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GTKonnect Software To Assist Companies Comply With SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

April 10, 2014 10:36 am | by GTKonnect | News | Comments

GTKonnect’s new Conflict Minerals Module will help companies simplify the process for analyzing the origin of minerals – such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (or “3TG”) – used in their products and report if they have originated in “conflict” countries, says the company.

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MMI Releases Manufacturing Trends For 2014-2015

April 10, 2014 10:29 am | by Michigan Manufacturing International | News | Comments

Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), provides an overview of manufacturing trends for the coming twelve months.                    

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Barnes Acquisition Helps Boost MSC 2Q Sales 16.2%

April 10, 2014 10:23 am | by MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. | News | Comments

Net sales for the fiscal second quarter 2014 were $661.5 million, an increase of 16.2% over net sales of $569.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. The acquired Barnes Distribution North America business contributed $69.8 million to net sales in the fiscal second quarter 2014.

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Airgas Names Thomas R. Stringer President Of Airgas Merchant Gases

April 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Airgas, Inc. | News | Comments

Stringer will lead all aspects of Airgas Merchant Gases and will report to Thomas S. Thoman, Airgas' Division President of Gases Production.                   

InSync RFID Key With Dual Technologies

April 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Kaba Access Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The new InSync RFID keys offer a single electronic key solution for use on standalone locks and hard wired/telephone entry systems that are commonly used on perimeter doors.

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Full-Color LED Label Printer

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Graphic Products | Product Releases | Comments

The DuraLabel Catalyst was designed to create full-color industrial labels including GHS/HazCom 2012, arc flash, NFPA, and standard OSHA-compliant warning and danger signs.

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Why Should You Invest In A Cloud ERP System?

April 10, 2014 9:58 am | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock Software, Founder and CEO | Blogs | Comments

There have been a series of articles on this subject and the topic is covered in almost every software manufacturer’s PowerPoint presentation to a new prospect. The truth is that every company has a unique set of circumstances and will require its own way to justify a major project. In general, a good approach is to look at the investment from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

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Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

April 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place.

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Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

April 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

About 40 percent of eye injuries in the workplace happen in construction, mining, and manufacturing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. All workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.

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Affiliated Distributors Announces Latin America Expansion

April 9, 2014 10:45 am | by Affiliated Distributors | News | Comments

“AD is now open for business in Latin America and we look forward to working with and sharing best practices with the best Independent Distributors and Manufacturers in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia,” said Bill Weisberg, Chairman and CEO of Affiliated Distributors.

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Praxair Starts Up Air Separation Plant in Peru, Expanding Supply

April 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Praxair, Inc. | News | Comments

Under a long-term contract, Praxair will increase its supply of oxygen to Aceros Arequipa, Peru’s largest long steel maker, to meet the company’s expanding steel production capacity. This is Praxair’s third plant serving Aceros Arequipa’s Pisco facility.

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NOV Announces Appointment Of New Director & Spin Update

April 9, 2014 10:33 am | by National Oilwell Varco, Inc. | News | Comments

With the appointment of Ms. Donadio, National Oilwell Varco’s board is now comprised of ten directors, eight of whom are external and independent. The company also anticipates the distribution spinoff to be completed in the second quarter.    

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Dual Function Circuit Breakers

April 9, 2014 10:28 am | by Schneider Electric+ | Product Releases | Comments

These circuit breakers combine two critical, state of the art technologies - Combination Arc Fault and Ground Fault protection – in a single, easy-to-install device, says the company.

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Scissor Deck Maintenance Stands

April 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Easy Access Industrial Design, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Scissor Decks may be joined together in line or on 90 degree angles for wraparound maintenance applications.

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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 9, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 % from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008.               

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IMF: World Economy Is Stronger But Faces Threats

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The lending organization expects the global economy to grow 3.6% this year and 3.9% in 2015, up from 3% last year. Those figures are one-tenth of a percentage point below the IMF's previous forecasts in January.            

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America's Infrastructure Problems, Part 2: Why We Should Invest

April 9, 2014 10:09 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The infrastructure problems are increasing business costs and it will only get worse. Whether it is missing a delivery promise because of a freeway jam, losing water pressure in a food plant, loss of electricity during a blackout, or being fined by a government agency, infrastructure problems will continue to increase business costs and make business less competitive.

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Oil Rises To Near $103 A Barrel On Ukraine Unrest

April 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil edged up closer to $103 a barrel Wednesday amid unrest in eastern Ukraine, even as a report showed a large rise in U.S. crude stockpiles.                 

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White House Targets Gender Pay Gap

April 9, 2014 9:45 am | by Alan Fram & Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's actions focused exclusively on federal contractors but they dovetailed with the start of Senate debate on broader legislation to make it easier for workers to sue any company for paying women less because of their gender.      

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How Booksellers Are Competing With Amazon

April 8, 2014 5:55 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

I attended a panel this past weekend where independent bookstore owners discussed the book-selling in today’s economy: what it looks like, the struggles they face, and the overall feel of the marketplace. Throughout the hour-long discussion, I couldn’t help but think how similar the situation was to what distributors are facing today.

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