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New 2011/2012 Product Catalog from Applied Industrial Technologies

July 11, 2011 7:52 am

CLEVELAND , OH (June 28, 2011) – Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has announced the publication of its 2011 / 2012 Applied® Product Catalog with nearly 2,500 new products. This full-line catalog includes more than 36,000 industrial products for MRO, OEM and government applications, including bearings, power transmission products, fluid power products, belts, hoses, tools, janitorial supplies, safety items and much more.

Caterpillar Accused Of Dodging Taxes

July 11, 2011 5:36 am

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Caterpillar Inc. avoided paying more than $2 billion in federal income taxes from 2000 to 2009 by accounting fraudulently for billions in dollars of profits, according to a lawsuit filed by a manager of the heavy equipment maker. Daniel Schlicksup, who was a global tax strategy manager for the company from 2005 to 2008, alleges that the company wrongly attributed at least $5.

China Manufacturer Wraps Up Bay Bridge Work

July 11, 2011 4:45 am

Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer SHANGHAI (AP) — Working around the clock, China's biggest heavy machinery maker put the final touches Monday on sections of the new east span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the biggest project so far for the state-run giant expanding in the global construction market.

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RI Moves Off-Shore Prevention Bill Forward

July 11, 2011 4:43 am

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Two members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation are set to announce new legislation intended to boost manufacturing in the state. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline are expected to announce Monday the introduction in Congress of the House version of the "Off-shoring Prevention Act.

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Goodyear Closes TN Plant Early

July 11, 2011 4:39 am

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Monday that it has stopped production at its tire manufacturing facility in Union City, Tenn. The tire maker announced plans in February to close the plant by the end of the year, but said Monday that it was able to transfer production to other facilities faster than expected.

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Worker Loses Hand In Conveyor Acccident

July 11, 2011 4:37 am

LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) — An employee at a Wyoming bentonite plant is recovering at a Denver hospital after severing his hand while operating a conveyor. Steve Wilkerson, who manages American Colloid in Lovell, says the employee was injured at about 9 p.m. Monday and is doing well and is in "good spirits.

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Obama Struggles To Reach Debt Deal, Create Jobs

July 11, 2011 4:35 am

Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs.

Solar Panel Manufacturer Says IN Factory On Track

July 8, 2011 5:14 am

TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — A solar panel manufacturer says its plans remain on track to start production at an unfinished auto parts factory in central Indiana a year after President Barack Obama announced $400 million in federal loan guarantees for the company. Abound Solar took control of the vacant factory near Tipton after gaining final loan approval in December and has since added production at its existing plant in Longmont, Colo.

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Electric Boat Hires Hundreds Of Workers

July 8, 2011 4:41 am

Michael Melia, Associated Press GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy's primary contractor for submarines is hiring hundreds of employees and putting up new buildings as it doubles production of fast-attack submarines and ramps up design work for a new generation of ballistic missile vessels, company officials said Wednesday.

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General Dynamics Receives $56M Army Contract

July 8, 2011 4:39 am

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Thursday that it has received a $56.4 million contract from the Department of Defense to make Rifleman and Manpack radios for the U.S. Army. The contract calls for General Dynamics C4 Systems to produce 6,250 Rifleman and 100 Manpack radios, the company said.

Plant Explosion Claims Life Of TN Worker

July 8, 2011 4:37 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A worker has died from injuries he received in a flash fire at a Nashville metals plant over the weekend, less than two months after a fire at a metals plant in Gallatin resulted in two deaths. The Metro Nashville Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the death of Shawn Allen Austin, 28, of Nashville, according to The Tennessean.

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WV Plant To Fight OSHA Violations

July 8, 2011 4:35 am

Vicki Smith, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia chemical plant where three men died in a December explosion will fight federal safety violations issued against it last month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration received notice last week that AL Solutions in New Cumberland plans to contest the 18 violations, said spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson.

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Unemployment Rises As Hiring Stalls

July 8, 2011 4:32 am

Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June.

Atlas Copco Portable Air Becomes Portable Energy

July 6, 2011 5:23 am

Geert Follens, president, Portable Energy Division With effect from July 1, the Portable Air Division is changing its name to the Portable Energy Division, a name which more accurately reflects the division’sextended product portfolio. The new Portable Energy division focuses on five “pillars”, each one relating to a product group: air (on-site compressors), power (on-site generators), light (on-site light towers), water (on-site pumps), and used equipment.

OSHA Cites Howard For 17 Violations

July 6, 2011 5:06 am

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries for 17 safety and health violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Authorities say the worker was testing electrical transformers when he was electrocuted.

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Aecom Receives $72M Army Contracts

July 6, 2011 5:04 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aecom Technology Corp., which handles construction management and other services for governments and corporations, said on Tuesday that it has gotten two contracts worth as much as $72 million for work at the Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot near Chambersburg, Pa. The work under the two contracts includes production engineering and manufacturing related to the Army's mine-resistant truck.

Furnace At PA Facility Damaged

July 6, 2011 5:02 am

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — AK Steel said Tuesday that a furnace at its Butler, Pa., facility was damage last Friday when molten steel breached the furnace shell. Steel production at the plant resumed Saturday using other electric furnaces at the plant. Workers have begun repairing the furnace, but the company said it doesn't yet have a cost estimate for the repairs, or a completion date.

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Bulletproof Clipboards Made From Scrap Armor

July 6, 2011 4:59 am

Greg Latshaw, AP Member Exchange POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Company CEOs draw their inspiration differently, and for George Tunis of Hardwire LLC in Pocomoke City, Md., it's a jagged piece of metal shrapnel that moves him. "We keep that around because it helps remind us what those guys are faced with," said Tunis, the company founder, who keeps the black fragment to recall the damage improvised explosive devices can do.

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Impala Owners Sue GM Over Tire Wear

July 6, 2011 4:55 am

Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit claims General Motors Co. treated the police better than it did average citizens when taking care of a defective part in 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Impalas. The lawsuit alleges that Impalas from the two model years have defective spindle rods, which connect the suspension to the rear wheels.

Tech Company Files Patent Lawsuit Against Ford

July 6, 2011 4:51 am

TACOMA, Washington (AP) — A technology company has filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming several of the electronic features the automaker includes in its vehicles violate the company's patents. Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC and subsidiary, MediusTech LLC, filed the patent infringement case against the Dearborn, Michigan, car company in federal court in Tacoma, Washington state, on Thursday.

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