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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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