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Toyota's Sales Edge Up While GM, Ford Drop

May 1, 2008 12:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM and Ford saw double-digit U.S. sales declines but Toyota's sales rose 3 percent in April as high gas prices accelerated consumers' rush away from trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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U.S. Manufacturing Limps Along In April

May 1, 2008 7:07 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Sector’s recession continues, with both new orders and production declining, though the weak dollar provides hope in the form of export orders.

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Company Moving 80 Jobs From Mexico To Iowa

May 1, 2008 7:05 am | News | Comments

Tech Group Industries, a manufacturer of electrical devices for cars, appliance and cell phones, plans to move 80 jobs from Mexico to North Liberty, Iowa.

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Novavax Opens New Vaccine Plant

May 1, 2008 6:54 am | News | Comments

Vaccine maker opened its first plant that will be used to manufacture vaccines for infectious diseases in the U.S.

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Chinese Faucet Maker Begins Production At New Facility

May 1, 2008 6:35 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Fuda Faucet Works’ new 229,703 sq. ft. operating facility will triple production capabilities to 3.5 million sets per year.

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Owens Corning Completes Sale Of Two Plants

May 1, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Company completed the sale of two composite manufacturing plants in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway to Platinum Equity for $242 Million.

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Peerless Manufacturing Acquires Nitram Energy

May 1, 2008 6:15 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Maker of air pollution reduction products and filtration equipment announced it has completed its acquisition of privately owned Nitram Energy for $65 million in cash.

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U.S. Jobless Claims Jump By 35,000

May 1, 2008 5:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP | News | Comments

Labor Department reports number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits soared last week to 380,000.

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March Consumer Spending Up

May 1, 2008 5:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP | News | Comments

Consumer spending rose at a faster pace than expected, although virtually all of the gain occurred because of big increases in the price of energy and other products.

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Missouri Cuts Back Enticements For Bombardier

May 1, 2008 5:35 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

In an attempt to win legislative approval of the deal, Missouri has scaled back the incentives it is offering Canadian airplane maker to open a plant in Kansas City.

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House Passes New Combustible Dust Safety Standards

May 1, 2008 5:33 am | by Jesse J. Holland, APOLLAND | News | Comments

Legislation would give workers new protections from combustible dust explosions like the one that killed 13 people in a Georgia factory in February.

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Canada Industries Fined $40 Million For Pollution

May 1, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Major industries, including oilsands upgraders and coal-fired power plants, have paid $40 million in fines for failing to meet the province's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Merck Warned To Fix Vaccine Plant Problems

May 1, 2008 5:21 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FDA found 'significant objectionable conditions' in the manufacture of vaccines and drug ingredients during repeated inspections at the plant in West Point, Pa.

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New Wind Facility Coming To North Dakota

May 1, 2008 5:18 am | News | Comments

Division of electric utility and manufacturer Otter Tail Corp. plans to build a $121 million wind energy facility in North Dakota by the end of the year.

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Chromalox Closing Two Wisconsin Plants

May 1, 2008 5:13 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of industrial heating products plans to shut down its plants at Albany and Orfordville, affecting 110 employees.

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GM Loses $3.3 Billion, Cuts U.S. Sales Outlook

April 30, 2008 12:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker struggled to a first-quarter loss, due in part to a weak U.S. market, a strike at a major parts supplier and plummeting sales of sport utility vehicles and pickups.

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CAW Expects Chrysler, GM To Agree To Ford Deal

April 30, 2008 12:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers President Buzz Hargrove says he expects Chrysler and General Motors to agree to new contracts similar to a recent deal with automaker Ford.

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Fed Cuts Key Rate, Says U.S. Economy Still Weak

April 30, 2008 12:20 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point Wednesday, a smaller move than the aggressive easing it undertook earlier this year.

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FDA Raising Staff Levels By 1,300

April 30, 2008 12:17 pm | by Dibya Sarkar, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hiring announcement comes as consumer advocates and lawmakers blast the agency for lax oversight, the drug industry pushes for swifter approval of their products and medical experts decry the lack of regulatory resources.

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GlaxoSmithKline Reorganizing, Consolidating

April 30, 2008 12:14 pm | by Damian Troise, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company says it is reorganizing, setting up new emerging markets unit to reach growing areas, while consolidating its North American operations.

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