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Parts Shortage Halts Production At Chrysler Plant

February 14, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

United Auto Workers union says an 'unanticipated parts shortage' has stopped production at Chrysler's assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

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WTO Tells China To Change Auto Tax Policy

February 14, 2008 4:33 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WTO panel ruled Beijing improperly taxes imported auto parts at the same rate as finished autos; China refused to comment on the decision.

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U.S. Probing Reactions To Chinese-Made Blood Thinner

February 14, 2008 4:30 am | News | Comments

U.S. health officials plan to inspect a Chinese factory that may be the source of problems with a blood thinner linked to allergic reactions and four deaths.

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West Pharma, Nektar Settle Over Exubera Costs

February 14, 2008 4:21 am | News | Comments

West Pharmaceutical Services will be reimbursed by Nektar Therapeutics for costs related to the suspension of manufacturing and parts assembly for the Exubera inhalable insulin device.

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Report: Poultry Company’s Safety Record Is False

February 14, 2008 4:20 am | News | Comments

According to former employees, House of Raeford denies injured workers' time off requests in order to avoid recording lost-time accidents, reports The Charlotte Observer.

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Nash, Nike Debut Shoe Made From Manufacturing Scraps

February 14, 2008 4:16 am | News | Comments

Nike and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash are releasing a new basketball shoe made with manufacturing scraps, called the Nike Trash Talk shoe.

FDA Inspects Watson Pharmaceuticals' Florida Plant

February 14, 2008 4:14 am | News | Comments

Facility has been subject to a new product hold by the FDA since 2005; regulators won't approve any new drugs that would be produced at the site until manufacturing problems there are solved.

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Good News: Retail Sales Rebound In January

February 13, 2008 11:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Shoppers put aside worries about the slumping economy to go to the malls and auto dealerships in January, propelling retail sales to a surprising rebound following a dismal December.

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Chocolate’s Dark Side: Regulators Probe Price Fixing Claims

February 13, 2008 11:20 am | by Janet Frankston Lorin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

In addition to U.S., Canadian and German government investigations, chocolate companies are facing lawsuits from a gaggle of plaintiffs.

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Sealing Technology for Packaging Processes

February 13, 2008 10:21 am | Events

Focusing on the various methods for applying heat to flexible and semi-rigid packaging in order to achieve quality seals, Sealing Technology for Packaging...

More Good News: Business Inventories Surge In December

February 13, 2008 7:34 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Dept. said businesses built up their stockpiles of merchandise in December at the fastest pace in 17 months, suggesting the economy may not have slowed as much as first thought.

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New Era Cap And Union Reach Contract Agreement

February 13, 2008 6:20 am | by Garry Mitchell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Cap supplier for Major League Baseball and the Teamsters union agree to a contract deal with workers at its Mobile plant after dispute over racial discrimination allegations.

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Delphi Bankruptcy Exit Plan In Jeopardy

February 13, 2008 6:17 am | News | Comments

Plan by auto parts supplier to exit bankruptcy by the end of next month is in trouble as it struggles to get $6.1 billion in loans in the tight credit market.

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'Crunch Time' For Nebraska Potato Chip Maker

February 13, 2008 6:13 am | News | Comments

Weaver's Potato Chips, a longtime Lincoln chip maker, has laid off 20 employees and is considering closing its plant.

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Diamond Foods Appoints New CFO

February 13, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

Nuts and snack food company names Steven M. Neil as its new chief financial and administrative officer, effective March 1.

Mississippi Furniture Plant Destroyed In Fire

February 13, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

More than half of American Furniture Manufacturing’s assembly plant in Ecru, Miss. is destroyed by a major blaze.

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Kaiser Aluminum Plans To Upgrade Three Plants

February 13, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Aluminum products maker will spend $14 million more to expand capacity, increase extrusion capabilities and improve energy efficiency at three U.S. plants.

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Embraer Reconfirms Plans To Deliver 200 Planes In 2008

February 13, 2008 5:38 am | by Aalan Clendenning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said it plans to deliver 195-200 planes in 2008; Asia-Pacific region will take 20-25 percent of the total aircraft Embraer will sell globally by 2012.

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Westport Innovations To Open Plant In Canada

February 13, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Maker of clean technology fuel systems will open a 20,000-square foot, $3-million assembly plant in B.C. for liquefied natural gas fuel systems and engine conversions.

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Toxic Gas Leak At Chemical Plant Forces Evacuations

February 13, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Alabama chemical plant leaked liquid phosphorus tricholride that formed a toxic gas cloud and left one worker injured and resulted in two school closures.

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