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Church & Dwight Building Energy Efficient Plant

June 5, 2008 6:35 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Maker of Arm & Hammer products to construct a new integrated laundry detergent manufacturing plant and distribution center that will reduce energy consumption 30 percent.

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Jobless Claims Show Better-Than-Expected Improvement

June 5, 2008 6:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported that applications for unemployment benefits totaled 357,000 last week, some 18,000 fewer than the previous week.

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Volcom Chooses Chairman, President

June 5, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Clothing and accessories maker said its CEO, Richard Woolcott, has been elected chairman of the board of directors and COO Jason Steris will also now be president of the company.

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Louisiana Wants Pet Food Manufacturers

June 5, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Searching for new manufacturing ventures, state economic development officials say the production of premium pet foods holds promise for Louisiana.

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IBM Developing Mini Water Pipes For Chip Cooling

June 5, 2008 5:56 am | by Brian Bergstein, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Researchers believe that sloshing water through hair-thin pipes inside chips will solve a vexing problem facing next-generation computers -- heat.

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California Chemical Plant Catches Fire

June 5, 2008 5:52 am | News | Comments

Three-alarm blaze engulfed three truck tankers and kept residents in about 2,500 homes indoors for several hours before firefighters extinguished the flames.

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New Mississippi Toyota Parts Plant Names Manager

June 5, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Toyota Boshoku America, a manufacturer of automotive interior systems, has named Johnny Tucker to oversee production and start-up efforts at its new Mississippi plant.

S. Korea Orders Intel To Pay $25.4M In Antitrust Probe

June 5, 2008 5:40 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Intel is facing a multimillion dollar fine in South Korea for something it says it does not do: Pay customers rebates to protect market share and hinder competition.

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Minnesota Senator Makes Case For Keeping Ford Plant

June 5, 2008 5:30 am | by Frederic J. Frommer Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Norm Coleman announced plans to travel to Detroit to urge Ford Motor Co. to scrap plans to close the company's St. Paul plant.

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U.S. Trade Chief Wants To Accelerate Doha Talks

June 5, 2008 5:27 am | News | Comments

Top trade official warned against creeping protectionism in the U.S. and beyond, and pleaded for speedy progress in global trade talks in the coming weeks.

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U.S. Retailers Post Strong Results In May

June 5, 2008 5:21 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Consumers stepped up their shopping in May after tax rebate checks hit mailboxes, giving many retailers stronger than expected sales for the month.

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Smucker Acquires New Orleans Plant In Folgers Deal

June 5, 2008 5:20 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Folgers coffee plant in New Orleans, damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina but now back at full operation with about 440 employees, is getting a new owner.

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Bernanke: No Repeat Of '70s Price Problems

June 5, 2008 5:09 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chairman said he doesn't believe the U.S. will experience the out-of-control prices seen with 1970s oil shocks.

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Court Blocks Oklahoma Immigration Law

June 5, 2008 5:02 am | by Ron Jenkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal judge blocked portions of the state's tough anti-illegal immigration law, saying it is 'substantially likely' the law is unconstitutional.

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Canadian GM Workers Protest To Keep Plant Open

June 4, 2008 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Angry employees gathered outside GM’s Canadian head office, saying they wouldn't leave until the automaker agrees to keep its Oshawa truck assembly plant open.

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Airbus Receives $4.68B Order From Italian Airline

June 4, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

European planemaker said Italy's Air One has ordered 24 jets which would be worth $4.68 billion at list prices, including 12 medium capacity long-range A350s.

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Emerson Drops $1.4B Bid For Chloride

June 4, 2008 11:35 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Emerson Electric abandoned its pursuit of Europe's largest maker of backup power supplies after the company rejected a sweetened $1.36 billion takeover proposal.

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Honda, Porsche Top J.D. Power Quality Study

June 4, 2008 11:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Study released Wednesday measures problems in the first 90 days of ownership, surveying 81,500 people who bought or leased vehicles from the 2008 model year.

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Greeting Card Company Cutting Jobs In Indiana

June 4, 2008 11:14 am | News | Comments

Sunrise Greetings will close its manufacturing operations in Bloomington by early next year, eliminating about 60 jobs.

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Mexico Lowers Wages To Attract Auto Production

June 4, 2008 11:09 am | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Auto unions are taking a cue from U.S. labor leaders by offering two-tier hiring schemes and salary cuts that bring already low wages down to near-Chinese levels.

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