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Black Hawk Parts Supplier Adding Jobs

February 5, 2008 5:19 am | Comments

DynaBil Industries will expand to a new 33,000-square-foot building in Coxsackie, N.Y., and expects to add 120 new jobs by the end of the year.

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Fairchild Opens New Chip Design Plant In India

February 5, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Chip maker will develop new transistors for uses that include power supplies and automotive applications at its new design center in Pune, India.

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Quebec Sawmill Workers Reject AbitibiBowater Proposal

February 5, 2008 5:10 am | by Ross Marowits, Canadian Press | Comments

Union sawmill workers rejected a proposal from AbitibiBowater that would reduce workers’ salaries by 10 percent and tie wage recoveries to the market price of wood.

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Parts Supplier Forces Chrysler To Shut Down Plants

February 5, 2008 5:05 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Chrysler was forced to shut down four factories and cut a shift at a fifth when a plastic parts supplier disrupted its flow of parts to the factories over a dispute.

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Sweden's Sapa Acquiring China's Kam Kiu

February 5, 2008 5:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Sapa AB signed a letter of intent to acquire one of China's largest extrusion companies, Kam Kiu.

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NAM Wants Lower Corporate Capital Gains Tax

February 5, 2008 4:47 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | Comments

Industry group promoting tax cut as a way to both help make U.S. companies more competitive and boost the economy overall; economists say long-term effects would be limited.

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New Mexico Expands Santa Teresa Foreign Trade Zone

February 5, 2008 4:44 am | Comments

Expanded Santa Teresa zone includes about 1,200 acres along the New Mexico-Mexico border, with about 2.3 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution facilities.

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Mitsubishi Closing Australian Plant, Shedding 930 Jobs

February 5, 2008 4:39 am | Comments

Decision was forced on the company by a series of issues, including accumulated losses of more than $1.36 billion over the past 10 years, Mitsubishi Australia President said.

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Toyota Sees 4Q Profits Jump

February 5, 2008 4:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automaker's October-December profit rose 7.5 percent from the previous year as booming sales in China, Africa and South America offset declining U.S. sales and a stronger yen.

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Cambodian Garment Industry Unraveling

February 5, 2008 4:22 am | Comments

Country's top export sector by value expects to see a decline of orders from American retailers amid fear of a slowdown in the U.S. economy.

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Strike Halts Production At Volvo Va. Plant

February 5, 2008 4:20 am | Comments

Workers from Volvo’s Dublin truck plant went on strike February 1 after the union’s bargaining committee failed to reach a contract agreement with the company.

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Poll: Canadians Want India's $2,500 Car

February 4, 2008 6:25 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | Comments

Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey says Canadians have taken a keen interest in India’s Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car.

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U.S. Factories See Orders Rise In December

February 4, 2008 5:40 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Commerce Department reports that orders placed with U.S. factories rose by 2.3 percent in December and marked the biggest increase since July.

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DuPont Buys Chemtura’s Fluorochemicals Business

February 4, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Specialty chemical maker sells its Fluorochemicals business and related production facility to DuPont in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed sum.

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Russian, Chinese Aluminum Producers In Partnership

February 4, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

Russia's UC Rusal will build aluminum complexes in Guinea and China in partnership with China Power Investment Corp.

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Japan's Takeda, U.S.'s Amgen Reach Deal

February 4, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Takeda Pharmaceutical will pay up to 1.18 billion and royalties for access to Amgen’s new drugs and the company’s Japanese unit.

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Study: Chemicals In Baby Items Pose Health Risks

February 4, 2008 5:16 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals, called phthalates, that have been linked with possible reproductive problems.

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Plane Manufacturer Owes City For Lack Of Jobs

February 4, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Pueblo, Colorado, wants to reclaim $2.37 million in incentives given to Adam Aircraft, which fell short of promises to provide 448 local jobs for seven years or pay for any shortfalls.

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Harsco Wins ArcelorMittal Mill Services Contract

February 4, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Industrial services and engineered products provider received a nine-year contract from ArcelorMittal expected to generate more than $100 million over its term.

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Supplier Bankruptcy Forces Chrysler Plant Closures

February 4, 2008 5:11 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Automaker plans to close four assembly plants temporarily due to the bankruptcy protection filing of Plastech Engineered Products, one of its plastic parts suppliers.

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