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Olin Corp. Receives New Mercury Pollution Complaints

April 24, 2008 6:45 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Environmental group renewed its call for an Olin Corp. chlorine plant to stop mercury pollution that is contaminating the Hiwassee River in eastern Tennessee.


Three States Now Vying For New VW Plant

April 24, 2008 6:35 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen narrowed its list of states competing for a potential U.S. production facility to Alabama, Michigan and Tennessee.


Hong Kong Firms Struggling With Chinese Labor Laws

April 24, 2008 6:29 am | News | Comments

Manufacturers in the industrial hotbed in Guangdong Province are facing difficulties from higher labor costs and tough labor laws that may force some to close.


Qimonda Forms Partnership With Japanese Chip Maker

April 24, 2008 6:23 am | News | Comments

German memory chip maker has agreed to form a technology partnership with Elpida Memory Inc. for joint development of DRAM chips.


U.S. Firm, Brazil To Make Diesel Fuel From Sugarcane

April 24, 2008 6:15 am | by Alan Clendenning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amyris Biotechnologies is teaming up with Brazilian ethanol producers to turn sugarcane into diesel fuel in a joint venture that could churn out 1 billion gallons a year by 2015.


India Raising Cap On Foreign Investment In Defense

April 24, 2008 6:08 am | News | Comments

Defense Ministry plans to raise the 26 percent cap on foreign direct investment, a move aimed at attracting global military and aerospace companies to invest in the country.


Food Company Opening $4 Million Plant In S.C.

April 24, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Augusta, Ga.-based FPL Food plans to open a plant in West Columbia that will employ about 100 people.


Brewer Can't Advertise 'Legal Weed' On Bottle Caps

April 24, 2008 6:01 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

California brewer claimed he's only exploiting a town name, but federal alcohol regulators ordered him to stop selling beer bottles with caps that say 'Try Legal Weed.'


Japan: No Ban After U.S. Beef Violation

April 24, 2008 6:00 am | by Joseph Coleman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Despite the discovery of a spinal column in a meat shipment from an American processing plant, Japan will not impose a blanket ban on U.S. beef imports.


Washington State Aluminum Can Plant Closing

April 24, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Ball Corp. said Wednesday it will close an aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant in Kent, Wash., that employs 111 people.


German Business Confidence Hits 2-Year Low

April 24, 2008 5:42 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Business confidence fell to 102.4 points in April, after three months of increases, reflecting concern about the record-setting euro and soaring oil prices.


GM: American Axle Strike Likely Hurt 1Q Fleet Sales

April 24, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two-month strike at its parts supplier may have cost the automaker sales of 7,000 to 10,000 vehicles to fleet buyers, a GM sales executive said.


Report: FDA Finds Problems At Merck Vaccine Plant

April 24, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Philadelphia Inquirer says federal inspectors are reporting 49 areas of concern at Merck & Co. Inc.'s vaccine plant in Montgomery County.


Ford Posts Better-Than-Expected 1Q Profit

April 24, 2008 5:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker surprised Wall Street with a $100 million profit as strong results from Europe and South America helped offset the impact of a slumping U.S. economy.


Italian Car Designer Opening Research Center In India

April 24, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Pininfarina SpA will open a research, design and engineering center in Pune, India, with the Tata Group.


Airbus Hopes China Will Boost Demand For A380

April 24, 2008 5:19 am | News | Comments

Plane maker forecast 'substantial' demand for its A380 superjumbo in China as international traffic to mega cities such as Beijing or Shanghai increases.


Make An In Vitro Chicken, Win $1 Million From PETA

April 23, 2008 11:30 am | News | Comments

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a million-dollar prize to anyone who can create a commercially viable poultry product in a laboratory.


QAD Explore 2008

April 23, 2008 11:19 am | Events

QAD, a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturers, has announced that Kevin Carroll, author, speaker and agent for...

Wal-Mart Details RFID Long-Term Plans

April 23, 2008 7:15 am | by Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Retailer promised products with an RFID tag would be clearly labeled and plans to have the inventory-tracking device on all products sold at Sam’s Club by 2010.

GE's Immelt Expecting Rough Economic Times

April 23, 2008 6:57 am | News | Comments

General Electric CEO tells shareholders the economy is the toughest it's been since 2001 and the U.S. is facing the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression.



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