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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.'


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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