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German Auto Supplier To Open Plant In Alabama

April 4, 2008 6:45 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Stankiewicz International will open a manufacturing plant in Vance, Ala., creating more than 180 new jobs over the next three years.

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Manufacturer Voluntarily Recalls Water Heaters

April 4, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

A.O. Smith Water Products announced a voluntary recall of natural and propane gas water heaters due to fire and carbon monoxide hazards.

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Motorola Lays Off Another 2,600 Workers

April 4, 2008 6:18 am | News | Comments

Additional layoffs bring the beleaguered cell phone maker's total employee cuts to more than 10,000 since last year.

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Tokyo Steel Halts Exports

April 4, 2008 6:16 am | News | Comments

Japan's top maker of steel girders has stopped exports with the strong yen and soaring steel scrap prices cutting into profit.

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Honeywell Acquires Norcross Safety Products

April 4, 2008 6:13 am | News | Comments

Diversified manufacturer to buy the Oak Brook, Ill-based company for $1.2 billion to expand its life safety product offerings.

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Official: China, India Will Offset U.S. Downturn

April 4, 2008 6:05 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Growth in India and China will keep driving the global economy despite a slump in the United States, India's commerce minister said.

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Freightliner To Cut 1,500 Jobs

April 4, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Daimler's heavy truck subsidiary plans to lay off about half the workers at its truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, North Carolina.

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Zimmer Recalls Orthopedic Surgical Products

April 4, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Company voluntarily recalled some orthopedic surgical products made at its Dover, Ohio, plant after determining they do not meet internal quality standards.

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Ford Worker Wins $136 Million Lottery

April 4, 2008 5:55 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Going back to college and a cottage on the lake may be on the agenda for the 60-year old now former employee -- but he says he won't be buying a foreign vehicle.

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Manufacturing Orders Decline In Germany

April 4, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

German manufacturing orders dropped 0.5 percent in February from the previous month due to weaker foreign demand.

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Nation's Largest Craft Brewery Sharing Hops

April 4, 2008 5:39 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Shortage of hops has left smaller brewers unable to buy the key beer ingredient, but Boston Beer Co., the maker of the Samuel Adams brand, agreed to share 20,000 pounds of its hops.

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Report: Venezuela To Buy 3 Russian Submarines

April 4, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Moscow expects to sell at least three submarines to Venezuela in a deal to be inked when President Hugo Chavez visits next month, Russian news media said.

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Adidas Reorganizing U.S. Operations

April 4, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

German shoe company will keep its U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon, but cut jobs there to gain a competitive advantage in the domestic market.

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Paulson: Chinese Companies 'Threaten' Reform Efforts

April 3, 2008 10:40 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Influential Chinese companies that want to avoid foreign competition are the biggest threat to more economic reform in China, says U.S. Treasury Secretary.

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GM Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Electric Car

April 3, 2008 7:35 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker installing in test vehicles the lithium-ion batteries that will be used in the extended-range plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt when it launches in two years.

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Finnish Paper Maker Opens Illinois Plant

April 3, 2008 7:25 am | News | Comments

UPM-Kymmene Corp. opened a new labelstock plant in Dixon, Ill., as part of a $420 million global program to expand label manufacturing.

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EU OKs Heineken Takeover Of Scottish & Newcastle

April 3, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

European regulators partially approved Heineken's bid for the assets of brewer Scottish & Newcastle in Britain, Belgium, Finland and Portugal.

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Boeing Flies First Fuel Cell-Powered Airplane

April 3, 2008 6:50 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Airplane maker announced that for the first time in aviation history it has flown a manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

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EU, U.S. Partner To Improve China's Standards

April 3, 2008 6:46 am | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Top EU and U.S. consumer safety officials launching a joint initiative aimed at making Chinese manufacturers and regulators improve product safety standards.

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Army Contract Process For Body Armor Questioned

April 3, 2008 6:40 am | by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Defense Dept. audit revealed the Army can't be sure some of its body armor met safety standards, partly because it didn't do proper paperwork on initial testing.

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