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GM Accelerates Truck Production Cuts

May 28, 2008 5:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Due to slow sales of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, automaker will cut one shift at its two Michigan assembly plants when production resumes.

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Sanyo, VW To Make Lithium-Ion Batteries

May 28, 2008 5:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker and Volkswagen will develop batteries for hybrid vehicles as global automakers race to develop more environmentally friendly technology.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls To 16-Year Low

May 27, 2008 12:50 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Soaring gas prices and weakening job prospects made shoppers gloomier about the economy in May, driving down a key barometer.

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AeroGrow Appoints New CFO

May 27, 2008 12:05 pm | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Makers of the AeroGarden line of indoor gardening products announced that Greg Clarke replaced previous CFO, Mitchell Rubin, who has left the company to pursue other interests.

EU Warns Of Rising Beef Prices

May 27, 2008 11:55 am | News | Comments

European Union introduced stricter import rules earlier this year, which limited the number of Brazilian farms that met EU animal health standards and could export to Europe.

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Private Equity Firms Mull Chemtura Acquisition

May 27, 2008 11:50 am | News | Comments

Blackstone Group and Apollo Management are considering acquiring the Middlebury-based manufacturer of plastic additives and flame-retardant materials.

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Canada Approves Draxis Health Acquisition

May 27, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

Quebec Superior Court has approved the $255-million friendly takeover of Draxis Health by India's Jubilant Organosys.

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EU Opposes WTO’s Leniency Towards China

May 27, 2008 11:35 am | News | Comments

European Union's top trade official said Tuesday he would 'push back hard' against a global trade deal that would give China more time to shield its economy from foreign imports.

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J.R. Simplot Co. To Remain Unchanged

May 27, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

After the death of its founder, the J.R. Simplot Co., best known for providing McDonald’s with its frozen French fries, will continue as a family owned agricultural company, said his son.

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Report: Globalization Stalled By Transportation Costs

May 27, 2008 10:50 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Economists say the cost of moving goods -- particularly heavy materials such as steel -- not the burden of tariffs, is the largest barrier to global trade today.

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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 Manufactuting.net 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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