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GM: Buyers Can Still Get Car Loans

October 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is launching a campaign this week to reach people who have stopped looking for cars out of fear that they can't get a loan as it tries to boost October sales.

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Louisiana 'Optimistic' About GM Assembly Plant

October 16, 2008 5:25 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Economic development chief 'cautiously optimistic' GM will consider a new vehicle line for its Shreveport assembly plant, which has been hit by more than 2,000 job cuts.

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Move Over Silver, Blue Named Car Color Of Tomorrow

October 16, 2008 5:25 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automotive paint supplier PPG Industries predicts blues, particularly more vibrant, richer, complex blues, will take on a more important role in car styling.

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6,500 Without Jobs As Chinese Toy Maker Closes

October 16, 2008 5:22 am | News | Comments

Three factories operated by Hong Kong-listed toy maker Smart Union Group in southern China have shut down, leaving more than 6,500 workers jobless.

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Tesla Delays Production Of All-Electric Sedan

October 16, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Automaker said it will scale back the development of its all-electric Model S sedan until its Department of Energy loan guarantee becomes effective, citing the tough economy.

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Battered Chinese Dairies Promise Safety

October 16, 2008 5:18 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chinese dairy executives trying to shore up their beleaguered industry pledged to implement higher standards, while nearly 6,000 babies remained hospitalized due to tainted milk.

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Fed: U.S. Is In An Economic Rut

October 15, 2008 1:55 pm | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Latest snapshot of business conditions showed economy continued to lose traction in early fall, reflecting mounting damage as financial and credit problems worsened.

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‘Aging Suit’ Simulates Older Drivers’ Difficulties

October 15, 2008 10:35 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

With the 65 and older population in the U.S. expected to double by 2030, automakers are using aging suits to help design vehicles that are safer and more comfortable.

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Safran To Acquire Motorola Biometrics Unit

October 15, 2008 9:00 am | News | Comments

French aerospace and defense manufacturer said Wednesday it would buy Motorola’s biometrics unit, which makes fingerprint scanners.

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Asarco: Sterlite Won't Complete $2.6B Buyout

October 15, 2008 8:55 am | News | Comments

Acquisition of bankrupt copper miner Asarco for $2.6 billion by India-based Sterlite Industries is in doubt after Sterlite said it was backing out of the deal.

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Bush, Paulson: Economy’s Recovery Will Take Time

October 15, 2008 8:14 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

President and Treasury Secretary said $250 billion cash infusion plan should stabilize the system, induce banks to lend again, and -- eventually -- help improve the economy.

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Union: Waterford Crystal To Cut Most Irish Workers

October 15, 2008 8:00 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Ireland’s Waterford Crystal plans to jettison most of its remaining Irish work force and produce the bulk of its hand-cut glassware overseas, union representatives said Tuesday.

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Spansion, Advanced Semiconductor Form Joint Venture

October 15, 2008 7:51 am | News | Comments

Flash memory chip maker and Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering agreed to form a venture that would jointly own a Spansion manufacturing facility in China.

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Bridgestone Forms New Americas Unit

October 15, 2008 7:50 am | News | Comments

World’s largest tire and rubber company is creating a new entity called Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations to oversee business in North and South America.

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Nissan Recalls 200,000 Vehicles To Fix Air Bags

October 15, 2008 7:47 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker said Wednesday it was recalling more than 200,000 vehicles to fix a sensor system that could affect the car's passenger side air bag.

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Heinz CFO: Company Will Grow In Tough Economy

October 15, 2008 7:45 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Maker of Heinz Ketchup and Ore-Ida potatoes will focus on food innovation and branding to help carry it through tough economic times, said its chief financial officer.

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Kohler Laying Off 50 In Wisconsin

October 15, 2008 7:44 am | News | Comments

Kitchen and bath products maker permanently laid off 50 workers Tuesday due to the 'overall weakened economy, fueled by the housing slump'.

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Great Dane Trailers Cutting 108 Jobs

October 15, 2008 7:40 am | News | Comments

Company will lay off 108 workers at its Terre Haute, Ind., plant and blames the economic downturn and the inability of many smaller customers to obtain financing.

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Delhi Transport Orders 3,125 Natural Gas Buses

October 15, 2008 7:33 am | News | Comments

Indian transit company ordered 3,125 natural gas buses equipped with engines made by Cummins Westport, a joint venture of Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc.

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CyberShift Names VP, Channel Support

October 15, 2008 7:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Provider of workforce management and expense management software and services named Jon-Marc Patton to the newly created position of vice president, Channel Support.

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