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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.

Violent Protests Close Bangladesh Factories

June 22, 2010 4:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

About 700 garment factories in Bangladesh were shut Tuesday after days of violent protests by tens of thousands of workers demanding better wages.

Styron Begins Stand-Alone Operations

June 21, 2010 12:00 pm | by Edited By Staff | News | Comments

Former business division of The Dow Chemical Company is now a standalone, privately held company that will focus on its global materials operations.

Biden Says Battery Plant Part Of Energy Revolution

June 21, 2010 10:12 am | News | Comments

Ground was broken Monday on an advanced battery manufacturing facility expected to create hundreds of jobs and, according to Vice President Joe Biden, boost a U.S. energy production 'revolution.'


Electric Boat Buying Pfizer Site

June 21, 2010 7:56 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Submarine maker is acquiring a research and development site from drug manufacturer Pfizer in Connecticut for its own R&D and engineering operations.

Akzo Nobel Sells Starch Unit For $1.3 Billion

June 21, 2010 4:54 am | News | Comments

Dutch paintmaker Akzo Nobel NV said Monday it has agreed to sell its starches arm to U.S.-based Corn Products International for around $1.3 billion.

Vale-ThyssenKrupp Launches Brazilian Steel Plant

June 18, 2010 9:40 am | News | Comments

The $6.4 billion ThyssenKrupp CSA Siderurgica do Atlantico plant is located in Rio de Janeiro and has an annual production capacity of 5 million metric tons of steel slabs.

Dometic May Move HQ To Kentucky

June 18, 2010 6:25 am | News | Comments

Elkhart, Ind., mayor says a recreational vehicle parts supplier that got tax incentives to add 240 production jobs in the Indiana city last year may be moving its headquarters to Kentucky.

Danone To Create Russia's Largest Dairy

June 18, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

France's Danone said that by combining its operations with Russian firm Unimilk, total sales in the former Soviet Union would reach $1.8 billion.


Airbus To Expand Kansas Facilities

June 17, 2010 11:10 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Company has expanded to a second engineering facility in Kansas, adding about 100 jobs as it snaps up aerospace engineers laid off from U.S.-based aircraft makers.

Toyota To Restart Mississippi Plant Build

June 17, 2010 11:08 am | by Dan Strumpf and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker will restart the delayed construction of its Mississippi plant, which will provide 2,000 jobs and be up and running by the fall of next year.

CAT Investing $700M In Upgrades

June 17, 2010 10:58 am | News | Comments

Caterpillar plans to invest almost $700 million over the next four years to start producing mining shovels and expand production of its trucks at plants in Illinois and India.

GM Canada Aims To Grow Market Share

June 16, 2010 7:55 am | News | Comments

New president of General Motors Canada says he believes the automaker can capture more than 16 percent of the Canadian vehicle market this year.

Finnish Pigment Maker Plans Georgia Plant

June 16, 2010 7:49 am | News | Comments

President of FP-Pigments said his company will make a $20 million investment and open a plant in Rome, Ga., that will employ about 20 people.

Chrysler Won't Idle All Operations This Summer

June 16, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Automaker said it has ended a cost-saving requirement that all workers take the same two weeks off during the summer when it switches model years.

EPA To Hold Meeting On Buick City Cleanup

June 16, 2010 5:23 am | News | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency holding public meeting in Flint on plans for a $5 to $7 million cleanup of General Motors' former Buick City complex.

Venezuela Seizes Auto Parts Company

June 16, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his government will expropriate a small auto parts company and turn over its management to workers.

Boeing Boosting Production Of 737 Jet

June 15, 2010 1:45 pm | Boeing | News | Comments

Anticipating long-term growth in demand for the commercial plane, Boeing said it is again boosting plans for production of the 737 jet in 2012.

Greif Partners With Saudi Arabia Firm

June 15, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Company said it is forming a joint venture with a Saudi Arabian company to handle the production of 'flexible' industrial packaging.

Hershey Investing $250M In Hometown Factories

June 15, 2010 5:04 am | by Marc Levy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chocolate maker to spend $250 to $300 million to modernize facilities and cut costs as part of plan to save $80 million a year.

Work Begins On Boeing 747-8

June 14, 2010 10:04 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Mechanics at Boeing's Everett plant have started putting together the fuselage for its new 747-8 passenger jet that is set to be delivered in late 2011.

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