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First National Forklift Safety Day Highlights Operator Training

June 6, 2014 2:58 pm | by Industrial Truck Association

Properly trained operators mean fewer industrial accidents and a safer work environment. That’s the message the Industrial Truck Association will reinforce at the inaugural National Forklift Safety Day, June 10.       


Asia Is Still Giant In Chemical Demand & Production, But Faces Escalating Costs

June 6, 2014 2:47 pm | by IHS

Global spending on chemical production capacity additions will peak in 2014 at $120 billion and then begin to decline, according to analysis from IHS.                            


MAPI: Large Deficit In U.S. Trade Could Foreshadow Dim Outlook For Exports

June 6, 2014 10:24 am | by MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Disappointing first quarter growth in manufactured exports, together with a continued rise in the extremely large deficit, does not bode well for a resurgence in export competitiveness, according to an analysis from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).


U.S. Trade Deficit At 2-Year High

June 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer & AAM

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a two-year high in April, as sales of exports declined and imports surged to a record high. The Commerce Department says the deficit rose to $47.2 billion in April, up 6.9% from an upwardly revised March deficit of $44.2 billion.


Productivity Falls In 1Q

June 6, 2014 10:20 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. productivity fell even more than previously thought in the January-March period while labor costs rose at a faster pace.                     


Hy-Tek Material Handling Expands Cleveland Presence

June 6, 2014 10:18 am | by Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc.

To better serve customer demand in northern Ohio, Hy-Tek Integrated Systems/Cleveland has added three engineering and sales professionals to its 13-person material handling team.             


Walmart Facing Big Hurdles

June 6, 2014 10:16 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone.                


Airgas Names National Branch Of The Year Winners For 2014

June 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Airgas, Inc.

The award honors the best of the company's nearly 900 local branches nationwide, based on customer service, safety, and financial performance in fiscal year 2014. The company named two winners in both the large and small branch categories.  


Appleton Group Launches Interactive, Online Catalogs for Key Brands

June 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Appleton Group

The Smart e-Cat format allows Appleton Group customers to flip through brand catalogs page-by-page, or to search by part-number or key word to instantly view product details.             


Manufacturing Sector Gains 10,000 Jobs In May

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing

Due to downward revisions of previous months' data, the AAMeter - which tracks President Obama's promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term - actually declined by 1,000 jobs, and now stands at +134,000 jobs.       


Sonepar Moves Into Costa Rica & Colombia

June 5, 2014 11:51 am | by Sonepar

As a result of these two acquisitions, the Sonepar Group now operates in a total of 40 different countries.                          


Fed: Economy Showing Improvement Across U.S.

June 5, 2014 10:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.               

Applications For Jobless Aid Up Slightly

June 5, 2014 10:26 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid continue to hover near seven-year lows.                    


EPA Asks Alaska To Cut Carbon Emissions 26%

June 5, 2014 10:15 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press

Emissions cuts vary by state. In Alaska, the plan calls for a cut of carbon pollutants by nearly 26 percent over the next 15 years. The draft rule is more than 600 pages long, and it's accompanied by nearly 400 pages of regulatory analysis, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.


PwC US Issues 2014 Tax Rate Benchmarking Study For Industrial Products Sector

June 5, 2014 10:08 am | by PwC

The average ETR for the global companies represented in PwC’s analysis increased to 27.4% between 2011 and 2013.                       


United Stationers Hires Ieuter As Chief Accounting Officer

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by United Stationers

Christine S. Ieuter will join the company as vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer, effective July 14. Ieuter replaces Kenneth M. Nickel who announced in March that he was leaving the company.       


Air Industries Group Acquires Eur-Pac Corporation

June 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Air Industries Group

Eur-Pac specializes in military packaging and supplies. The company's primary business is "kitting" of supplies for all branches of the United States Defense Department including ordnance parts, hose assemblies, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical assemblies.


Curbell Plastics, Inc. Names Gerry Helbig President

June 5, 2014 9:56 am | by Curbell Plastics, Inc.

Throughout his career with Curbell, Helbig has held many positions within the company, including Outside Sales, Business Manager, Regional Director, Director of Customer Service, and Vice President.         

PPG To Acquire Specialty Coatings Supplier

June 5, 2014 9:43 am | by PPG

“Homax products represent a new and unique offering for our customers,” said Scott Sinetar, PPG vice president, architectural coatings, North America. “The acquisition supports our continuing commitment to providing professional and do-it-yourself customers with leading coatings and related home remodeling and repair products.”


IRS Makes R&D Tax Credit Accessible To Small Businesses

June 4, 2014 11:08 am | by The Office of Senator Coons

The IRS announced a change to regulations this week that will for the first time allow small companies to claim the Alternative Simplified Credit, a simpler version of the R&D tax credit, on amended tax returns.      



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