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Three Mississippi Plants Close

October 28, 2008 6:12 am | News | Comments

Jancor Companies Inc. shut down plants in Booneville, Olive Branch, and Macon, putting more than 300 people out of work.

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Washington May Bailout U.S. Automakers

October 28, 2008 6:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Momentum is building in Washington to aid wounded U.S. automakers with cash to help their finance arms and possibly even help seal a deal for GM to acquire Chrysler.

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Union: BFGoodrich Cutting Production For Now

October 28, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

BFGoodrich plans to temporarily cut production by nearly 40 percent at its Indiana tire plant, which could mean temporary layoffs for about 500 workers, said union officials.

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Intel Capital Investing $20M In Chinese Solar Venture

October 28, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Subsidiary of Intel Corp. announced its first ‘clean-tech’ initiative in China, a $20 million equity investment in one of China's biggest makers of solar energy and wind power equipment.

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Honda Cuts Vehicle Output In Britain

October 28, 2008 5:51 am | News | Comments

Japan's second-biggest automaker said Tuesday it would cut vehicle production by 10 percent in Britain due to faltering demand in Europe.

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Report: Canada's Auto-Parts Makers Need $1B In Loans

October 28, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Canada's auto-parts makers need up to $1 billion in immediate short-term loans to help them survive during the liquidity crisis, says an industry report.

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Fed Considering Another Rate Cut

October 28, 2008 5:44 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

It is all but certain the Fed will cut rates, the second time in this month alone, but the big question is just how low the Fed will go.

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U.S.: China Can't Fall Back On Protectionist Policies

October 28, 2008 5:36 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

While the risk of China resorting to protectionist policies rises during difficult times, it could create problems and possible backlashes in other countries, a U.S. trade official said.

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Tax Rebate To Benefit Caribbean Rum Makers

October 28, 2008 5:35 am | by Mike Melia, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Rum producers in U.S. Caribbean territories will see some benefits from a tax rebate that was widely defended earlier this month as a measure to help island governments.

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AMD Sells TV Chip-Making Unit To Broadcom

October 28, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Advanced Micro Devices said Tuesday it had completed the sale of its unit that makes chips for digital TV sets to fellow chip maker Broadcom for a reduced price of $141.5 million in cash.

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OPEC: Falling Oil Prices Creates 'Crisis'

October 28, 2008 5:24 am | by Jane Wardell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil producers warned low oil prices have created a crisis situation threatening key investment in production, pushing them to seek moderate price increases by cutting output.

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Denmark’s LM Glasfiber Opens Arkansas Blade Plant

October 28, 2008 5:20 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Windmill blade maker plans an opening of its new $150 million main factory on Tuesday, the focus of a $150 million investment in its Little Rock, Ark., operation.

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Boeing, Engineers Contract Talks Make Progress

October 28, 2008 5:18 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Plane maker's contract talks with its engineers' union will move into high gear his week, and may get a boost from a tentative settlement with the Machinists union.

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Canada Eyes GM’s U.S. Aid Request To Buy Chrysler

October 27, 2008 11:20 pm | News | Comments

Ontario is keeping a close watch on an apparent request by General Motors for a $10-billion rescue package from the U.S. government to aid in its purchase of Chrysler.

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Tax Credits To Cut Plug-In Electric Cars' Price Tags

October 27, 2008 1:20 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Plug-in electric vehicles from GM and Toyota are not expected to hit showrooms for more than a year, but the first buyers will be eligible for a tax credit that could reach $7,500.

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Virginia Shipyard, Union Reach Agreement

October 27, 2008 10:37 am | News | Comments

Leaders of the union representing 8,000 hourly workers at the Newport News shipyard say they have tentatively agreed on a contract.

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'Excessive' Melamine Found In Chinese Eggs

October 27, 2008 10:32 am | by Min Lee, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chinese eggs have been found with excessive amounts of the industrial chemical melamine that may be traced to fertilizer fed to chickens that laid the eggs.

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China's Premier Promises Safer Food Exports

October 27, 2008 10:28 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Premier Wen Jiabao said China will take steps to improve its food safety, claiming that tainted milk products that sickened thousands of children was a failure of regulation.

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Pfizer Manufacturing Facility Wins Award

October 27, 2008 9:15 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical company’s new containment facility in Germany won the Facility of the Year Award from the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

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Toyota's Global Sales Tumble

October 27, 2008 8:33 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker's global sales in the July-September quarter were down 4 percent, falling for the first time in seven years, due to faltering demand in the U.S.

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