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Modine Manufacturing Cutting HQ Jobs, Benefits

October 1, 2008 9:00 am | Comments

Maker of heating and cooling systems for buildings and vehicles said Wednesday it is laying off staff and post-retirement medical benefits in an effort to rein in expenses.

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Alnylam Names Chief Science Officer

October 1, 2008 7:50 am | Comments

Drug developer Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Wednesday named former Sanofi-Aventis executive John Schmidt as its chief scientific officer.

Matsushita Now Panasonic

October 1, 2008 7:50 am | Comments

Major Japanese electronics maker that rivals Sony Corp. said Wednesday it changed its name to Panasonic as expected.

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Greenbrier Building Cargo Barges For Crowley

October 1, 2008 7:25 am | Comments

Railroad freight car equipment maker has inked a deal to build 10 heavy lift series deck cargo barges for a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp.

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Carmakers At Paris Show To Focus On Green

October 1, 2008 6:20 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automakers hope to stifle general concerns about a woeful global economy with boastful claims for their smaller, more environmentally friendly cars.

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Report: UK Manufacturing 'Simply Awful'

October 1, 2008 6:07 am | Comments

Manufacturing output in Britain hit a 17-year low in September, with employment, production and new orders all falling sharply.

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Country Coach Takes Drastic Steps To Stay Afloat

October 1, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Privately held Oregon recreational vehicle manufacturer took the unusual step this week of going public with the drastic steps it has taken to stay in business during the economic downturn.

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Utah May Have Shortage Of Malt Beverages

October 1, 2008 5:54 am | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press Writer | Comments

State's supply of the fruity alcoholic beverages will likely be exhausted soon as manufacturers decide whether to comply with new labeling rules.

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DOD To Decide On Humvee Replacement Soon

October 1, 2008 5:50 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | Comments

Pentagon is inching closer to replacing the Humvee, currently the vehicular backbone of U.S. military operations in Iraq, with the latest lightweight tactical vehicle under development.

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Confidence Dwindles At Japanese Companies

October 1, 2008 5:46 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Bank of Japan survey offers a troubling snapshot of the world's second-largest economy: waning corporate sentiment, lower profit forecasts and a pullback in capital spending.

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Poland: EU To Reject Shipyard Plans

October 1, 2008 5:42 am | Comments

European Union suggested it will reject Warsaw's plans to save two troubled shipyards in northern Poland, the Polish treasury minister said.

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Saint-Gobain Containers Fined For Pollution

October 1, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

One of the country's largest glass container makers has agreed to pay a $140,000 fine for violating federal air regulations at its Madera, Calif., wine bottle plant.

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Euro Jobless Rate Hits 7.5 Percent

October 1, 2008 5:38 am | Comments

Jobless rate in the Eurozone climbed again in August as worries over European economic growth deepened and confidence is at its lowest level in seven years.

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Criterion Expanding Louisiana Plant

October 1, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

Chemical manufacturer is planning a $250 million expansion at its Port Allen plant that will allow the company to manufacture several types of alumina powder.

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Cadbury CFO To Step Down

October 1, 2008 5:32 am | Comments

Company's executive director and chief financial officer, Ken Hanna, will step down in April to become chairman of Inchcape PLC.

BlueScope Steel To Close North Carolina Plant

October 1, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Maker of pre-engineered steel buildings is closing its VP Buildings manufacturing operations in Kernersville in December, eliminating 175 jobs.

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More Companies Charged In Chinese Milk Probe

October 1, 2008 5:28 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Fifteen more companies were identified as producing milk products contaminated with melamine, broadening a scandal affecting products from baby formula to chocolate.

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EU Fines 'Paraffin Mafia' $1 Billion

October 1, 2008 5:22 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press Writer | Comments

European Union imposed one of its highest ever cartel fines on nine paraffin wax producers accused of fixing prices and markets for products like chewing gum, tires and candles.

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Mohawk Industries Shuttering Georgia Plant

October 1, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

World's largest floor covering company will close a synthetic carpet yarn plant in Fort Oglethorpe by the end of November, idling about 230 workers.

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Thailand Testing Chinese Imports For Melamine

October 1, 2008 5:17 am | Comments

Nation testing nearly 100 imports from China for possible melamine contamination and has found traces of the chemical in milk powder, health officials said.

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