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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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Yellow Jacket

March 25, 2009 10:37 am

The R2607A “Yellow Jacket” tool box from SEQUOIA® is a 26”, 7-Drawer roll cab, equipped with auto-return drawers and smooth ball-bearing slides rated at 99 lbs per pair. According to the company, the drawers are also equipped with full-extension and quick release features. Double-wall construction and heavy duty casters boost the load rating to over 800 lbs. 

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Mobile Hydraulic Series

March 25, 2009 10:30 am

CEJN recently unveiled its Medium Pressure Mobile Hydraulic series. Offering compact designs, ergonomic one hand operation, extra locking security, and minimal spillage, this series is designed to streamline operation and save energy costs

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Inductive Proximity Sensors

March 25, 2009 10:20 am

Omron's E2EH inductive proximity sensors in a food-grade 316L stainless steel housing provide reliable metal object or machine part detection in demanding environments. The sensor is designed to withstand high temperatures up to 120 degrees Celsius and resist corrosion from detergents and disinfectants used in the food industry.

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Safeti-Gates

March 25, 2009 10:03 am

Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc., announces the latest design innovation, the Tri-Sided Model, to the Roly safety gate product line. While the same proactive approach to worker safety applies to all models, the new model allows access to the mezzanine workstation from three sides. 

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Tentative Deal Between Canadian Auto Workers, GM

March 9, 2009 1:32 pm | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer

The deal freezes wages and pensions through September 2012 and for the first time requires workers and retirees to pay health care premiums. Cost-of-living adjustments also are frozen until June 2012.

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Award Presented At National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Event

March 9, 2009 1:31 pm

AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said that Representative John Boehner (R-8, OH) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence today at an award event hosted by AK Steel at its West Chester, Ohio headquarters. 

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Ford Workers Approve UAW Contract Changes

March 9, 2009 12:43 pm | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer

The United Auto Workers Union says its members working for Ford Motor Co. have approved contract changes that include freezing wages and cutting other benefits in a move to aimed at helping the automaker remain competitive.

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GM Auditors Raise The Specter Of Chapter 11

March 5, 2009 7:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors Corp.'s auditors have raised "substantial doubt" about the troubled automaker's ability to continue operations, and the company said it may have to seek bankruptcy protection if it can't execute a huge restructuring plan.

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Committee: "America Leads In Innovation, But Is Bleeding Opportunities"

March 5, 2009 7:08 am

Today, Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness, called for "focus" on turning energy research and development into real economic value before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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U.S. Steel Shutdown Comes As A Shock

March 4, 2009 8:16 am | by Daniel Nolan

Workers said Tuesday night they believed the firm might lay off more workers on top of the 684 laid off since last year, but they didn't foresee an idling of the landmark plant, which U.S. Steel bought when it took over Stelco in 2007, nor the laying off of a further 720 workers.

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Low-Profile Puller

March 4, 2009 8:12 am

Industrial Pulley Puller offers a new low-profile model to their line of portable hydraulic pullers. Safely remove frozen parts with ease, reduce repair time, and avoid equipment damage

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The New Bumper Movement

March 4, 2009 7:51 am

Doc-Blok International introduces its Dok-Blok®, a bumper made of mining-grade rubber, moves up and down with the trailer on its own suspension, improving standard rubber bumpers that easily damage and tear.

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Explosion Proof

March 4, 2009 7:45 am

Ashcroft® Type B700 explosion-proof pressure switches can be specifically configured for harsh pressure media and demanding operating environments. The Type B700 pressure switches are enclosed in a NEMA 7/9–IP66 rated housing, and can be used in Class 1, Division 1&2 and Class 2, Division 1&2 hazardous locations.

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ISM Index: Manufacturing Sector Expected To Fall

March 3, 2009 8:19 am

Wall Street economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect the index from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, dropped to 33.8 last month from 35.6 in January.

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Intel Outsourcing Atom Manufacturing

March 3, 2009 8:11 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer

Intel has worked extensively with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on wireless chips and other products. But Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said the announcement Monday marks the first time the company has licensed its CPU core to a foundry, which is a plant that make chips for other companies.

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