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South Korea Says U.S. Beef Imports Safe

May 2, 2008 6:02 am | Comments

Agriculture minister went on national television to assure citizens of the safety of U.S. beef after the government agreed last month to resume imports following a lengthy ban.

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Chinese Food Exports To Japan Plunge

May 2, 2008 5:51 am | Comments

Food exports to Japan, a key market, dropped 30 percent in February, hurt by a scare over poisoned Chinese-made dumplings.

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Steel Plant To Use Temps During Strike

May 2, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Officials with Latrobe Specialty Steel say they'll use temporary workers to continue production while 350 union steelworkers are on strike.

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Water Safety Company Shedding 166 Jobs

May 2, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

Stearns Incorporated says it will close its Grey Eagle manufacturing plant and cut manufacturing jobs in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

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American Axle, UAW Close To Contract Deal

May 2, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Striking workers at American Axle said they have been told the union and the auto parts supplier are close to a deal that could end a two-month strike.

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Quebecor World Eliminating 670 Jobs

May 2, 2008 5:24 am | by Ross Marowits, CP | Comments

Struggling commercial printer announced plans Thursday to shed hundreds of jobs as part of its ongoing three-year restructuring.

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Autodesk Buying Industrial Software Company

May 2, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Computer-aided design software company will buy industrial software company Moldflow Corp. for $22 per share in cash.

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Farmers: Ethanol Not To Blame For High Food Prices

May 1, 2008 12:45 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | Comments

Ethanol producers and farmers defended their good fortune in the nation’s capital, where lawmakers are blaming a corn-for-fuel policy for soaring food prices.

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Cargill Says It Won't Rebuild Arkansas Plant

May 1, 2008 12:25 pm | by Jill Zeman, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Food company will not rebuild its Booneville meat plant destroyed in a March explosion, despite economic incentive offers from the state and city.

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Hornby Buying Toy Vehicle Maker

May 1, 2008 12:20 pm | Comments

Model train maker is expanding its range of toy models by acquiring Corgi Classics in a $14.8 million deal.

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UAW Ends Strike At Alliance Interiors

May 1, 2008 12:15 pm | Comments

Strike that lasted 16 days at an Alliance Interiors plant near Lansing ended Thursday with workers approving their first labor contract.

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Toyota's Sales Edge Up While GM, Ford Drop

May 1, 2008 12:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

GM and Ford saw double-digit U.S. sales declines but Toyota's sales rose 3 percent in April as high gas prices accelerated consumers' rush away from trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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U.S. Manufacturing Limps Along In April

May 1, 2008 7:07 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Sector’s recession continues, with both new orders and production declining, though the weak dollar provides hope in the form of export orders.

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Company Moving 80 Jobs From Mexico To Iowa

May 1, 2008 7:05 am | Comments

Tech Group Industries, a manufacturer of electrical devices for cars, appliance and cell phones, plans to move 80 jobs from Mexico to North Liberty, Iowa.

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Novavax Opens New Vaccine Plant

May 1, 2008 6:54 am | Comments

Vaccine maker opened its first plant that will be used to manufacture vaccines for infectious diseases in the U.S.

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Chinese Faucet Maker Begins Production At New Facility

May 1, 2008 6:35 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Fuda Faucet Works’ new 229,703 sq. ft. operating facility will triple production capabilities to 3.5 million sets per year.

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Owens Corning Completes Sale Of Two Plants

May 1, 2008 6:25 am | Comments

Company completed the sale of two composite manufacturing plants in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway to Platinum Equity for $242 Million.

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Peerless Manufacturing Acquires Nitram Energy

May 1, 2008 6:15 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Maker of air pollution reduction products and filtration equipment announced it has completed its acquisition of privately owned Nitram Energy for $65 million in cash.

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U.S. Jobless Claims Jump By 35,000

May 1, 2008 5:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP | Comments

Labor Department reports number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits soared last week to 380,000.

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March Consumer Spending Up

May 1, 2008 5:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP | Comments

Consumer spending rose at a faster pace than expected, although virtually all of the gain occurred because of big increases in the price of energy and other products.

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