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Poll: U.S. Is In The Grips Of A Recession

February 11, 2008 4:54 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Sixty-one percent of the public believes the economy is now suffering through its first recession since 2001, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.

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Mars, Nestle Suspected Of Price-Fixing

February 11, 2008 4:48 am | News | Comments

German Federal Cartel Office raided the offices of seven candy and chocolate makers amid allegations of a conspiracy to fix prices.

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Hundreds May Relocate For GM Jobs

February 11, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

About 400 people who worked at Indiana plant before it closed last year are eligible for positions at other GM factories, such as a Kansas assembly plant that has 300 openings.

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Maker Of Latex-Free Surgical Gloves Goes Under

February 11, 2008 4:41 am | News | Comments

ECI Medical Technologies had 50 employees last fall with a payroll of more than $1.4 million, but only had eight employees when it closed its doors last Thursday.

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Dust Caused Deadly Georgia Sugar Refinery Blast

February 11, 2008 4:36 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Volatile dust was blamed in an explosion that leveled an Imperial Sugar's Dixie Crystals refinery, killing six.

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Nokia Begins Production In Romania

February 11, 2008 4:30 am | by Lucia Stana Seveanu, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Mobile phone maker opens a factory in low-cost Romania, while 4,000 workers from a plant in Germany protest over plans to close it down.

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Georgia Frozen Food Plant To Close

February 11, 2008 4:25 am | News | Comments

Cincinnati-based Pierre Foods Incorporated is shuttering its Cedartown, Georgia, frozen food plant; 153 employees affected.

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Manufactured Home Plant Destroyed By Fire

February 11, 2008 4:18 am | News | Comments

No workers were present when the fire began early Friday at the Champion Enterprises factory; facility is a total loss.

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Xerium Chief Exec Resigns

February 11, 2008 4:13 am | News | Comments

Thomas Gutierrez resigned from the textile belt and machine cover maker and will be replaced by Stephen R. Light.

How An Innovation Strategy Leads To SMMs Advances And Growth In The Global Marketplace

February 8, 2008 10:22 am | by Tom Murphy, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution, RSM McGladrey Inc. | Articles | Comments

By Tom Murphy, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution, RSM McGladrey Inc.Faced with mounting evidence of an economic slowdown and strained credit market conditions, it is important now more than ever for small and midsized manufacturers (SMMs) to maintain growth rates and remain globally competitive with continuous improvement.

Dealer Says Chrysler To Cut Models, Dealerships

February 8, 2008 7:01 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker plans to significantly reduce its product lineup and number of dealerships as it rolls out a new corporate initiative, a Chrysler dealer in Texas said Friday.

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Freescale Semiconductor CEO To Resign

February 8, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Chip maker said CEO Michael Mayer plans to resign, but will continue in his position until the company finds a successor.

Sensata Outsources Manufacturing Jobs To Mexico

February 8, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Cambridge, Md.-based Sensata Technologies Power Controls will move its manufacturing to Mexico, resulting in the loss of 50 jobs.

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Analysts Predict Downturn In Luxury Vehicle Sales

February 8, 2008 5:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Despite introducing new vehicles, some automakers and analysts predict luxury sales will fall this year as the U.S. economic woes put a pinch on high-end buyers.

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Cree To Buy LED Lighting Fixtures

February 8, 2008 5:29 am | News | Comments

Chip maker agreed to pay up to $103.4 million to acquire privately-held LED Lighting to expand its efficient-lighting business.

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Study: Popular Baby Bottles Contain Unsafe Chemical

February 8, 2008 5:25 am | by Michael Oliveira, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canadian study of Avent, Gerber and Playtex bottles found ''very significant'' levels of bisphenol A — a controversial chemical linked to various health hazards.

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Philips Lighting To Close Wisconsin Components Plant

February 8, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

Company plans to close its Advance Transformer magnetic ballast plant in Boscobel, Wis. with layoffs of 188 workers expected.

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Schwan Food CEO To Leave Immediately

February 8, 2008 4:53 am | News | Comments

Frozen food purveyor said President and Chief Executive Lenny Pippin will leave the company immediately; no reason given for his departure.

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Japan: Tainted Food Possibly Began At China Plant

February 8, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary says investigators of the pesticide-laced Chinese dumplings are considering various possibilities for the contamination.

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German Roadster Coming To America

February 8, 2008 4:49 am | News | Comments

Automaker Funke & Will AG will sell its two-door Yes! Roadster in North America for the first time starting this summer; standard Roadster 3.2 starts at $77,995.

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