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Steel Company Starts Work On Mill Touted By Obama

June 28, 2010 8:05 am | News | Comments

V&M STAR's parent company is spending $650 million to add a 1 million-square-foot mill to its Ohio facility, a project the firm says will create as many as 750 jobs.

Refrigeration Equipment Maker Hiring 200 Workers

June 28, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

Kysor/Warren is expanding its Columbus, Ga., operations to meet an increase in demand this year and is seeking to hire mostly manufacturing workers.

Blue Bird To Close Georgia Bus Plant

June 25, 2010 7:40 am | News | Comments

Bus maker says it will close its plant in Lafayette Aug. 30, putting about 350 people out of work.


Indiana Whirlpool Plant Makes Final Refrigerators

June 25, 2010 5:38 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool plant in Evansville that has been the site of protests over its closure is producing its final refrigerators, and 600 employees will soon be out of work.

Transform Solar To Build Solar Panels In Idaho

June 25, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

Company formed by Micron Technology and Origin Energy of Australia says it plans to start making extremely thin but highly efficient solar cells that will be available next year.

Alabama Auto Parts Maker Expanding Plant

June 24, 2010 10:00 am | News | Comments

SL Alabama says it plans to expand capacity at its Alexander City plant by 35 percent and add 200 jobs.

Ford Building $450M Plant In Thailand

June 24, 2010 5:28 am | News | Comments

Automaker is investing $450 million in a new passenger car plant in Thailand, cementing the country's status as an Asian manufacturing base for Ford despite prolonged political unrest.

Harley-Davidson Lays Off 200 More At Pa. Plant

June 24, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

About 200 union production workers at Harley-Davidson plant in central Pennsylvania will be losing their jobs in the latest round of layoffs.


Rexam To Expand, Add 150 Jobs

June 23, 2010 10:45 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Consumer packaging company Rexam says it will expand its factory in Hot Springs, Ark., and add 150 jobs.

Fiat Wants Concessions From Unions

June 23, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

Automaker vowed to work with unions in Italy to gain concessions so it can move production of Panda hatchback from Poland to a plant outside Naples often troubled by labor issues.

Toyota, Honda Battered By Strikes In China

June 23, 2010 5:07 am | by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Fresh walkouts are slowing output and adding to costs at a time when both Toyota and Honda have been ramping up production to meet strong demand.

UAW: Ford To Stop Making Escape In Mo. Next Year

June 23, 2010 5:00 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Ford plans to stop making the Escape in Missouri by the end of next year and shift production of its next-generation sport utility vehicle to Kentucky, a union president said.

Visteon Expanding Auto Parts Plant In China

June 22, 2010 10:15 am | News | Comments

Auto parts maker Visteon Corp. said Tuesday that it and a Chinese partner are expanding a plant in order to make air conditioning and heating equipment.


Proton Aims For Lotus Turnaround By 2015

June 22, 2010 10:11 am | News | Comments

Malaysian national carmaker said it plans to turnaround its loss-making British sports car unit Lotus in five years under a major revamp to bolster the group.

GM Creates South American Division

June 22, 2010 7:30 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it's restructuring its international operations to create a unit to handle South America that will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Toyota To Add 100 Workers At Indiana Factory

June 22, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Automaker plans to add about 100 temporary workers to its southern Indiana plant as it increases production.

Violent Protests Close Bangladesh Factories

June 22, 2010 4:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

About 700 garment factories in Bangladesh were shut Tuesday after days of violent protests by tens of thousands of workers demanding better wages.

Styron Begins Stand-Alone Operations

June 21, 2010 12:00 pm | by Edited By Staff | News | Comments

Former business division of The Dow Chemical Company is now a standalone, privately held company that will focus on its global materials operations.

Biden Says Battery Plant Part Of Energy Revolution

June 21, 2010 10:12 am | News | Comments

Ground was broken Monday on an advanced battery manufacturing facility expected to create hundreds of jobs and, according to Vice President Joe Biden, boost a U.S. energy production 'revolution.'

Electric Boat Buying Pfizer Site

June 21, 2010 7:56 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Submarine maker is acquiring a research and development site from drug manufacturer Pfizer in Connecticut for its own R&D and engineering operations.

Akzo Nobel Sells Starch Unit For $1.3 Billion

June 21, 2010 4:54 am | News | Comments

Dutch paintmaker Akzo Nobel NV said Monday it has agreed to sell its starches arm to U.S.-based Corn Products International for around $1.3 billion.

Vale-ThyssenKrupp Launches Brazilian Steel Plant

June 18, 2010 9:40 am | News | Comments

The $6.4 billion ThyssenKrupp CSA Siderurgica do Atlantico plant is located in Rio de Janeiro and has an annual production capacity of 5 million metric tons of steel slabs.

Dometic May Move HQ To Kentucky

June 18, 2010 6:25 am | News | Comments

Elkhart, Ind., mayor says a recreational vehicle parts supplier that got tax incentives to add 240 production jobs in the Indiana city last year may be moving its headquarters to Kentucky.

Danone To Create Russia's Largest Dairy

June 18, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

France's Danone said that by combining its operations with Russian firm Unimilk, total sales in the former Soviet Union would reach $1.8 billion.

Airbus To Expand Kansas Facilities

June 17, 2010 11:10 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Company has expanded to a second engineering facility in Kansas, adding about 100 jobs as it snaps up aerospace engineers laid off from U.S.-based aircraft makers.

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