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NAM Applauds Defeat Of Climate Change Bill

June 6, 2008 8:05 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers called the defeat today of federal climate change legislation a ‘responsible move by Congress that will save U.S. manufacturing jobs.’


International Rectifier Fills New CIO Position

June 6, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

Power-chip maker said it named Mike Brown to the newly created position of chief information officer.

3M Fined $30,000 For Alleged EPA Violations

June 6, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

EPA said the suspected violations were discovered during an October 2006 inspection, but the products conglomerate has since complied with requirements.


DMAX Engine Plant To Lay Off 290 Workers

June 6, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

General Motors’ plans to cut production for heavy-duty trucks and vans have sparked diesel engine manufacturer DMAX to lay off 290 hourly workers.


CAW President 'Disappointed' After GM Meeting

June 6, 2008 6:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Union President Buzz Hargrove says he is disappointed that GM refuses to back down from its plan to idle a truck plant in Oshawa, Ontario.


Toledo Chrysler Plant Ranked Most Productive

June 6, 2008 6:00 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Harbour Report on manufacturing shows that the Jeep Wrangler plant improved its productivity by 38 percent to 13.57 hours per vehicle.


Armtec Buys Highway Noise Barrier Maker For $18.5M

June 6, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Sewers, drains and bridge components maker acquired Durisol Inc. and related highway infrastructure products in a deal that could be worth $33.5 million.


Siemens Opening Wind Turbine R & D Center In Colorado

June 6, 2008 5:40 am | by Judith Kohler, Associated Press Writer | Comments

German conglomerate to employ 50 at the center that will focus on research into atmospheric science, aerodynamic blade design and wind turbine structure and reliability.


Lockheed To Dismantle Buildings At Former Plant

June 6, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

Company plans to dismantle the buildings at a former weapons manufacturing plant in Florida that had been criticized for having a vast plume of groundwater pollution.


Toyota's West Virginia Plant Ranking Slides

June 6, 2008 5:31 am | Comments

Factory slipped to fourth among North American auto plants in the annual Harbour Report after ranking No. 1 for five consecutive years until sliding to No. 2 last year.


DOJ Approves Miller, Coors Joint Venture

June 6, 2008 5:25 am | by Dinesh Ramde, AP Business Writer | Comments

Federal regulators closed its investigation of a proposed joint venture between Molson Coors and Miller, clearing the way for the brewers to combine their U.S. operations.


Canada Lost 32,200 Jobs In May

June 6, 2008 5:24 am | Comments

Loss of 32,200 full-time jobs was the largest decline in the category since June 2006, but Canada's official jobless rate was unchanged at 6.1 percent.


Monthly Jobless Rate Highest In 22 Years

June 6, 2008 5:15 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Nation's unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent in May -- the biggest monthly rise since 1986 -- as nervous employers cut 49,000 jobs.


Toyota Unveils New Fuel Cell Hybrid

June 6, 2008 5:13 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automaker's new fuel cell hybrid, a green car powered by hydrogen and electricity, can travel more than twice the distance of its predecessor model without filling up.


China Looks For Business Opportunities In U.S.

June 6, 2008 5:05 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Chinese companies have invested only $550 million in the United States, while U.S. companies have invested $22 billion into China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.


Sinosteel Purchases 40 Percent Of Australia's Midwest

June 6, 2008 5:03 am | Comments

China's Sinosteel increased its stake in Australian miner Midwest Corp., increasing its chances of spoiling a rival bid for Midwest from Murchison Metals.


Chrysler Could Follow GM, Ford Production Cuts

June 5, 2008 12:14 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

With truck and SUV sales tumbling and its U.S.-based competitors either closing factories or cutting production, Chrysler may be the next to announce further cuts.


DOJ: Honeywell Bulletproof Vests Faulty, Sues Company

June 5, 2008 12:00 pm | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | Comments

Justice Dept. suing diversified manufacturer Honeywell International Inc. for selling material used in bulletproof vests that it alleges the company knew was defective.


Report: Detroit Automakers Closing Productivity Gap

June 5, 2008 12:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Harbour Report on manufacturing says Detroit automakers almost erased a productivity gap with their Asian rivals in 2007 thanks to worker buyouts and leaner plants.


EU Officials Disagree Over Greenhouse Gas Cuts

June 5, 2008 11:45 am | by Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Emissions cuts, together with energy savings and the promotion of clean energies, is part of a package of measures that EU wants to see adopted by year's end.



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