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Boeing Ups Job Cuts To 10,000

January 28, 2009 12:11 pm | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Plan to increase job cuts to about 6 percent of Boeing's work force drew a skeptical response from a key union leader, even though production workers appear likely to be spared.


Officials Call For Criminal Probe Of Peanut Plant

January 28, 2009 10:00 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writers | Comments

Congressional and state officials called Wednesday for a federal probe of possible criminal violations at a Georgia peanut processing plant linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak.


Mass Layoffs Surge In 2008

January 28, 2009 9:59 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Labor Department reported Wednesday that 21,137 mass layoffs took place last year, up from 15,493 in 2007, and the highest annual total since 2001.


Detroit Manufacturing Summit Still Moving Forward

January 28, 2009 9:46 am | Comments

Plans are proceeding for a national convention in Detroit on manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment despite worsening economic woes.


Hershey To Close Scharffen Berger, Schmidt Plants

January 28, 2009 9:13 am | Comments

Chocolate maker plans to close Scharffen Berger's West Berkeley, Calif., manufacturing plant and the San Francisco factory that makes Joseph Schmidt truffles.


BAE Systems Gets $120M Air Force Contract

January 28, 2009 9:10 am | Comments

Defense contractor said Wednesday has received a $120 million contract to equip up to 400 U.S. Air Force ground vehicles with improved voice and data communications.


Intel: We Will Win EU Antitrust Fight

January 28, 2009 9:06 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chairman Craig Barrett adamant the world's biggest chip maker will win an EU antitrust dispute, despite losing a legal challenge to delay a monopoly abuse investigation.


Toyota Recalls 1.3M Yaris Cars

January 28, 2009 9:05 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker said Wednesday it will recall almost 1.3 million vehicles worldwide due to a defect that could cause a foam pad near the seat belt to ignite during collisions.


GM Ending Job Bank On Monday

January 28, 2009 9:01 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Job bank program, which gives union workers most of their pay and benefits while they are laid off, was the target of much ire during the automaker's requests for a federal bailout.


Alliant Techsystems Wins $200M Contract

January 28, 2009 7:40 am | Comments

Maker of ammunition, propulsion systems and aerospace supplies received a contract to produce composite aft fan cases for Rolls-Royce's new aircraft engine.


Court Rules Against GE's 'Superfund' Challenge

January 28, 2009 7:35 am | by Richard Richtmyer, The Associated Press | Comments

EPA can direct GE to dredge PCBs from New York's Hudson River after a judge upheld the federal law that can force companies to spend millions cleaning up contaminated sites.


Boeing Posts $56 Million Loss Due To Strike

January 28, 2009 7:15 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | Comments

World's second-largest airplane maker says it swung to a fourth-quarter loss, hurt by a labor strike and charges related to its 747 passenger jet and a legal reserve.


Ford To Idle Ohio Engine Plant

January 28, 2009 7:12 am | Comments

Automaker says it will stop production for two weeks next month at its engine plant in northern Ohio and will lay off as many as 70 employees indefinitely at the factory.


ConocoPhillips Posts $31 Billion 4Q Loss

January 28, 2009 7:08 am | by John Porretto, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Third-largest U.S. oil company lost $31.8 billion in the final three months of 2008 as it recorded massive, one-time charges and encountered sharply lower crude prices.


Union Membership Surges

January 28, 2009 6:30 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Bureau of Labor Statistics says the ranks of organized labor rose by 428,000 workers -- the biggest annual gain since the government began compiling such data in 1983.


Georgia Lawmakers Want Food Inspections Disclosed

January 28, 2009 5:20 am | by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Lawmakers are drafting a plan requiring food manufacturers to report internal inspections to state officials after salmonella was found during internal tests at a Georgia peanut plant.


STMicroelectronics Cutting 4,500 Jobs

January 28, 2009 5:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Swiss chip maker said Tuesday it is cutting about 9 percent of its worldwide work force after it posted a fourth-quarter net loss Tuesday.


U.N.: Global Unemployment Could Rise By 40 Million

January 28, 2009 5:05 am | by Eliane Engeler, Associated Press Writer | Comments

World unemployment by year's end will range between 210 million and 230 million people, a sharp increase over an estimated 190 million for 2008, said the U.N. labor agency.


Report: Toshiba Closing Japan Chip Plants

January 28, 2009 4:55 am | Comments

Japan's No. 1 chipmaker will shut down several semiconductor plants at home to cope with a plunge in global demand for electronics goods, a report said Wednesday.


U.S. Steel, AK Steel Forecast Grim 1st Quarter

January 28, 2009 4:55 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | Comments

Two steelmakers said they expect operating losses in the first three months of 2009, suggesting that more plant shutdowns and job cuts could be on the way.



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