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Ok. Factory To Take Its Talents, Workers To Mexico

June 21, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) -- Franklin Electric Co. Inc. said it plans to close an Oklahoma City factory and move the equivalent of 125 jobs, primarily to a facility in Linares, Mexico. Franklin Electric, which makes systems and components used to move water and automotive fuels, said it will move some of the 260,000 annual man-hours of work to another Oklahoma City facility.

Toyota Will Hire 3-4K Temp Workers To Propel Recovery

June 21, 2011 4:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said it will hire 3,000 to 4,000 temporary workers in Japan to be ready for a recovery in vehicle production as automakers bounce back from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Toyota Motor Corp. will start recruiting the factory workers in July, as production is now gradually recovering and expected to surge by October, company spokesman Shigehiko Okamura said Tuesday.

GM To Price Sonic Under $15K

June 20, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Friday that pricing for its new Chevrolet Sonic will start at just under $15,000 when the sub-compact car hits dealer lots this fall. Base models of the 2012 Sonic will start at $14,495 including the destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.

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Spate Of Camden Fires Claims Another Vacant Plant

June 20, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A blaze erupted at a vacant chemical plant just before sunrise Sunday in one of the country's poorest cities, causing the building to partially collapse and forcing firefighters to evacuate nearby homes. The fire at Concord Chemical Inc. in Camden, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, comes more than a week after fires at an abandoned tire factory and a downtown warehouse.

World's Largest Chocolate Factory To Become Condos?

June 20, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey School, whose recent land acquisitions include a golf course and a roadside attraction called Pumpkin World, now has designs on acquiring the world's largest chocolate factory for redevelopment into condos, retail stores, a retirement community, and a boutique hotel.

Japan's Exports Drop Again, PM Pressured To Resign

June 20, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports dropped for the third straight month in May, hit by massive production losses in the auto sector following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters, the government said Monday. Exports fell 10.3 percent year-on-year to 4.76 trillion yen ($6 billion).

New Web Naming 'Shake-Up' Leaves Dot-Com In The Dust

June 20, 2011 4:15 am | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — Internet minders voted Monday to allow virtually unlimited new domain names based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes, in the system's biggest shake-up since it started 26 years ago. Groups able to pay the $185,000 application can petition next year for new updates to ".

Qatar Airways Orders Boeing Planes In $1.7B Deal

June 20, 2011 4:06 am | News | Comments

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing Co. announced the first big-ticket order in its rivalry with Airbus at the start of the Paris Air Show on Monday, saying Qatar Airways has ordered six 777 jets in a $1.7 billion deal. The upstart, fast-growing Gulf carrier is buying extended versions of the long-range jet, the 777-300, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said during a news conference alongside Boeing's commercial aircraft chief.

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IBM's Greatest Innovation Hits

June 17, 2011 11:00 am | Videos | Comments

IBM is about to turn 100 years of age. Over the course of the last century, the tech giant has been involved in the design, development, and production of quite a few innovative products. Here are some of the greatest hits... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Only One Matter: Customer Or Process

June 17, 2011 10:49 am | by Patrick Hunter, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts | Articles | Comments

Perhaps manufacturers should intentionally break their company into divisions that allow the master to be determined by the purpose of the division instead of sacrificing the entire company by serving the wrong master. Can an organization serve more than one master? For the past century the manufacturing community has been trying to serve multiple masters, but not being very successful at it.

Preventing Foodborne Illness With Mobile Technology

June 17, 2011 10:37 am | Articles | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is poised to release the first of its new regulations since the passage of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, and the food industry is preparing its own actions to improve overall food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses. Food Manufacturing, Manufacturing Business Technology 's sister publication, spoke with Mike Lee of Airclic about some of the new technology available to manufacturers for enhancing food safety.

A Unique Proposal To Save Jobs

June 17, 2011 10:20 am | Videos | Comments

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has recently been talking up jobs in just about every media format available, whether it’s TV or in print. He says that the absolute key to restoring America's economy—and thereby reducing its debt—is reducing unemployment. This time, he breaks down a proposal for an infrastructure bank, which would push the creation of America’s infrastructure to the private market and ideally create jobs in the process.

Building The Bird's Nest In Beijing

June 17, 2011 9:44 am | Articles | Comments

A company that specializes in horizontal load transfers had been tapped by a Chinese firm to design and execute the 11,625 square-foot stage area of the main Olympic venue – the Bird’s Nest – yet because of a nondisclosure agreement, the company couldn’t talk about their work.

Electrical And Enclosure Safety For Solar Energy Projects

June 17, 2011 9:14 am | by Jeff Seagle, President, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures | Articles | Comments

Electrical fires consistently rank among the top five causes of commercial building fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fires involving electricity also regularly result in a higher percentage of property damage than those caused by many other sources. One of the most effective ways to better protect property against electrical fires is through education.

See Everything

June 17, 2011 6:08 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

TAKE Solutions (Cedar Park, TX) has announced the latest release of their Xtended Process Control (X.PC) supplier relationship management software. X.PC now includes vendor-managed inventory (VMI) and visibility features that provide external suppliers full-visibility into inventory levels across warehouses and external depots.

RIM Reports Financial Struggles, Loses COO To Medical Leave

June 17, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion says one of its top executives is on medical leave. RIM spokeswoman Marisa Conway said Thursday that Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison will be on medical leave until later this year. Larry Conlee, who retired as COO in 2009, will return to the company as a special adviser.

Toyota To Return To Full N. American Production In Sept.

June 17, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

ERLANGER, Kentucky (AP) — Toyota says it expects to return to full North American production in September. The Japanese automaker says production is recovering faster than expected after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Eight of Toyota's 12 North American-built models returned to full production June 6.

HP Sues Oracle In Friend-Turned-Foe Scenario

June 17, 2011 4:46 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. has sued its friend-turned-foe Oracle Corp. in another sign of how badly the relationship between the information technology big shots has frayed. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accuses Oracle of behaving illegally in deciding that future versions of its database software won't support a particular line of HP servers.

BlackBerry Maker RIM Sued Over A Patent

June 17, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dolby International, a unit of audio equipment maker Dolby Laboratories Inc., is suing Research In Motion Ltd. for patent infringement in the U.S. and Germany. Dolby alleges that RIM's Blackberry smartphones and Playbook tablet devices use its patented digital audio compression technology, which enables the playback of high-quality audio files using limited amounts of storage space, without a license.

Toyota CEO Promises A Comeback For World's No. 1 Automaker

June 17, 2011 4:43 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) -- President Akio Toyoda promised shareholders a revived Toyota despite the production disruptions from the earthquake and tsunami that decimated northeastern Japan on March 11, and first offered his prayers for those killed. The disaster dominated Friday's annual shareholders at Toyota Motor Corp.

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