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Hyundai To Cutback On Domestic Output

January 12, 2009 4:04 am | News | Comments

South Korea's largest automaker said it will slash production between 25 percent and 30 percent at its domestic plants during the first quarter amid falling global demand for vehicles.

Hyundai Cuts Production At Alabama Plant

January 9, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Korean-based automaker has cut production at its auto assembly plant in Montgomery and implemented a ‘flexible work schedule’ for January.

Beijing To Revamp 'World's Factory Floor'

January 9, 2009 4:33 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

China updated an ambitious blueprint to aggressively revamp a key manufacturing region -- a plan that has already helped cause many low-end factories to move or shut down.


GlaxoSmithKline Opening East Coast Vaccine Plant

January 8, 2009 7:00 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's No. 2 drugmaker is moving to expand its vaccine business in the key U.S. market by opening an East Coast vaccine factory, with production targeted to begin in April.

Peugeot Citroen Cuts Night Shift

January 7, 2009 5:54 am | News | Comments

French automaker plans to cut the night shift at its plant in Eastern France from the beginning of February to cope with falling sales, a spokesman said.

Hyundai Cuts Workweek At Czech Plant

January 7, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

South Korean automaker said Wednesday it is cutting work hours at its Czech Republic plant because of falling European car demand.

Honda Delays Production In Argentina

January 7, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

Automaker to delay the start of production at its first plant in Argentina for more than six months in latest move to cope with a plunge in sales amid a deepening global downturn.

South Korea's 2008 Auto Output Falls

January 7, 2009 4:12 am | News | Comments

Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association says production fell 6.4 percent from 2007 to 3.83 million vehicles; production last declined in 2001.


Anheuser-Busch InBev Shutting Ancient Brewery

January 7, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

World's largest brewer said Tuesday it plans to close Stag Brewery, a historic 600-year-old brewery on the banks of the river Thames in London.

Toyota Suspending Production In Japan For 11 Days

January 6, 2009 4:15 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is suspending production at all 12 of its Japan plants for 11 days over February and March, a stoppage of unprecedented scale as Toyota grapples with shrinking global demand.

N.C. Textile Company Closes After 108 Years

January 6, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

R.L. Stowe Inc. announced Monday the shutdown of its plants in North Carolina and Tennessee, putting a total of about 550 people out of work.

U.S. Steel Unit To Halt Pipe Production

January 5, 2009 11:10 am | News | Comments

Texas-based unit of United States Steel Corp. says it will stop making certain steel pipes used in the automotive and mining industries in an effort to focus on core businesses.

Caterpillar To Open New Plant In Arkansas

January 5, 2009 10:30 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's largest maker of construction and mining equipment said the plant, located in North Little Rock, will build motor graders and employ about 600 people.


Waterford Wedgwood Looks To Asia To Save Company

December 31, 2008 4:10 am | by Anthony Deutsch and Elle Moxley, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Drowning in red ink, the fine china and crystal maker has moved most ceramics production to Indonesia to cut costs and now plans the same fate for crystal manufacturing.

Imation Closes North Dakota Plant

December 30, 2008 5:05 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Data-storage product maker has shuttered its floppy diskette plant in Wahpeton and will transfer ownership of its buildings to the city this week, the company says.

U.S. Steel Serbia Cutting Output

December 19, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Serbia subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. will substantially reduce production early next year due to the global economic crisis, a company official said Friday.

Production Ends At Delaware Chrysler Plant

December 19, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

Final Dodge Durango is expected to roll off the assembly line Friday at Chrysler's Newark assembly plant, putting the remaining 1,100 employees out of work.

Chinese Manufacturing Center Gets Overhaul

December 19, 2008 4:36 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

China wants to move weak, labor-intensive factories to the interior, which would turn the Guangdong province into the country's auto maker and its Silicon Valley.

Auto Workers Stress Over Shutdowns

December 18, 2008 9:34 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Tradition of holiday breaks in the auto industry has lost its luster with extended shutdowns that leave workers wondering what's ahead in 2009.

RF Micro Devices To Cut Jobs, Production

December 17, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor maker said Wednesday it will eliminate 250 employees and scale back production as it seeks to reduce costs.

Century Aluminum May Close West Virginia Plant

December 17, 2008 6:12 am | News | Comments

Production at Century Aluminum of West Virginia's Ravenswood plant is being cut and may halt altogether because of slumping prices, the company's corporate parent said.

Cooper Tire To Close Georgia Plant

December 17, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Tire maker says it will close its plant in Albany, Ga., the result of a capacity study of its four plants.

Dow Chemical Delays Joint Venture HQ Decision

December 17, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

Petrochemical Industries, a Kuwaiti company, and Dow Chemical have delayed a decision on announcing a headquarters site for their joint petrochemicals venture until early next year.

Nissan Cutting Production, Temp Workers

December 17, 2008 4:04 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker said Wednesday it would reduce production by a further 78,000 vehicles and cut 500 temporary workers.

Smithfield Completes Deal With Spanish Company

December 17, 2008 4:00 am | News | Comments

Pork producer said Wednesday it completed the merger of its European subsidiary and Campofrio Alimentacion SA, the largest processed meats company in Spain.

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