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The Next Frontier Of Operational Excellence

January 23, 2009 11:00 am | by Jacob Ukelson, D.Sc., chief technology officer of ActionBase | Articles | Comments

By Jacob Ukelson, D.Sc., chief technology officer of ActionBaseUnstructured, ad-hoc business processes are a bit of an oxymoron -- how can a process be unstructured and still be a process?

Dow, Rohm & Haas In Talks To Close $15.4B Deal

January 23, 2009 10:00 am | by Ernest Scheyder, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

After federal regulators approved the deal, Dow Chemical is in talks with Rohm & Haas about closing its $15.4 billion buyout of the specialty chemicals maker.

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Hutchinson Technology Closing S.D. Plant

January 23, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

Ten days after cutting its Sioux Falls work force in half, Hutchinson Technology said Friday it's closing the plant and laying off the remaining 300 employees.

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Severstal Idling Ohio Furnace

January 23, 2009 8:16 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Company will idle its electric arc furnace in Mingo Junction, Ohio, next month because of poor steel market conditions.

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Britain Falls Into A Recession

January 23, 2009 8:14 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

British economy has officially sunk into recession, with output falling 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year as the financial crisis ravaged banks, retail and manufacturing.

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Harley Slashes 1,100 Jobs

January 23, 2009 8:12 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Motorcycle maker said Friday it will cut 1,100 jobs over two years, close some facilities and consolidate others as it grapples with a slowdown in motorcycle sales.

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Alcoa Cuts 220 Jobs In Iowa

January 23, 2009 8:00 am | News | Comments

Aluminum producer is cutting jobs at its Davenport Works plant in the Quad Cities as part of a worldwide reduction.

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ThyssenKrupp To Delay Production At Alabama Plant

January 23, 2009 7:52 am | News | Comments

German corporation said it will delay the planned start of stainless steel production at a $4 billion plant in Alabama.

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Will Pfizer Buy Wyeth?

January 23, 2009 7:10 am | by Linda A. Johnson and Marley Seaman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the world’s largest drug maker may be seeking to buy rival Wyeth in a deal that could be valued at more than $60 billion.

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Geithner: Obama Says China Manipulating Currency

January 23, 2009 6:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary-designate says President believes China is 'manipulating' its currency, a declaration that American manufacturers have long been fighting for.

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Report: Toyota Could Cut 1,000 Full-Time Jobs

January 23, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker is considering cutting more than 1,000 full-time jobs in North America and the United Kingdom to cope with faltering global demand, a news report said Friday.

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Nippon Steel Cuts Production By Record Amount

January 23, 2009 5:15 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's biggest steelmaker is reducing steel production for the fiscal year through March by more than 4 million tons, the biggest drop since the company was set up in 1970.

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FDA: 31 Million Pounds Of Peanut Butter Recalled

January 23, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials say the salmonella recall now involves about 31 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste.

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Archer Daniels Midland Buys German Chocolate Maker

January 23, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

Food processor said Friday it agreed to acquire chocolate and cocoa powder producer Schokinag-Schokolade-Industrie Herrmann GmbH & Co.

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Bobcat Extends 6-Week Shutdown Of N.D. Plants

January 23, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

Construction equipment maker said laid off workers at two plants were expected back to work Feb. 2, but layoffs have now been extended two weeks.

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Germany's Qimonda Declares Bankruptcy

January 23, 2009 4:36 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Memory chip maker declared bankruptcy Friday, saying a rescue package of $421.98 million in loans last month was insufficient to keep it viable.

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Intel Reveals Factory Closure To Filipino Workers

January 23, 2009 4:35 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chipmaker said Friday 1,800 workers at its plant in the Philippines will lose their jobs when it closes this year as a part of global cost-cutting efforts.

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Samsung Posts First Quarterly Loss

January 23, 2009 4:27 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's largest manufacturer of flat screen televisions lost $14.4 million in the three months ending Dec. 31 as the global downturn hit prices and demand for mainstay products.

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EADS Won't Withdraw From A400M Contract

January 23, 2009 4:14 am | News | Comments

European defense and aerospace giant denied reports it might pull out of the military transport plane program, saying it is looking instead to renegotiate parts of the contract.

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Honda Quits Motorcycle Racing In Japan

January 23, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

As a part of cost-cutting and to focus on its core business of making and selling cars, Honda Motor is pulling its team out of a motorcycle race in Japan this year.

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