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Continental To Break Up Operations

January 26, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

New owner Schaeffler Group KG will divide Continental’s operations into two divisions with tire and rubber plants in northern Germany and auto parts plants in the south.

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Michigan Fines Auto Parts Maker $102K

January 26, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

State regulators contend New Center Stamping Inc. failed to adequately protect employees from serious safety hazards discovered during inspections in the fall of 2008.

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Deere Laying Off Nearly 700 Workers

January 26, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

Farm-equipment maker will fire 502 workers at an agricultural harvesting equipment plant in Brazil and 190 employees at a construction equipment plant in Davenport, Iowa.

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Chrysler Asks Dealers To Buy More Cars

January 26, 2009 4:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Despite Chrysler's U.S. sales down 30 percent last year and an economic recession, dealers are answering the automaker's call to order more cars and trucks.

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Report: Toyota's Domestic Output Down 25 Percent

January 26, 2009 4:14 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan's No. 1 automaker expects to roll out 3 million vehicles at the parent level, 'the minimum necessary' for Toyota to keep its full-time workers, a Japanese newspaper said.

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France Pledges Support For Airbus

January 25, 2009 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Plane maker's customers will benefit from $6.4 billion in new state-backed bank financing aimed at supporting the aeronautic industry, a Finance Ministry official said.

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Chrysler Claims It's 'Alive And Well'

January 23, 2009 12:45 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is investing in new products, planning for slow sales and looking to incentives to help it sell its way out of the downturn, President and Vice Chairman Jim Press said.

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The Next Frontier Of Operational Excellence

January 23, 2009 11:00 am | by Jacob Ukelson, D.Sc., chief technology officer of ActionBase | Articles | Comments

By Jacob Ukelson, D.Sc., chief technology officer of ActionBaseUnstructured, ad-hoc business processes are a bit of an oxymoron -- how can a process be unstructured and still be a process?

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Dow, Rohm & Haas In Talks To Close $15.4B Deal

January 23, 2009 10:00 am | by Ernest Scheyder, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

After federal regulators approved the deal, Dow Chemical is in talks with Rohm & Haas about closing its $15.4 billion buyout of the specialty chemicals maker.

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Hutchinson Technology Closing S.D. Plant

January 23, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

Ten days after cutting its Sioux Falls work force in half, Hutchinson Technology said Friday it's closing the plant and laying off the remaining 300 employees.

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Severstal Idling Ohio Furnace

January 23, 2009 8:16 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Company will idle its electric arc furnace in Mingo Junction, Ohio, next month because of poor steel market conditions.

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Britain Falls Into A Recession

January 23, 2009 8:14 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

British economy has officially sunk into recession, with output falling 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year as the financial crisis ravaged banks, retail and manufacturing.

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Harley Slashes 1,100 Jobs

January 23, 2009 8:12 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Motorcycle maker said Friday it will cut 1,100 jobs over two years, close some facilities and consolidate others as it grapples with a slowdown in motorcycle sales.

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Alcoa Cuts 220 Jobs In Iowa

January 23, 2009 8:00 am | News | Comments

Aluminum producer is cutting jobs at its Davenport Works plant in the Quad Cities as part of a worldwide reduction.

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ThyssenKrupp To Delay Production At Alabama Plant

January 23, 2009 7:52 am | News | Comments

German corporation said it will delay the planned start of stainless steel production at a $4 billion plant in Alabama.

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Will Pfizer Buy Wyeth?

January 23, 2009 7:10 am | by Linda A. Johnson and Marley Seaman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the world’s largest drug maker may be seeking to buy rival Wyeth in a deal that could be valued at more than $60 billion.

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Geithner: Obama Says China Manipulating Currency

January 23, 2009 6:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary-designate says President believes China is 'manipulating' its currency, a declaration that American manufacturers have long been fighting for.

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Report: Toyota Could Cut 1,000 Full-Time Jobs

January 23, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker is considering cutting more than 1,000 full-time jobs in North America and the United Kingdom to cope with faltering global demand, a news report said Friday.

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Nippon Steel Cuts Production By Record Amount

January 23, 2009 5:15 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's biggest steelmaker is reducing steel production for the fiscal year through March by more than 4 million tons, the biggest drop since the company was set up in 1970.

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FDA: 31 Million Pounds Of Peanut Butter Recalled

January 23, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials say the salmonella recall now involves about 31 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste.

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