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2008-09-14 00:00:22

The building which will become home to the JCB Academy is steeped in hundreds of years of manufacturing history and will provide a fascinating backdrop for students' lessons. Tutbury Mill is one of the oldest iron-framed buildings in the UK and will be completely restored as part of the academy plans. There will also be a brand new wing added, using stylish glass and steel, with an atrium connecting it to the former mill. The school will be able to generate its own power by bringing the...

2008-07-25 03:00:38

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 25--In a building that once housed the boiler and machine shops of a Duquesne steel mill shut down a quarter century ago, U.S. Steel Corp. is training workers for a career in a modern mill. "The training is much more extensive and more high-tech, and there is a lot more done (training) before a person ever steps onto the plant floor," said Lisa Roudabush, general manager of U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Works, which includes the Edgar Thomson...

2008-07-13 09:00:25

By Glenn Jeffers, Chicago Tribune Jul. 13--So here's a story about four guys standing under the awning of a lunch truck, debating one of the more pressing issues of our time: Who's the hotter mom, Heather Locklear or Angelina Jolie? Jolie's growing brood is news to the tall and lanky Smitty. "She's a mom?" he asks. "Couple times over," says Chase, red-haired with a full beard. "She's got, like, 17 kids," adds Gus, short and wide. "Yeah, but they're not her own," Smitty argues....

2008-06-27 06:02:41

By Gary Strauss Spike TV, the cable channel best known for airing gritty sports events and repeats of syndicated crime dramas, is hoping to manufacture a comedy base with Factory. Spike's first original comedy series, premiering Sunday (10 ET/PT), focuses on four lifelong friends who live and work in the fictional blue-collar town of Wetdirt, Ill. The six-episode, half-hour comedy is largely improvised, blending the talents of co-creator Mitch Rouse (Strangers With Candy) and fellow...

2008-06-18 06:00:23

By Keith Bradsher Canon is no longer building or expanding factories in China, but the company is doubling its work force to 8,000 at a printer factory outside Hanoi. Nissan is expanding a vehicle engineering center nearby. Hanesbrands, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is building two new factories here. Texhong Textile Group of China is constructing two plants for manufacturing spandex. China remains the most attractive destination for industrial investment in the world,...

2006-12-14 15:00:31

By Richard Read, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Dec. 14--Portland architect Nathan Corser flew to Vietnam two years ago, expecting to meet fellow designers and plan an eco-friendly Nike shoe factory. Instead Corser found a cramped Ho Chi Minh City office occupied by eight engineers, none of whom spoke English. He whipped out his Sharpies. He sketched fan systems, glazing, insulation and panes. "They would point to this item, and I would draw it as graphically as possible," says...

2006-05-26 01:49:08

DHAKA (Reuters) - Paramilitary troops and an elite rapid action unit were deployed at garment factories around Dhaka on Friday to increase security after one person was killed and nearly 150 injured in violent protests earlier this week. Most of the nearly 300 garment factories vandalized during the violence, triggered by pay disputes, have resumed production but at least half a dozen factories torched in the protests were still shut, textile industry officials said. The attacks...

2005-07-05 14:51:27

By Laura MacInnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders at U.S. factories rose2.9 percent in May, exactly in line with analyst expectations,on an aircraft-led jump in durable goods, a government reportshowed on Tuesday. The increase was the largest factory orders gain in morethan a year, and followed a slightly downwardly revised 0.7percent advance in April, the Commerce Department said. Much of the factory orders strength came from durable goods-- big-ticket items meant to last three years...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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