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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Grainger Promotes Pulick, Macpherson

October 30, 2008 10:35 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Survey: Trucking Weak In September

October 30, 2008 7:31 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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