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Harley-Davidson CEO To Retire

December 16, 2008 5:00 am | Comments

Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker said Monday its president and chief executive, Jim Ziemer, plans to retire in 2009, ending his 40-year career with the company.

Palm Names Jeffries As CFO

December 16, 2008 4:59 am | Comments

Smart-phone maker said on Monday that its new chief financial officer would be Douglas C. Jeffries, previously chief accounting officer at eBay Inc.

GM Suspending Work In Mexico

December 16, 2008 4:40 am | Comments

General Motors of Mexico says it will temporarily idle three factories because of the worst auto sales slump in a quarter of a century.

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Canada Could Lose Over 580K Jobs If Big 3 Fall

December 16, 2008 4:40 am | Comments

If the Detroit Three automakers go out of business Canada could lose more than 580,000 jobs within five years -- 517,000 of them in Ontario, says a report obtained by the Toronto Star.

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Parts Suppliers Willing To Work With Automakers

December 16, 2008 4:37 am | Comments

Closely tied to the success of GM and Chrysler, auto parts suppliers are trying not to panic and demand cash on delivery from the carmakers that are running low on cash.

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Toshiba Cutting NAND Flash Memory Production

December 16, 2008 4:32 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Company said it will reduce output of NAND flash memory by 30 percent due to falling sales of electronic gadgets like digital cameras and cell phones.

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Continental AG To Open Plant In Thailand

December 16, 2008 4:30 am | Comments

German auto parts manufacturer will open in July next year its first manufacturing plant in Thailand, an executive of the firm's subsidiary in Thailand said Tuesday.

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Euro Zone Economy Shrinks In December

December 16, 2008 4:26 am | Comments

Purchasing managers index for manufacturing in the 15-nation single currency zone slumped to 34.5 in December, signaling a sharp contraction.

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RV Maker Fleetwood Cutting 250 More Jobs

December 16, 2008 4:25 am | Comments

Recreational vehicle manufacturer eliminated 300 jobs at three Decatur, Ind., facilities in June and is now cutting another 250 jobs from its operations.

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Japanese Workers Protest 'Massive' Layoffs

December 16, 2008 4:18 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Hundreds of unionized workers rallied in Tokyo on Tuesday to protest massive job cuts, accusing the country's biggest companies of sacrificing jobs to protect profits.

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Poland's Car Industry Warns Crisis Looming

December 16, 2008 4:15 am | Comments

Polish car makers have asked the prime minister to take steps to protect the domestic industry from a worldwide drop in demand, an industry representative said Tuesday.

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SanDisk To Cut Production At Japanese Plants

December 16, 2008 4:15 am | Comments

Memory chip maker said it will temporarily stop making some flash wafers at its joint-venture Japanese plants for nearly two weeks due to declining demand.

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Automaker SEAT Temporarily Laying Off 5,300

December 16, 2008 4:12 am | Comments

German-owned automaker on Tuesday said it plans temporary layoffs for 5,300 workers in Spain in the first half of next year because of falling sales.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Orders Top 900

December 15, 2008 12:31 pm | Comments

New order for 15 787s for an unidentified customer makes a total of 910 orders for the delayed fuel-efficient widebody.

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Mattel Settles With 39 States Over Lead Paint

December 15, 2008 9:21 am | Comments

Toy maker will pay $12 million to 39 states to settle an investigation over Chinese-made lead-tainted toys shipped to the U.S. in 2007, state officials said Monday.

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Baldor Electric Eliminating 900 Jobs

December 15, 2008 9:20 am | Comments

Maker of electric motors and drives says it will cut 900 positions by June, a move that will save the company $30 million in 2009.

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American Railcar Plant To Stay Open Through Holiday

December 15, 2008 9:18 am | Comments

Railcar maker's plant in Arkansas that warned it could lay off up to 600 workers this month said it should have enough work to stay open through Christmas.

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Toyota Delaying Mississippi Plant

December 15, 2008 9:14 am | Comments

Japanese automaker delaying the start of production at its plant in Blue Springs, Miss., indefinitely as it copes with the downturn in the auto industry.

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Levin: Auto Aid Plan To Look Like Past Deal

December 15, 2008 8:40 am | Comments

Sen. Carl Levin expects GM to get $8 billion and Chrysler $7 billion under the Bush administration's plan, and the Treasury secretary likely would become the 'car czar'.

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Kraft Appoints Former Coke Exec For European Unit

December 15, 2008 8:33 am | Comments

Maker of Oscar Mayer hot dogs named Michael A. Clarke, a former Coca-Cola executive, as president of its Kraft Europe division.

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