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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


U.S. Manufacturing Limps Along In April

May 1, 2008 7:07 am | by Edited by 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.


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.


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.


Chinese Faucet Maker Begins Production At New Facility

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

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


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.


Peerless Manufacturing Acquires Nitram Energy

May 1, 2008 6:15 am | by Edited by 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.


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.


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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