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Big Particle Collider To Cost $21 Million To Fix

November 17, 2008 4:25 am | by Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Fixing the world's largest atom smasher will cost at least $21 million and may take until early summer, its operator said after an electrical failure shut down the $10 billion machine.

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FDA Opening Offices In China

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

U.S. FDA will open three offices in China in an unprecedented effort to improve the safety of exports headed to America amid recurring product safety scares.

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Japan Falls Into Recession

November 17, 2008 4:13 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Economy slid into a recession for the first time since 2001, Japanese government said, as companies sharply cut back on spending in the third quarter amid the global financial crisis.

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Senate To Debate Saving Auto Industry Next Week

November 14, 2008 12:00 pm | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Bill to rescue the troubled U.S. auto industry with $25 billion in emergency loans inched forward when the Senate said it will begin debate Monday and hold a test vote two days later.

Justice Department OKs Anheuser-InBev Merger

November 14, 2008 9:53 am | by Lara Jakes Jordan and Emily Fredrix, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

InBev's buzz comes with a slight hiccup -- it must sell subsidiary Labatt USA before regulators let the Belgian company buy out St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch.

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Boeing Shares Slide After Production Delay News

November 14, 2008 9:25 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shares of Boeing Co. dropped Friday morning after the aerospace manufacturer said it is delaying the production and delivery of 747-8 freighter and intercontinental airplanes.

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Bacon Rejoins Spartanics

November 14, 2008 8:51 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Manufacturer of high precesion laser cutting machines says Mike Bacon is rejoining the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Dean Foods Creates New Chief Strategy Role

November 14, 2008 8:50 am | News | Comments

Nation’s leading distributor of milk and dairy products said Friday it has appointed Greg McKelvey to the newly created position of chief strategy and transformation officer.

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Former Agriprocessors CEO Arrested

November 14, 2008 8:40 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sholom Rubashkin, former CEO of an Iowa slaughterhouse raided by immigration authorities earlier this year, was arrested Friday on new charges accusing him of bank fraud.

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Lawsuits Seek Refunds From Eclipse Aviation

November 14, 2008 8:35 am | by Heather Clark, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Three more plaintiffs filed lawsuits against troubled Eclipse Aviation, seeking refunds of deposits they put down when they ordered Eclipse 500 light jets.

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EADS Rebounds In 3rd Quarter

November 14, 2008 8:33 am | News | Comments

Airbus parent company said Friday it rebounded to a profit in the third quarter thanks to lower costs for restructuring and fewer delays to aircraft programs.

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Renault To Cut Inventories, Production

November 14, 2008 8:28 am | News | Comments

French automaker said it will cut production at five sites after sales in October plunged more than 14 percent from a year earlier amid fallout from the financial crisis.

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Will Turkey Industry Be Blessed On Thanksgiving?

November 14, 2008 8:10 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

With too much meat on the market, high prices for commodities and fuel and weaker demand, Thanksgiving is bringing turkey producers little to celebrate this year.

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Sun Microsystems Cutting Up To 6,000 Jobs

November 14, 2008 7:44 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa Clara, Calif.-based company says it will cut up to 18 percent of its global staff over the next year as sales of its high-end servers have collapsed.

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Companies Need Values To Ensure Longevity During Tough Economic Times

November 14, 2008 7:30 am | by Chris Harrison, The Pendo Group, LLC | Articles | Comments

By Chris Harrison, The Pendo Group, LLC A sound manufacturing sector will be an essential element of the country’s economic rebound. Not every business will survive, but here are seven proven techniques for longevity, all focused on a single ideal -- a values-centered approach to leadership.

Retail Sales Plunge In October

November 14, 2008 6:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Consumers, taking a beating from the worst financial crisis in decades, cut back sharply on their spending in October, pushing retail sales down 2.8 percent, the biggest drop on record.

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Rocket Manufacturer ULA To Lay Off 350

November 14, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance, blaming the worsening economy which has slowed the demand for rockets, will lay off 350 workers early next year at facilities in four states.

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Inventories Drop In September

November 14, 2008 5:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Businesses cut back on their inventories by a larger-than-expected amount in September, a possible sign of falling confidence in the face of a worsening economic slump.

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ASM International Sale Terminated

November 14, 2008 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Semiconductor equipment maker said Friday that Applied Materials Inc. and Francisco Partners will no longer pursue an offer to buy its front-end operations.

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Automaker Opel Seeking Government Aid

November 14, 2008 5:23 am | by Guido Rijkhoek, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Spokesman for Adam Opel GmbH, which is owned by GM, says it will seek help from the German government as the financial crisis grips European car makers.

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