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Campbell Canadian Plant To Close

April 29, 2008 5:38 am | Comments

More than 400 employees at the food production facility near Kitchener, Ont., were told Monday the plant is shutting down.

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CAW Agrees To Tentative Ford Contract

April 29, 2008 5:35 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers President Buzz Hargrove said the deal freezes wages and cuts vacation pay, but avoids changes to base wages.

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RV Maker Cuts Back As Industry Slows

April 29, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates shipments of RVs will drop nearly 14 percent this year because of diminished wealth and declining consumer confidence.

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Report: Canada Manufacturing Sales Flat In 2007

April 29, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Statistics Canada reports there was little change in both the volume and value of manufacturing sales in 2007.

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Mars Buying Wrigley For $23 Billion

April 28, 2008 11:40 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Business Writer | Comments

Snickers maker is buying the confectioner behind Juicy Fruit, Doublemint gum and Life Savers candy, for about $23 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday.

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UAW Local In Ohio Delays GM Strike

April 28, 2008 10:55 am | Comments

Automaker says the local at the Mansfield, Ohio, metal stamping plant decided not to strike Monday morning and told the company it would give a 12-hour notice before any walkout.

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Tax Rebates Likely To Be Spent On Food, Necessities

April 28, 2008 10:50 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | Comments

Shoppers expected to use their tax rebates for food and other basic necessities, making them less of an economic stimulus than the Bush administration hoped for.

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Truckers Rally For Lower Gas Prices

April 28, 2008 10:39 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Horns blaring in a deafening fanfare, a convoy of truck drivers arrived in Washington on Monday to protest high fuel prices.

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Whirlpool Forms Partnership With Chinese Company

April 28, 2008 10:34 am | Comments

Refrigerators and washing machines will be among the major home appliances produced by the new Chinese business created by Whirlpool and Hisense-Kelon Electrical Holdings Co.

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U.K. Widens Price-Fixing Probe

April 28, 2008 10:29 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Britain's consumer watchdog has widened an investigation into alleged price-fixing by supermarkets to target some of the world's biggest consumer goods makers.

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Laird Technologies Opens Factory In India

April 28, 2008 10:20 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Company opens first manufacturing operation in Chennai that will employ between 1,000 to 1,200 people in the 160,000 sq. ft. facility when in full operation.

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Finnish Stainless Steel Maker Sells Copper Assets

April 28, 2008 7:14 am | Comments

World's second-largest stainless steel maker, Outokumpu Oyj, has sold its last copper assets, in a move to further concentrate on core stainless production.

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CommScope Closing Brazil Facility

April 28, 2008 7:05 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Infrastructure solutions maker for communication networks to close its Jaguariuna, Brazil, broadband facility to eliminate duplicate manufacturing and distribution centers.

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Survey: German Consumer Confidence Soars

April 28, 2008 7:00 am | Comments

Consumer confidence reached its highest level since October, bolstered by a strong labor market and new wage agreements, according to a closely watched survey.

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Honda Canada Names President And CEO

April 28, 2008 6:51 am | Comments

Manabu Nishimae selected as president and CEO, replacing Hiroshi Kobayashi; Kobayashi will become the automaker's deputy chief operating officer and manager of regional sales for Japan.

Chinese Demand Bolsters Hyundai Heavy Profits

April 28, 2008 6:46 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | Comments

World's biggest shipbuilder said Monday that first-quarter net profit rose 19 percent from the same period last year amid record sales.

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Austal Completes Production Of Navy Warship

April 28, 2008 6:40 am | Comments

The Independence, a Navy warship designed for near shore operations, rolled off the production line at Austal's shipyard in Mobile.

Governor Touts Economic Benefits Of Green Energy

April 28, 2008 6:30 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Jennifer Granholm says Michigan has the manufacturing capacity, skilled workers and the right location to attract companies that make components for wind turbines.

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French Winemakers Put A Cork In Tradition

April 28, 2008 6:00 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Comments

Screw tops, boxed wines, colorful easy-to-understand labels and sophisticated marketing are making inroads in tradition-bound France, even if many still sneer.

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CEO Sharpens Procter & Gamble's Customer Focus

April 28, 2008 5:52 am | by Dan Sewell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Going beyond traditional methods like focus groups and one-way glass, employees visit homes, shop with consumers and work in stores to see how they choose and use products.

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