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Plant Worker Killed In Rocket Motor Explosion

September 18, 2008 5:05 am | Comments

Official says a rocket motor exploded and caused a fire at an Aerojet weapons factory in southern Arkansas, and that one worker was killed.


Demand Surges For Plug-In Hybrid Conversions

September 17, 2008 1:55 pm | by John Murawski, AP Writer | Comments

With plug-in hybrids unavailable commercially until 2010, some enthusiasts are turning to companies that retrofit a Prius with a second battery that doubles their gas mileage.


Canada’s Biovail Buys Prestwick Pharmaceuticals

September 17, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Drugmaker has bought privately held U.S. drug company Prestwick Pharmaceuticals for $100 million, company officials said Wednesday.


MillerCoors Asked To Pull Energy Drink

September 17, 2008 11:37 am | Comments

Twenty-five states are asking beverage maker MillerCoors to abandon plans for a new caffeine-infused alcoholic energy drink, calling it a 'recipe for disaster.'


Castleberry's Closing Georgia Plant

September 17, 2008 11:35 am | Comments

An 82-year tradition of canning stew and hash at Castleberry's Food Co. will end when its Augusta plant closes in two months.


Goodyear, Bridestone Firestone Plants Receive Grants

September 17, 2008 11:31 am | Comments

North Carolina awarded the two tire manufacturers a maximum of $30 million in grants each to upgrade their operations and keep existing jobs at the plant.


CAW: Buyouts Will Help Younger Workers Keep Jobs

September 17, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers union said the solution is nothing more than a ‘bandage on a very, very deep wound’ on the soon-to-be shuttered truck plant in Oshawa, Ont.


Union: Swift Plant Agrees To Muslim Accommodations

September 17, 2008 11:25 am | by Jean Ortiz, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A JBS Swift plant agreed to temporarily change the timing of a lunch break to accommodate workers wanting time to pray during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.


Mitsubishi Schedules Talks For Illinois Plant

September 17, 2008 11:23 am | Comments

Automaker said contract talks for workers at its plant in Normal, Ill., are scheduled to resume Sept. 24; most recent contract expired on Sept. 5.


GM Slowing Production In Kentucky

September 17, 2008 11:16 am | Comments

Automaker says it will slow production at its assembly plant in south-central Kentucky and layoffs are possible.


NBTY Buys Julian Graves

September 17, 2008 7:22 am | Comments

Nutritional-supplement maker and retailer said it acquired Julian Graves, a U.K. natural food and ingredients retailer, for about $25 million.


Thorngate Plant To Cut 250 Jobs

September 17, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

Manufacturer of high-end men's clothing plans to eliminate its sewing department in Cape Girardeau, Mo., a move that will leave about 250 workers without jobs.


Philip Morris Completes Rothmans Purchase

September 17, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

Company said owners of about 47 million shares, representing about 68 percent of the Canadian cigarette maker, had accepted its offer of $28.16 per share.


Government Bails Out AIG With $85B

September 17, 2008 6:35 am | by Jeannine Aversa, Ieva M. Augstums and Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writers | Comments

In the most far-reaching intervention into the private sector ever, the government stepped in to rescue American International Group with an $85 billion injection of taxpayer money.


Singapore Bans Chinese Dairy Product

September 17, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Sales of a yoghurt ice bar from China were temporarily banned after it was found to contain low amounts of the toxin melamine, which has killed at least three infants in China.


Valeant Pharmacueticals Buying Coria

September 17, 2008 6:29 am | Comments

Company will buy privately-held Coria Laboratories for $95 million in a move to expand its dermatology business.


Federal-Mogul Cutting 4,000 Jobs

September 17, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Auto supplier said the cuts are part of a restructuring plan that will streamline business, consolidate or close locations and lower general and administrative staffing.


Corona Recalls Over 6 Million Kerosene Heater Tanks

September 17, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

Electric appliance firm said it will recall the removable fuel tanks it manufactured in and before 2000 because deformation in the tanks' filler caps could cause fuel leaks.


Ford, Lawmakers Discuss Loan Program

September 17, 2008 6:00 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Following a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Ford said the industry's push for low-interest loans has not been undermined by the turmoil enveloping Wall Street.


Ranbaxy Promises To Resolve Quality Problems

September 17, 2008 5:59 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | Comments

India's largest pharmaceutical company said it will resolve quality issues at two factories that led the FDA to ban the import of more than 30 of its generic drugs.



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