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Study Shows French Work 41 Hours A Week

August 6, 2008 6:30 am | News | Comments

Idea of the leisure-mad, uncompetitive French worker who heads for the door after 35 hours appears to be more fantasy than reality, a recent study shows.

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Report: Tower Automotive Laying Off Half Its Employees

August 6, 2008 6:30 am | News | Comments

Supplier of auto parts for Nissan plants in Canton and Smyrna, Tennessee, is laying off 73 of its 144 employees in Meridian, Miss.

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EU To Distribute Polluting Permits

August 6, 2008 6:24 am | News | Comments

Companies can get a permit to pollute at home if they invest in projects that cut greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere in the world, the European Commission said.

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Report: Reynolds American May Cut Jobs

August 6, 2008 6:20 am | News | Comments

Review of business practices at its headquarters and at its top subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., could lead to cuts of salaried employees, a newspaper reported.

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IBM Cutting Some Workers’ Pay

August 6, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

Company says some of its shift workers paychecks will be reduced by up to 10 percent early next year.

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Solo Cup Co. Closing New Mexico Plant

August 6, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Citing economic conditions, product demand and a need to consolidate operations, Solo Cup Co. will close the plant next year, leaving 200 people without a job.

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Candy From Malaysia Recalled, High Lead Levels Found

August 6, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Malaysian confectionery maker recalled a brand of candy from global markets after California health officials found it contained high lead levels.

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German Industrial Orders Decline Sharply

August 6, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Industrial orders dropped unexpectedly in June, with foreign orders leading a decline that underlined pessimism about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy.

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Mitsubishi Building New Battery Plant

August 6, 2008 5:28 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker affiliate will build a factory in Japan to mass-produce lithium-ion batteries for its upcoming all-electric car, the company said.

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Agriprocessors Cited For Child Labor Violations

August 6, 2008 5:25 am | by Henry C. Jackson And Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Iowa labor officials said they had uncovered dozens of child labor violations at the nation's biggest supplier of kosher meat.

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China Eases Up On Lending Controls

August 6, 2008 5:20 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Central bank loosened controls on lending to companies hit hardest by credit limits and slowing exports, the latest evidence of growing concern over an economic slowdown.

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California Brewer Gets OK For 'Legal Weed'

August 6, 2008 5:15 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Brewer who tangled with federal regulators over the caps on his beer bottles said officials have given him permission to keep the message 'Try Legal Weed.'

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Fuel Cell Pioneer Dies At 76

August 6, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Geoff Ballard, a Canadian pioneer of the fuel cell industry and developer of the world's first hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered, zero-emission transit bus has died.

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Toyota Lays Off 800 Line Workers

August 5, 2008 1:14 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker laid off about 10 percent of the workers at a Japanese plant that makes Lexus luxury models in response to declining sales in North America.

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ID WORLD International Congress 2008

August 5, 2008 12:45 pm | Events

The ID WORLD International Congress is the annual world summit on automatic identification. It is the most comprehensive showcase of RFID, biometrics...

Analysts: Chrysler Still Has Uncertain Future

August 5, 2008 12:45 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

After a year with Cerberus, industry analysts say Chrysler faces a bumpy road that could include a future sale of part or all of the automaker.

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Survey: Interest In RFID Projects Growing

August 5, 2008 11:19 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Information technology channel companies say 46 percent of their customers implemented one or more RFID solutions, up from 34 percent in 2007.

Manufacturing In A Rapidly Changing Global Landscape

August 5, 2008 11:05 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.netAs emerging nations and European manufacturers take advantage of the U.S.’s weak dollar to increase their manufacturing presence here and grow their international businesses, U.S. manufacturers need to identify whether these strategies should be viewed as an opportunity or a serious threat.

Fed Leaves Rate Unchanged At 2 Percent

August 5, 2008 11:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Confronted with the perils of a slumping economy and rising inflation, the Federal Reserve has decided for a second straight meeting to leave interest rates unchanged.

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Weyerhaeuser Cutting 1,500 Jobs

August 5, 2008 11:00 am | News | Comments

Company said it would cut about 6.3 percent of its global work force, as part of an ongoing plan to scale back operations to focus on timberlands and wood products.

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