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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.


New Holland Celebrates 150,000th Tractor Made at Its Indian Plant

September 9, 2010 2:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Holland Fiat (India) Pvt. Ltd., a majority owned subsidiary of CNH Global (Case New Holland) and part of the Fiat Group, celebrates today as the 150,000th tractor rolls off the line at its manufacturing facility in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India. This important milestone marks...

AP: New GM CEO Wants To Top BMW

September 8, 2010 11:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

New GM CEO Daniel Akerson is telling employees that GM needs to make cars and trucks that are better than competitors such as BMW, AP source said.

Navistar's To Keep HQ In Illinois

September 8, 2010 10:09 am | News | Comments

Truck and diesel engine manufacturer plans to keep its headquarters in Illinois and will move forward with plans to expand its operations in the state.

Auto Parts Plant Blast Hurts 9 In Ohio

September 7, 2010 10:36 am | News | Comments

An explosion at a Faurecia Interior Systemsan auto parts plant in northern Ohio has injured nine people.

South Carolina editorial roundup

September 7, 2010 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:Sept. 5The Herald of Rock Hill on the Catawba River water dispute:Using Duke Energy's comprehensive relicensing agreement as a basis for a settlement of the dispute over a North Carolina plan to divert water from the Catawba River looks promising....


Groundbreaking Set For Missouri Honeywell Plant

September 7, 2010 5:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facility being built for Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies will employ 2,100 people and produce non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons.

Suzuki Plans Third Plant In India

September 7, 2010 5:10 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker said it is planning another plant in India to keep up with burgeoning sales, and the plant could be up and running, perhaps as early as 2013.

Kia CEO Resigns After Recalls

September 7, 2010 5:07 am | by KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Top executive at Kia Motors has resigned after the company recalled more than 100,000 vehicles worldwide over defective wiring, the automaker said Tuesday.

For Minn.'s Emmer, tax cuts precede spending cuts

September 6, 2010 1:35 pm | by BRIAN BAKST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer's plan for closing Minnesota's yawning budget gap starts with making the deficit bigger.Emmer outlined a proposal Monday for a bundle of business tax cuts that, on paper, would add at least $626 million to a budget hole that state finance officials say...

Mich. chemical maker brews up golden anniversary

September 4, 2010 9:35 pm | by JASON CARMEL DAVISAssociated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in business is a tremendous accomplishment, according to Chem-Trend Limited Partnership President and CEO Devanir Moraes.The company, established in Howell in 1960, is commemorated its golden anniversary in August."To be as successful as we've been through all these years and be the...

Harley, union reach proposed labor agreement

September 3, 2010 2:35 pm | by DINESH RAMDE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and its union leaders reached a proposed labor agreement on Friday that could keep manufacturing operations and hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin.The proposal still needs to be ratified by union workers and approved by the motorcycle company's board. Workers are expected...

Praxair To Fight $1.3B Fine

September 2, 2010 11:01 am | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest industrial gas companies said it is 'shocked' and 'absolutely rejects claims' of anticompetitive behavior by a subsidiary in Brazil.

General Dynamics Md. Site Announces Layoffs

September 2, 2010 8:50 am | News | Comments

General Dynamics Robotic Systems in Westminster said it will lay off 132 workers in 60 days unless a program they are working on is funded again by the U.S. Army.

China TechFaith to invest $70M in Beijing facility

September 2, 2010 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese cell phone designer China TechFaith Wireless Technology Ltd. said Thursday it will spend $70 million to build a smart phone manufacturing plant in Beijing.The company said its new facility will be set up primarily to build phones designed by QiGi, a company China TechFaith bought last year...

Environmental Stoneworks Acquires Canyon Stone and Installation

September 2, 2010 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —Environmental Stoneworks, the only national manufacturer and installer of stone veneer, announced today the acquisition of Canyon Stone and Installation, Utah's leading manufacturer and installer of stone and brick veneer. The acquisition bolsters Environmental...

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.

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