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PETA Alleges Animal Abuse At Tyson Plant

January 18, 2008 4:34 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it is looking into allegations made by the animal rights organization about the company's slaughter practices at plants in Georgia and Tennessee.

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Proposed Canadarm Sale Draws Critics

January 18, 2008 4:28 am | by Bruce Cheadle, CP | News | Comments

Opposition argues sale threatens to put Canada in breach of the 1997 international landmines treaty and could make Canadian technology a contributor to an arms race in space.

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Former Soviet Union Snapping Up U.S. Farm Equipment

January 18, 2008 4:16 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Russia imported $281 million in American farm machinery products through June 2007, a 112 percent increase from the previous year.

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Fed: Manufacturers Face Rough Times Ahead

January 17, 2008 11:30 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve's snapshot of business conditions showed a national economy losing momentum heading into the new year and a future riddled with uncertainty.

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GM Expects $5B Labor Cost Reduction By 2011

January 17, 2008 10:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said a good chunk of the reduction will come from the new contract agreement reached last year with the United Auto Workers.

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U.S. Wind Energy Capacity, Investments Surged In 2007

January 17, 2008 7:55 am | by Dan Caterinicchia, AP | News | Comments

More than $9 billion in investments helped the nation's wind-generation capacity grow by 45 percent last year, the American Wind Energy Association reports.

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Delphi: Most Creditors OK Bankruptcy Exit Plan

January 17, 2008 6:00 am | by Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier says 81 percent of about 4,000 eligible creditors who voted on the plan have endorsed it.

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Europe's Trade Deficit With China Swells

January 17, 2008 5:50 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Trade gap with China ballooned by 25 percent in the first 10 months of 2007 from the year-earlier period, making China Europe's biggest source of imported goods.

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Philly Area Manufacturing Reports Record Lows

January 17, 2008 5:34 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

The general activity index for the region was at -20.9, its lowest since October 2001, with little optimism from executives about the months ahead.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Again

January 17, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Claims for unemployment benefits totaled 301,000, down 21,000 from the previous week.

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Report: Exports Cushion Weakness In Manufacturing

January 17, 2008 5:06 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI suggests that exports and multinational interests are helping companies weather the U.S. economic storm.

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PC Shipments Stronger Than Forecast

January 17, 2008 5:05 am | by Mark Jewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. growth rate beat predictions, countering recent forecasts that spending growth in the broader U.S. technology sector would slow this year.

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ArcelorMittal To Cut Jobs At French Plant

January 17, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

World's largest steelmaker will shed jobs from a loss-making plant in eastern France that makes wire rod.

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Feds Look For Links Between Slaughterhouse Illnesses

January 17, 2008 4:50 am | by Martiga Lohn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating illnesses reported by several workers at a pig slaughterhouse in Indiana and those seen recently in workers at a Minnesota pork plant.

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Nordic Paper Maker’s Workers Walk Out

January 17, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

About 2,500 personnel walked out at Stora Enso plants in Finland to protest layoffs and mill closures, union officials said.

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Korean Countertop Maker Opening Facility In Ontario

January 17, 2008 4:31 am | News | Comments

LEDC will build a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility in London, Ont., creating at least 200 jobs.

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Mexico Expects Growth In 2008 Manufacturing Exports

January 17, 2008 4:30 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing exports will grow by at least 5 percent, according to a group that represents the majority of the country's manufacture-for-export plants.

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Kellogg Acquires Russian Food Company

January 17, 2008 4:26 am | News | Comments

World's leading maker of breakfast cereals bought the United Bakers Group, a leading Russian maker of crackers, biscuits and breakfast cereals for an undisclosed price.

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Ottawa: Ford Won't Get Aid For Windsor Plant

January 17, 2008 4:21 am | News | Comments

Finance Minister says Ford of Canada won't get direct financial help to reopen the engine plant because the government doesn't believe in targeted subsidies to specific firms.

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Japan May Use Tax Breaks To Promote Clean Diesels

January 17, 2008 4:15 am | News | Comments

Japan may introduce subsidies and tax breaks for buyers of passenger cars equipped with clean diesel engines as early as in fiscal 2009 in an attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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