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Obama puts GM, Chrysler on short leash

March 31, 2009 7:47 am | by DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent | Articles | Comments

President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry Monday, bluntly rejecting turnaround plans by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, demanding fresh concessions for long-term federal aid and raising the possibility of quick bankruptcy for either ailing auto giant.

Record Strong Export Growth to China in 2008

March 26, 2009 4:29 am | Articles | Comments

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).

Oil Prices Decline; More Build-up in US Reserves

March 26, 2009 4:26 am | Articles | Comments

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 | Articles | Comments

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.

Durable Goods Orders, New Home Sales Rise in Feb.

March 26, 2009 4:14 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Yellow Jacket

March 25, 2009 10:37 am | Articles | Comments

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. 

Mobile Hydraulic Series

March 25, 2009 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

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

Inductive Proximity Sensors

March 25, 2009 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

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 | Articles | Comments

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. 

Tentative Deal Between Canadian Auto Workers, GM

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

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.

Award Presented At National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Event

March 9, 2009 1:31 pm | Articles | Comments

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. 

Ford Workers Approve UAW Contract Changes

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

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.

GM Auditors Raise The Specter Of Chapter 11

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

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 | Articles | Comments

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.

U.S. Steel Shutdown Comes As A Shock

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

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.

Low-Profile Puller

March 4, 2009 8:12 am | Articles | Comments

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

The New Bumper Movement

March 4, 2009 7:51 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Explosion Proof

March 4, 2009 7:45 am | Articles | Comments

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.

ISM Index: Manufacturing Sector Expected To Fall

March 3, 2009 8:19 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Intel Outsourcing Atom Manufacturing

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

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.

GM May Buy Delphi Steering Operations

March 3, 2009 8:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

The person, who asked not to be identified because a deal had not been announced, said GM would buy back the factory because it makes critical parts for the troubled automaker. A deal could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Should We Give GM And Chrysler Another Chance?

March 3, 2009 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

 "No matter how much money you throw at the automakers, that won't solve the problem. It will actually make things worse" says Viraf Baliwalla, a consumer advocate for car buyers and founder of Automall Network (www.automallnetwork.com) a professional vehicle buying service. "But there is a less risky solution".

Economy Shrinks At Fastest Pace In 26 Years

February 27, 2009 9:43 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

The Commerce Department report released Friday showed the economy sinking much faster than the 3.8 percent annualized drop for the October-December quarter first estimated last month. It also was considerably weaker than the 5.4 percent annualized decline economists expected.

Potential For Massive Jobs Expansion

February 27, 2009 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

Environmental Defense Fund today released a groundbreaking online map that identifies and profiles more than 1,200 companies in key manufacturing states poised to grow their business and create new jobs when Congress passes a cap on global warming pollution.

Leak-Proof System

February 26, 2009 7:40 am | Articles | Comments

Polyconn's Duratec piping system offers an innovative compressed air and inert gas distribution system designed to be absolutely leak-proof, install quickly and easily, and to maintain plant costs. Duratec pipe is available in 100-ft. or 300-ft. coils—significantly reducing the number of joints in a system.

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