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Coke Makes $2.5B Bid For Chinese Juice Maker

September 3, 2008 5:14 am | by Jeremiah Marquez, AP Business Writer | Comments

World's biggest beverage company moved to expand its operations in the fast-growing Chinese market with a bid for major juicemaker China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd.

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RV Makers Get No Boost From Hurricane Gustav

September 3, 2008 5:00 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Business Writer | Comments

After Hurricane Katrina recreational vehicle makers benefited from the more than $1 billion spent on travel trailers and mobile homes to house displaced residents.

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Dutch Firm Plans Cheap, Powerful Electric Cars

September 2, 2008 1:15 pm | Comments

Detroit Electric to produce affordable electric cars by the end of 2009, promising they will be much more powerful than existing models and have zero emissions.

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Owens-Illinois To Close Italian Plant

September 2, 2008 12:17 pm | Comments

Glass container maker expects to close an Italian plant in Castel Maggiore by the end of the year as it continues realigning global capacity.

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Metokote Names New Strategic Account Manager

September 2, 2008 12:15 pm | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Provider of metal coating solutions, announced the recent addition of Roger Cook as Strategic Account Manager representing MetoKote’s Deere and Company Business.

Magellan Aerospace To Beef Up Winnipeg Plant

September 2, 2008 12:12 pm | Comments

Company says it will invest up to $112 million in its Winnipeg Bristol Aerospace plant to gear up for the Joint Strike Fighter program.

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Baldor Buys Canada’s Poulies Maska

September 2, 2008 12:05 pm | Comments

Electric motor and generator maker said it acquired designer, manufacturer and marketer of sheaves, bushings, couplings and related mechanical power transmission components.

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H.B. Fuller Acquires Egyptian Business

September 2, 2008 12:05 pm | Comments

Acquisition of Egymelt, a manufacturer of hot melt and specialty water-based adhesives headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, expands the Minnesota-based company's presence overseas.

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EADS To Build New German Plant

September 2, 2008 12:00 pm | Comments

Airbus parent is planning a new plant in southern Germany and a new subsidiary grouping several factories together as its restructuring moves ahead.

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Alpharma Plans To Head Off King Takeover

September 2, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

After rejecting a $1.4 billion offer from King in August, on Tuesday Alpharma's board adopted a shareholders rights plan to head off a hostile takeover bid.

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Mueller Water Products Appoints COO

September 2, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Infrastructure and flow control products maker said Tuesday Robert G. Leggett has been named chief operating officer.

July Semiconductor Chip Sales Up 7.6 Percent

September 2, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Semiconductor chip sales totaled $22.2 billion in July, up 7.6 percent from $20.6 billion in July of last year, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported Tuesday.

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U.S. Regulators Okay Fresenius Takeover Of APP

September 2, 2008 11:20 am | Comments

APP Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it expects the deal to close by mid-September, now that the Federal Trade Commission has completed its review of the $3.7 billion deal.

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Tata Motors Stops Work Indefinitely At Nano Car Plant

September 2, 2008 11:05 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | Comments

Following increasingly violent protests by farmers demanding their land back, Indian automaker suspended work indefinitely at a factory building the world's cheapest car.

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U.S. Manufacturing Dips In August, Inflation Slows

September 2, 2008 11:00 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | Comments

Manufacturing activity reading fell to 49.9 from 50 in July amid sluggish orders, Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday.

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Katahdin Paper Closes Mill, Prepares For Layoffs

September 2, 2008 10:59 am | Comments

A Maine paper mill that's struggling to compete at a time of high oil prices halted production Tuesday as it prepares to lay off more than 200 workers.

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Bombardier, Siemens Win Swiss Rail Coach Contract

September 2, 2008 7:15 am | Comments

Siemens Transportation Systems and Bombardier Transportation have jointly won an order for 121 double-deck coaches from Swiss federal railway valued at $277 million.

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Teradyne To Buy Eagle Test Systems

September 2, 2008 7:11 am | Comments

Company said Tuesday it had agreed to buy Eagle Test Systems, a maker of semiconductor test products, for about $360 million in cash.

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Alliant Techsystems Wins $97M Navy Contract

September 2, 2008 7:10 am | Comments

With incentives, the deal with the Naval Air Systems Command to design and develop its multi-stage supersonic target could be worth as much as $103 million, Alliant said.

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Wind, Solar Energy Companies In Jeopardy

September 2, 2008 6:40 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Unless Congress renews $500 million in tax credits set to expire Dec. 31, renewable energy companies say they will reverse planned expansions and cut payrolls and capital investment.

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