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Toyota To Rev Up Highlander Production In Indiana

June 2, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is boosting production of the gas model Highlander sport utility vehicle at its southern Indiana plant.

GM To Invest $245M In Canadian Plant

June 1, 2010 10:30 am | by Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

General Motors of Canada said it will invest $245 million to build a new line of fuel-efficient transmissions in southern Ontario beginning in early 2012.

Stoughton Trailers To Boost Production, Add Jobs

June 1, 2010 10:10 am | News | Comments

Trailer manufacturer says it will gradually increase production and add more than 300 jobs because of the strengthening market for its products.

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Whirlpool Closing Michigan Plant

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

Appliance maker said it is discontinuing the production of components made at Benton Harbor, Mich., plant and eliminating 216 jobs as a result.

GM Brazil Investing $386M On New Chevy

June 1, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Brazilian subsidiary of General Motors Co. plans to spend $386 million to develop and produce a new model of Chevrolet.

Furniture Manufacturer Expanding Miss. Plant

May 28, 2010 5:55 am | News | Comments

Albany Industries is expanding its operation in Ripley in northeast Mississippi and could hire up to 200 more workers.

Husqvarna To Close Nebraska Mower Plant

May 28, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Outdoor power equipment maker said it plans to close its southeast Nebraska mower plant and move operations to Orangeburg, S.C., later this year.

Japanese Automakers See Sales, Output Rise

May 28, 2010 5:14 am | News | Comments

Japan's biggest automakers posted major production and sales gains in April, as robust growth in China and elsewhere in Asia continued to fuel demand.

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Tesla Aims To Buy Nummi Plant For $42M

May 27, 2010 1:54 pm | News | Comments

Company says it expects to pay about $42 million for a shuttered California factory where Tesla plans to team with Toyota Motors to build electric cars.

Fort Wayne Tries To Keep Navistar Center

May 27, 2010 9:50 am | News | Comments

Officials are trying to persuade Navistar to keep its truck design center and 800 workers in the city after it dropped plans to move its operations to a Chicago suburb.

Pilgrim’s Pride To Reopen Georgia Plant

May 27, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Poultry company says it will hire as many as 1,400 local workers and invest $30 million to reopen its idled Coffee County chicken processing complex by January.

Strike In China Idles Honda Plants

May 27, 2010 4:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda's four auto assembly plants in China have ground to a halt after workers at a parts maker went on strike demanding better wages.

U.K. Criticizes Kraft On Cadbury

May 26, 2010 10:23 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

British agency that regulates business takeovers criticized Kraft for promising to keep a Cadbury factory open, then changing its mind after taking over the chocolate company.

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Packaging Plant Gets $53M Expansion

May 26, 2010 9:52 am | News | Comments

Arkansas paper mill that employs more than 1,000 people has dedicated a $53 million expansion that will enable it to reduce waste and better compete in global market.

Sabra Opens Virginia Plant

May 26, 2010 9:44 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Snack dip company has cut the ribbon on its new Virginia manufacturing plant that is expected to employ about 300.

Nissan Breaks Ground On Leaf Battery Plant

May 26, 2010 9:00 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is breaking ground on a lithium-ion battery plant as part of its plan to build electric cars and eventually create up to 1,300 jobs in Tennessee.

Foster's To Divide Beer, Wine Units

May 26, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

Australian brewer and winemaker said Wednesday that it will split its global beer and troubled wine businesses into separate listed companies.

Electric Car Maker Selects Ohio For Battery Plant

May 25, 2010 9:50 am | News | Comments

Santa Monica, Calif.-based CODA Automotive Inc. says the factory in Columbus would build lithium ion batteries, creating up to 1,300 jobs after five years.

BP Disaster May Lead To Changes In Offshore Drilling

May 25, 2010 5:09 am | by Chris Kkahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has focused attention on the petroleum industry's loose regulation and failure to plan for the worst.

Toyota Stops Selling Lexus LS As It Awaits Part

May 25, 2010 5:00 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker has stopped sales of the Lexus LS sedan for about three weeks while it works to get parts to dealers to fix problem with the vehicle's steering system.

Honda Expanding Production In China

May 25, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it plans to expand production at several factories in China to keep up with demand, raising its total capacity by more than a quarter by late 2012.

FDA Fines Genzyme $175 Million

May 24, 2010 11:07 am | News | Comments

Biotech drugmaker Genzyme has agreed to pay a $175 million penalty to federal regulators in connection with a series of problems at a key manufacturing plant.

Ohio Factory Loses Its Marbles

May 24, 2010 5:31 am | by Michael Sangiacomo, AP | News | Comments

Jabo, one of only two marble makers in the U.S., is creating pretty marbles for a group of collectors from across the U.S. and Canada, perhaps for the last time.

Ford Investing $135M In 2 Michigan Factories

May 24, 2010 5:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Two Ford factories will see 170 additional jobs in next two years as automaker brings battery pack and gas-electric hybrid transmission assembly to the United States.

Chrysler Adding 1,100 Jobs At Detroit Jeep Plant

May 21, 2010 12:22 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker gave a big boost to the battered Michigan economy Friday when it announced the addition of about 1,100 workers to help build the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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