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Fuel Cell Vehicles Visit Nissan Plant

August 19, 2008 5:50 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Nissan and several other fuel-cell vehicle manufacturers made a stop in Smyrna, Tenn., during a cross-country trip to showcase the environmentally-friendly FCVs.

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Dodge Challenger, PT Cruiser Creator Retires

August 19, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Chrysler says the design chief responsible for the success of the Dodge Challenger, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Viper and Dodge Ram is retiring at month's end.

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GM To Offer Employee Pricing

August 19, 2008 5:33 am | News | Comments

General Motors to announce Tuesday it is offering employee pricing to everyone as it tries to clear out its remaining inventory of 2008 vehicles.

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Survey: Car Buyers' Satisfaction With U.S. Brands Falls

August 19, 2008 5:24 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. car buyers are growing less satisfied with their purchases from domestic automakers while their Asian and European competitors continue to improve.

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Report: Mexican Peppers Problematic Before Outbreak

August 19, 2008 5:20 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Associated Press analysis of FDA records found that peppers and chilies were consistently the top Mexican crop rejected by border inspectors for the last year.

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Japan To Take Cell Phone Technology Overseas

August 19, 2008 5:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nation will start an aggressive push to market abroad its mobile technology, especially the nation's popular 'wallet phone,' a government official said.

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California Rejects Chemical Ban In Baby Products

August 19, 2008 5:10 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers rejected restrictions on a chemical used in baby bottles and canned formula despite safety concerns that led retailers to remove the products.

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Defect Suspected In iPod Overheating

August 19, 2008 5:03 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan is investigating a possible battery defect in the popular iPod Nano music player after reports that two overheated in Tokyo, a government official said.

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German Investor Confidence Rises Unexpectedly

August 19, 2008 5:00 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Investor confidence recovered from a 16-year low, rising by 8.4 points in August as fears of an economic downturn in Europe's biggest economy appeared to ease.

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GE Expects China Business To Double

August 18, 2008 1:31 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric expects its business in China to reach $10 billion a year by 2010, driven by China's efforts to improve energy efficiency and clean up its environment.

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Myers Consolidation To Cost Up To $28M

August 18, 2008 11:40 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of polymer products for industrial, commercial and consumer markets, said Monday that it will take charges of up to $28 million as it cuts costs.

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Plant Where Obama Spoke Reducing Work Week

August 18, 2008 11:30 am | News | Comments

Three months after Democratic presidential candidate spoke at Thorngate, maker of high-end men’s clothing, the plant is reducing its work week to three days.

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Delphi To Cut 600 Jobs

August 18, 2008 11:16 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company's electronics and safety division will lay off about 600 of its 3,200 U.S. salaried workers, blaming a steep drop in automaker demand for its components.

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Mechel Upgrades Mill In Romania

August 18, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Russian mining and metals company has launched a medium-section mill in Romania following renovations, the company said Monday.

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Beef Jerky Means Jobs For New Mexico

August 18, 2008 11:11 am | News | Comments

Fat Man Beef Jerky Company plans to open a production plant with federal grant money that will employ 20 workers.

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Jobs Slip In N.J. Pharmaceuticals

August 18, 2008 11:07 am | News | Comments

Layoffs and restructurings are taking a toll on drug and medical technology companies in New Jersey, one of the state's most important industries.

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MAPI: Latin American Manufacturing Strong In '08

August 18, 2008 6:16 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Latin American-based manufacturers will increase output this year and in 2009, maintaining their earlier momentum, according to a report by the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.

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Mobile Freezers Helping Farmers Preserve Crops

August 18, 2008 6:10 am | by Lisa Rathke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Quick-freeze trailer in Vermont among the first in the nation designed to process and freeze vegetables at the farm, providing produce to customers throughout the year.

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Lumber Mill Finds New Use For Sawdust Waste

August 18, 2008 5:30 am | by Russ Corey, AP Writer | News | Comments

Hassell and Hughes Lumber Co., is taking advantage of the popularity of wood pellet stoves in New England by producing the pellets from the sawdust created in its flooring mill.

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Chemical Weapon Depots To Become Weapon-Less

August 18, 2008 5:20 am | by Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas that once housed some of the Army's deadliest weapons now manufactures nonlethal ordnance.

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