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Sportswear Industry Criticized Ahead Of Olympics

April 21, 2008 6:44 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Global trade union group criticized sportswear companies and the International Olympic Committee for not doing enough to ensure labor rights are respected.

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Maryland Orders 26 Trains From Wabtec

April 21, 2008 6:41 am | Comments

Wabtec Corp. won a $95 million deal to build 26 trains for the Maryland regional commuter system; trains will be built in Boise, Idaho.

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BMW, Daimler Consider Sharing Components

April 21, 2008 6:40 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Possibility of cooperation between the competitors reflects the intense pressure to cut costs amid slow sales growth in the U.S. and Europe.

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Jaguar, Land Rover CEO Dies At 60

April 21, 2008 6:21 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Chief Executive Geoff Polites, who is credited with steering the storied British luxury brands through the ongoing sale process to India's Tata Motors Ltd., has died.

Boeing Gets $1 Billion 737 Order

April 21, 2008 6:16 am | Comments

Airplane maker received an order for 17 next-generation 737 airplanes valued at more than $1 billion from jet leasing company Aviation Capital Group.

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Airbus Creates New Company For German Plants

April 21, 2008 6:11 am | Comments

Plane maker still intends to sell three manufacturing plants in Germany, but until then they will be taken over by a new holding company owned entirely by EADS.

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Paper Mill Union Agrees To Contract Extension

April 21, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Union representing Fraser Papers employees in New Hampshire has overwhelming approved a two-year labor contract extension.

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Daimler, Hero Form Commercial Vehicle Venture

April 21, 2008 6:04 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automaker and India's Hero Group signed contracts that will see them invest more than $1.1 billion in a joint venture that should start production in India in 2010.

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Geothermal Systems Company Could Bring Jobs To S.D.

April 21, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Enertech has spent $2l8 million doubling the size of a plant it bought in Mitchell, S.D., and could bring 30 more jobs to the area.

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U.S. Hybrid Sales Grow In 2007

April 21, 2008 5:50 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Hybrids made up just 2.2 percent of the U.S. market share for the year, but they were growing steadily even as overall sales declined 3 percent.

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Laid Off Workers Going To College

April 21, 2008 5:45 am | by Rachel Schleif, AP Writer | Comments

Struggling through mounds of paperwork and financial obstacles, workers face tough transition going from the production line to college.

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Praxair Plans Plant To Meet Samsung Production

April 21, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Industrial gas provider building a new air separation plant in South Korea to meet increased demand from a new production agreement with Samsung Electronics.

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Union Chief: USDA Tried To Intimidate Inspectors

April 18, 2008 12:30 pm | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Head of the union representing 6,000 federal food inspectors claims that the Agriculture Department tried to intimidate employees who reported violations.

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U.S. Steel To Build Plant In Alabama

April 18, 2008 12:10 pm | Comments

Steelmaker plans to build a $450 million plant on the Tennessee-Tombigbee River in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt region.

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Canada Labels Chemical In Plastic Bottles As Unsafe

April 18, 2008 11:55 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Chemical found in hard plastic water bottles and hundreds of other common items came under increased pressure when Canada labeled it dangerous and said it may ban its use in baby bottles.

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Iowa Approves Grant For Wind Turbine Manufacturer

April 18, 2008 11:45 am | by David Pitt, AP Business Writer | Comments

Economic development officials approved a $630,000 grant for Texas-based Trinity Structural Towers that plans to open a factory in Newton.

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Glass Coating Company Closing In Iowa

April 18, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

AGC Flat Glass North America, which makes coating for glass used in cars, homes and businesses, announced that it will close its plant in Hampton this fall.

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Boeing Wants To Change Retirement Plan For New Hires

April 18, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Aircraft maker is attempting to change the pension plan to a 401(k)-style plan for jetliner workers as it negotiates new contracts with machinists and engineering unions.

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Timken Opens Plants In Asia, India

April 18, 2008 11:25 am | Comments

Maker of engineered bearings and alloy and specialty steel products, said Friday it opened new plants in India and China.

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UAW Threatens Strike At Chevy Plant

April 18, 2008 11:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

GM dodged one strike at a key factory, but the union threatened a walkout at the plant that could hurt the most -- the one that builds the hot-selling Chevrolet Malibu.

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