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Louisiana Attempts To Lure 2 Manufacturing Plants

September 19, 2008 5:30 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Efforts to lure two large manufacturing plants that would create more than 700 jobs received a boost Thursday when a state panel agreed to offer special, lower-cost financing.


Japan's Agriculture Minister Resigns Over Tainted Rice

September 19, 2008 5:23 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Seiichi Ota quit after contaminated rice intended for industrial uses such as the manufacture of glue had been distributed instead as food to thousands of people.


Officials: Hyundai Building Second Plant In Brazil

September 19, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Government of Brazil's Sao Paulo state says South Korean auto maker will build a $600 million plant in the city of Piracicaba.


Force Protection To Cut More Jobs

September 19, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Armored vehicle manufacturer is laying off more workers as its backlog of vehicles shrinks.


Fed, Foreign Banks Pump $180B Into Money Markets

September 18, 2008 1:40 pm | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve, working with central banks in Europe, Canada and Asia, pumped billions into money markets on Thursday to combat intensifying global financial crisis.


Brazil To Make AIDS Drug After Merck Deal Fails

September 18, 2008 10:25 am | News | Comments

Latin America's biggest country will produce an inexpensive generic version of an AIDS drug made by Merck after the company refused to reduce its price.


Kellogg Buys Australian Cereal Company

September 18, 2008 10:15 am | News | Comments

Cereal and snack maker says it has acquired Specialty Cereals Pty. Ltd., a privately owned manufacturer of natural ready-to-eat cereals based in Sydney, Australia.


China's Fatal Formula Raises Questions

September 18, 2008 10:13 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Scandal involving baby formula tainted with melamine has reawakened fears over product safety, and has consumers wondering how and why it happened.


Mercedes Cuts Hours, Production In Alabama

September 18, 2008 10:10 am | News | Comments

Automaker plans to eliminate Friday shifts and cut back to four-day work weeks as it reduces production at its Alabama assembly plant, according to published reports.


Economic Activity Outlook Falls In August

September 18, 2008 7:05 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Conference Board said its monthly forecast of future economic activity declined 0.5 percent in August, more than the 0.2 percent decline expected by Wall Street economists.


Invitrogen, Applied Biosystems To Restructure

September 18, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Companies said late Wednesday they plan to reorganize their businesses into four units following their combination this fall.


Probe: U.S. Lax On Policing Electronic Exports

September 18, 2008 6:55 am | by William C. Mann, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. is doing little to protect against the potential dangers of obsolete televisions, computers and other devices sent abroad for reuse or disposal, congressional investigators reported.


Hurricane Gustav Causes Jobless Claims To Rise

September 18, 2008 6:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

New applications for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week due to the impact of Hurricane Gustav, which hit the Louisiana coast over Labor Day weekend.


Maple Leaf Foods Reopens Plant Linked To Listeria

September 18, 2008 6:30 am | by Michael Oliveira, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Toronto food processing plant linked to Listeria-tainted meat hopes to restore consumer confidence as it prepares to relaunch products from that facility in stores next week.


FDA Looking Into Genetically Engineered Animals

September 18, 2008 6:28 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government will start considering industry proposals to sell genetically engineered animals as human food after ensuring that such animals are safe to eat.


Tyson Expanding In Brazil

September 18, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Meat producer bought two poultry companies and majority ownership in a third in southern Brazil, home to the country's biggest producers of corn and soybeans.


GM Expands Pontiac Lineup With Import

September 18, 2008 6:19 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it will begin selling the G3, a rebadged version of the Korean-built Chevrolet Aveo, under the Pontiac nameplate starting next year.


Agriprocessors Officials Enter Not Guilty Pleas

September 18, 2008 6:15 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Thousands of alleged child labor law violations represent the first criminal charges against operators of nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant following a May immigration raid.


Auto Execs Ask Pelosi To Support $25B Loan Program

September 18, 2008 5:55 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Detroit's top auto executives on Wednesday asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to fund a $25 billion loan program to help the companies modernize their plants.


BMW Supplier To Expand, Add 140 Jobs

September 18, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Automotive seating supplier Lear Corp. plans to spend $10.8 million to expand its plant in South Carolina.



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