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Pilgrim International Restructures Management

May 27, 2008 10:35 am | News | Comments

Trailer and RV manufacturer announced several promotions to help streamline the development and implementation of new composite product launches.

Laird Technologies Donates To China Quake Relief Efforts

May 27, 2008 10:05 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Local employees in China contribute $35,000 in addition to a corporate donation of $100,000 to aid the recovery response to the recent earthquake in Chengdu.


Heinz To Cut Emissions 20 Percent By 2015

May 27, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

CEO Bill Johnson says Heinz is finding new ways to reduce its environmental impact, including using potato peels for energy and using smaller packaging.


Original Kazoo Co. Stays True To Name

May 27, 2008 6:20 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The same belt and pulley machines that stamped and shaped the world's first metal kazoos circa 1900 still stamp and shape kazoos today.


Toyota Donates $50M To Mississippi Education

May 27, 2008 6:10 am | by Dennis Seid, AP | News | Comments

Automaker wants the money to be used for enhancing school programs in counties close to its new manufacturing plant near Blue Springs.


Report: Canada Has More Workers In Stores Than Plants

May 27, 2008 6:10 am | by Julian Beltrame, CP | News | Comments

Manufacturing has gone from bad to worse, so much so that more people are now working in car dealerships, and at the local supermarket or department store than in factories and mills.


Illegal Immigration Response Is To Grow Crops In Mexico

May 27, 2008 6:03 am | by Jessica Bernstein-Wax, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Many U.S. growers, once based in California's Salinas Valley, are heading south to escape immigration headaches plus high land prices and water shortages.


South Koreans Protest U.S. Beef Deal

May 27, 2008 6:00 am | by Kwang-Tae Kim, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Thousands of protesters marched through Seoul protesting a U.S. beef import pact that has renewed fears of mad cow disease.


Consumer Confidence In Germany Drops

May 27, 2008 5:55 am | by David Rising, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Rocketing gasoline prices and other cost increases caused German consumers to worry about their purchasing power, according to a closely watched survey.


Report: Gaps In U.S. Port Security Program

May 27, 2008 5:54 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GAO reports finds port security has gaps that terrorists could exploit to smuggle weapons of mass destruction in cargo containers.


LG Electronics Watching GE's Appliance Business

May 27, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

South Korea's largest home appliance manufacturer’s CEO says his company is ‘watching very closely’ GE’s plans to sell or spin off its appliance business.


Toyota To Build 3rd Battery Plant

May 27, 2008 5:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is preparing to rev up production of hybrids, announcing Tuesday its third plant in Japan for producing batteries that are key components for the 'green' cars.


Vodafone CEO Resigns After Company’s Return To Profit

May 27, 2008 5:40 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World’s biggest mobile phone company by sales, announced the surprise resignation of chief executive Arun Sarin as it posted a return to full year net profit after a loss the previous year.


Aerospace Industry Seeks Solutions To Rising Oil Costs

May 27, 2008 5:30 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alternative fuels are expected to draw interest at the Berlin Air Show, given the cost of oil, which rose as high as $135 last week before retreating somewhat.


Oil Prices Hover Above $133 A Barrel

May 27, 2008 5:20 am | by George Jahn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Light, sweet crude for July delivery was up 98 cents from Friday at $133.17 a barrel on worries about global petroleum supplies and the outlook for the U.S. dollar.


Electrolux Closing Plant In Italy, 750 Jobs Cut

May 27, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Swedish appliance maker said it will cut 9.5 percent of its work force in Italy and close a plant in Scandicci to concentrate its production of refrigerators at its factory in Susegana.


American Axle Workers Return To Work

May 23, 2008 12:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Vote ends a bitter strike that lasted nearly three months, crippling GM's production of large sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.


Small Manufacturers: Managing Your Business In An Economic Downturn

May 23, 2008 8:40 am | by Paul Rauseo, Managing Director, The George S. May International Company | Articles | Comments

By Paul Rauseo, Managing Director, The George S. May International CompanyRecommended actions that manufacturing executives should take to handle concerns about today’s economic conditions and to prepare for the economic upswing that will inevitably follow.

Hardinge Announces Senior Management Change

May 23, 2008 6:35 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Machine tools manufacturer has elected Richard L. Simons to succeed resigned president and CEO, J. Patrick Ervin.

Report: Army Investigating Plane Parts Supplier

May 23, 2008 6:12 am | News | Comments

Airtech International suspected of supplying 'nonconforming products' to government contractors that build the C-17 and F-18 fighter jets and to commercial jet makers like Boeing.



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