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Telephone Cable Plant Lays Off 200

November 7, 2008 4:34 am | Comments

Superior Essex plant in Chester, S.C., that makes telephone cable plans to shut down next spring, putting 200 people out of work.

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Ford Reports $129M Loss, More Job Cuts

November 7, 2008 4:10 am | by Tom Krisher and James Prichard, AP Business Writers | Comments

Automaker said Friday it lost $129 million in the third quarter as it burned through $7.7 billion in cash; will cut 2,260 more white-collar employees in North America.

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Engineers: Boeing's First Offer 'Disappointing'

November 7, 2008 4:08 am | Comments

Boeing's initial contract offer to the union representing its engineers and technical workers was incomplete and disappointing, the union said.

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Detroit Seeks Additional Federal Aid

November 7, 2008 4:05 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

U.S. automakers appealed to congressional leaders Thursday for $25 billion more in federal loans, low-interest emergency borrowing and a share of the Wall Street bailout.

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India Car Sales Hit Hard By Financial Woes

November 7, 2008 4:02 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | Comments

Battered by high interest rates and tight credit, auto sales began to shrink in the summer, and reports from major automakers suggest they fell again in October.

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Daiichi Completes Ranbaxy Buyout

November 7, 2008 3:57 am | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co. has completed its $4 billion acquisition of India's largest pharmaceutical company, the companies said Friday.

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Daimler's October Sales Fall 18 Percent

November 7, 2008 3:53 am | Comments

German automaker said Friday its global sales in October slid 18 percent from the year before in increasingly difficult conditions in major markets.

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Japan's Panasonic, Sanyo Talk Takeover

November 7, 2008 3:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Panasonic and smaller rival Sanyo are starting talks on a buyout deal that would create one of the world's largest electronics companies as soon as year-end.

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Boeing To Make Contract Offer To Engineers

November 6, 2008 12:02 pm | Comments

Plane maker says an initial contract offer for engineers and technical workers will be presented Thursday after meeting for a week.

Longer-Term Jobless At 25-Year High

November 6, 2008 11:15 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Number of out-of-work Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits has surged to a 25-year high, further proof of the damage from sinking economy.

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Mattel Lays Off 1,000 Workers

November 6, 2008 11:10 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

Toy maker cutting 3 percent of its worldwide work force and will reduce its professional and management staff by 8 percent in response to the economic downturn.

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Whirlpool Cuts 300 Jobs At Washing Machine Plant

November 6, 2008 10:50 am | Comments

Officials in Ohio say Whirlpool Corp. is cutting up to 300 jobs at its washing machine plant in Clyde.

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AP: GM Not Planning Plant Closures

November 6, 2008 10:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

People briefed on General Motors Corp.'s plans say the company will not announce any new plant closures when it releases third-quarter results on Friday.

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Royal Worcester & Spode Goes Bankrupt

November 6, 2008 10:05 am | Comments

Porcelain maker has been working to restructure its business, but its inability to sell off one of its sites, combined with the global financial crisis, has forced it into bankruptcy.

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FDA Seizes More Chinese-Made Contaminated Heparin

November 6, 2008 9:50 am | Comments

Federal agents Thursday seized quantities of a contaminated blood thinner made in China from a small manufacturer in Cincinnati, officials said.

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Fiat, Sollers May Expand Production

November 6, 2008 9:43 am | Comments

Companies sign letter of intent to possibly expand production of Fiat brand cars in Russia, where demand remains strong despite the slowdown in in Europe and the U.S.

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Pella Shuttering Arizona Window Plant

November 6, 2008 9:40 am | Comments

Window and door manufacturer plans to halt production at its Tucson vinyl window plant late this month and lay off the plant's 65 workers.

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Aluminum Alloy Merger Falls Through

November 6, 2008 9:30 am | by Peggy Harris, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Merger of two aluminum alloy companies in Arkansas and Minnesota has fallen through and a Hot Springs plant will be closed, putting 150 people out of work.

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MGP Closing Protein, Starch Plant To Consolidate

November 6, 2008 9:05 am | Comments

Ingredients company is shutting down its starch and protein manufacturing operations at its Pekin, Ill., plant and consolidating them at its facility in Atchison, Kan.

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Arkansas City Fights For Tire Plant

November 6, 2008 8:43 am | Comments

Texarkana officials are working to convince Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. to keep open its tire plant on the city's Arkansas side.

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