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Johnson Controls Exec To Lead Harley-Davidson

April 7, 2009 6:10 am | News | Comments

Analysts said Keith E. Wandell is expected to bring the international sales and manufacturing experience the company needs, as it tries to reach a new audience.


Advanced Energy Names New COO

April 7, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of power supply equipment for renewable energy and information technology companies named Yuval Wasserman chief operating officer.

Tate & Lyle Loses Case To Ban Chinese Imports

April 7, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

British-based sugar and sweeteners company Tate & Lyle revealed that a U.S. court ruled against its bid to ban imports of certain Chinese sweeteners to the United States.


Survey: China Major Violator Of Japanese Trademarks

April 7, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

China was related to 69.4 percent of cases of trademark violations of Japanese companies' products in fiscal 2007, according to a survey released by the Japan Patent Office.


Sun Microsystems, IBM Deal Still A Possibility

April 7, 2009 5:44 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Public unraveling of a $7 billion takeover by IBM is an embarrassment for Sun, which has been dogged by billions in losses since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.


Sikorsky Tackles Oil Leak Issue On Canadian Choppers

April 7, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Helicopter manufacturer acknowledged it is scrambling to find a way to equip Canada's next fleet of military choppers to deal with potential oil leaks in the gearbox, media report said.


Officials Find Salmonella In California Pistachio Plant

April 7, 2009 5:35 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Food and Drug Administration said state and federal inspectors discovered the bacteria in 'critical areas' at Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.


German Steel Production Drops 50 Percent

April 7, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Federal Statistical Office said production figures were 50.3 percent below March 2008 levels for pig iron and reported a 49.8 percent drop from a year earlier for raw steel.


Some Companies Say Layoffs Not An Option

April 7, 2009 5:24 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Employers have cut 5.1 million jobs, but some are looking to keep their workforce intact, so they'll be ready to ratchet up production when the economy rebounds.


French Poll: Workers Support Snatching Bosses

April 7, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

CSA agency says its poll shows 45 percent of French workers believe seizing the boss is ‘acceptable’ during protests over layoffs or other company action.


Rio Tinto To Cut Jobs, Production

April 7, 2009 5:16 am | News | Comments

Miner to cut more than 700 jobs, slow the expansion of a refinery, and cut bauxite production due to a drop in aluminum demand and prices.


Supplier: Chrysler Spent Millions To Save Thousands

April 7, 2009 5:15 am | by Kristine Owram, CP Press | News | Comments

Transact Precision says Chrysler Canada spent millions of taxpayer dollars to avoid paying an extra $150,000 to the parts maker.


Chinese Economic Recovery Could Start This Year

April 7, 2009 5:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China is likely to emerge from its economic slump this year, helping the rest of Asia stabilize and possibly rebound, the World Bank said Tuesday.


UK Manufacturing Declines In February

April 7, 2009 5:00 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers' output fell 0.9 percent, the 12th consecutive monthly decline, although the pace of the drop was the slowest in half a year, the government said.


Defense Chief Urges Cuts In Weapons Programs

April 6, 2009 1:59 pm | by Anne Gearan, AP Military Writer | News | Comments

Robert Gates on Monday outlined deep cuts to many of the military's biggest weapons programs, including the F-22 fighter jet.


Genzyme Sues Impax Over Patent

April 6, 2009 11:02 am | News | Comments

Drug developer Impax Laboratories Inc. said Monday it is being sued by Genzyme Corp. over a patent challenge to that company's kidney condition drug Renvela.


Ford To Cut $10B In Debt With Tender Offer

April 6, 2009 10:50 am | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker said Monday it completed tender offers that will reduce its debt by 38 percent and shave millions of dollars off its interest costs.


A123 To Supply Batteries For Chrysler Electric Cars

April 6, 2009 10:50 am | News | Comments

Chrysler says a Massachusetts-based company will supply lithium-ion batteries for the automaker's first-generation electric cars scheduled to go on sale next year.


Michigan Car Battery Plan Gets $220 Million

April 6, 2009 9:28 am | News | Comments

Gov. Granholm added $220 million to a tax incentive program for companies developing and making advanced batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles.


Raytheon Gets $163.5M Army Contract

April 6, 2009 9:25 am | News | Comments

Company said Monday it received two contracts valued at $163.5 million for surveillance equipment for armored Bradley fighting vehicles.



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