ABB: A Bad Break

ABB uncovers criminal activity in its South Korea subsidiary ABB has uncovered a “sophisticated criminal scheme”, related to a significant embezzlement and misappropriation of funds in its South Korean subsidiary ABB Korea, the company reported February 22. The amount is estimated to be around 100 million dollars. The man responsible for the scheme is reportedly Oh […]

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The Bright Side

Have you heard the good news?! A few words you won’t find in this article: fraud, embezzlement, layoffs, disaster. Cruisin’ with Armstrong. Armstrong Fluid Technology announced the winners from its Cruisin’ with Armstrong promotion from Toronto on March 6th. The winners of brand new Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycles from the promotion were a plumbing contractor and a counter sales […]

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Crumbling Pillars

Government report in NYT calls tax fraud ‘deliberate’ A week after federal law enforcement raided its Peoria, Ill., headquarters, the scope of Caterpillar’s alleged fraudulent tax practices is becoming clearer. A Dartmouth professor commissioned by a yet-to-be specified government organization to investigate the company’s actions labeled them ‘deliberate’, saying it intentionally manipulated its bookkeeping and accounting records to keep a […]

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Factory Check

U.S. factory orders rise for 2nd straight month Thus far, things are looking up for U.S. factories in 2017. New orders for U.S.-made goods increased for a second straight month in January, suggesting the recovery of the manufacturing sector was gaining momentum as rising prices for commodities spur demand for machinery. Factory goods orders rose 1.2 percent, […]

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Competitive Edge

BattleBots competition highlights engineering skills For the second consecutive year, students from Illinois State’s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) attended the BattleBots competition February 5 and 6 at Rolling Meadows High School to act as volunteers in helping run the successful event. Illinois State University students were able to interact with student teams from the […]

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The Last Repairman

Art Skill, Vancouver’s 84 year old typewriter technician Suffice to say…its part skill, part art. There could be no better name for an esteemed typewriter repairman, especially when there are so little of those left. Art Skill, 84, of Vancouver, B.C., has no shortage of work. Being the only master of his trade left in […]

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Name Changer

Dowding & Mills of U.K. will now be under Sulzer name Sulzer has announced that Dowding & Mills (UK) has changed its legal name to Sulzer Electro Mechanical Services (UK). Its portfolio of electrical services and mechanical repairs will not change, and it will continue to repair and maintain rotating equipment, and provide specialized services […]

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West Virginia Lawsuit

Machinist files suit for age discrimination Ask around the motor repair service industry- most people will tell you their trusted winders and machinists have been at it for 20, 35, 50 years. It’s not only common- it’s a majority of the workforce. One of the chief concerns of motor shops everywhere is finding skilled young […]

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Breaking – Feds search Caterpillar

Stock sinks, questions bubble up Federal law enforcement officers entered three Peoria Caterpillar facilities this morning and executed a search warrant, according to multiple news reports. The activity was confirmed by a statement from the company, which did not identify the search’s purpose or the name of the agency conducting it. According to an article by Chris Kaergard, political […]

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Renewable Tug-of-War

State legislatures jockey for renewable energy standards State legislature versus the administration. It’s an ongoing battle, seemingly omnipresent regardless of who takes office, and probably until the end of time. It also applies to a range of issues. One of these, perhaps more pertinent than ever under present legislation from all branches, is renewable energy. A […]

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