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Army Awards Oshkosh Corp. $132M Contract

January 27, 2009 10:00 am | News | Comments

Defense division of Oshkosh Corp. has received another multimillion dollar military contract, this one to provide more than 1,700 armor kits for U.S. Army trucks.

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EU Automakers Want More State Aid

January 27, 2009 9:58 am | News | Comments

Car manufacturers' association ACEA is calling for soft loans to help the industry invest in cleaner cars and hold onto high-skilled workers.

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Ford Names A Ford Global Marketing Head

January 27, 2009 9:54 am | News | Comments

Automaker named Elena Ford, the great-great-granddaughter of its founder, as director of the automaker's global marketing, sales and service operations.

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Interstate Bakeries Nearing Bankruptcy Exit

January 27, 2009 9:40 am | News | Comments

Maker of Wonder Bread and Hostess Twinkies says it has reached an agreement ‘in principle’ on the remaining issues needed for it to exit more than four years of bankruptcy.

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Caterpillar Retirees Lose Court Case

January 27, 2009 9:35 am | News | Comments

Federal appeals court has ruled against Caterpillar Inc. retirees who contend the company reneged on providing them free health care for life.

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EU Dismisses Intel Antitrust Deadline Delay

January 27, 2009 9:22 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Appeals court dismissed U.S. chip maker's attempt to set aside a deadline to respond to charges that it deliberately harmed rival AMD by setting prices too low.

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Volvo Laying Off 650 Workers In Virginia

January 27, 2009 8:16 am | News | Comments

Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo has announced permanent layoffs of 650 workers at its truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va.

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Cooper Eliminating 2,200 Jobs

January 27, 2009 7:35 am | News | Comments

Electrical-equipment maker had said it would cut its work force by more than 1,000 employees, but as economic conditions worsened the company more than doubled the cutbacks.

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Obama May Regulate Greenhouse Gases

January 27, 2009 7:25 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

If EPA grants states permission to set a standard for reducing greenhouse gases from cars, experts say federal regulations and limits for industrial plants will soon follow.

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Navistar Closing Plants, Cutting 700 Jobs

January 27, 2009 7:20 am | News | Comments

Company plans to end operations at its Indianapolis engine plant and its Indianapolis Casting Corp. foundry as of July 31, costing 700 workers their jobs.

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Working Together Can Help Curb Cargo Theft

January 27, 2009 7:15 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net Cargo theft has been on the rise for years, but local task forces and other agency groups have been working successfully to curb the problem. But until more manufacturers and their shippers join the fight, cargo theft will continue to run rampant.

Corning Slashes 3,500 Jobs

January 27, 2009 7:12 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's largest maker of liquid crystal display glass said Tuesday it is cutting 13 percent of its payroll as fourth-quarter profit plunged 65 percent from a year earlier.

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GM Cutting Production In Russia

January 27, 2009 7:10 am | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. car giant said Tuesday it is cutting output in Russia as demand declines in a market only recently described as potentially the largest in Europe.

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Mitsubishi Extends Shutdown At Illinois Factory

January 27, 2009 7:10 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker said it will keep its factory in Normal, Ill., shut down for five extra weeks as it tries to reduce inventory levels in the sluggish auto market.

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Britain Offers Aid To Auto Industry

January 27, 2009 7:07 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Aid package would include guarantees to unlock loans of up to $1.8 billion from the European Investment Bank, plus additional loans to fund investment in green-friendly vehicles.

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Consumer Confidence Falls Further In January

January 27, 2009 5:50 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index edged down to 37.7 from a revised 38.6 in December, lower than economists expected.

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Records Reveal No Salmonella Test At Georgia Plant

January 27, 2009 5:10 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Georgia peanut butter plant at the center of an investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak was the only one where samples weren't pulled last year to test for the bacteria.

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UN Sees Slow Growth In Patent Filings

January 27, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

Almost 164,000 international patents were filed through the World Intellectual Property Organization last year, only about 2.4 percent more than in 2007.

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Astellas Offers To Buy CV Therapeutics

January 27, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

Japanese drug maker says it will pay $1 billion to acquire rival CV Therapeutics Inc. and is urging the U.S. company to consider the deal.

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Forecast: Retail Sales To Fall In 2009

January 27, 2009 4:45 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Retailers are expected to record a 0.5 percent drop in revenue in 2009, the first annual decline in three decades, according to a National Retail Federation forecast.

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