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IBM Laying Off 100 Temp Workers

November 5, 2008 8:18 am | News | Comments

Company is confirming it has laid off 100 temporary manufacturing employees at its Essex Junction, Vt., plant.

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AK Steel To Levy Surcharge On Electrical Steel

November 5, 2008 8:10 am | News | Comments

Steel maker said Wednesday a surcharge of $185 per ton will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in December.

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Toyota Canada Not Worried About New Scion Launch

November 5, 2008 8:00 am | by Steve Mertl, CP Writer | News | Comments

Automaker has no plans to delay its ramp-up to the 2010 launch of its youth-oriented Scion despite economic forecasts that the country is on the edge of a recession.

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GlaxoSmithKline Cutting 1,000 U.S. Sales Jobs

November 5, 2008 7:45 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

British drugmaker is restructuring its U.S. operations, starting with reducing its U.S. sales force by 1,000, following many of its top competitors in eliminating sales jobs.

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Boeing Delays 787 Test Flight -- Again

November 5, 2008 7:43 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Airplane maker said the first test flight of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner jetliner has been postponed until next year due to an eight-week strike by union workers.

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Cerberus: U.S. Can't Let Automakers Fail

November 5, 2008 7:01 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Head of the company that owns most of Chrysler LLC says the country needs an economic stimulus package and must make sure the domestic auto industry doesn't fail.

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Intersil Cutting 140 Employees

November 5, 2008 6:02 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor company Intersil Corp. said Wednesday it is cutting its global work force by 9 percent because of the current economic turmoil.

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Agriprocessors Files For Bankruptcy

November 5, 2008 6:00 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Kosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming a May immigration raid for financial difficulties.

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Missouri Glass Maker Lays Off 190

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

Piramal Glass in Park Hills, Mo., says it is laying off 190 workers because of the troubled economy.

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HNI Corp. Names Head Of Allsteel Division

November 5, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

Office furniture manufacturer said Tuesday it has named Jeff Lorenger president of the company's Allsteel Inc. unit.

N.H. Suffers More Manufacturing Layoffs

November 5, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

State’s manufacturing industry lost 700 jobs in August and September, and the layoffs keep coming as Hoyt Electrical Instruments laid off another handful of workers in less than a month.

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Delta Faucet Cuts 45 Jobs

November 5, 2008 4:47 am | News | Comments

Company's plumbing fixtures plant in West Tennessee has laid off 45 workers as the housing downturn continues to drag down the economy.

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Former Georgia-Pacific Workers Called Back To Mill

November 5, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

About 160 former employees of an idle pulp and paper mill in Old Town, Maine, will soon be going back to work now that the court-approved sale of the facility has been made official.

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Domtar Shutting Down Paper Machine

November 5, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Canadian lumber and writing-paper maker said it is shutting down a paper machine at an Ontario mill, a move that will affect roughly 195 employees.

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Microsoft Focuses On China For R & D

November 5, 2008 4:36 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Software giant expects its Beijing research center to start producing breakthroughs that could lead to global products in health care and other areas, its chief research officer said.

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ThyssenKrupp $4.2B Ala. Steel Mill Taking Shape

November 5, 2008 4:35 am | News | Comments

German steelmaker says its plans for a giant steel mill in Alabama remain on schedule a year after breaking ground on the facility and production begins in 2010.

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Chinese Factory Owner Detained In Melamine Scandal

November 5, 2008 4:33 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Authorities detained the owner of a feed processing factory suspected of selling chicken feed tainted with melamine that was later found in eggs, state media said.

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ArcelorMittal Plans Deep Output Cuts

November 5, 2008 4:26 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's largest steelmaker said it will cut output by nearly a third as a sharp economic slowdown dampens demand for steel used in houses and cars.

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Boeing 787 Fastener Problem Might Delay Delivery

November 5, 2008 4:25 am | News | Comments

Analyst said Boeing must inspect about 350,000 fasteners on each of the 20-plus 787s under production and possibly replace fasteners incorrectly installed.

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Siemens Makes $1.3 Billion Provision For Settlements

November 5, 2008 4:20 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Industrial conglomerate will set aside approximately $1.3 billion for any settlements related to ongoing corruption investigations at the company.

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