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Ford Owners Warned About Recalled Vehicles

September 9, 2008 10:45 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government is urging owners of 5 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring them to dealerships to repair a cruise control switch system that has been tied to engine fires.

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Improve Profitability With Real-Time Tracking Of True Labor Costs

September 9, 2008 8:35 am | by Kevin Prouty, Senior Director Manufacturing Solutions, Motorola | Articles | Comments

By Kevin Prouty, Senior Director Manufacturing Solutions, Motorola Tracking labor costs can be a very complex, time consuming and costly effort, but virtually every manufacturer already has the foundation in place today to support real-time labor tracking: their existing T&A and ERP systems.

Norway Fund Blacklists Rio Tinto

September 9, 2008 7:10 am | by Bjorn H. Amland, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Finance Ministry has barred investments in the Anglo-Australian mining company because of concerns over environmental damage at a mine in Indonesia.

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International Paper Cuts Production, Jobs

September 9, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Company said Tuesday it will shut down a paper machine producing about 430,000 tons of containerboard annually for corrugated packaging, resulting in about 60 layoffs.

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Spirit AeroSystems Scales Back Boeing Work

September 9, 2008 6:54 am | News | Comments

Company says it will cut production on some Boeing products in response to the machinists strike at the airplane manufacturer.

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Jeff DeGrange Joins Stratasys

September 9, 2008 6:30 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping system maker has appointed former Boeing exec to Vice President, New Business Development in Direct Digital Manufacturing.

GM To Debut 7-Passenger Concept At Paris Show

September 9, 2008 6:23 am | News | Comments

Automaker will unveil the car-based concept vehicle at the Paris Motor show in October, as it seeks to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient, higher capacity vehicles.

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Comerford Named Haynes President, CEO

September 9, 2008 6:09 am | News | Comments

Alloy maker Haynes International Inc. named Mark M. Comerford as its new president and chief executive to replace the retiring Francis Petro.

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Brunswick CFO Leaves Company

September 9, 2008 6:06 am | News | Comments

Boat maker said Monday its Chief Financial Officer Peter G. Leemputte left to take a job at another company.

Employment-Based Health Benefits Stabilized In '07

September 9, 2008 6:05 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Smaller increases in health insurance costs helped give U.S. workers and their families a dose of stability last year, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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Airbus Seeks To Cut Costs

September 9, 2008 6:00 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As part of parent company EADS' plan to seek an additional $1.42 billion in savings starting in 2010, Airbus presented new cost-cutting measures to unions Tuesday.

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Ford CEO: Efforts To Regain Profits Going Well

September 9, 2008 5:50 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief Executive Alan Mulally said automaker's financial position and product development efforts are helping it face a slumping market at home and a slowing one abroad.

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Judge Favors Ports' Clean Truck Program

September 9, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Federal judge indicated she will reject the American Trucking Associations' attempt to block a clean air program that bans older trucks from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Iowa Tannery Considers Moving To Mexico

September 9, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Eagle Ottawa officials say they'll decide by the end of the month whether their automotive hide processing business that employs 108 people will leave Waterloo.

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Muslims Protest Accommodations At Swift Plant

September 9, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

About 150 people protest meatpacking plant JBS Swift & Co.'s accommodations for workers fasting during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.

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Australian Company Recalls Toxic Chinese Uniforms

September 9, 2008 5:38 am | News | Comments

Government-owned energy company recalled 14,000 Chinese-made uniforms after tests revealed high levels of chemicals were causing skin irritations among employees.

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Rising Costs Force Chemtura To Increase Prices

September 9, 2008 5:31 am | News | Comments

Chemtura Corp., buffeted by rising costs of raw materials, energy and transportation, is again increasing prices.

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RIM Tops Smartphone Market

September 9, 2008 5:30 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Research in Motion, maker of the wildly popular BlackBerry wireless device, held 53.6 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in 2Q, up from 44.5 percent in 1Q.

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Reynolds American Cutting 570 Jobs

September 9, 2008 5:26 am | News | Comments

Company and its subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. cutting about 10 percent of their American work force as it restructures its portfolio.

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Foodmakers Spending Big On Ad Campaigns

September 9, 2008 5:15 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shift to increase advertising comes as consumers worried about rising costs eat at home more and shop with budgets in mind -- a trend that leads them to generic brands.

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