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Governors Petition Feds To Help U.S. Automakers

October 30, 2008 1:45 pm | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Six state governors have sent a letter to federal officials asking that they take ‘immediate action’ to help troubled domestic automakers.


Former Agriprocessors Manager Arrested

October 30, 2008 10:53 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Authorities arrested former manager of the kosher slaughterhouse, Sholom Rubashkin, who allegedly helped many of the illegal workers get fake documents.


Trade Commission Sides With U.S. Paper Maker

October 30, 2008 10:46 am | by Dinesh Ramde, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. International Trade Commission sided with a Wisconsin paper maker that alleges German and Chinese companies hurt American companies by pricing thermal paper unfairly.


Report: Chinese Animal Feed Contained Melamine

October 30, 2008 10:45 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Melamine is commonly added to animal feed in China to fake higher protein levels, state media reported, offering a possible admission that the food supply could be rife with contamination.


Grainger Promotes Pulick, Macpherson

October 30, 2008 10:35 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Michael A. Pulick was promoted to Senior Vice President and President, while D.G. Macpherson will be responsible for a new global supply chain function.

Force Protection Battles Competition, Demand

October 30, 2008 10:25 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Military manufacturer that grew rapidly when the nation went to war, on Thursday unveiled a new prototype of a lighter armored vehicle on which the company is staking its future.


Twinkie-Maker Seeks Creditor Approval

October 30, 2008 10:09 am | News | Comments

Interstate Bakeries Corp. can begin seeking creditor approval of a plan that would allow the company to exit bankruptcy.


Ford Investing $200 Million In Kentucky

October 30, 2008 10:06 am | News | Comments

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday that Ford is planning to invest $100 million at the Kentucky Truck Plant and another $100 million at the Louisville Assembly plant.


Lennox To Cut 280 Jobs In Iowa

October 30, 2008 9:50 am | News | Comments

Company plans to eliminate 280 jobs at its air conditioner plant in Marshalltown by the end of the year.


Atmel Turns Down Microchip, ON Takeover Bids

October 30, 2008 9:00 am | News | Comments

Chip makers Microchip Technology and ON Semiconductor had proposed to buy Atmel for $2.3 billion, but the company’s board rejected the bid, saying the deal is not rich enough.


Latest GDP Reading Signals Recession

October 30, 2008 8:30 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Broadest barometer of the nation's economic health, gross domestic product, shrank at a 0.3 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported.


Survey: Trucking Weak In September

October 30, 2008 7:31 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

October survey showed weakening conditions across the industry, according to Longbow Research, as many retailers report shipping less freight ahead of the holiday season.


Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Cutting 2,500 Jobs

October 30, 2008 7:30 am | News | Comments

German printing press maker said Thursday it will axe up to 2,500 jobs in a cost-cutting drive as it deals with declining demand for printed periodicals.


Ball Closing 2 Manufacturing Plants

October 30, 2008 6:50 am | News | Comments

Plastic and metal packaging company said Thursday it will close its metal beverage packaging manufacturing plants in Kansas City, Mo., and Guayama, Puerto Rico.


Coca-Cola To Conserve Water, Reduce Emissions

October 30, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

World's biggest beverage maker set new goals in a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to save water and reduce carbon emissions in its manufacturing operations.


Motorola Postpones Spinoff After $397M 3Q Loss

October 30, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Maker of communications gear lost $397 million in the July-September period, delaying the planned spin-off of its cell phone unit originally planned for third quarter of next year.


ConocoPhillips: Gas Prices To Stabilize Around $3

October 30, 2008 6:32 am | by Dinesh Ramde, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gas prices are likely to stabilize around $3 per gallon, the head of the nation's third largest oil company predicted, after rising too much too fast over the summer.


Cirrus: No More Mass Layoffs Ahead

October 30, 2008 6:28 am | News | Comments

Duluth-based plane manufacturer Cirrus Design Corp. says it does not plan any more large layoffs after cutting 105 jobs this week.


Oshkosh Loses Chance At $20B Contract

October 30, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

In a decision that surprised Wall Street analysts, Oshkosh Corp. was eliminated from competition to develop a lightweight military tactical vehicle to replace the once mighty Humvee.


Honda Begins Alabama Plant Conversion

October 30, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Automaker has begun building test versions of the Ridgeline pickup at its Lincoln plant in effort to keep production levels up by converting the plant to assemble better-selling vehicles.



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