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Samsung Names Memory Chip Unit Head

July 16, 2007 5:45 am | News | Comments

Cho Soo-in to take charge of the memory chip division of the company's semiconductor business.

Wind Energy Brings 260 Jobs To Kentucky

July 16, 2007 5:30 am | News | Comments

Wind turbine producer will operate a $6.1 million plant in Morgantown.

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Redesigning The Supply Chain

July 13, 2007 11:35 am | by Sujit Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Supply Chain Consultants | Articles | Comments

By Sujit Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Supply Chain ConsultantsSince the days of the anvil, hammer and forge, the basic components of manufacturing have not changed. The technology, competition and market pressures have changed, and margins have diminished, but the primary components of manufacturing remain the same: the classic buy-make-deliver.

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China Has Cardboard Buns, But We Have Soybean Car Seats

July 13, 2007 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford’s 2008 Mustang uses soybean-based foam seat cushions, saving thousands of barrels of oil in the manufacturing process.

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International Paper Names Nicholls CFO

July 13, 2007 10:06 am | News | Comments

Timothy S. Nicholls replaces retiring CFO Marianne Parrschief, effective Dec. 1st.

Natuzzi Chief Exec Resigns

July 13, 2007 10:03 am | News | Comments

Ernesto Greco will resign, effective Sept. 30, after one year on the job; Chairman Pasquale Natuzzi will be his replacement.

Nippon Steel, ArcelorMittal Sign Alliance Agreement

July 13, 2007 10:00 am | News | Comments

Companies forming a global alliance and expanding upon existing joint ventures in North America.

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Energizer Acquiring Playtex

July 13, 2007 7:28 am | News | Comments

Best known for its infinitely drumming, battery-powered bunny, Energizer will buy Playtex for about $1.16 billion.

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Toyota Considers Combining Hino, Isuzu Operations

July 13, 2007 7:17 am | News | Comments

Report claims automaker wants to create ''synergies'' between the two commercial truck producers in North America.

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China Wants Food Safety Coordination

July 13, 2007 7:09 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Lack of a centrally controlled regulatory system considered a key defect underpinning China's perennial food and drug safety woes.

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Huntsman Agrees To Apollo Takeover

July 13, 2007 7:00 am | News | Comments

Chemicals maker agreed to a $6.5 billion buyout offer, terminating an earlier deal to sell itself at a lower price to a Dutch company.

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China Debates Exchange Rate’s Impact On Trade Surplus

July 13, 2007 6:58 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Minister claims China is pursuing a ''balanced trade'' policy and expects its burgeoning trade surplus to narrow.

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Bausch & Lomb Plant Clears FDA Inspection

July 13, 2007 6:54 am | News | Comments

Contact lens solution plant made company's Renu with MoistureLoc solution, discontinued last year after it was connected to several hundred cases of a dangerous eye infection.

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Force Protection Opening N.C. Plant

July 13, 2007 6:45 am | News | Comments

Military vehicle manufacturer will invest $31 million and add 270 jobs.

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High Costs Pushing Western Canada Companies Eastward

July 13, 2007 6:40 am | by Dina O'Meara | News | Comments

In addition to saving money, moving east allows companies access to a deeper labor pool.

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China's Paper Recycling Industry Recognized

July 13, 2007 6:33 am | by Michael Casey, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Report claims China’s booming recycling industry helps to slow the destruction of forests worldwide.

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M & S Precision Machining Announces Expansion Plans

July 13, 2007 5:24 am | News | Comments

Contract manufacturing company will invest $8 million to renovate its 75,000 square foot plant—ten times the size of its previous home.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Rises To 2nd Highest 2007 Level

July 12, 2007 7:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Deficit reflects higher foreign oil prices and America’s continued appetite for Chinese goods; trade deficit with China running 17.2 percent over last year.

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Jobless Claims Lowest In Nearly Two Months

July 12, 2007 6:54 am | News | Comments

New applications for unemployment benefits totaled 308,000 last week, down 12,000 from the previous week.

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3M Contamination May Need Extensive Cleanup

July 12, 2007 6:51 am | News | Comments

Chemicals formerly manufactured at 3M's Cottage Grove plant caused extensive soil and groundwater contamination, and continue to seep into the Mississippi River.

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