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Bad Economy? Farmers Have Incredible Year

December 12, 2011 9:29 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Farm profits are expected to spike by 28 percent this year to $100.9 billion, despite the economy, on higher prices for many crops and livestock.


Volvo Wants BP's Svanberg As New Chairman

December 12, 2011 9:23 am | News | Comments

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg was "recognized as a highly skilled leader" by the Swedish truck maker in its proposal.


Ga. Farmers Try To Bring Back Homegrown Olive Oil

December 12, 2011 9:23 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia may be best known for its peaches, peanuts and sweet Vidalia onions, but olives were long ago a homegrown commodity.


Carbon Plant Marks 20 Years In Miss.

December 12, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

Calgon Carbon Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of activated carbon products, has experienced impressive growth in the last two decades.


China's Exports Weaken While Imports Slow

December 12, 2011 9:16 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports slowed in November, raising the likelihood of further measures from Beijing to help prop up faltering growth and offset slack demand.


Academy: Labor Fight Shouldn't Derail Oscars

December 12, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

Workers and management at R.S. Owens & Company, which makes the golden statues, are fighting over a proposed wage freeze and benefit cuts.


Etihad Buys 12 More Boeing Jets

December 12, 2011 9:12 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fast-growing Gulf carrier is buying 10 more of Boeing's new 787-9 planes, making it the largest airline customer for that version of the carbon fiber jet.


Protests Boost Sales And Fears Of Sonic Blasters

December 12, 2011 9:11 am | by David Dishneau, Associated Press | News | Comments

More U.S. police are using the so-called Long-Range Acoustic Devices, which some say cause permanent hearing damage.


Lockheed Martin Gets $4B Jet Contract

December 12, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. have been awarded a military contract to provide 30 fighter jets to the Air Force, Navy, and the Marines.


Report: 7 Killed In Steel Mill Blast In Iran

December 12, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

Iran's official news agency is reporting that a blast caused by leftover ammunition has killed at least seven workers.


Abbott Labs Spends $400M On Development Deal

December 12, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker spent $400 million to collaborate with Reata Pharmaceuticals on the development of oral anti-inflammatory drugs.


HP To Make webOS Open-Source Software

December 9, 2011 3:03 pm | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Friday that it's making its webOS mobile system available as open-source software that anyone can use and modify freely.


Justice Dept Wants To Postpone AT&T-T-Mobile Trial

December 9, 2011 2:58 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The increasing government opposition is threatening the $39 billion deal, with analysts now giving it only a slim chance of going through.


France Fines P&G And Colgate

December 9, 2011 2:52 pm | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

P&G and Colgate-Palmolive were among companies fined by French authorities, who accused them of fixing laundry detergent prices for years.


Nitrogen Cylinder Falls At BP Refinery

December 9, 2011 2:40 pm | News | Comments

Coast Guard says a 140-foot cylinder of nitrogen landed in shallow water when a crane failed at the BP Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Wash.


Motorola Beats Apple In Patent Lawsuit

December 9, 2011 2:20 pm | News | Comments

German court has ruled that Apple is infringing on one of Motorola's mobile data communication patents through its sales of iPhone and iPad devices.


Labor Board Drops Boeing Complaint

December 9, 2011 1:49 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

NLRB officially dropped its high-profile case challenging Boeing's decision to open a nonunion aircraft manufacturing plant in South Carolina.


Dog Food Maker Issues Recall

December 9, 2011 1:45 pm | News | Comments

A Missouri-based company is recalling three dry dog food products because of high levels of the fungus toxin aflatoxin.


The Quality Trap

December 9, 2011 1:41 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The Quality function can be trapped into releasing a problem.  Prevent such, and your business performance will improve.

OSHA Cites Cargill For 23 Violations

December 9, 2011 9:39 am | News | Comments

Agency is proposing fines of $146,400 for 23 violations at a Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. ground beef production plant in Milwaukee.



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