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Ferro Splits Into 2 Business Groups

October 5, 2009 10:00 am | News | Comments

Maker of special materials and chemicals said it is reorganizing its business into two separate operating groups, a move it hopes will streamline the company's business.

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Renault Promises To Help Russia's AvtoVAZ

October 5, 2009 8:16 am | News | Comments

A top executive said Prime Minister Putin can count on Renault to assist its partner, struggling Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ, Russian news agencies reported.

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Chrysler Splits Dodge Brands

October 5, 2009 8:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's new Italian management has decided to split the Dodge brand into two groups, one focusing on Dodge Ram trucks and the other on cars and minivans.

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UAW Ratifies Deere Contract

October 5, 2009 7:25 am | News | Comments

Deere & Co. says UAW union members have ratified a six-year contract that covers about 9,500 workers and 17,000 retirees.

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PC Supply Chain Could Be 'Overheated'

October 5, 2009 7:22 am | News | Comments

Personal computer supply chain may be facing a period of slight oversupply, FBR Capital Markets warned while downgrading Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

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General Motors Recalls 1,000 Workers In Ohio

October 5, 2009 6:13 am | News | Comments

GM on Monday is starting a second shift at its Lordstown factory that makes the Chevrolet Cobalt and will begin building the Chevy Cruze compact early next year.

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PepsiCo Creates New Bottling Unit

October 5, 2009 6:02 am | News | Comments

Soft drink and snacks maker said Monday it is forming a new bottling unit called PepsiCo Bottling North America, which will be headed by Eric J. Foss.

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Faulty Power Supply Caused Pa. Chemical Leak

October 5, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

Safety officials say improperly operated pump was responsible for chemical leak at Indspec Chemical that forced hundreds of residents from their homes last year.

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Emerson To Shutter Arizona Plant

October 5, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Missouri-based Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions plans to close its production plant in Mesa in December and lay off 135 workers.

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Tenneco Allows City To Sell Nebraska Plant

October 5, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

Company has agreed to allow Cozad, Neb., officials to find a new owner for its plant after it closes next year.

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Volkswagen Touts New Tennessee Plant

October 5, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

VW board member is touting its new $1 billion Chattanooga facility as ‘the backbone’ of the German automaker's success in the United States.

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Some Jobs Hard To Fill Amid Massive Layoffs

October 5, 2009 5:18 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Even with 15 million people hunting for work and unemployment rate near 10 percent, some employers can't find enough qualified people for good-paying career jobs.

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Site Of Bloody Labor Strike Faces Uncertain Future

October 5, 2009 5:11 am | by Katrina A. Goggins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Some want to demolish and others want to preserve abandoned South Carolina textile mill that was the site of the nation's deadliest violence during a labor strike 75 years ago.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Expands Into Puerto Rican Market

October 5, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

German automaker Daimler said Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus would enter Puerto Rican market with a sales and service agreement with Guaraguao Truck Sales in Puerto Rico.

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AirAsia Delays Delivery Of 8 Airbus Planes

October 5, 2009 5:06 am | News | Comments

Low-cost carrier AirAsia will delay delivery of eight Airbus A320-200 aircraft due for 2011 by three years, an official said Monday.

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Euro Retail Sales Down In August

October 5, 2009 5:03 am | News | Comments

Retail sales in the 16 countries that use the euro fell 0.2 percent in August from the previous month for the second straight month, official figures showed.

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AP: Some U.S. Areas Show Signs Of Recovery

October 5, 2009 5:00 am | by Christopher Rugaber and Mike Schneider, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Latest results of the Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties showed the pain easing in some of the nation's hardest hit areas.

Mazda Predicts Smaller Loss

October 5, 2009 4:59 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker expects about half the red ink it previously forecast, crediting a rise in demand from 'green' car incentives, and said it will raise $1.1 billion to fund R&D.

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U.S. Factory Orders Drop

October 2, 2009 1:53 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department says demand for manufactured goods dropped 0.8 percent in August, falling by the largest amount in five months.

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Visteon Trims Proposed Bonus Plan

October 2, 2009 11:00 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier has backed off a proposal to pay up to $80 million in bonuses to top executives and other employees, but a revised bonus plan is still generating opposition.

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