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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.

Japanese Business Confidence At 2-Year High

July 1, 2010 5:08 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Key central bank report showed business confidence among Japan's biggest manufacturers improved for fifth straight quarter, thanks to Asia's rapid rebound from global recession.

Tate & Lyle Sells EU Sugar Unit For $314M

July 1, 2010 5:03 am | News | Comments

Company said it is selling its European sugar refining business to American Sugar Refining Inc. for $314 million in cash as it focuses on producing ingredients for industry.

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Dow Chemical, Mitsui To Build Plant

July 1, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Chemical company signed a deal with major Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. to build and operate a new membrane chlor-alkali facility on the Texas coast.

Bobcat Plans To Hire 100 Workers

June 30, 2010 10:30 am | News | Comments

Maker of skid-steer loaders says move is due to an increased demand for products and the transition of production to Gwinner, N.D., after closing its plant in Bismarck in December.

Navistar Urged To Keep Indiana Design Center

June 30, 2010 8:15 am | News | Comments

Fort Wayne, Ind., officials are urging Navistar to keep its truck design center with more than 800 workers in the city even though the company expects to consolidate that work elsewhere.

Abbott May Sell Vaccine Unit

June 29, 2010 10:39 am | News | Comments

Drug and medical device manufacturer is considering selling its vaccine unit, just a few months after acquiring the business from a European competitor.

Caterpillar Building New Facility In Brazil

June 29, 2010 6:25 am | News | Comments

World's largest maker of construction and mining equipment said it plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Brazil to meet growing customer demand throughout Latin America.

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Foxconn Plans New Chinese Plant

June 29, 2010 5:05 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple supplier poised to build a huge new factory in north-central China despite Foxconn's own misgivings after a spate of suicides among its young migrant work force.

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.

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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.

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