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Wagoner: GM Weighing Plant Cuts

September 25, 2008 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors CEO said the automaker is still studying further cuts in engine, stamping and transmission plants to correspond with plant cuts it already has announced.

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GM: $25 Billion Gov't Loan Will Go To Good Use

September 25, 2008 11:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Wagoner said many of the loan program's specifics still must be written by the U.S. Department of Energy, but GM can live with the version the House approved Wednesday.

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Terra Nova Shoes Expands Plant

September 25, 2008 8:40 am | Comments

Major footwear manufacturer in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland has completed a plant expansion that will add about 50 new positions to the current workforce of 170.

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Delphi Nearing Agreement Over GM Support

September 25, 2008 8:35 am | Comments

Auto parts maker has changed a tentative agreement on how much General Motors will contribute to help it emerge from bankruptcy.

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Allen-Vanguard Cutting 100 Jobs

September 25, 2008 8:25 am | Comments

Maker of bomb-disabling technology, blast suits and other extreme-hazard gear said Thursday it will eliminate 15 percent of its total workforce in a cost-cutting restructuring.

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Bombardier Ends Talks For Russian Railway Stake

September 25, 2008 8:24 am | Comments

Transportation giant ended talks to buy a stake in Russian railway locomotive manufacturer Transmashholding, apparently because of a disagreement over the price.

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Razor Recalls Chinese-Made Scooters

September 25, 2008 8:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 103,000 Chinese-made Razor scooters were recalled Thursday after four people received cuts that required tendon surgery.

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Medtronic To Buy CryoCath For $380 Million

September 25, 2008 8:16 am | Comments

Medical device maker said Thursday it will buy Cryocath in a move to expand its treatment portfolio for heart conditions, including abnormal heart rhythms.

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PPG Industries To Buy BASF Unit

September 25, 2008 8:15 am | Comments

Company said Thursday it agreed to acquire BASF’s North American coil and extrusion coatings business for undisclosed terms.

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Renault To Cut 2,000 Jobs

September 25, 2008 8:13 am | Comments

French automaker said Thursday that it would cut 2,000 more jobs at its European subsidiaries, bringing the total number of job cuts announced this month to 6,000.

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Wrigley Shareholders Approve $23B Mars Buyout

September 25, 2008 8:07 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer | Comments

Shareholders of the chewing-gum maker have approved a $23 billion sale to Mars Inc., creating the world's largest confection maker.

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Unemployment Rate Pushed To 7-Year High

September 25, 2008 7:20 am | Comments

Due to the impact of a slowing economy and Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, jobless benefits for the week ending Sept. 20 increased by 32,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 493,000.

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China's Elite Get Special Food Amid Milk Scare

September 25, 2008 7:20 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | Comments

While China grapples with its latest tainted food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest all-organic foods supplied from farms working under strict guidelines.

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Danfoss To Double Illinois Facility

September 25, 2008 6:45 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Maker of variable frequency drives for AC motors is expanding its Loves Park plant, adding both production and office space to meet increasing demand.

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Lydall To Close Vermont Plant, Lay Off 190

September 25, 2008 6:40 am | Comments

Producer of heat shields for cars blamed the closure on a downturn in the domestic car market.

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Goods Transported By U.S. Trucks Declines

September 25, 2008 6:35 am | Comments

Total goods carried by trucks in the U.S. fell in August compared with the previous month, marking the largest month-to-month drop since March, a major industry trade group said.

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Pratt & Whitney Get F-35 Contract

September 25, 2008 6:22 am | Comments

Company won a contract worth up to $491 million including options to provide propulsion systems for new military fighter jets.

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EU Split On Auto Emissions Rules

September 25, 2008 6:18 am | Comments

Lawmakers were split Thursday on how soon car makers should be forced to follow new rules curbing how much carbon dioxide new vehicles emit.

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Feds Want Ports To Delay Clean Truck Program

September 25, 2008 6:10 am | by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Authorities are evaluating whether a plan to ban older trucks from entering the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach imposes unfair regulations and fees on truckers and shippers.

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U.S. Market Hurting Japanese Automakers

September 25, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Slumping U.S. auto market reduced vehicle production in August at most major Japanese automakers, according to data released Thursday.

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