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Auto, Machinery Sectors Weigh On January Midwest Manufacturing Activity

March 19, 2007 5:45 am | by Tom Granahan, Editor in Chief, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Midwest manufacturing activity took a breather in January, dragged lower by the auto and machinery sectors. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said Monday its Midwest Manufacturing Index fell 2.3 percent in January, to a seasonally adjusted level of 102.1, its lowest reading since October 2005. Revised data show

Praxair Posts February Sales Gains In All Regions

March 19, 2007 5:10 am | by Anita Lafond, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Specialty gas producer's sales growth due to higher volumes and higher pricing globally.

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Pepsi Bottling Building Vegas Manufacturing Facility

March 19, 2007 3:22 am | by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Pepsi will built a $101 million manufacturing and distribution facility in Las Vegas.

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China's Positive Policies Help IT Growth In Manufacturing Industry

March 19, 2007 3:09 am | by Anita LaFond, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Chinese government's favorable environment and investments are pushing adoption of IT applications, according to report from CCID Consulting.

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China’s Cabinet Gives The Green Light For Aircraft Project

March 19, 2007 2:45 am | News | Comments

Chinese company aims to have large aircraft in production by 2020.

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Hercules Offshore Purchases TODCO For $2.3 Billion

March 19, 2007 2:44 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Resulting company would have the world’s fourth largest jackup fleet.

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Chinese To Carlyle: Oh No You Don't

March 19, 2007 2:28 am | News | Comments

U.S. private equity firm agrees to buy minority stake, after earlier bid for majority share of Xugong Group Construction Machinery was rejected.

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Chemtura Ups Tin-Stabilizer Prices By 15 Percent In EAME

March 19, 2007 2:17 am | by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Cites sharp increase in tin-metal costs.

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Noble Buys Arcelor Mittal Unit For $285 Million

March 16, 2007 6:42 am | by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Noble International Ltd. announced Friday it has signed a $285 million deal to acquire the laser-welding operations of Arcelor Mittal.

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Autos And Energy Boost Industrial Production And Capacity Utilization

March 16, 2007 5:01 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

For February, industrial production was up 1 percent and capacity utilization was up 2.3 percent, according to the Federal Reserve.

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Northrop Grumman Receives $287 Million Air Force Contract

March 16, 2007 4:33 am | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corp. has received an Air Force contract valued at $287 million for unmanned aerial systems.

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Consumer Price Index Up Slightly In February

March 16, 2007 3:36 am | by Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten, Web Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted an increase of 0.5 percent for February.

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Caterpillar Officer To Assume New Responsibilities

March 16, 2007 2:34 am | by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Caterpillar has announced that Mark Pflederer will replace Rod Bussell as vice president for the Heavy Construction & Mining Products Division.

Ghosn Out As Head Of U.S. Market At Nissan; Company Also Cuts Japanese Production

March 16, 2007 2:03 am | News | Comments

Ghosn will continue as CEO of both Nissan and Renault; two factories in Japan expected to close.

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It's Safe ... Really

March 16, 2007 1:54 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Recent reports on aircraft-maintenance outsourcing have questioned its safety. Those in the industry, not surprisingly, disagree. The FAA is OK with it, so it must be fine, right? Read on - and enjoy your next flight.

Volvo Construction Investing $160 Million In Swedish Components Factory

March 16, 2007 1:15 am | by Tom Granahan, Editor in Chief, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Investment will stretch over three years.

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No Slowdown Yet In Chinese Factories, Real Estate

March 16, 2007 12:41 am | News | Comments

Investment in factories jumped by 23 percent in first two months of the year.

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Boeing Completes First Vertical Fin For New 787 Dreamliner

March 15, 2007 7:57 am | by Tom Granahan, Editor in Chief, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Boeing has more than 400 orders for the commerial airliner.

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Beware The Ides Of March ... Or Maybe The Next Six Months

March 15, 2007 6:30 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia shows manufacturing activity in the region unchanged from February, but future indicators for the next six months slip.

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