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Durable Goods Drop 2.5 Percent In June

July 29, 2009 5:09 am

July 29, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket durable goods plunged in June by the largest amount in five months, reflecting the continuing troubles in the auto industry and a steep drop in demand for commercial aircraft. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods fell 2.


Several Injured In Blast At Ohio Explosives Plant

July 29, 2009 4:53 am

At least eight workers were injured Tuesday in a blast at an explosives manufacturing plant in southeast Ohio. The explosion occurred about 10:30 a.m. at Austin Powder Co.'s Red Diamond plant near McArthur. It happened in a building where workers make detonating cord used in commercial blasting, said Mike Gleason, executive vice president.


Ohio Plant Explosion Injures 4

July 28, 2009 10:23 am

An explosion at a southeast Ohio explosives manufacturing plant has injured four workers. Austin Powder Co. Executive Vice President Mike Gleason says the blast about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the plant near McArthur was in a building where workers make detonating cord used in commercial blasting.


Hybrid Startup Still Planning To Build Miss. Plant

July 28, 2009 5:23 am

A startup car company says it's moving forward with plans to build a multibillion dollar plant in Mississippi that could produce a million fuel efficient vehicles a year. Discussions about the proposed plant were first revealed in June when a federal judge unsealed a lawsuit involving two Chinese businessmen and their companies that were fighting for control of Hybrid Automotive Corporation.


Raided Slaughterhouse Unlikely To Pay Fines

July 28, 2009 5:07 am

The lawyer for a bankruptcy trustee of an embattled kosher slaughterhouse says the company is unlikely to pay fines to Iowa's labor agency. Iowa Workforce Development last week agreed to slash proposed fines by $9 million against Agriprocessors, Inc.


Virgin Spaceship Firm Gets Boost From Mideast

July 28, 2009 5:01 am

The Mideast investment fund that recently bet big on Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday it will pay about $280 million to buy nearly a third of commercial space travel startup Virgin Galactic. Aabar Investments' buy-in gives British billionaire Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture a big financial kickstart at a time when many funding sources have dried up because of the global recession.


Noren Introduces New, Updated Website

July 24, 2009 10:51 am

Menlo Park, CA — Noren Products Inc. has launched a new website . Customers visiting the website can find new pages and updated product images. Also added to the website is a contact page with Noren’s sales team. Noren Products provides customers with thermal solutions in a number of industries.


igus Releases Fully Searchable Catalogs On CD-Rom

July 23, 2009 9:29 am

The 2009 catalogs for igus Inc. are now available on CD-Rom. The updated and searchable CD features full versions of igus’ print catalogs, in addition to videos, application examples, links to CAD files, and other online tools.


Hartzell Fan Launches New E-Commerce Site

July 23, 2009 9:27 am

Piqua, OH — Hartzell Fan, a manufacturer of industrial air moving equipment, has launched an e-commerce website featuring general ventilation fans from their HRS stock program. The FansInStock website allows customers to receive customized quotes and the ability to purchase products easily and quickly.


30-3 To Ease Cleaning And Disinfecting

July 23, 2009 9:18 am

Perfex Corp. (Poland, NY) releases its #30-3 Deluxe Disinfection System, designed for cleaning and disinfecting small areas. The 36 liter bucket comes with casters, waste containment bucket, and stainless steel hardware. The #30-3 can be used with the sieve alone, or with a sieve for the waste containment bucket for a bucket-in-bucket system.


Dipped Gloves For Any Situation

July 23, 2009 9:17 am

West Chester Holdings (Monroe, OH) expands their PosiGrip® line with dipped gloves for industrial applications such as bottling and canning, recycling, and handing of small oily parts. The gloves can be produced in nitrile, polyurethane, latex, and bi-polymer (nitrile and polyurethane blend) to handle both wet and dry applications.


Shockingly Flexible

July 23, 2009 8:37 am

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) adds to its line of electrical wire with flexible service cord, available in sizes ranging from 18 to 10 gauge, for use in industrial applications. The new wire comes in two-, three-, or four-conductor configurations.


Functional And High-Resolution HMI Solution

July 23, 2009 8:34 am

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) extends its NS Series touch screen HMI’s with a 15-inch display that offers high brightness to enhance readability in indoor and outdoor applications. The NS15 offers built-in Modbus II, internet interfaces, and Ladder Monitor functionality to support industrial applications, from process control to material handling.


Boost Productivity in an Economic Downturn with Advanced Maintenance Practices

July 23, 2009 7:41 am | by Paul Michalicka , SKF USA Inc.

Boosting machine productivity and preventing downtime are always key objectives of any manufacturer, but they become critical imperatives during periods of economic downturn. Advanced maintenance and lubrication practices, supported by a new generation of powerful digital technology, can assist productivity initiatives by keeping rotating machines running longer and more efficiently.


Ford Posts Surprise $2.8 Billion Profit In Second Quarter

July 23, 2009 4:26 am | by Kimberly Johnson & Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers

Helped by a lightened debt load, Ford Motor Co. posted a surprise second-quarter profit of $2.8 billion Thursday, following the worst loss in company history a year earlier. Shares rose 10 percent. The net profit ends a string of four straight quarterly losses for the nation's second-largest automaker, which has gained U.


Bell Strike Over After Union OKs Contract

July 22, 2009 10:04 am | by Angela K. Brown, Associated Press Writer

The nearly six-week strike at Bell Helicopter ended Wednesday after the union representing about 2,500 manufacturing workers approved a new four-year contract. United Auto Workers Local 218 members voted on a contract that Bell had presented during negotiations Tuesday.


AMT President: Small Manufacturing Needs Govt. Assistance

July 22, 2009 9:56 am

Testifying before the House Small Business Committee, Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology , told members of the committee that the effects of tax breaks and other provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – the stimulus law – have so far been minimal on the struggling manufacturing industry.


Worker Commits Suicide Over Missing iPhone

July 22, 2009 8:15 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer

Chinese worker Sun Danyong was responsible for handling the prototypes of one of the world's hottest products — the iPhone. When one of the gadgets went missing and his company began investigating him, he jumped off his apartment building and killed himself.


Workers Lock Up Execs In New French 'Bossnappings'

July 22, 2009 5:25 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press Writer

French factory workers angry over layoffs and cost cuts locked up their bosses at a Michelin tire plant and a U.S.-owned cigarette-paper mill in a new eruption of "bossnappings." The auto and auto parts industries have been particularly hard hit by cutbacks and a backlash by French workers during the country's worst recession in decades.


Woman Found Dead At Calif. Food Processing Plant

July 22, 2009 5:15 am

A 40-year-old woman has been found dead in a machine at a Southern California food processing plant that is a major supplier for McDonald's restaurants. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives say the woman's body was found early Tuesday at Golden State Foods in the City of Industry, an east Los Angeles suburb.



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