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U.S. Beef Shipments Arrive In S. Korea

July 29, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Shipment is the first after Seoul and Washington agreed in April to lift the import ban, which was later revised due to large South Korean street protests.

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Trading Powers Meet To Break WTO Impasse

July 29, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

World Trade Organization trade talks stalled as developing countries, led by China and India, called for wider protection of their fragile domestic agricultural sectors.

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GE Exec: Reorganization Simplifies Operations

July 29, 2008 5:30 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | Comments

Top executive said on Monday that cutting General Electric to four businesses from six is a logical move.

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Lawmakers Agree On Consumer Product Safety Bill

July 29, 2008 5:30 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | Comments

New law would impose a nationwide ban on children's products containing lead beyond minute amounts, and ban chemicals in plastic that can cause health problems.

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Owens-Illinois Closing Canadian Plant

July 29, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Glass container maker said Tuesday that the Sept. 30 closing of a plant in Toronto will affect about 430 employees.

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Micron, Memory Chip Market Struggling

July 29, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Investors worry about the health of the memory chip industry as more companies in the sector consolidate.

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Revlon Selling Brazilian Brands For $104M

July 29, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Cosmetics company said Monday that it is selling some of its brands sold in Brazil for $104 million in cash to Brazilian consumer products company Hypermarcas SA.

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Ford Execs Outline New Model Plans

July 28, 2008 1:30 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Top product and manufacturing executives said Ford Motor plans to roll out new models and make its factories more efficient.

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Mercury Marine To Halt Production, Lay Off 60

July 28, 2008 12:50 pm | Comments

Slow boat sales and the poor economy have forced boat engine maker to cut 60 jobs and temporarily shut down production in Fond du Lac, Wis.

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Imperial Sugar CEO: OSHA Ignores Dust Hazards

July 28, 2008 12:50 pm | by Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer | Comments

'I think the facts will show there was a poor understanding of the hazards of combustible dust throughout the industry, as well as within OSHA itself,' said John Sheptor.

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White House Lowers Economic Growth Forecast

July 28, 2008 12:20 pm | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Under the Bush administration's new forecasts, gross domestic product is estimated to grow by only 1.6 percent this year, down from a 2.7 percent growth projection made in February.

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GM Increases SUV, Truck Production Cuts

July 28, 2008 11:50 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | Comments

General Motors said Monday it will cut production by another 117,000 vehicles, citing continued weakness in consumer demand for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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Lockheed Martin Buys Aculight

July 28, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Privately-held maker of laser-based systems for defense and aerospace companies, bought by Lockheed to strengthen its offerings in guided munitions, airborne self-protection and advanced sensors.

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Furniture Supplier Bringing Jobs To N.C.

July 28, 2008 11:00 am | Comments

Kellex Corp. is opening a manufacturing facility in Valdese, N.C., with plans to create 50 jobs over the next three years.

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Report: Motorola Restructuring Home, Networks Unit

July 28, 2008 11:00 am | Comments

Company will restructure its home and networks mobility unit into three separate businesses the company said Monday.

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Caterpillar Rebuilds Mississippi Plant

July 28, 2008 10:55 am | Comments

Less than six months after the facility was struck by a tornado, Caterpillar has rebuilt a Mississippi plant that makes parts for the company’s machinery.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises Selects New North America Head

July 28, 2008 10:50 am | Comments

Bottler for Coca-Cola beverages said Monday it appointed Steve Cahillane as the new president of its North American business division.

Xoma CFO Leaving Company

July 28, 2008 10:45 am | Comments

Biotechnology company said Monday its chief financial officer and vice president of finance, J. David Boyle II, resigned to take a position at another company.

Ford Of Canada Fined For Industrial Accident

July 28, 2008 10:35 am | Comments

Canadian arm of Ford Motor Co. has been fined $175,000 for an industrial accident in September 2006 at its facility in Oakville, Ontario.

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Food Industry Mergers, Acquisitions On The Rise

July 28, 2008 9:05 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Despite credit turmoil, mergers and acquisitions in the food industry are increasing as a result of the weakened U.S. dollar attracting more foreign buyers, according to research conducted by Grant Thornton Corporate Finance.

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