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Auto, Machinery Sectors Weigh On January Midwest Manufacturing Activity

March 19, 2007 5:45 am | by Tom Granahan, Editor in Chief, | Articles | Comments

Midwest manufacturing activity took a breather in January, dragged lower by the auto and machinery sectors. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said Monday its Midwest Manufacturing Index fell 2.3 percent in January, to a seasonally adjusted level of 102.1, its lowest reading since October 2005. Revised data show

Praxair Posts February Sales Gains In All Regions

March 19, 2007 5:10 am | by Anita Lafond, News Editor, | News | Comments

Specialty gas producer's sales growth due to higher volumes and higher pricing globally.


Pepsi Bottling Building Vegas Manufacturing Facility

March 19, 2007 3:22 am | by Staff | News | Comments

Pepsi will built a $101 million manufacturing and distribution facility in Las Vegas.


China's Positive Policies Help IT Growth In Manufacturing Industry

March 19, 2007 3:09 am | by Anita LaFond, News Editor, | News | Comments

Chinese government's favorable environment and investments are pushing adoption of IT applications, according to report from CCID Consulting.


China’s Cabinet Gives The Green Light For Aircraft Project

March 19, 2007 2:45 am | News | Comments

Chinese company aims to have large aircraft in production by 2020.


Hercules Offshore Purchases TODCO For $2.3 Billion

March 19, 2007 2:44 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, | News | Comments

Resulting company would have the world’s fourth largest jackup fleet.


Chinese To Carlyle: Oh No You Don't

March 19, 2007 2:28 am | News | Comments

U.S. private equity firm agrees to buy minority stake, after earlier bid for majority share of Xugong Group Construction Machinery was rejected.


Chemtura Ups Tin-Stabilizer Prices By 15 Percent In EAME

March 19, 2007 2:17 am | by Staff | News | Comments

Cites sharp increase in tin-metal costs.


Noble Buys Arcelor Mittal Unit For $285 Million

March 16, 2007 6:42 am | by Staff | News | Comments

Noble International Ltd. announced Friday it has signed a $285 million deal to acquire the laser-welding operations of Arcelor Mittal.


Autos And Energy Boost Industrial Production And Capacity Utilization

March 16, 2007 5:01 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, | News | Comments

For February, industrial production was up 1 percent and capacity utilization was up 2.3 percent, according to the Federal Reserve.


Northrop Grumman Receives $287 Million Air Force Contract

March 16, 2007 4:33 am | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corp. has received an Air Force contract valued at $287 million for unmanned aerial systems.


Consumer Price Index Up Slightly In February

March 16, 2007 3:36 am | by Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten, Web Editor, | News | Comments

Data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted an increase of 0.5 percent for February.


Caterpillar Officer To Assume New Responsibilities

March 16, 2007 2:34 am | by Staff | News | Comments

Caterpillar has announced that Mark Pflederer will replace Rod Bussell as vice president for the Heavy Construction & Mining Products Division.

Ghosn Out As Head Of U.S. Market At Nissan; Company Also Cuts Japanese Production

March 16, 2007 2:03 am | News | Comments

Ghosn will continue as CEO of both Nissan and Renault; two factories in Japan expected to close.


It's Safe ... Really

March 16, 2007 1:54 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, | Articles | Comments

Recent reports on aircraft-maintenance outsourcing have questioned its safety. Those in the industry, not surprisingly, disagree. The FAA is OK with it, so it must be fine, right? Read on - and enjoy your next flight.

Volvo Construction Investing $160 Million In Swedish Components Factory

March 16, 2007 1:15 am | by Tom Granahan, Editor in Chief, | News | Comments

Investment will stretch over three years.


No Slowdown Yet In Chinese Factories, Real Estate

March 16, 2007 12:41 am | News | Comments

Investment in factories jumped by 23 percent in first two months of the year.


Boeing Completes First Vertical Fin For New 787 Dreamliner

March 15, 2007 7:57 am | by Tom Granahan, Editor in Chief, | News | Comments

Boeing has more than 400 orders for the commerial airliner.


Beware The Ides Of March ... Or Maybe The Next Six Months

March 15, 2007 6:30 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter, | News | Comments

Survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia shows manufacturing activity in the region unchanged from February, but future indicators for the next six months slip.



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