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LDK Solar Completes Production Line

September 2, 2010 4:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese solar company said Thursday it completed a new production line for solar cells at its manufacturing plant in Xinyu City, China.

Caterpillar Hires 600 For New Arkansas Plant

September 2, 2010 4:18 am | by CHUCK BARTELS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAT dedicated a $140 million road grader factory Wednesday, a facility that will employ 600 people and produce the big machines for markets around the world.

Tennessee Whirlpool Plant To Add 130 Jobs

September 1, 2010 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. will build a cooking appliance plant and distribution center creating 130 new jobs in Cleveland in East Tennessee.


Alabama Plant Begins Producing New Honda

September 1, 2010 8:55 am | News | Comments

Honda's Alabama plant has begun mass production of the new model of the Odyssey minivan which should arrive in dealer showrooms late this month.

CAT To Expand Manufacturing In Brazil

September 1, 2010 8:50 am | News | Comments

Caterpillar plans to spend about $180 million to expand its manufacturing capacity in Brazil and meet growing demand in Latin America.

Joy Global 3Q net income slips, raises forecast

September 1, 2010 6:35 am | by CHRIS KAHN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc. said Wednesday net income slid nearly 5 percent in the third quarter as sales slipped, but raised its 2010 forecast on a surge in new orders.Developing nations continue to press for raw materials, driving the global economy at a "more measured and...

U.S. Manufacturing Accelerates In August

September 1, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Institute for Supply Management says manufacturing companies grew faster in August as the industrial sector continues to lead the recovery.

Petronas To Buy BP's Stake In Two Chemical Plants

September 1, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Malaysia's state-owned oil company Petronas said it will acquire London-based oil giant BP's stake in two local chemical plants for $363 million.


Hyundai Moves SUV Production To Kia Plant

September 1, 2010 4:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker will shift manufacturing of its Santa Fe SUV beginning this fall from its plant in Alabama to one in Georgia run by Kia Motor Manufacturing.

Mo. court rules against tax break for restaurants

August 31, 2010 1:35 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the difference between preparing and manufacturing something? For Missouri restaurants, the difference amounts to tens of thousands of dollars.The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that restaurants cannot claim a tax exemption for the purchase of tables, chairs, plates and kitchen...

Tire Company Building Plant In Iowa

August 31, 2010 10:59 am | News | Comments

Company based in the Czech Republic said it plans to build a new agricultural tire plant in Iowa that would create 159 new jobs.

Japan Factory Output Rises In July

August 31, 2010 8:16 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Factory output unexpectedly rose for first time in two months as companies bolstered production of machinery, chemicals and paper despite signs of slowing global economy.

Ford Workers To See Overtime Before Plant Closes

August 31, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

Automaker's Louisville Assembly Plant will see its first extended overtime in years leading up to a layoff of up to a year for factory retooling.


Westlake Building Chemical Plant In Louisiana

August 31, 2010 5:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chemical maker said Tuesday it will spend $250 million to $300 million constructing a chlor-alkali plant in Louisiana beginning in the second half of 2013.

Chrysler Dealers Hear Fiat Plans

August 30, 2010 10:07 am | News | Comments

Fiat-run Chrysler Group told 400 dealers about plans to bring Fiat brand back to U.S. after a 30-year absence, starting with Fiat 500 minicar later this year.

Work on $8 billion mining project moves forward

August 30, 2010 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Work is moving forward on an $8 billion oil sands mining project in Alberta, Canada, even though the equipment may be stalled by a legal roadblock in Idaho.The Kearl oil sands mine is a joint venture being built by Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil about 40 miles north of Fort McMurray. Imperial Oil...

Belle specialty plastics plant nears completion

August 29, 2010 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese company expects to finish building a $100 million specialty plastics factory in Belle by the end of the month.Manager Tom Provost says the Kureha Corp. factory should start production in November.Kureha has hired 35 people to work there already and expects to have a total of 50...

Microproducts take shape at Corvallis hub

August 28, 2010 12:35 pm | by BENNETT HALLAssociated Press | News | Comments

One of the most successful products in the modern world — the inkjet printer — was developed in Corvallis by Hewlett-Packard engineers who found ways to move precisely measured volumes of ink through tiny nozzles.Now a whole new generation of products using similar principles of microfluidics...

BAE Systems Opens Design Center

August 27, 2010 10:30 am | BAE Systems | News | Comments

Defense contractor BAE Systems said it has opened a new design and prototyping center, the first facility at a new company campus in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Plastics Maker Bringing Jobs To Georgia

August 27, 2010 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Moeller Tech will locate a manufacturing plant in Elberton, a $9.75 million investment that will bring 75 jobs to the area.

Nortel To Sell Switch Business

August 27, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Company has a 'stalking horse' asset sale agreement for its North America, Caribbean and Latin America and Asia Multi Service Switch business for $39 million.

Hiring Begins Daewoo Wind Turbine Plant

August 27, 2010 5:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 120 staff are expected to be hired within the plant's first year and up to 500 could be employed within three years.

Japan Automakers See Solid Production Growth

August 27, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

Japanese automakers posted solid growth in global car production last month with Nissan producing and selling a record number of vehicles for any July.

Letter of intent signed by Lauderdale Co., company

August 27, 2010 1:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lauderdale County officials hope there is some good news for a plant site that had great promise a few years ago but died.In 2006, Shuqualak Lumber Company announced it would be building a new processed wood product manufacturing plant, called Loblolly Industries, at the Sonny Montgomery...

Binswanger Named Exclusive Agent for the Marketing of Fantastic Manufacturing Facility in Franklin, New Hampshire

August 26, 2010 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Binswanger has been named exclusive agent by Isola USA Corporation for the marketing of a single story, 99,700 sq. ft. industrial building on over 7 acres located at 40 Industrial Park Drive, Franklin, New Hampshire.This well-maintained building features approximately 72,700 sq. ft. of ...

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