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New GM Powertrain Increases Fuel Economy

April 23, 2008 5:56 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | Comments

Six-speed automatic transmission and four-cylinder engine in the 2008 Chevy Malibu give GM some fuel-efficiency boost in the hyper-competitive midsize car segment.

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Magna Subsidiary To Acquire Alabama Plant

April 23, 2008 5:50 am | Comments

Cosma International has signed a deal to buy a stamping and sub-assembly plant in Birmingham, Ala., from Ogihara America.

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Supreme Court To Hear Worker Benefits Case

April 23, 2008 5:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | Comments

Depending on how the justices rule, the case could make it easier for employees to win health and disability benefit payments in court.

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EU Takes Little Action On Piracy In China

April 23, 2008 5:45 am | by Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Despite estimates of pirated goods costing businesses $33.3 billion in lost trade annually, the EU hasn't pursued any Chinese piracy cases in the World Trade Organization.

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ConAgra To Shed 212 Jobs

April 23, 2008 5:38 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | Comments

Maker of Healthy Choice, Banquet and Chef Boyardee products will cut jobs throughout the company over the next year as part of a new effort to streamline its operations.

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Van Conversion Company Lays Off 150 Workers

April 23, 2008 5:36 am | Comments

Explorer Van has laid off workers because the UAW strike against American Axle left it with no Chevrolet or GMC vans to convert.

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Industry Groups Back Downer Cow Ban

April 23, 2008 5:29 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer | Comments

In a significant reversal, major meat and dairy industry groups backed a total ban on so-called downer cattle from entering the food supply.

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FDA Warns Chinese Firm Over Heparin Problems

April 22, 2008 11:52 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press Writer | Comments

U.S. health officials warned Changzhou SPL that the company lacks adequate systems for ensuring that the raw materials it uses for blood thinner heparin are safe.

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Bush Defends NAFTA, Denies Recession

April 22, 2008 11:30 am | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Replying to criticism from Democratic presidential candidates, Bush said that 'now is not the time to renegotiate ... or walk away from' the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Head Of BMW’s U.S. Operations To Lead Rolls-Royce

April 22, 2008 11:10 am | Comments

Automaker said Tuesday that its CEO of U.S. operations Tom Purves has been named chief executive of its Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Government Proposes New Fuel Economy Rules

April 22, 2008 10:55 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Plan requires the nation’s fleet of new cars and trucks to achieve 31.6 miles per gallon, taken as a collective average, by 2015.

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Economist: Housing Slump Could Surpass Depression

April 22, 2008 10:40 am | by John Christoffersen, AP Business Writer | Comments

Yale University economist Robert Shiller cautioned that the U.S. housing market slump could cause prices to fall more than they did in the Great Depression, and bailouts will be needed so millions don't lose their homes.

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Ohio Union Gives GM Strike Warning

April 22, 2008 10:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | Comments

General Motors received a strike warning letter from a UAW local at a metal parts stamping factory in Mansfield, Ohio, that employs about 1,400 hourly workers.

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Airbus Raising Jet Prices

April 22, 2008 10:30 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Comments

European plane maker announced increases of as much as $4 million to catalog prices, citing the ever-cheaper dollar and the high cost of metals.

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Japan Airlines May Demand Compensation From Boeing

April 22, 2008 7:05 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Asia's largest carrier says it may seek financial compensation from Boeing for delivery delays of its new 787 jetliner.

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Hardman New Cymat President And COO

April 22, 2008 6:54 am | Comments

Toronto-based maker of advanced materials for industrial uses appointed aluminum industry sales veteran Tim Hardman as the new president and chief operating officer.

Ford Adding Jobs, Boosting Production At Russian Plant

April 22, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

Automaker hiring 1,500 new workers at its operations in Russia to help meet the region's growing appetite for cars.

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Report: U.S. Slowdown Impacting Industrialized Regions

April 22, 2008 6:46 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

U.S. recession and financial crisis weakening prospects for economic growth in key industrialized regions, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.

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China’s Huawei Eager To Enter U.S. Market

April 22, 2008 6:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Despite hurdles that include national security concerns and product challenges, telecom gear maker is determined to become a major player in the U.S. market.

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Lockheed’s Space Business Offsets Slow Jet Sales

April 22, 2008 6:10 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | Comments

Defense contractor's first-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as higher sales of space equipment, missiles and other combat tools offset a dip in fighter jet sales.

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