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Jindal: Nucor Picks Louisiana Site For Plant

September 15, 2010 10:18 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gov. Bobby Jindal says steelmaker Nucor Corp. has chosen a Louisiana site for a $2 billion pig iron plant that could create up to 925 jobs.

Industrial production rises 0.2 percent in August

September 15, 2010 6:35 am | by DANIEL WAGNER - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Production at U.S. factories grew in August for the 12th time in 14 months, but at a slower rate than earlier this year as consumers spend cautiously.Overall output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities edged up 0.2 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. It rose...

U.S. Industrial Production Rises 0.2 Percent

September 15, 2010 6:22 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Industrial production rose modestly in August, and the manufacturing sector grew for the 12th time in 14 months, Federal Reserve said.

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6 Hurt In Tenn. Flare Plant Explosion

September 15, 2010 5:47 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A fire was burning itself out Tuesday night after an explosion injured six workers at a manufacturing plant in southwestern Tennessee that makes flares for the military.

Confectionery Maker To Pay Damages For 'Sweet Smell'

September 15, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Company ordered to pay compensation to nearby residents who said they suffered from the sweet smell given off by the company's factory from 2005 to 2008.

Global capacity expansion speeding up - MOVENTAS TO ESTABLISH WIND GEAR ASSEMBLY LINE IN PORTLAND, OREGON USA

September 14, 2010 11:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the biggest wind gear manufacturers in the world, Finland-based Moventas, will build up wind gear assembly capacity in USA. The new facility in Portland will serve the growing customer demand in the USA markets by the end of the year 2010.With the investment in Portland, Moventas is...

A123 Opens Battery Factory Near Detroit

September 14, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Battery maker A123 Systems Inc. opened a large lithium-ion battery factory in the Detroit suburb of Livonia on Monday.

Metro shows off new buses, body shop in works

September 13, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Metro is showing off its new diesel-electric hybrid buses and MetroAccess vehicles paid for by stimulus funds.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and members of congress visited Metro's bus facility in Landover on Monday, where some of the new...

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Nokia Mobile Phone Exec Leaves After New CEO

September 13, 2010 8:34 am | News | Comments

Anssi Vanjoki announced Monday he will resign from the company, just three days after the handset maker appointed a new CEO.

VW Names Former GM Exec To Lead U.S. Operations

September 13, 2010 8:21 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

German automaker said former Ford and GM exec Jonathan Browning will lead Volkswagen Group of America at a time when it aims to triple sales by 2018.

Unions Welcome Boeing Expansion Plans

September 13, 2010 6:11 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing spokeswoman said the company plans to expand its composites fabrication and assembly center in south Seattle by year's end, adding about 500 workers.

Dell Closing NC Plant Early

September 13, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Computer maker says it will close a North Carolina plant sooner than expected and lay off employees in October and November.

Minnesota, California govs on China trade missions

September 13, 2010 1:35 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two American governors, two completely different messages.As pressure to create jobs heats up ahead of November's U.S. elections, the volume of rhetoric on trade issues is also rising.Minnesota's Republican governor Tim Pawlenty, who is viewed back home as a future presidential hopeful keen to...

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Va car-building team has eye on the X-Prize

September 12, 2010 10:35 am | by BRYAN GENTRYAssociated Press | News | Comments

When the X-Prize Foundation hands out awards Thursday to teams that built a new breed of super-efficient cars, the Lynchburg-based Edison2 team expects it will take home the $5 million prize.Then the contest will be over. But the race has just begun, Edison2 leader Oliver Kuttner said.It's a...

Schwarzenegger tries out China's high-speed rail

September 11, 2010 9:35 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is engaging in a little window-shopping of China's new high-speed train lines while peddling Californian exports and tourism in the world's second-largest economy.His own state budget $19 billion in the red, Schwarzenegger says he is hoping for some "creative...

Schwarzenegger tries out China's high speed rail

September 11, 2010 8:35 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is riding the rails — China's new high speed train lines — engaging in a little window shopping while peddling Californian exports and tourism in the world's second-largest economy.His own state budget $19 billion in the red, Schwarzenegger says he is hoping for some...

Texas gas-field services firm to expand in Pa.

September 10, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas maker of equipment for oil- and gas-field production and processing is building a new manufacturing and distribution plant in Pennsylvania to serve the booming natural gas industry.Houston-based Allied Technology said the facility in suburban Pittsburgh will help provide dehydration...

Ball Corp. Raises Stake In Brazilian Venture

September 10, 2010 5:46 am | News | Comments

Beverage and food products packaging maker Ball Corp. said it has increased its stake in a joint venture in Brazil by 10 percent.

Worker Kills Two At Pa. Kraft Plant

September 10, 2010 4:00 am | by Patrick Walters, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

After being suspended from her job at the plant, a woman opened fire, killing two people and critically injuring a third before being taken into custody.

Ford Expects Rise In Global Auto Production

September 9, 2010 10:43 am | News | Comments

Automaker said it expects global auto production to increase 5 to 10 percent this year over 2009 levels, a modest gain that reflects the still-weak economy.

Manufacturer NN sells Tempe, Ariz. assets

September 9, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Metal components manufacturer NN Inc. said it has sold some of its manufacturing assets in Tempe, Ariz. to newly-formed Triumph Manufacturing LLC.NN had previously planned to close the Tempe facility and move most production to two facilities in Wellington, Ohio. But on Thursday it said Triumph...

Calif. energy company announces Phoenix plant

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

A California manufacturer of power equipment for the renewable energy industry is announcing they will open a manufacturing facility in Arizona.Camarillo-based Power-One says it will employ 350 workers at a Phoenix facility that is expected to begin production in October.The company says the...

Japanese Company Opening Tennessee Auto Plant

September 9, 2010 5:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IB-Tech, a subsidiary of auto parts manufacturer Imasen Electric Industrial Co., plans to invest $50 million in a facility in Mount Pleasant, creating 385 jobs.

Airgas Board Rejects Air Products Bid

September 9, 2010 5:24 am | News | Comments

Board members have unanimously rejected a sweetened $5.5 billion buyout offer from rival Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

GM Launches 2011 Cruze In Ohio

September 9, 2010 5:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker launched its Cruze compact sedan at its factory near Youngstown, with company and state officials touting production as a boost to U.S. and Ohio economies.

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