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Danaher Buys MDS Division For $1.1 Billion

September 2, 2009 10:40 am | by Mike Obel, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

Diversified toolmaker said it will pay $1.1 billion for MDS Inc.'s instrument unit, while cutting an additional 3,300 jobs and closing 30 facilities.

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Pfizer To Pay Record $2.3 Billion Penalty

September 2, 2009 10:36 am | by Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

World’s largest drugmaker will pay a $2.3 billion civil penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions -- the largest settlement ever paid for alleged violations of federal drug rules.

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Okla. Mercury Marine Workers Could Lose Jobs

September 2, 2009 10:35 am | News | Comments

Mercury Marine says some jobs at its Stillwater, Okla., plant will be eliminated if the labor union at its Wisconsin plant approves a package of wage and benefit concessions.

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Retail Sales Likely Weak In August

September 2, 2009 10:30 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Results will give insight into whether consumers opened their wallets after months of keeping them closed, and how well back-to-school offerings are being received.

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Ex-Ford Plant Closer To Becoming Energy Park

September 2, 2009 10:30 am | News | Comments

Michigan House approved tax breaks for two alternative energy companies that plan to buy a closed Ford factory near Detroit and convert it into country's largest renewable energy park.

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Michigan: Dow Plant Pollution May Have Hurt Residents

September 2, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

State report says the health of people living in a Saginaw residential area may have been harmed by dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.

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Bobcat To Close Plant

September 2, 2009 8:05 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Maker of loaders and light construction equipment plans to close its Bismarck plant and shift bulk of 475 jobs there to Gwinner plant in southeastern North Dakota.

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Factory Orders Weaker Than Expected In July

September 2, 2009 7:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.3 percent in July, the fifth increase in six months, but below analysts' expectations of a 2.2 percent increase.

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Productivity Up By Most In 6 Years

September 2, 2009 7:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department said productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, rose at an annual rate of 6.6 percent in April-June quarter, the largest advance since 2003.

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Survey: Workers Try To Get Most From Benefits

September 2, 2009 7:43 am | by David Pitt, AP Personal Finance Writer | News | Comments

New survey finds 90 percent of employees plan to keep or increase work benefits as their company's open enrollment season approaches.

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Samsonite Retail Unit Files For Bankruptcy Protection

September 2, 2009 6:05 am | News | Comments

U.S. retail unit of the luggage maker filed for Chapter 11 protection with a prepackaged reorganization that includes store closures.

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France Threatens To Blacklist U.S. Auto Supplier

September 2, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

Government threatened to ask French automakers to immediately suspend all orders from Illinois-based Molex, Inc. if its managers don't find a way to keep company’s French plant open.

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Sun Hurt By Oracle Deal Scrutiny

September 2, 2009 5:42 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Rivals have siphoned off business by stoking fears about future of Sun Microsystems's product lines under Oracle Corp., which has agreed to buy Sun for $7.4 billion.

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Maysteel Closing Wisconsin Factory

September 2, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Maker of electric power parts says it will close one of its Menomonee Falls factories, eliminating 165 jobs and relocating another 25.

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Mercury Marine Union Gets 3rd Chance At Vote

September 2, 2009 5:30 am | by Robert Imrie, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

After rejecting wage and benefit concessions and missing a 2nd chance for a re-vote before deadline passed, workers at Mercury Marine will vote again to keep jobs in Wisconsin.

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Toyota Lawyer Files Suit Over Cover-Up

September 2, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Ex-Toyota lawyer filed lawsuit against automaker, alleging he was pressured to conceal information from victims of rollover accidents involving SUVs and trucks.

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Metro Jobless Rates Improve In July

September 2, 2009 5:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

In a sharp improvement, largest U.S. metropolitan areas evenly split in July between those where unemployment rates rose from June and those where rates fell.

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TTM Technologies Closing 2 California Plants

September 2, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Weak demand is forcing circuit board manufacturer to close two California plants that together employ 347 workers; the closures are expected to save $14 million annually.

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Buick Shipments Delayed Over Quality Concerns

September 2, 2009 5:16 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said rollout of its new 2010 Buick LaCrosse is being delayed for a few weeks as it works out unspecified 'quality issues.'

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GM Allowing Pontiac Dealers To Close Early

September 2, 2009 5:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cash for Clunkers program helped many dealers deplete their inventory quicker than expected, leading the company to relax the requirement that dealers remain in business until Jan. 1.

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