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Bridgestone, Trelleborg: Charged With Price-Fixing By EU

May 2, 2008 6:35 am | by Aoife White AP Business Writer | News | Comments

EU regulators have charged Bridgestone and Trelleborg AB with breaking antitrust rules -- a move that can lead to large fines -- the companies said Friday.


Overhead Door Closing Pennsylvania Plant

May 2, 2008 6:21 am | News | Comments

Company will close its Lewistown sectional plant by mid-December, moving production to its Williamsport facility; plant closure will affect 85 employees.


Bankruptcy Judge Approves Financing For Plastech

May 2, 2008 6:20 am | News | Comments

Federal bankruptcy judge has approved financing that allows struggling auto parts maker to keep operating through Aug. 31.


U.S. Jobless Rate Falls In April

May 2, 2008 6:14 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Employers cut fewer jobs in April than in recent months and the unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent, but nonetheless still revealed strains in the nation's crucial labor market.


GM: We Need Affordable Electric Cars

May 2, 2008 6:08 am | News | Comments

Chief Executive Richard Wagoner says global warming is not going to be solved with $100,000 electric cars, and his company is focusing on a vehicle more consumers can afford.


Ford, CAW Reach New Labor Deal

May 2, 2008 6:05 am | by Colin Perkel, CP | News | Comments

In an unprecedented move toward ensuring stability in a volatile industry, Ford and the Canadian Auto Workers reached a three-year tentative agreement, four months ahead of schedule.


South Korea Says U.S. Beef Imports Safe

May 2, 2008 6:02 am | News | Comments

Agriculture minister went on national television to assure citizens of the safety of U.S. beef after the government agreed last month to resume imports following a lengthy ban.


Chinese Food Exports To Japan Plunge

May 2, 2008 5:51 am | News | Comments

Food exports to Japan, a key market, dropped 30 percent in February, hurt by a scare over poisoned Chinese-made dumplings.


Steel Plant To Use Temps During Strike

May 2, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Officials with Latrobe Specialty Steel say they'll use temporary workers to continue production while 350 union steelworkers are on strike.


American Axle, UAW Close To Contract Deal

May 2, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Striking workers at American Axle said they have been told the union and the auto parts supplier are close to a deal that could end a two-month strike.


Water Safety Company Shedding 166 Jobs

May 2, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Stearns Incorporated says it will close its Grey Eagle manufacturing plant and cut manufacturing jobs in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.


Quebecor World Eliminating 670 Jobs

May 2, 2008 5:24 am | by Ross Marowits, CP | News | Comments

Struggling commercial printer announced plans Thursday to shed hundreds of jobs as part of its ongoing three-year restructuring.


Autodesk Buying Industrial Software Company

May 2, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Computer-aided design software company will buy industrial software company Moldflow Corp. for $22 per share in cash.


Farmers: Ethanol Not To Blame For High Food Prices

May 1, 2008 12:45 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ethanol producers and farmers defended their good fortune in the nation’s capital, where lawmakers are blaming a corn-for-fuel policy for soaring food prices.


Cargill Says It Won't Rebuild Arkansas Plant

May 1, 2008 12:25 pm | by Jill Zeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Food company will not rebuild its Booneville meat plant destroyed in a March explosion, despite economic incentive offers from the state and city.


Hornby Buying Toy Vehicle Maker

May 1, 2008 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Model train maker is expanding its range of toy models by acquiring Corgi Classics in a $14.8 million deal.


UAW Ends Strike At Alliance Interiors

May 1, 2008 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Strike that lasted 16 days at an Alliance Interiors plant near Lansing ended Thursday with workers approving their first labor contract.


Toyota's Sales Edge Up While GM, Ford Drop

May 1, 2008 12:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM and Ford saw double-digit U.S. sales declines but Toyota's sales rose 3 percent in April as high gas prices accelerated consumers' rush away from trucks and sport utility vehicles.


U.S. Manufacturing Limps Along In April

May 1, 2008 7:07 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Sector’s recession continues, with both new orders and production declining, though the weak dollar provides hope in the form of export orders.


Company Moving 80 Jobs From Mexico To Iowa

May 1, 2008 7:05 am | News | Comments

Tech Group Industries, a manufacturer of electrical devices for cars, appliance and cell phones, plans to move 80 jobs from Mexico to North Liberty, Iowa.



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