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Analysts: Boeing Strike May Delay 80 Plane Deliveries

November 4, 2008 4:10 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An eight-week strike that idled Boeing Co.'s commercial airplane plants during a period of peak production may have delayed the delivery of as many as 80 planes, analysts said.

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EU Opposes Rio Tinto Takeover

November 4, 2008 4:10 am | News | Comments

BHP Billiton Ltd. said EU regulators had highlighted antitrust problems with its hostile bid for rival Rio Tinto Inc. that would create the world's largest iron ore miner.

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EADS Slows Down A400M Production

November 4, 2008 4:07 am | News | Comments

Airbus parent company is throttling back on production of its new A400M military transport aircraft in response to delays in the delivery of its propulsion system.

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GM's October Sales Plunge 45 Percent

November 3, 2008 12:55 pm | by Tom Krisher and Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors' October U.S. sales plunged 45 percent and Ford's dropped 30 percent, as low consumer confidence and tight credit combined to scare customers away.

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Toyota Extends Zero-Percent Financing

November 3, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will continue its zero-percent financing incentive for another month after posting another steep sales drop.

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Plant Owner Pleads Guilty In Immigration Case

November 3, 2008 11:29 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Attorney's office says the president of a leather-goods factory raided last year has agreed to plead guilty to harboring and concealing illegal immigrants.

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AP: Potential GM-Chrysler Tie Up On Hold

November 3, 2008 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Discussions over potential government funding for a GM acquisition of Chrysler are on hold until after Tuesday's election, and the end result likely will be decided by the winner.

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CEO: Agriprocessors Is 'Struggling'

November 3, 2008 9:24 am | News | Comments

Bernard Feldman, chief executive officer of the embattled kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, says the plant is struggling to survive.

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Service Engineering Celebrates Building Expansion

November 3, 2008 8:50 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Indiana-based parts handling, automation and feeder bowl equipment manufacturer on Friday celebrated its newest building expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Amazon To Make Packaging Simpler, Less Wasteful

November 3, 2008 8:05 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com said Monday it is working with manufacturers to make the products it sells easier to open and more environmentally friendly.

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Oil Chiefs Warn Prices Could Spike

November 3, 2008 7:30 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Oil executives and political leaders said Monday that the era of cheap energy is over, and warned of another price spike if investment in oil production is curtailed.

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U.S. Manufacturing Sinks In October

November 3, 2008 7:17 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Measure of U.S. manufacturing activity plummeted in October to 38.9 -- its lowest level in 26 years -- as new orders slowed dramatically.

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Bosch To Cut Workers’ Hours

November 3, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier said Monday it plans to reduce working hours for some workers at a German plant later this week as the car industry cuts costs and braces for economic recession.

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Caraco Gets FDA Warning On Quality Control

November 3, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Generic drugmaker Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. said it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration over quality-control issues at its Detroit plant.

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Report: Midwest Expects Gloomy Economic Outlook

November 3, 2008 5:29 am | News | Comments

Survey of Midwest and Plains supply managers suggests they are dour about the regional economy over the next six months, as the confidence index falls to record low of 22.8.

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Dana Executive Chairman Takes New Role As CEO

November 3, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier Dana Holding Corp. said Monday that John Devine, its executive chairman, will take on the additional job of chief executive at the beginning of 2009.

Stec Names New CFO

November 3, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

Memory chip maker on Monday said it named Raymond D. Cook as its chief financial officer to succeed Dan Moses, who is retiring effective Nov. 10.

Canadian Meat Producers Protest U.S. Label Law

November 3, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

Beef and pork producers want the Canadian government to launch a trade challenge against the U.S. over a new law that requires country-of-origin labeling for fresh meat.

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VeraSun Energy Files For Bankruptcy Protection

November 3, 2008 4:45 am | by Dirk Lammers, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Nation's second largest ethanol producer said it is seeking bankruptcy protection after skyrocketing corn costs and a deterioration in capital markets left the company short on cash.

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Report: Panasonic May Buy Sanyo

November 3, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker is said to be planning a tender offer for Sanyo, according to a report Sunday by Dow Jones.

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