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More French Workers Kidnap Factory Bosses

April 21, 2009 10:54 am | by Julie Rimbert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a French subsidiary of the American company Molex released two bosses they were holding to protest plans to close the plant in southeast France.

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Setting Fair And Realistic Goals To Motivate Your Sales Force

April 21, 2009 10:45 am | by Adapted from “Building a Winning Sales Force: Powerful Strategies for Driving High Performance” by Andris A. Zoltners, Prabhakant Sinha and Sally E. Lorimer | Articles | Comments

Adapted from “Building a Winning Sales Force: Powerful Strategies for Driving High Performance” by Andris A. Zoltners, Prabhakant Sinha and Sally E. LorimerExecutives at top-performing manufacturing firms strive to motivate the sales force to do their very best by setting goals that are fair and realistic, but achieving this balance is far from easy -- especially considering the uncertainty in the manufacturing industry today.

Toyota Promises Cheaper Prius Model

April 21, 2009 10:34 am | News | Comments

New 2010 Prius hybrid will cost the same as current model when it goes on sale in the U.S. in late May, and an even cheaper version will be released later in the year.

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Committee: Bayer Withheld Info After Deadly Explosion

April 21, 2009 9:23 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Congressional committee said Bayer CropScience withheld information from emergency responders after a deadly explosion at a West Virginia chemical plant last summer.

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Broadcom Makes $764 Million Bid For Emulex

April 21, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

Chip designer Broadcom is offering to buy Emulex for $9.25 per share, a 40 percent premium over network equipment maker's closing share price Monday

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Motor Coach Emerges From Bankruptcy

April 21, 2009 9:10 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Illinois-based MCI says it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a new majority owner, Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC.

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U.S. Trade Rep Says No To NAFTA Renegotiation

April 21, 2009 8:09 am | News | Comments

Top U.S. trade official said Obama administration can strengthen provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement without having to renegotiate.

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Owens-Illinois Plans $20 Million Plant Upgrade

April 21, 2009 7:52 am | News | Comments

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says the company is planning a $20 million upgrade of its James City County plant to improve energy efficiency and technological capabilities.

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GM, Chrysler To Get $5.5B More In Federal Aid

April 21, 2009 7:50 am | News | Comments

Federal report says the U.S. government will loan General Motors up to $5 billion more to make it through June 1, and Chrysler could get up to $500 million more by April 30.

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GM Stamping Plant To End Production Early

April 21, 2009 6:10 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it will shut down most of its operations at its metal stamping plant in suburban Grand Rapids, Mich., earlier than originally anticipated.

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IMF: Global Credit Crisis Losses Could Top $4 Trillion

April 21, 2009 6:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

International Monetary Fund said worldwide financial institutions could suffer more than $4 trillion in losses from the credit crisis with the U.S. leading the way with $2.7 trillion.

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Canada Wholesale Sales Drop In February

April 21, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

Wholesale sales fell 0.6 percent to $41 billion in February as sales of machinery and equipment and "other products" dropped.

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Boeing Awards Contract To Nordam Group

April 21, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Aircraft maker has awarded a contract to repair and overhaul thrust reversers on the company's 737 next-generation planes to a Tulsa aerospace manufacturer.

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Sun May Have Buyer But Troubles Are Far From Over

April 21, 2009 5:32 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some see Oracle as a 'wicked stepmother' that will lay off thousands and wring other savings from Sun as it tries to boost its operating profit by $1.5 billion within the first year.

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Michigan Lawmakers Want Chemicals In Toys Identified

April 21, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Democrats in the Michigan House want to require children's toy manufacturers to report what chemicals are used in their products.

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Toyota Domestic Output Expected To Hit 31-Year Low

April 21, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker expects vehicle production in Japan to fall to below 3 million for the first time in 31 years, and below the level needed to maintain its full-time workforce, a report said.

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ArcelorMittal Fined $110,000 For Worker Injury

April 21, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

After worker's leg was crushed by a steel coil weighing nearly three tons, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Canada Inc. was fined $110,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Fed's No. 2 Sees Gradual Recovery In 2009

April 21, 2009 5:19 am | by Jennifer Malloy Zonnas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fed Reserve Vice Chairman said steadier consumer spending and home sales, and some upbeat earnings results may mean the U.S. economy is poised to recover later this year.

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Pipe Plant Ex-Manager Sentenced To Nearly 6 Yrs

April 21, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

Former manager at a New Jersey pipe plant was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison in a federal investigation into worker safety violations and pollution of the Delaware River.

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EU OKs $1 Billion Votorantim-Aracruz Deal

April 21, 2009 5:12 am | News | Comments

European Union cleared Tuesday the proposed acquisition of paper maker Aracruz by conglomerate Votorantim in an all Brazilian deal worth $1.1 billion.

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