuration tools incorporate dynamic graphical function blocks, drag and drop connections, powerful navigation features and self documenting signal flow diagrams.

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GE To Build Michigan Manufacturing Research Center

June 26, 2009 6:36 am

General Electric Co. said Friday it will build a $100 million manufacturing technology center in Michigan that will eventually employ more than 1,100 workers. The Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center will include a GE research and development facility with scientists and engineers who will develop manufacturing technologies for GE's renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other products.

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Lawmakers Vote To Continue Production Of F-22 Jets

June 26, 2009 5:53 am | by DONNA BORAK

Congressional supporters of an advanced jet fighter won battles Thursday to build more of the aircraft. But with the Obama administration threatening to veto the move, they're a long way from winning the war.

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Report: China Likely To Reject Hummer Acquisition

June 26, 2009 5:45 am

China's planning agency is likely to reject a Chinese company's bid to acquire General Motors Corp.'s Hummer unit, in part because its gas-guzzling vehicles conflict with Beijing's conservation goals, state radio reported. The National Development and Reform Commission also is likely to say Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.

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GM Recalling 900 Workers In Michigan

June 25, 2009 6:15 am | by Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer

A bright spot has surfaced in a sea of negative auto sales statistics for General Motors Corp. The company said Friday it will recall 900 workers and restore the second shift at a factory near Lansing, Mich., because of increased sales of its Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia large crossover vehicles.

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California Weighs Global Warming Fee On Industry

June 25, 2009 4:35 am | by SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer

Nearly three years after California adopted its landmark global warming law, the state is poised to impose the nation's first statewide carbon fee on utilities, oil refineries and other industries. The money will go toward funding a regulatory bureaucracy that will oversee the law and ensure the state lowers its greenhouse gas emissions.

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White House Threatens Veto Over F-22 Jet Fighters

June 25, 2009 4:14 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press Writer

Preparing for a possible showdown with Congress, the White House threatened on Wednesday to veto legislation authorizing a $680 billion military budget if it contains money for jet fighters the U.S. Defense Department does not want.

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NC Regulators Investigating 10 Firms In Slim Jim Blast

June 24, 2009 12:50 pm

North Carolina safety regulators said Friday they are investigating 10 companies in the natural gas explosion that killed three people at a Slim Jim plant, including two cited in a lawsuit brought by injured workers.

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Ford, Nissan, Tesla's Electric Plans Get $8B Jolt

June 24, 2009 12:36 pm | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writers

Cultivating the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and about $2.1 billion to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc.

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Sourcing Success

June 24, 2009 11:33 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-Chief, Food Manufacturing

When Bryan Pullen purchased Summit Spring in 2004 (against the advice of his attorney) he knew he was buying not only a piece of history, but something so rare that he couldn't pass it up. In the late 1800's, tourists travelled by horse-drawn carriages to the highest point of Cumberland County, Maine to experience the healing powers of Summit Spring.

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Reduce Fatigue With The Press Of A Button

June 24, 2009 11:05 am

Featuring optic sensors that require no force to actuate, the model TB-2 Start Bar reduces fatigue and injuries caused by repeatedly pressing a mechanical start switch. The angle and spacing of the sensors coincide with the natural motion of the operator's hands, reducing hand and wrist stress.

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Weigh Up Your Options

June 24, 2009 8:11 am

Rice Lake Weighing System’s new MotoWeigh™ line of legal-for-trade dynamic weighing equipment includes case weighers, checkweighers, conveyor scales, and in-process conveyors, in aluminum or stainless steel, for either dry or washdown environments.

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More Sockets, Wrenches And Turning Power

June 24, 2009 7:18 am

Snap-on® Industrial has expanded its line of ¾” Dr. Flank Drive® impact sockets and combination wrenches. The 3/4” Dr. Flank Drive impact sockets for shallow 6 point and shallow 12 point fractional sockets now incorporate sizes from 9/16” to 2-3/8”, and deep 6 point sockets extend from 9/16” to 2”.

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Clamp Down On Corrosion

June 24, 2009 6:08 am

NewAge® Industries’ line of nylon hose clamps now withstand temperatures ranging from –40°F to 302°F (–40°C to 150°C). The Kwik Clamps™  also feature a double row of teeth, designed to ensure a strong bond that will not vibrate loose, and they’re made from U.

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Boeing Again Delays Initial 787 Test Flight

June 23, 2009 6:39 am | by DANIEL LOVERING, AP Manufacturing Writer

Boeing Co. said Tuesday it has again delayed the first test flight of its long-awaited 787 jetliner, citing a need to reinforce part of the aircraft. The inaugural test flight of the 787, a next-generation aircraft built for fuel efficiency with lightweight carbon composite parts, was originally planned for late 2007.

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Grass Gets Greener

June 19, 2009 11:33 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Briggs & Stratton is by no means an unrecognized name in the outdoor power equipment industry. In fact, the world’s largest producer of air-cooled gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, developed the first lightweight aluminum engine in 1953, effectively planting the roots for the development of the mowers that now dominate today’s lawn and garden industry.

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Consumers Could Get Up To $4,500 Toward New Car

June 19, 2009 9:36 am | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

Car shoppers could take advantage of government incentives worth up to $4,500 this summer to send their old gas guzzler to the scrap heap in favor of a more fuel-efficient new vehicle. President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law the "cash for clunkers" program, which was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

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Oil Company Fires UK Workers Over Jobs Dispute

June 19, 2009 9:20 am | by RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer

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.

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