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Germany Approves Stimulus Package

November 5, 2008 4:17 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Stimulus package aimed at helping Europe's biggest economy weather the financial crisis, with measures including tax breaks on new cars and credit assistance for companies.

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Cessna CEO Warns Of Production Cuts, Layoffs

November 5, 2008 4:15 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Aircraft company’s plants to reduce its work force levels amid the global financial crisis, Cessna’s chairman and chief executive warned in an e-mail to employees Tuesday.

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Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen To Become Life Tech

November 4, 2008 7:55 pm | News | Comments

Scientific instrument makers will take the name Life Technologies Corp. after their tie-up is complete, the two companies said Wednesday.

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Election Day Rally On Wall Street

November 4, 2008 12:22 pm | by Sara Lepro, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Wall Street enjoyed a rally Tuesday, surging as investors brushed off weak economic data and looked forward to putting the uncertainty of the presidential voting behind them.

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Pfizer Asked To Reconsider Foreign Workers Plan

November 4, 2008 10:15 am | News | Comments

Connecticut lawmakers are asking Pfizer to reconsider plans to hire foreign workers to replace some local contractors at its campuses in New London and Groton.

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Analyst: Coca-Cola, Bottler Could Reach Deal Soon

November 4, 2008 9:57 am | News | Comments

Morgan Stanley analyst told investors that Coke and its biggest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises, are likely to form a supply-chain management company by the end of the year.

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Thor Industries' Sales Slide 43 Percent

November 4, 2008 9:40 am | News | Comments

Maker of recreational vehicles and buses said Tuesday its fiscal first-quarter sales tumbled 43 percent from last year as demand for recreational vehicles plunged.

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Avo Photonics Adds To Engineering Team

November 4, 2008 9:39 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Todd Rixman has joined the company as a Technical Engineering Manager, reporting to Dr. Tom Haslett, CTO.

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Pillsbury Launches First Brand Campaign In Years

November 4, 2008 8:59 am | News | Comments

General Mills launching first major brand campaign for Pillsbury in several years, hoping stressed consumers will connect with the soothing warmth of the brand's baked goods.

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EU Considering Loans For Auto Industry

November 4, 2008 8:40 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said EU nations will consider giving car makers loans to help them build more fuel-efficient vehicles as the region tightens emission standards.

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Navy Moves Forward With Combat Ship Contracts

November 4, 2008 8:10 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Navy is going ahead with plans to award combat ship contracts to Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. by early next year.

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Tektronix Lays Off 150

November 4, 2008 8:05 am | News | Comments

Oregon's high-tech giant Tektronix is laying off about 150 workers in the Beaverton area as it prepares for tougher times in 2009.

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Factory Orders Weaker Than Expected

November 4, 2008 7:22 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factory orders fell by 2.5 percent in September, much worse than the 0.7 percent economists expected, as businesses cut back amid the economic downturn, the government said.

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Getting Off On The Right Foot: How To Avoid Common Master Data Management False Starts

November 4, 2008 7:00 am | by Ravi Shankar, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Siperian Inc. | Articles | Comments

By Ravi Shankar, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Siperian Inc. Manufacturers wishing to start a master data management (MDM) project are urged to take a cautious approach as the first step in the journey can either define or doom the further evolution of the project.

Agriprocessors CEO ‘Optimistic’ On Investor Talks

November 4, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Head of the embattled meatpacking plant says he's optimistic that talks with investors interested in buying at least a share of the company could save it from a permanent shutdown.

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Schnitzer Steel CEO Steps Down

November 4, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of recycled steel and iron products said John D. Carter, current president and chief executive will become chairman and be replaced in both posts by Tamara L. Lundgren.

Skoda Auto Scales Back Production

November 4, 2008 5:03 am | News | Comments

Czech carmaker and unit of Germany's Volkswagen said it planned to cut production by another 18,000 cars as the global economic turmoil hits the auto industry.

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Taiwan, China Agree On Historic Trade Pact

November 4, 2008 4:50 am | by Debby Wu, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Setting aside decades of hostility, Taiwan and China agreed Tuesday to drastically expand flights and allow shipping links across the Taiwan Strait, a potential war zone hotspot.

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Apparel Maker Laying Off 120 Employees

November 4, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

Block Corp. will cut 120 employees -- about half of its work force -- starting Jan. 1, as it blames a poor retail market for the layoffs.

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German Car Sales Fall In October

November 4, 2008 4:41 am | News | Comments

Number of newly registered cars hitting German roads sank 8 percent as the financial crisis prompted customers to hold off major purchases, an auto industry group said.

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