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Magellan Aerospace To Beef Up Winnipeg Plant

September 2, 2008 12:12 pm | Comments

Company says it will invest up to $112 million in its Winnipeg Bristol Aerospace plant to gear up for the Joint Strike Fighter program.

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Baldor Buys Canada’s Poulies Maska

September 2, 2008 12:05 pm | Comments

Electric motor and generator maker said it acquired designer, manufacturer and marketer of sheaves, bushings, couplings and related mechanical power transmission components.

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H.B. Fuller Acquires Egyptian Business

September 2, 2008 12:05 pm | Comments

Acquisition of Egymelt, a manufacturer of hot melt and specialty water-based adhesives headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, expands the Minnesota-based company's presence overseas.

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EADS To Build New German Plant

September 2, 2008 12:00 pm | Comments

Airbus parent is planning a new plant in southern Germany and a new subsidiary grouping several factories together as its restructuring moves ahead.

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Alpharma Plans To Head Off King Takeover

September 2, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

After rejecting a $1.4 billion offer from King in August, on Tuesday Alpharma's board adopted a shareholders rights plan to head off a hostile takeover bid.

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Mueller Water Products Appoints COO

September 2, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Infrastructure and flow control products maker said Tuesday Robert G. Leggett has been named chief operating officer.

July Semiconductor Chip Sales Up 7.6 Percent

September 2, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Semiconductor chip sales totaled $22.2 billion in July, up 7.6 percent from $20.6 billion in July of last year, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported Tuesday.

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U.S. Regulators Okay Fresenius Takeover Of APP

September 2, 2008 11:20 am | Comments

APP Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it expects the deal to close by mid-September, now that the Federal Trade Commission has completed its review of the $3.7 billion deal.

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Tata Motors Stops Work Indefinitely At Nano Car Plant

September 2, 2008 11:05 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | Comments

Following increasingly violent protests by farmers demanding their land back, Indian automaker suspended work indefinitely at a factory building the world's cheapest car.

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U.S. Manufacturing Dips In August, Inflation Slows

September 2, 2008 11:00 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | Comments

Manufacturing activity reading fell to 49.9 from 50 in July amid sluggish orders, Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday.

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Katahdin Paper Closes Mill, Prepares For Layoffs

September 2, 2008 10:59 am | Comments

A Maine paper mill that's struggling to compete at a time of high oil prices halted production Tuesday as it prepares to lay off more than 200 workers.

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Bombardier, Siemens Win Swiss Rail Coach Contract

September 2, 2008 7:15 am | Comments

Siemens Transportation Systems and Bombardier Transportation have jointly won an order for 121 double-deck coaches from Swiss federal railway valued at $277 million.

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Teradyne To Buy Eagle Test Systems

September 2, 2008 7:11 am | Comments

Company said Tuesday it had agreed to buy Eagle Test Systems, a maker of semiconductor test products, for about $360 million in cash.

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Alliant Techsystems Wins $97M Navy Contract

September 2, 2008 7:10 am | Comments

With incentives, the deal with the Naval Air Systems Command to design and develop its multi-stage supersonic target could be worth as much as $103 million, Alliant said.

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Wind, Solar Energy Companies In Jeopardy

September 2, 2008 6:40 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Unless Congress renews $500 million in tax credits set to expire Dec. 31, renewable energy companies say they will reverse planned expansions and cut payrolls and capital investment.

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Shionogi To Buy Sciele Pharma For $1.4 Billion

September 2, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Japanese drug maker said it would buy U.S. pharmaceutical company in a bid to expand its business operations in the American market.

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Volvo Names New Chief Executive

September 2, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

Ford said Frederik Arp, president and CEO of the automaker’s Sweden-based Volvo Car Corp., had decided to leave the company and named Stephen Odell as his replacement.

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China Stops Imports From Canadian Company

September 2, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

China's food safety watchdog has banned imports of meat from Maple Leaf Foods linked to a deadly bacterial outbreak that has killed 15 in Canada.

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Brazilian Steel Maker Invests $1.4B In Peru

September 2, 2008 6:10 am | by Andrew Whalen, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Gerdau S.A., Latin America's biggest steelmaker, hopes its investment will transform Peru into a regional steel powerhouse that can profit from Brazil's building boom.

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Alcatel-Lucent Names Execs For Chairman, CEO Roles

September 2, 2008 6:10 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | Comments

Fixed-line telecommunications manufacturer appointed Ben Verwaayen its chief executive and former EADS co-CEO Philippe Camus as its new chairman.

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