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has filed action at U.S. District Court in Hartford to block the closings. The work transfer will elim Connecticut. Some 3,700 Pratt & Whitney workers belong to the union. Pratt’s final decision follo days of negotiation between Pratt and union officials in late July.


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AC TECH announced that its AC-131 CB environmentally friendly surface pretreatment product has been qualified by the Performance Review Institute, a not-for-profit organization created by SAE International to develop and administer performance standards for quality assurance, accreditation and certification programs for aerospace and other industries. AC-131 CB is the second member of the AC-131 family to earn AMS3175 qualification, an industry standard material specification that allows the U.S. military to specify its use as a non-chromate surface treatment. AC-131 BB was qualified to this specification in December 2010. Both products are based on Boeing’s patented Sol-Gel technology and are the only two in the industry to achieve AMS3175. AC-131 benefits include a complete lack of hazardous hexavalent chromium, the elimination of scrubbing or rinsing and associated wastewater, compatibility with composites and mixed metals, improved paint adhesion. For more information call +1-714-373-2837 or visit www.actechaero.com


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