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DuPont Announces Plant To Produce Battery Technology

August 3, 2010 7:54 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company says it is building a production facility in Virginia that will use new technology to improve the performance of batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Dow Chemical Turns Profit On Cost Cuts, Sales

August 3, 2010 5:35 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chemical company said increased demand and higher prices for chemicals used in products ranging from consumer electronics to adhesives drove it to a second-quarter profit.

Cinram Manufacturing Plans More Layoffs

August 3, 2010 5:18 am | News | Comments

Pennsylvania manufacturer of CDs and DVDs plans to cut more than 300 jobs at a plant where 150 others were just laid off.

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Randox to celebration completion of W.Va. facility

August 3, 2010 12:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Randox Laboratories-U.S. is celebrating the completion of its first facility on the East Coast.The Northern Ireland-based health care technology company planned to hold a grand opening Tuesday for its new facility in Kearneysville.The $7 million facility will house administrative, distribution,...

Investor in Michigan film studio charged in fraud

August 2, 2010 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary investor behind a project to convert a former auto parts plant into a film production studio was charged Monday with trying to defraud the state out of a $10 million tax credit.Joseph Peters, 46, of Ada, is accused of falsely claiming in an application for a 25 percent...

Solo Cup Plant In Maryland Begins Shutdown

August 2, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maker of paper cups and containers said its 551-worker manufacturing plant in Owings Mills will begin shutting down in October.

Fire Burns At Micron's Idaho Plant

August 2, 2010 10:18 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor and solar-panel maker said there were no injuries and doesn't expect any disruptions after a blaze burned through a building at its Boise campus.

General Dynamics To Build Army Grenade Launchers

August 2, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. Army has awarded a contract to General Dynamics to build 130 lightweight grenade launchers at a plant in southern Maine.

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International Trade Flap Focuses On Alabama Company

August 2, 2010 5:15 am | by Russell Hubbarda, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxel Outdoors says it operates the last U.S. factory producing synthetic-filled sleeping bags, and the plant's future is threatened by what it calls cut-rate, unfair competition from overseas.

Study begins for NM uranium deconversion plant

July 31, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first step has been taken toward a uranium deconversion plant in Lea County in southeastern New Mexico.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday held the first of several public meetings on an environmental impact statement for the International Isotopes Inc. nuclear deconversion...

Bombardier To Build Learjet 85 In Kansas

July 30, 2010 10:59 am | News | Comments

Company said it will build its new midsize Learjet 85 in Wichita in exchange for $27 million in bond financing from the state.

Caterpillar picks NC for equipment plant, 500 jobs

July 30, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina will host a new plant planned by heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that will employ more than 500 full-time and contract workers.The earth-moving and agricultural equipment company said Friday it will build a factory in Winston-Salem that will employ about 390...

Chrysler To Add 900 Jobs To Michigan Plant

July 30, 2010 10:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker said it will add nearly 900 jobs and spare the plant from closure, a show of optimism that consumers will embrace its refurbished midsize sedans.

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NC hoping to land Caterpillar plant, 500 jobs

July 30, 2010 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina hopes it will host a new plant planned by heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that will employ about 500 employees and contract workers.Gov. Beverly Perdue is planning to make an announcement in Winston-Salem on Friday, shortly after a meeting of the committee that...

Japan's Jobless Rate Up, Factory Output Down

July 30, 2010 5:23 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan received a sobering reminder Friday of its fragile recovery -- the jobless rate rose, deflation deepened, and factories made fewer cars and mobile phones.

Obama To Tout Auto Bailout In Michigan

July 29, 2010 9:35 pm | by CHARLES BABINGTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

President is going to the heart of U.S. auto industry to push an important election-year claim: the unpopular auto industry bailout has turned into an economic good-news story.

Lab with high-tech jobs opening in Lexington, Ky.

July 29, 2010 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Beshear says the first of what is expected to be many high-tech firms is headed to Kentucky to take advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy's planned National Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center in Lexington.Beshear announced Thursday that nGimat (ehn'-jhi-mat)...

Great American Group(R)… to Webcast Public Auction Sale of Beechmont Press Equipment and Real Estate

July 29, 2010 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Great American Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GAMR), a leading provider of asset disposition, valuation and appraisal services, today announced that it will conduct a disposition of the production machinery and real property of Louisville, Kentucky-based Beechmont Press. Great American Group will be...

Obama: We'll get back money from auto bailout

July 29, 2010 12:35 pm | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the U.S. government will recover all the taxpayer money his administration provided to bail out the auto industry last year.In an interview aired Thursday on the ABC television's talk show "The View," Obama said the auto industry "tells a good story" of his...

Lab with high-tech jobs opening in Lexington

July 29, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Beshear says the first of what is expected to be many high-tech firms is headed to Kentucky to take advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy's planned National Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center in Lexington.Beshear announced Thursday that nGimat LLC, a...

Goodyear To Recall Workers In Va.

July 29, 2010 10:32 am | News | Comments

Company says it is increasing production at its plant in Danville and recalling laid-off workers as the plant returns to a four-shift, seven-day operation schedule.

Panasonic To Buy Two Subsidiaries

July 29, 2010 6:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company will take full ownership of Sanyo and Panasonic Electric in a move costing up to $9.4 billion to strengthen green businesses such as electric cars and solar panels.

Tyco Sells Water Equipment Unit

July 29, 2010 6:03 am | News | Comments

Swiss diversified manufacturer said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its European water equipment business to a private equity firm for $245 million.

ECO DEPOT, INC. and CSTech Korea Announce the Opening of a New LED Lighting Manufacturing and Distribution Plant in Mexico

July 29, 2010 4:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ECO DEPOT, INC. (OTCQB: ECDP) from Los Angeles, CA, USA and CS Technology Co., Ltd from Korea, leading providers of Indoor LED Lighting products for the Far East, are proud to announce the opening of a new Joint Venture plant in Mexico to support their North American customers and meet...

Highlights from the Fed's latest economic survey

July 28, 2010 2:36 pm | by JEANNINE AVERSA - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Highlights from the Federal Reserve's survey of economic conditions nationwide. The survey, released Wednesday and known as the Beige Book, is based on information collected from the Fed's 12 regional bank districts.BOSTON(This region covers Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode...

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