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Wacker Equipment Travels Long Road
Large core equipment arrived at the WACKER POLYSILICON site in Charleston, Tenn. this week. This equipment—used for WACKER’s production process—arrived by barge to a unique location, and then traveled to the company’s construction site by various methods including a self-propelled transportation unit.
“The arrival of this core production piece is an exciting and momentous occasion,” said Dr. Martin Richtberg, vice president of engineering and head of the WACKER POLYSILICON construction project. “Detailed planning for this arrival began in March this year. It was necessary to find barge access that could accommodate equipment this size, and to determine the most efficient road transportation route.”
The equipment arrived in Mobile, Ala. earlier this month after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Additional preparations were made to ensure the equipment was protected: four large steel stands were custom-built and welded to the barge so that the equipment would travel securely.
After travelling along the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, the equipment arrived in Decatur, Tenn. The location, however, had not previously been used for barge access and advance groundwork was necessary.
Prior to the barge’s arrival, transportation specialists developed a strategy for preparing the area. New gravel and crane mats were added along the shoreline. This preparation offered additional protection to the riverbank, and minimized the possibility of damage to the barge.
“Safety and environmental protection are core components of all processes at WACKER,” said Dr. Konrad Bachhuber, vice president and site manager for WACKER POLYSILICON North America. “We take proactive steps to ensure every activity on our site is accomplished with the highest attention to environmental care and safety, therefore we have ensured the transportation of our equipment would be carried out with this same level of care.”
Two onshore machines gripped the barge on either side and pulled it in, allowing preparations for road transportation of the equipment to begin.
Engineering experts and transportation specialists reviewed the equipment’s route in advance, noting asphalt conditions and critical points such as road corners.
At no more than two mph, the equipment travelled through Decatur with these experts walking alongside it. Each expert carried a remote to make adjustments and alter the axles individually, ensuring the weight was evenly distributed and that the equipment would not be twisted.
“Every second someone is checking the machine and making sure the next step is possible,” said Ulrich Dankerl, project manager and lead logistics/engineering for the project. “This equipment cannot twist even slightly, therefore it is necessary to navigate uneven surfaces by continuously evaluating the height of each wheel.”
Two trailers were used to transport the equipment through Decatur and to the Charleston site. Both trailers had 13 axles—each connected to the trailer hydraulically—with eight wheels per axle; the weight of the equipment was dispersed over 26 axles and 208 wheels.
“This method of transportation offers less surface impact than a standard transportation trailer because the weight is more evenly distributed,” added Dr. Bachhuber. “Additionally, these trailers have rotating plates to allow for superior navigation; roads with turns and slopes were manageable.”Thursday, July 26 2012, 09:48 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new business survey finds hiring is healthy but pay raises, not so much.
The quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics finds that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter. That's down from 43 percent in the April-June quarter and the first drop after three straight increases.
Yet the firms still added jobs at a healthy pace, which usually pushes wages higher as employers compete for workers. The figures suggest that the number of people out of work remains high enough that companies aren't under any pressure to raise pay.
And just one-third of respondents said they expect their companies will boost wages in the October-December quarter.
The NABE surveyed 76 of its member economists in late September
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UNDATED (AP) -- Investors will have many more corporate earnings reports to look at this week.
Apple will report third quarter financial results today after the market closes.
Tomorrow, Coca-Cola, Reynolds American, Verizon Communications and McDonald's will report earnings before the market opens. Discover Financial Services and Yahoo will report results after the closing bell.
Also on Tuesday, the National Association of Realtors will release existing home sales for September.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Sprint Corp. has cut 452 jobs from its Overland Park, Kansas, headquarters as part of a previously announced cost-cutting effort.
The nation's third-biggest cellphone carrier disclosed the layoffs in a filing with the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The report, which was filed Friday, covers the first installment of layoffs planned throughout October. The Kansas City Star reports that it doesn't cover any job losses outside the headquarters campus, although they are believed to be happening too.
The company said earlier this month in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs to better compete with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint said it would book a $160 million charge in its fiscal second quarter to cover the layoffs, which include managers as well as other employees. It may take more charges for future job cuts.
Another 477 Sprint employees in Overland Park were laid off earlier this year, bringing this year's job cut total to 929
Before the newly disclosed layoffs, about 7,500 worked for Sprint in the Kansas City area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend.
"Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film to second place.
According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony's "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend. Fox's "Gone Girl" followed with $17.8 million.
Two other new movies landed in the top five: The animated Fox feature "The Book of Life" opened in third place with $17 million; and Relativity's Nicholas Sparks romance "The Best of Me" debuted in fifth place with $10.2 million.
Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" placed fourth, dropping one spot since opening last weekend.
JAPAN-TRADE MINISTER RESIGNS
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade minister has announced her resignation after allegations that she violated election laws.
Yuko Obuchi's resignation on Monday is the first for the current administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and could dent his efforts to raise the profile of women both in politics and business.
The questions over Obuchi's use of election funds are the latest in a series of uproars over activities by some members of Abe's Cabinet. Obuchi is one of five women Abe appointed to Cabinet-level posts in a reshuffle last month that highlighted his commitment to promoting women to leadership positions.
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's finance minister says he's confident he can keep promises to balance the budget next year and is rejecting anew suggestions that the country should borrow to finance greater public investment.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is determined to stick to plans to get by without new borrowing next year for the first time since 1969, though Germany's growth outlook has weakened and Berlin faces calls from abroad to pump money into the economy.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble acknowledged in Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that Germany "must invest more and improve our competitiveness." But he added: "We just don't want growth on credit."
Schaeuble said it's important to keep to promises and says he's confident a balanced budget can be achieved because "tax income doesn't react so quickly to economic changes."
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