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NAM Applauds Defeat Of Climate Change Bill

June 6, 2008 8:05 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net 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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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