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UPM-Kymmene, Stora Enso Lay Off Thousands

September 10, 2008 5:10 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Two of the world's biggest paper makers announced thousands of layoffs, mill closures and production cuts to counter high costs and overcapacity in the industry.


Steelworkers Approve 4-Year U.S. Steel Contract

September 10, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Chief union negotiator says deal, which covers 16,000 workers at 14 domestic plants, is the best basic steel contract in the past 30 years.


Boeing, Northrop Test Fire Megawatt Laser

September 9, 2008 1:35 pm | Comments

Plane maker and industry partners successfully fired the high-energy, chemical laser, proving that it will be capable of destroying a missile in flight.


Apple Unveils New iPods

September 9, 2008 11:55 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off a revamped line of iPods that include two slick new Nano models, oval-shaped devices that Jobs said are the thinnest iPods Apple has ever made.


OPEC President: Oil Output Will Likely Stay Level

September 9, 2008 11:35 am | by Stevenson Jacobs, AP Business Writer | Comments

As light, sweet crude slipped below $104 a barrel for the first time since early April, OPEC President Chakib Khelil signaled the cartel likely wouldn't cut production.


EPA: GE River Cleanup Plan Inadequate

September 9, 2008 11:20 am | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency has criticized General Electric's cleanup plan for a stretch of the Housatonic River south of Pittsfield, Mass.


Analysts: Goodyear Faces Production, Cost Worries

September 9, 2008 11:15 am | Comments

Tire production has been cut significantly in both North America and Europe, while at the same time the company has substantial overhead costs that it has been unable to absorb.


Iowa Meat Plant Charged With Child Labor Violations

September 9, 2008 11:10 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Child labor charges were filed against the owner and managers of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant, the site of one of the nation's largest workplace immigration raids.


U.S. Vehicles To Be Slimmer, More Efficient

September 9, 2008 11:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automakers are working with lighter materials and trying to boost fuel efficiency as the industry shifts toward rechargeable electric and fuel cell vehicles.


Report: Ford, GM Laying Off Workers In Spain

September 9, 2008 11:00 am | Comments

National news agency Efe says Ford Motor and General Motors plan to lay off 1,900 auto workers in Spain.


Manufacturer: Maple Leaf's Meat Slicers Safe

September 9, 2008 10:55 am | Comments

Maker of meat slicing equipment cited by Maple Leaf Foods as the possible cause of its deadly listeriosis outbreak insists there has never been a serious food safety issue with its machines.


SEM Product Moving Headquarters To South Carolina

September 9, 2008 10:50 am | Comments

State officials say company that makes paint for cars and planes will bring its headquarters to South Carolina, creating 85 new jobs.


Ford Owners Warned About Recalled Vehicles

September 9, 2008 10:45 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Government is urging owners of 5 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring them to dealerships to repair a cruise control switch system that has been tied to engine fires.


Norway Fund Blacklists Rio Tinto

September 9, 2008 7:10 am | by Bjorn H. Amland, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Finance Ministry has barred investments in the Anglo-Australian mining company because of concerns over environmental damage at a mine in Indonesia.


International Paper Cuts Production, Jobs

September 9, 2008 7:00 am | Comments

Company said Tuesday it will shut down a paper machine producing about 430,000 tons of containerboard annually for corrugated packaging, resulting in about 60 layoffs.


Spirit AeroSystems Scales Back Boeing Work

September 9, 2008 6:54 am | Comments

Company says it will cut production on some Boeing products in response to the machinists strike at the airplane manufacturer.


Jeff DeGrange Joins Stratasys

September 9, 2008 6:30 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

Direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping system maker has appointed former Boeing exec to Vice President, New Business Development in Direct Digital Manufacturing.

GM To Debut 7-Passenger Concept At Paris Show

September 9, 2008 6:23 am | Comments

Automaker will unveil the car-based concept vehicle at the Paris Motor show in October, as it seeks to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient, higher capacity vehicles.


Comerford Named Haynes President, CEO

September 9, 2008 6:09 am | Comments

Alloy maker Haynes International Inc. named Mark M. Comerford as its new president and chief executive to replace the retiring Francis Petro.

Brunswick CFO Leaves Company

September 9, 2008 6:06 am | Comments

Boat maker said Monday its Chief Financial Officer Peter G. Leemputte left to take a job at another company.


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