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Microchip Technology Names 3 New VPs

May 19, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Company has named Eric Bjornholt as vice president of Finance, Lauren Carr as vice president of Human Resources, and Pete Zimmer as vice president of Americas Sales.

New Jersey Ups Mandates For Hazmat Companies

May 19, 2008 6:05 am | by Brad Haynes, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Officials are mandating regular reviews for safety upgrades at the 89 most dangerous chemical plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants and industrial facilities in the state.

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Manitowoc Ups Bid For Enodis

May 19, 2008 5:51 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Bidding war for British cooking equipment supplier Enodis heats up as Manitowoc Co. Inc. makes a second offer to trump an approach by Illinois Tool Works Inc.

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Auto Parts Supplier Lear Closing Michigan Plant

May 19, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Lear Corp. plans to close a Romulus, Mich., plant as part of a restructuring at the auto parts supplier, costing about 300 workers their jobs.

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Brunswick Subsidiary Keeping A Positive Outlook

May 19, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Officials at Mercury Marine say the Fond du Lac, Wis., company is reassessing its strengths after its parent company Brunswick Corporation announced a manufacturing slowdown.

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Peugeot Citroen, Mitsubishi Partner In Russia

May 19, 2008 5:43 am | News | Comments

French carmaker and Mitsubishi to make mid-sized sport utility vehicles under the Citroen, Peugeot and Mitsubishi brands, and mid-sized cars for Peugeot and Citroen in Russia.

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Toyota Plant Restarts After Chinese Quake

May 19, 2008 5:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Production has restarted at Toyota's joint venture auto plant in China after it was halted for a week after a deadly earthquake struck nearby.

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Indiana Plastic Plant To Close, Idling 286 Workers

May 19, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Plastech Engineered Products will close its Elwood, Ind., manufacturing plant in mid-July, idling the plastic injection-molding plant's 286 workers.

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Nissan, NEC To Mass Produce Lithium-Ion Batteries

May 19, 2008 5:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's joint venture with electronics maker NEC will invest $115 million to produce lithium-ion batteries -- a technology widely viewed as key for next-generation 'green' cars.

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GM Workers Return To Work In Ohio

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

Hundreds of employees are returning to work at a Dayton, Ohio-area General Motors plant that was idled by the strike at a major parts supplier.

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Wabtec Buying Italy's Poli SpA

May 19, 2008 5:21 am | News | Comments

Railroad equipment supplier signed an agreement to buy Italian rail braking equipment manufacturer Poli SpA for $82.6 million in cash.

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UNIST Names Mark Cooper National Sales Manager

May 16, 2008 12:35 pm | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Manufacturer of fluid delivery systems for industrial applications, has promoted Mark Cooper to the position of national sales manager of all UNIST products.

U.S. Won't Cite China As Currency Manipulator

May 16, 2008 12:13 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Despite pressure in Congress for penalties, Bush administration declined to cite China for manipulating its currency to gain unfair trade advantages against the U.S.

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GM Workers Vote On Local Contract

May 16, 2008 11:05 am | by Tim Martin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President of a United Auto Workers local at a key General Motors factory said Friday he's optimistic workers will approve a new local contract and end a month-long strike.

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Paulson: Financial Markets ‘Considerably Calmer'

May 16, 2008 10:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary said financial markets are 'considerably calmer' now than they were two months ago, predicting the economy will be rebounding by the second half of this year.

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Molson Coors Office To Stay In Denver

May 16, 2008 10:19 am | News | Comments

Head of brewer Molson Coors says the company will keep its headquarters in Denver regardless of possible relocations as a result of its pending joint venture with SABMiller.

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Thermo Fisher Names COO

May 16, 2008 10:15 am | News | Comments

Maker of laboratory supplies and scientific instruments has named group president Marc N. Casper to the newly created post of chief operating officer.

The Making Of ‘How It’s Made’

May 16, 2008 10:00 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net “How It’s Made”, a television show featured on the Science Channel that documents how ordinary items such as buttons and bolts are manufactured has millions of viewers worldwide and is growing in popularity. Jean-Marc St-Pierre, president of Productions MAJ, the show’s producer, explains just what it is that makes the show so popular.

Maine Shipyard Workers To Vote On Contract

May 16, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

Spokesman John Carr says he believes the proposed four-year contract that Machinists’ Local S6 shipbuilders will consider on Sunday is ‘one of the best in the industry.’

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Flextronics CFO Resigns

May 16, 2008 7:10 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Thomas Smach is resigning as chief financial officer to pursue other interests outside the company; Paul Reed will be appointed to CFO upon Smach’s departure.

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