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Roche Closing California Lab

September 5, 2008 5:22 am | Comments

Swiss drug maker is planning to shutter its 1,000-worker Palo Alto research lab as it pursues its takeover bid for Genentech Inc.

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Feds Charge Boeing Exec In Loan Scam

September 5, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Former Boeing Helicopters vice president is being charged in a loan kickback scheme based at a suburban Philadelphia plant.

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Honda Brings Back Insight Name

September 5, 2008 5:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automaker bringing back the defunct Insight nameplate for a hybrid-only vehicle planned for the Japanese, European and North American markets early next year.

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Germany's Industrial Production Falls

September 5, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Industrial production fell 1.8 percent in July compared with June, with the three main categories of output showing declines, the ministry of the economy said.

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Boeing, Machinists Extend Strike Deadline

September 4, 2008 1:53 pm | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Comments

After workers voted overwhelmingly to strike, both sides agreed to a 48-hour contract extension at the request of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and federal mediators.

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Adept Technology President To Become CEO

September 4, 2008 7:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Intelligent automation software provider for motion and vision-guided robotics systems and services has named John Dulchinos chief executive officer to succeed Robert Bucher.

Union Official Says Lear Closing Ohio Plant

September 4, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

Auto parts maker Lear Corp. has told employees in Zanesville that the company will shut down its plant in the eastern Ohio city next year, says a union official.

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Airbus Receives $756M Order From CIT

September 4, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

CIT Aerospace, a unit of financials services firm CIT Group, ordered 10 new aircraft worth roughly $756 million at current list prices.

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Pernod Ricard Taking Control Of Absolut Distribution

September 4, 2008 6:39 am | Comments

French wine and spirits company is taking control of the distribution of its Vin & Spirit brands, including Absolut Vodka, ending a deal with Maxxium for non-U.S. sales.

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Saab Warns Of Weak Sales

September 4, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Swedish aerospace and defense company cut its outlook for 2008, citing delays in completing orders and uncertainties surrounding Swedish defense spending.

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China's Wisco Forms New Steel Making Venture

September 4, 2008 6:25 am | Comments

Major Chinese steel maker has joined with smaller partner Liuzhou to set up a venture to be called the Guangxi Iron & Steel Group.

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French Businesses Reluctant To End 35-Hour Week

September 4, 2008 6:20 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | Comments

New law that allows companies to negotiate their way out of the 35-hour work week is meeting resistance from both workers and the employers it was meant to benefit.

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Nestle Exec To Take Unilever CEO Post

September 4, 2008 6:14 am | Comments

Maker of Dove soaps, Axe deodorants and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said it will appoint Paul Polman, currently an executive for Nestle SA, as chief executive officer.

Retailers Report Sluggish August Sales

September 4, 2008 6:07 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | Comments

Many of the nation's retailers struggled with the back-to-school season, as shoppers focused on buying essentials amid persistent worries about high gas and food prices.

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Canada Loans Ford $80M To Save Plant

September 4, 2008 6:05 am | by Allison Jones, Canadian Press | Comments

Government's investment to save a mothballed Ford plant in Windsor was significant because it marked a stark change in attitude.

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Sony Laptops Recalled For Overheating

September 4, 2008 6:03 am | Comments

Tokyo-based consumer electronics company recalling 440,000 units of Vaio laptop computers worldwide due to faulty parts that could trigger overheating.

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Boeing Strike Could Affect Suppliers

September 4, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Plane maker’s largest union voted Wednesday to reject a contract offer and go on strike, a decision that would have a ripple effect on the company's suppliers in Kansas.

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Deluxe Corp. To Close North Carolina Plant

September 4, 2008 5:50 am | Comments

Communications company said Wednesday its manufacturing facility in Greensboro would close in the second half of 2009, affecting 117 employees.

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UK: Women Still Face 'Glass Ceiling'

September 4, 2008 5:49 am | Comments

Government report looked at 25 categories of work and found that there were fewer women in senior positions in a dozen of them over the past five years.

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Iridium Expanding Plant In Pennsylvania

September 4, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Plastic container manufacturer says it will use a $3.1 million loan to expand and buy equipment for its plant in East Stroudsburg.

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