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Smucker Acquires New Orleans Plant In Folgers Deal

June 5, 2008 5:20 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Folgers coffee plant in New Orleans, damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina but now back at full operation with about 440 employees, is getting a new owner.


Bernanke: No Repeat Of '70s Price Problems

June 5, 2008 5:09 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chairman said he doesn't believe the U.S. will experience the out-of-control prices seen with 1970s oil shocks.


Court Blocks Oklahoma Immigration Law

June 5, 2008 5:02 am | by Ron Jenkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal judge blocked portions of the state's tough anti-illegal immigration law, saying it is 'substantially likely' the law is unconstitutional.


Canadian GM Workers Protest To Keep Plant Open

June 4, 2008 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Angry employees gathered outside GM’s Canadian head office, saying they wouldn't leave until the automaker agrees to keep its Oshawa truck assembly plant open.


Airbus Receives $4.68B Order From Italian Airline

June 4, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

European planemaker said Italy's Air One has ordered 24 jets which would be worth $4.68 billion at list prices, including 12 medium capacity long-range A350s.


Emerson Drops $1.4B Bid For Chloride

June 4, 2008 11:35 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Emerson Electric abandoned its pursuit of Europe's largest maker of backup power supplies after the company rejected a sweetened $1.36 billion takeover proposal.


Honda, Porsche Top J.D. Power Quality Study

June 4, 2008 11:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Study released Wednesday measures problems in the first 90 days of ownership, surveying 81,500 people who bought or leased vehicles from the 2008 model year.


Greeting Card Company Cutting Jobs In Indiana

June 4, 2008 11:14 am | News | Comments

Sunrise Greetings will close its manufacturing operations in Bloomington by early next year, eliminating about 60 jobs.


Mexico Lowers Wages To Attract Auto Production

June 4, 2008 11:09 am | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Auto unions are taking a cue from U.S. labor leaders by offering two-tier hiring schemes and salary cuts that bring already low wages down to near-Chinese levels.


Mylan Sued For Patent Infringement

June 4, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

Generic drug maker is being sued by Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo for patent infringement on blood pressure drug Azor.


Modine Announces Management Promotions

June 4, 2008 6:35 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Thermal management systems maker has promoted several senior-level leaders to vice president positions in the company.

FormFactor Announces New CEO

June 4, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Chip testing equipment maker named President Mario Ruscev as chief executive to succeed founder Igor Khandros.

USDA: Two Antibiotics Found In Tyson Chicken

June 4, 2008 6:10 am | by Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Inspectors said the meat producer gave chickens advertised as ‘raised without antibiotics’ an antibiotic that can be used in humans, on top of another the company said it gave.


EU Adds Trade Charges To Chinese Imports

June 4, 2008 5:59 am | News | Comments

European Union added trade charges of up to 40 percent to surging Chinese imports of the flavor enhancer MSG, saying Chinese companies were illegally selling below cost.


Global Oil Prices To Remain High And Volatile

June 4, 2008 5:38 am | News | Comments

Oil prices are expected to remain high over the long term amid signs that crude supplies are just barely keeping up with growing global demand, experts said.


J.M. Smucker Buys Folgers For $2.95 Billion

June 4, 2008 5:34 am | News | Comments

Jams and jellies maker made a $2.95 billion bid for more of the breakfast table Wednesday, announcing an all-stock deal for Folgers coffee.


Survey: IT Managers Struggle With Front, Back Office

June 4, 2008 5:30 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Cincom Systems survey shows that while the majority of IT managers want to become customer value-driven, they aren’t tracking the necessary metrics.

Novartis Buys Antibiotics Maker

June 4, 2008 5:24 am | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceuticals company buying U.S.-based antibiotics developer Protez Pharmaceuticals for as much as $400 million.


Wind Tower Maker Expanding Facilities, Hiring 350

June 4, 2008 5:20 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Expansion will make DMI Industries one of the largest wind tower manufacturers in North America, said a spokeswoman for the American Wind Energy Association.


Oil Prices Slide Below $124 A Barrel

June 4, 2008 5:18 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Prices dropped as concerns about demand deepened and after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated that more U.S. interest rate cuts are unlikely.



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