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Mercury Marine To Halt Production, Lay Off 60

July 28, 2008 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Slow boat sales and the poor economy have forced boat engine maker to cut 60 jobs and temporarily shut down production in Fond du Lac, Wis.


Imperial Sugar CEO: OSHA Ignores Dust Hazards

July 28, 2008 12:50 pm | by Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

'I think the facts will show there was a poor understanding of the hazards of combustible dust throughout the industry, as well as within OSHA itself,' said John Sheptor.


White House Lowers Economic Growth Forecast

July 28, 2008 12:20 pm | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Under the Bush administration's new forecasts, gross domestic product is estimated to grow by only 1.6 percent this year, down from a 2.7 percent growth projection made in February.


GM Increases SUV, Truck Production Cuts

July 28, 2008 11:50 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors said Monday it will cut production by another 117,000 vehicles, citing continued weakness in consumer demand for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.


B/E Aerospace Buys Honeywell's Consumables Solutions Unit

July 28, 2008 11:40 am | Articles | Comments

Wellington, Fla.-based company said it will combine Honeywell’s Consumables Solutions unit with its own distribution business.


Lockheed Martin Buys Aculight

July 28, 2008 11:30 am | News | Comments

Privately-held maker of laser-based systems for defense and aerospace companies, bought by Lockheed to strengthen its offerings in guided munitions, airborne self-protection and advanced sensors.


Furniture Supplier Bringing Jobs To N.C.

July 28, 2008 11:00 am | News | Comments

Kellex Corp. is opening a manufacturing facility in Valdese, N.C., with plans to create 50 jobs over the next three years.


Report: Motorola Restructuring Home, Networks Unit

July 28, 2008 11:00 am | News | Comments

Company will restructure its home and networks mobility unit into three separate businesses the company said Monday.


Caterpillar Rebuilds Mississippi Plant

July 28, 2008 10:55 am | News | Comments

Less than six months after the facility was struck by a tornado, Caterpillar has rebuilt a Mississippi plant that makes parts for the company’s machinery.


Coca-Cola Enterprises Selects New North America Head

July 28, 2008 10:50 am | News | Comments

Bottler for Coca-Cola beverages said Monday it appointed Steve Cahillane as the new president of its North American business division.

Xoma CFO Leaving Company

July 28, 2008 10:45 am | News | Comments

Biotechnology company said Monday its chief financial officer and vice president of finance, J. David Boyle II, resigned to take a position at another company.

Ford Of Canada Fined For Industrial Accident

July 28, 2008 10:35 am | News | Comments

Canadian arm of Ford Motor Co. has been fined $175,000 for an industrial accident in September 2006 at its facility in Oakville, Ontario.


Food Industry Mergers, Acquisitions On The Rise

July 28, 2008 9:05 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Despite credit turmoil, mergers and acquisitions in the food industry are increasing as a result of the weakened U.S. dollar attracting more foreign buyers, according to research conducted by Grant Thornton Corporate Finance.


Eclipse Aviation Founder, CEO Resigns

July 28, 2008 8:10 am | News | Comments

Founder Vern Raburn is stepping down as the very light jet manufacturer's chief executive officer.

Epix Pharmaceuticals CEO Resigns

July 28, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Biotechnology company said Monday that Chief Executive Dr. Michael G. Kauffman resigned to pursue other interests.

Engineer Designs Electric Car Kit

July 28, 2008 6:50 am | by Kirsti Marohn, AP Writer | News | Comments

Lee Hart, a battery engineer, has been working on a design for an electric car he hopes can be copied and built by average people.


Unilever Sells N.A. Detergents Business

July 28, 2008 6:30 am | by Toby Sterling, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anglo-Dutch company said Monday it has agreed to sell its North American laundry detergents business to a private equity investor for $1.45 billion.


Oregon Bioscience Industry Struggles To Grow

July 28, 2008 6:25 am | by Bennett Hall, AP Writer | News | Comments

Shortage of qualified workers, limited access to capital and lack of space hinder the state’s bioscience industry, but organizing efforts are helping address the challenges holding it back.


Airbus Gets $13B Order From Emirates

July 28, 2008 6:10 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Emirates Airlines took delivery Monday of the first of 58 Airbus A380 superjumbo planes it has ordered and said it had signed a deal to buy 60 more aircraft.


U.S. Criticizes China, India On Trade Talks

July 28, 2008 6:00 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. trade official criticized India for rejecting the package laid out by WTO chief Pascal Lamy, and China for backing out of terms it committed to last week.



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