Author Archives: MichaelWagner

When in doubt, blame the Canadians first, research later

I found this very interesting post, in my drafts folder, from 2005. It seems even more appropriate now, so I thought I’d finally publish it. When I was a kid, I remember a sign in a hardware store “We have … Continue reading

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Ottawa’s manufacturing fund a mirage

There is a $200-million pot of money in Ottawa earmarked for Ontario’s hard-hit manufacturing sector. The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) was announced in February 2013 by then-finance minister Jim Flaherty. It was officially launched last December by Minister of State … Continue reading

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High school co-op student dies at work placement

At a time when we’re having a hard time finding people interested and willing to go into trades, despite a shortage, it’s inexcusable that co-op students are exempt from health and safety laws. High school co-op student dies at work … Continue reading

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U.S. Steel Canada files for creditor protection

The former Stelco, now a division of U.S. Steel, is in trouble. Creditor protection is the “only option”. This, on the same day as another article proclaims “Canada’s manufacturing sector posted record sales for July and topped expectations as it … Continue reading

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Canada manufacturing growth index at 4-month low in December – Yahoo Finance Canada

Canada manufacturing growth index at 4-month low in December – Yahoo Finance Canada. Manufacturing activity has been expanding for nine months in a row. It hit a 2-1/2-year peak in October. Still, the manufacturing sector should gain momentum in 2014, … Continue reading

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2 Ontario firms allege Chinese steel sinks violate trade rules, probes launched – Yahoo! Canada Finance

2 Ontario firms allege Chinese steel sinks violate trade rules, probes launched – Yahoo! Canada Finance The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and hand down a decision … Continue reading

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Firefighters respond to fire at former LMS building

Firefighters from two area departments along with the Sebewaing police were dispatched Wednesday to a fire at the former Lapeer Metal Stamping (LMS) building in the village. LMS opened in October 2004 after the former Tower Automotive plant closed in … Continue reading

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American Axle to avoid Chapter 11

From the Detroit Free Press American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. said Thursday it reached a new deal with its lenders and its largest customer, General Motors Co., that will allow the supplier to avert a bankruptcy filing. The new deal … Continue reading

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China coal mine accident kills 13, 66 missing

Via Yahoo! Canada News A coal mine accident early on Tuesday killed 13 people and 66 others were missing in central China’s Henan Province, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the state work safety watchdog. China’s mines are the deadliest … Continue reading

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Metaklett, A Steely Hook And Loop Fastener

From Science Daily:Hook and loop fasteners have become commonplace features of both industry and households. However, they have one snag: they are too weak for many applications. Hook and loop fasteners made of spring steel have now been developed at … Continue reading

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