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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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ConAgra Expects Insurance To Cover Explosion Costs

June 19, 2009 5:44 am

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.

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GM To Cut Back NASCAR Support

June 18, 2009 8:44 am

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.

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Nation's Largest Solar Plant To Be Built In NM

June 18, 2009 7:59 am

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.

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UAW Urges Support For 'Cash For Clunkers' Bill

June 18, 2009 7:46 am | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

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.

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GatorJaw Unveils New Website

June 18, 2009 7:08 am

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.

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GM To sell Saab To Small Swedish Company

June 16, 2009 6:32 am | by LOUISE NORDSTROM, Associated Press Writer

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.

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