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Samsung Boosts Investment To $27.9 Billion

April 28, 2008 5:20 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | Comments

South Korean conglomerate announces its largest ever investment plan and said it would increase hiring a week after the long-serving chief announced his resignation.


Homeland Security's Illegal Worker Proposal Questioned

April 25, 2008 12:25 pm | by Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Government's plan to crack down on illegal workers could cost employers more than $1 billion a year and legal workers billions in lost wages, a study says.


Demand For Small Cars, Crossovers On The Rise

April 25, 2008 12:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | Comments

As gas prices marched higher and now top $3.50 per gallon across the nation, car buyers increasingly are abandoning SUVs and pickups in favor of smaller crossovers and cars.


Weyerhaeuser Shutting Down Canadian Plant

April 25, 2008 12:05 pm | Comments

Forest products company will permanently close its oriented strand board plant in New Brunswick effective June 6, blaming the slowdown in the U.S. housing market.


Black & Decker To Close Arkansas Plant, Lay Off 700

April 25, 2008 11:55 am | Comments

Toolmaker will lay off 700 employees and close its pressure washer plant in Arkansas in the wake of a disappointing quarterly report.


Strike Blamed For American Axle Losses

April 25, 2008 11:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

American Axle reported a $27 million first-quarter loss as executives repeated threats to move production elsewhere if they can't reach a deal to end a two-month strike by the United Auto Workers.


Citation Closing Aluminum Factory

April 25, 2008 11:50 am | Comments

Michigan-based Citation will close a Butler, Ind., aluminum factory in July to focus on its iron business.


Consumer Confidence Lowest In 26 Years

April 25, 2008 7:15 am | by Tim Paradis, AP Business Writer | Comments

Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 62.6 for April, down from 69.5 a month earlier -- and the lowest reading since the early 1980s.


Analysts: Southern States More Likely To Win VW Plant

April 25, 2008 7:00 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Tennessee and Alabama should be favored over Michigan to land a new Volkswagen assembly plant, based on the auto industry's ongoing migration into the Sun Belt.


Bush Says Stimulus Checks Should Help Economy

April 25, 2008 6:58 am | Comments

President Bush acknowledged that the U.S. economy is weakening, but expressed hope that tax rebates that will start going out on Monday should help shore things up.


Tetra Begins Building Arkansas Chemical Plant

April 25, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

New $100 million chemical plant in El Dorado will produce calcium chloride and employ about 50 people when it opens next year.


Poultry Plant Bringing 1,500 Jobs To North Carolina

April 25, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Mississippi-based poultry company will build a new processing plant, feed mill and hatchery in Kinston, creating 1,500 new jobs.


Scotts: Worker Violated Pesticide Registration Policies

April 25, 2008 6:25 am | Comments

Former employee violated product registration policies at a lawn and garden company that has been ordered by the EPA to stop selling unregistered and mislabeled pesticides.


Striking Workers Rally Outside American Axle Meeting

April 25, 2008 6:16 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Hundreds of United Auto Workers members rallied outside the annual shareholders meeting, blocking traffic, carrying picket signs and jeering vehicles carrying people to the meeting.


Imported Chainsaws Violated U.S. Pollution Laws

April 25, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

About 200,000 chainsaws violated air pollution laws, the Justice Department said, costing a Taiwanese manufacturer and three U.S. companies $2 million in fines.


GM Avoids Two Strike Deadlines

April 25, 2008 6:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Threatened strikes by United Auto Workers locals at plants in Kansas and Michigan have been postponed because contract talks are making progress.


Whirlpool: Profits Tumble, Worst Market In 30 Years

April 25, 2008 6:00 am | by James Prichard, AP Business Writer | Comments

Home appliance maker called it the toughest economic market in three decades, with costly materials and weak U.S. demand contributing to a nearly 20 percent drop in 1Q profits.


Japanese Consumer Prices Rise At Record Clip

April 25, 2008 5:56 am | Comments

Consumer prices rose at their fastest pace in a decade in March due to sharp increases in energy and food costs, the government said Friday.


Toshiba's Profit Falls 95 Percent On HD DVD Losses

April 25, 2008 5:51 am | Comments

Japanese electronics maker's net profit plummeted 95 percent in the January-March quarter due to losses related to its exit from the next-generation video HD DVD business.


Kennametal To Cut Work Force, Close Plants

April 25, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Part of a restructuring plan that could eventually save the company $25 million a year, industrial toolmaker plans to cut its work force by 3 percent within 18 months.



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