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Toyota's Texas Tundra Plant Back On Line

November 11, 2008 12:29 pm | Comments

Japanese automaker's San Antonio plant is back on line after a three-month shutdown forced by the faltering economy and weak Tundra truck sales.

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Boeing, Textron Protest Humvee Contracts

November 11, 2008 9:55 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | Comments

Companies claim 'unintended discrepancies' in how the government rated its bid to build a Humvee replacement in 3 key areas and that their proposal merited a higher score.

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Environmental Groups Sue Over Clean Trucks Ports Plan

November 11, 2008 9:52 am | Comments

Groups suing Federal Maritime Commission, alleging it violated environmental laws when it sought a court order to halt parts of the program that could lead to the replacement of 18,000 older trucks.

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Sharpie Maker Moving Production

November 11, 2008 9:47 am | Comments

Sanford Corp. is reshuffling its manufacturing of Sharpie markers in Tennessee, moving work from Shelbyville to Maryville.

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Oil Dips Below $59 A Barrel

November 11, 2008 9:25 am | by John Porretto, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Oil prices hit a 20-month low Tuesday as Wall Street offered yet more evidence that consumers have gone into hiding.

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General Motors Scales Back LA Auto Show Plans

November 11, 2008 9:19 am | Comments

GM will unveil new Buick model in Detroit instead of Los Angeles, fearing it could get lost in the news about GM's cash crisis and efforts to get government aid.

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Nokia Siemens Cuts 1,250 Jobs

November 11, 2008 9:14 am | Comments

Joint venture between Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG will lay off 1,250 employees in Finland and Germany as part of a previously announced cost-cutting plan.

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Obama To Bush: Detroit Needs More Help

November 11, 2008 7:45 am | by Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writer | Comments

President-elect’s aides said that during the pair’s meeting Monday, Obama suggested to President Bush that the administration immediately help struggling U.S. automakers.

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Retail Sales Slide Continues

November 11, 2008 7:05 am | Comments

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs Index, same-store sales dropped 1 percent for week ending Saturday, compared with the previous week.

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Alexion President, COO Retires

November 11, 2008 7:05 am | Comments

David Keiser will retire as president and chief operating officer of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. at the end of the year.

GlaxoSmithKline Closing UK Plant

November 11, 2008 6:56 am | by Emily Flynn Vencat, AP Business Writer | Comments

British drug maker to close one of its English plants and cut 620 jobs by 2013 because the majority of drugs made at the plant are losing their patent protection.

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Hundreds Strike At Hubbell Manufacturing Plant

November 11, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

More than 500 employees at Hubbell Inc.'s Centralia, Mo., plant are striking over a contract they say eliminates or restructures certain retirement, health and medical benefits.

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German Union In Talks To Prevent Strike

November 11, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

IG Metall, Germany's biggest industrial union, began a new round of talks with employer representatives on Tuesday to reach a wage deal and stave off a full-fledged strike.

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Boeing Engineers Contract Talks Extended

November 11, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

Contract talks covering nearly 21,000 Boeing engineers, scientists and technical workers have been extended because of unresolved economic and other issues.

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Mitsubishi Rayon Buys Lucite For $1.6 Billion

November 11, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

British chemicals producer agreed to a $1.6 billion cash takeover by Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd., which would gain ownership of the Lucite and Perspex acrylic plastic brands.

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LAN Airlines Buys 4 Boeing 767s

November 11, 2008 5:12 am | Comments

Chile's largest airline says it is purchasing four Boeing 767 aircraft for $636 million, with an option to purchase two more similar aircraft in 2013.

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Nissan To Retool Mississippi Plant

November 11, 2008 4:50 am | Comments

Automaker soon will begin a $118 million expansion and retooling of its plant in Canton, Miss., to prepare for the production of a light commercial vehicle.

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Navistar To Reorganize

November 11, 2008 4:40 am | Comments

Commercial truck and engine maker to reorganize its truck segment into four business units and cut an unspecified number of jobs in an effort to make it more competitive.

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Amylin Pharmaceuticals Eliminates 340 Jobs

November 11, 2008 4:36 am | Comments

Drugmaker Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. will cut 340 jobs, or a quarter of its San Diego work force, in a move to cut operating expenses by more than $100 million in 2009.

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Alcoa Halts Australian Refinery Expansion

November 11, 2008 4:26 am | Comments

Aluminum producer suspended its expansion of an alumina refinery in Western Australia state and slashed metal production as demand weakens due to the global credit crisis.

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