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Tompkins Names VP, Transportation Services

September 30, 2008 11:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Global supply chain services company has named transportation expert Don Anderson as Vice President of Transportation Services.

Erie Plastics Enters Bankruptcy Protection

September 30, 2008 11:00 am | News | Comments

Pennsylvania plastics plant that recently lost Proctor & Gamble as a major customer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it mulls a possible sale to Ohio investors.

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Hong Kong: Cadbury Melamine Levels Acceptable

September 30, 2008 10:30 am | by Dikky Sinn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Amount of melamine found in two samples of chocolate made at British candy maker’s Beijing factory was legally acceptable for human consumption, said authorities.

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Goodyear Temporarily Shuts Down Alabama Plant

September 30, 2008 10:25 am | News | Comments

Company officials said Monday they temporarily closed the plant because of a shortage of raw materials used in producing tires and to reduce the company's tire production.

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Merck: We're Not ImClone Bidder

September 30, 2008 10:08 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug maker's executive board chairman said he doesn't know who the unknown bidder is and that Merck would not bid alone for ImClone.

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Auto Industry Loan Package: Timing Is Everything

September 30, 2008 9:00 am | by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers | Articles | Comments

By Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers If credit remains locked up and auto sales continue to slump, the federal government's $25 billion loan package for the auto industry could be a huge help in keeping Detroit's downtrodden automakers afloat, according to lawmakers and industry analysts.

What Could You Do With $700 Billion?

September 30, 2008 8:20 am | by Nancy Benac, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

With Washington trying to finagle a $700 billion rescue for the nation's financial system, the federal money sought by other projects is starting to look like chump change.

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Natty Boh Still Draws Beer Fans In Baltimore

September 30, 2008 8:14 am | by Anne Riley, Associated Press | News | Comments

National Bohemian hasn't been brewed in Baltimore for 30 years, but that hasn't kept Mr. Boh, the beer's iconic one-eyed mascot, from the hearts of Baltimoreans.

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Intersil Buys Kenet

September 30, 2008 8:00 am | News | Comments

High-speed integrated circuit maker is acquiring Kenet Inc., which designs chips for the conversion of analog to digital signals, for an undisclosed amount.

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GE Healthcare Buys MicroCal LLC

September 30, 2008 8:00 am | News | Comments

General Electric unit bought instrument maker MicroCal for an undisclosed amount, a move GE said will bolster its drug discovery technology offerings.

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Volvo Cutting 1,400 Jobs In Europe

September 30, 2008 7:59 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Swedish truck and bus maker said it plans to lay off around 1,400 workers at truck plants in Belgium and Sweden to adjust to falling demand in the European market.

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Consumer Confidence Rises Unexpectedly

September 30, 2008 6:22 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September's reading still hovers near an historic 16-year low and does not fully reflect the financial meltdown that has rocked both Wall Street and Main Street in recent days.

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Honeywell Gets $300 Million Airbus Contract

September 30, 2008 6:21 am | News | Comments

Company said it is selling IntuVue weather radar systems to Airbus for use on the A320, A330 and A340 aircraft.

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Deere Forms Joint Venture In India

September 30, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Agriculture equipment maker is forming a joint venture with India's Ashok Leyland Ltd. to manufacture backhoes and four-wheel-drive loaders for sale in India and overseas.

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Bailout Failure Could Cause 'Painful' Recession

September 30, 2008 6:14 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

President Bush warned on Tuesday that the economic damage will be 'painful and lasting' if Congress doesn't revive the $700 billion package.

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Immunogen CEO To Step Down In January

September 30, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Biotechnology company said Tuesday that Mitchel Sayare, who has led the company for most of its history, will give up his role as chief executive on Jan. 1, 2009.

Judge: Hexion Must Complete Huntsman Buyout

September 30, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

Delaware judge has refused to allow Hexion Specialty Chemicals to walk away from a $6.5 billion buyout of chemicals maker Huntsman Corporation.

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Campbell Soup Completes French Unit Sale

September 30, 2008 5:51 am | News | Comments

Company sold its condiments business in France to Lesieur, which is indirectly held by Sofiproteol, the financial unit of the French oilseed producer.

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Dell Japan Reports Smoking PC Defect

September 30, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Japanese unit of Dell said Tuesday it has found 13 cases where its desktop computers have emitted smoke due to possible defects in the power supply unit.

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Japan Auto Output Slumps 10.9 Percent

September 30, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Auto production in Japan fell in August for the first decline in 13 months due to sluggish demand amid soaring fuel prices and declining exports.

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