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Coors Plant Evacuated After Ammonia Leak

July 13, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

An ammonia leak at the Molson Coors Brewing Co. sent two workers to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

Biomet To Expand In Indiana

July 12, 2010 8:07 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Biomet Inc. planning a $26 million expansion of its northern Indiana facilities that could add about 280 jobs.

VW To Use Local Components In North America

July 12, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

German automaker says it's seeking to use more locally acquired parts in its auto production in North America as the company begins to build cars in Chattanooga, Tenn.


India's Industrial Output Growth Slows

July 12, 2010 5:07 am | by Da Yan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Industrial production grew 11.5 percent in May compared with a 17.6 percent increase in April, as Asia's third-largest economy returns to pre-financial crisis levels of growth.

Merck To Keep Memphis Facility

July 12, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical company's site in Memphis, which makes several global brands including Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl's, has survived a round of plant closings.

Honda's China Sales Fall After Strikes

July 12, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

Automaker says its sales in China fell 2.7 percent in June from a year earlier, the second straight month of declines amid labor strife and a slowing in overall demand.

Fiat To Build Panda In Italy

July 9, 2010 10:36 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Italian automaker says it will go ahead with an $886 million investment to produce new Panda at plant near Naples despite an ongoing dispute with one Italian union.

Peugeot-Citroen Inks $1.2B Joint Venture

July 9, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

French automaker signed a deal to set up a $1.2 billion joint venture to make small, low-emission cars in China with China Changan Automobile Group.


Dennen Steel To Open Plant In Mississippi

July 9, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Michigan-based steel company will locate a manufacturing plant in Iuka, Miss., that will cost $7.4 million and will create 50 new jobs.

Nissan Changes Van Production Schedule

July 8, 2010 8:02 am | by Jack Elliott Jr., Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Pushing production back until January allows for an uninterrupted ramp-up and allows Nissan to start with the 2012 models, rather than a limited 2011 model year.

Kimberly-Clark To Expand Arkansas Plant

July 8, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

Consumer products maker says it will spend $25 million on an expansion of its Conway plant that will result in addition of more than 40 jobs at the facility.

Pfizer Expands Singapore Plant

July 8, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

World's biggest drugmaker said it invested $100 million in the expansion of its Singapore plant that makes nutritional products for infants and children.

Blast Disrupts Rio Tinto Production At Canadian Plant

July 7, 2010 10:30 am | News | Comments

An explosion involving two electrical transformers has halved production at Rio Tinto Alcan's Laterriere aluminum smelter in Quebec.


Solar Company Delays Hiring In Indiana

July 7, 2010 10:15 am | News | Comments

Abound Solar said it won't start hiring perhaps hundreds of workers for a central Indiana factory until it has ramped up production at its Colorado plant.

BMW JV Breaks Ground For Washington State Plant

July 7, 2010 10:15 am | News | Comments

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture backed by BMW and SGL Group, broke ground on a carbon fiber plant at Moses Lake that will make parts for a BMW electric car.

Westlake Mulls Expansion In Louisiana

July 7, 2010 8:20 am | News | Comments

Houston-based Westlake Chemical Corp. says it has sold $100 million in bonds that could potentially go towards a major expansion at its Geismar, La., plant.

Gallery Sued For Removing Detroit Plant Wall

July 7, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

Company that claims ownership of Packard plant in Detroit has sued over removal of an 8-foot section of cinderblock wall featuring artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy.

Northrop Grumman To Upgrade Va. Shipyard

July 6, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

Company is ramping up the submarine-building program at its Newport News shipyard and will invest more than $200 million in facility improvements.

Sikorsky Aircraft Moving N.Y. Factory

July 2, 2010 8:55 am | News | Comments

Helicopter maker and military contractor says it is shutting down a commercial helicopter factory in upstate New York and moving production to Pennsylvania.

Chesapeake Shuckers Lose Jobs After BP Oil Spill

July 2, 2010 8:25 am | by David A. Fahrenthol, AP Writer | News | Comments

Nearest glob of leaked oil is more than 800 miles away, but at W.E. Kellum seafood's oyster shucking plant in Virginia, it may as well be seeping under the door.

BMW Adding 500 Temp Workers At S.C. Plant

July 2, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

Automaker is adding 500 people to temporary work force at its South Carolina plant as demand for its cars increases, expanded facilities open and it begins production of a new X3.

Sauer-Danfoss Creates 3 Businesses

July 2, 2010 4:27 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Company has created three new businesses and has named Domenico Traverso Vice President, Stand-Alone Businesses, who will have overall responsibility for the new businesses.

Korean Company To Build S.C. Electric Car Plant

July 1, 2010 10:15 am | News | Comments

CT&T United will build a plant in South Carolina to make its eZone electric vehicle, creating 370 jobs.

Motorola To Change Corporate Name

July 1, 2010 10:03 am | News | Comments

Company said it plans to change its name to Motorola Solutions Inc. after it splits off its cell phone business into a separate company.

Glaxo Sells R & D Facility In Italy To Aptuit

July 1, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

London-based drug maker hasn't revealed financial terms for the deal but said some 500 staff at the facility in Verona will be transferred from Glaxo to Aptuit.

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