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NAM Wants Lower Corporate Capital Gains Tax

February 5, 2008 4:47 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Industry group promoting tax cut as a way to both help make U.S. companies more competitive and boost the economy overall; economists say long-term effects would be limited.


New Mexico Expands Santa Teresa Foreign Trade Zone

February 5, 2008 4:44 am | News | Comments

Expanded Santa Teresa zone includes about 1,200 acres along the New Mexico-Mexico border, with about 2.3 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution facilities.


Mitsubishi Closing Australian Plant, Shedding 930 Jobs

February 5, 2008 4:39 am | News | Comments

Decision was forced on the company by a series of issues, including accumulated losses of more than $1.36 billion over the past 10 years, Mitsubishi Australia President said.


Toyota Sees 4Q Profits Jump

February 5, 2008 4:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's October-December profit rose 7.5 percent from the previous year as booming sales in China, Africa and South America offset declining U.S. sales and a stronger yen.


Cambodian Garment Industry Unraveling

February 5, 2008 4:22 am | News | Comments

Country's top export sector by value expects to see a decline of orders from American retailers amid fear of a slowdown in the U.S. economy.


Strike Halts Production At Volvo Va. Plant

February 5, 2008 4:20 am | News | Comments

Workers from Volvo’s Dublin truck plant went on strike February 1 after the union’s bargaining committee failed to reach a contract agreement with the company.


Poll: Canadians Want India's $2,500 Car

February 4, 2008 6:25 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey says Canadians have taken a keen interest in India’s Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car.


U.S. Factories See Orders Rise In December

February 4, 2008 5:40 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department reports that orders placed with U.S. factories rose by 2.3 percent in December and marked the biggest increase since July.


DuPont Buys Chemtura’s Fluorochemicals Business

February 4, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemical maker sells its Fluorochemicals business and related production facility to DuPont in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed sum.


Russian, Chinese Aluminum Producers In Partnership

February 4, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Russia's UC Rusal will build aluminum complexes in Guinea and China in partnership with China Power Investment Corp.


Japan's Takeda, U.S.'s Amgen Reach Deal

February 4, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Takeda Pharmaceutical will pay up to 1.18 billion and royalties for access to Amgen’s new drugs and the company’s Japanese unit.


Study: Chemicals In Baby Items Pose Health Risks

February 4, 2008 5:16 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals, called phthalates, that have been linked with possible reproductive problems.


Plane Manufacturer Owes City For Lack Of Jobs

February 4, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Pueblo, Colorado, wants to reclaim $2.37 million in incentives given to Adam Aircraft, which fell short of promises to provide 448 local jobs for seven years or pay for any shortfalls.


Harsco Wins ArcelorMittal Mill Services Contract

February 4, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Industrial services and engineered products provider received a nine-year contract from ArcelorMittal expected to generate more than $100 million over its term.


Supplier Bankruptcy Forces Chrysler Plant Closures

February 4, 2008 5:11 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker plans to close four assembly plants temporarily due to the bankruptcy protection filing of Plastech Engineered Products, one of its plastic parts suppliers.


Survey: German Exports Led By Manufactured Goods

February 4, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

Germany remains the world's No. 1 exporter on the strength of demand abroad for everything from automobiles and washing machines to industrial equipment.


Kentucky Bourbon Production Plant Reopens

February 4, 2008 5:00 am | by Keith Lawrence | News | Comments

After a $10 million renovation, Angostura Limited is reopening a distilling plant in Owensboro, Ky., creating 30 to 40 new jobs.


Saputo Cutting String Cheese Manufacturing

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

Canadian-based Saputo Inc. will stop making string cheese at its manufacturing plant in Waldo, Wisconsin, which could mean layoffs or job transfers for the plant's 99 employees.


World Bank Lowers China Growth Forecast

February 4, 2008 4:36 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Economists slashed forecasts for China's fast-growing economy amid worries that a U.S. recession could cut American imports and hurt other Chinese markets.


Ameron COO Wagner Becoming CEO

February 4, 2008 4:33 am | News | Comments

Pipeline manufacturer's Chief Operating Officer Gary Wagner has taken over the role of president from Chief Executive James Marlen.


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