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Sony To Close Recording Media Plant

February 18, 2010 4:01 am | News | Comments

Company will close its Alabama recording media plant by September and put 300 employees out of work as part of an effort to consolidate production amid tough competition.

Texas Plant Investigating Chemical Leak

February 17, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

Plant officials are investigating what caused a pipe leak that resulted in the release of a nitric oxide vapor cloud at Air Products and Chemicals Inc. in Pasadena.

RV Startup Plans Indiana Plant

February 17, 2010 4:21 am | News | Comments

Startup company Earthbound RV plans to open factory in central Indiana making recreational vehicles and potentially hire 300 workers in next few years.


Energy Drink Maker To Expand Operations

February 16, 2010 9:20 am | News | Comments

Living Essentials, an energy drink maker, plans to expand its operations at a northern Indiana plant and potentially add more than 35 jobs in the next two years.

Missouri Backs Manufacturing Incentives

February 16, 2010 9:11 am | News | Comments

Missouri House has endorsed new tax incentives for manufacturers who improve their factories in the state.

Toyota To Idle 2 U.S. Plants

February 16, 2010 6:41 am | by Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Automaker said Tuesday it plans to idle production temporarily at assembly plants in Texas and Kentucky while it grapples with massive recalls in the United States.

Teva Novopharm Becomes Teva Canada

February 16, 2010 6:37 am | News | Comments

After being part of Teva corporate family since 2000, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is changing the name of its Novapharm subsidiary to Teva Canada Ltd.

UPM To Cut 200 Jobs In Finland

February 16, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Finnish forest products company UPM-Kymmene said it will lay off 200 workers at two pulp and paper mills to further cut costs and adjust to difficult economic conditions.


New Chrysler Supplier To Double Workforce

February 16, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

Auto parts company Creative Liquid Coatings Inc. of northeastern Indiana plans to hire 65 workers in the coming months as it starts a contract with Chrysler.

Expansion To Add Jobs At Georgia Plant

February 16, 2010 4:20 am | News | Comments

Surface countertop manufacturer LG Hausys America Inc. will expand its operations in Adairsville, creating up to 80 new jobs.

Aerospace Manufacturer Restores Work Hours

February 11, 2010 9:15 am | News | Comments

Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, maker of electronic equipment for aerospace industry, says employees who had their hours cut are being restored to full 40-hour work weeks.

GM Adds 2nd Shift In Ontario

February 11, 2010 8:56 am | News | Comments

Automaker adding a second shift late this year at its car assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, to meet demand for the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro and the Buick Regal.

Fiat, Russian Car Maker Form $3.3B Joint Venture

February 11, 2010 7:19 am | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Italy's Fiat and Russian car maker Sollers create $3.3 billion joint venture to produce up to 500,000 vehicles per year in Russia in bid to become country's second-largest car maker.


Boston Scientific To Cut Up To 1,300 Jobs

February 11, 2010 4:35 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Medical device maker said it will eliminate between 1,000 and 1,300 employees, or 8 to 10 percent of its work force as part of cost-cutting efforts.

Twin Rivers Foods Closing Missouri Plant

February 10, 2010 8:52 am | News | Comments

Owners of the Twin Rivers Foods plant in Neosho say it will close on April 6, costing 485 workers their jobs.

Solar Panel Plant To Be Built New Mexico

February 9, 2010 9:40 am | News | Comments

Solar Distinction Inc., plans to build a photovoltaic manufacturing plant in Albuquerque, N.M., that is expected to employ 300 workers.

Kraft Closing UK Cadbury Plant

February 9, 2010 9:15 am | News | Comments

Company said Tuesday that it will close Cadbury's Somerdale plant which it had previously hoped to keep open.

Toyota Resumes Production At Indiana Plant

February 9, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Work has resumed as planned at Toyota's southwestern Indiana plant after a weeklong shutdown for the company to repair defective gas pedals.

Spyker Moves Sports Car Production To England

February 9, 2010 4:54 am | News | Comments

Specialist Dutch automaker which recently bought Saab switched production of its Aileron model to Britain on Tuesday.

Chrysler To Invest $550M In Mexican Plant

February 9, 2010 4:18 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will invest $550 million to build the Fiat 500 minicar at its assembly plant in Toluca, near Mexico City.

Georgia Apparel Maker Shuts Down

February 8, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

Fashion Star Inc., maker of women's apparel, has shut down after 38 years in business, laying off 70 employees.

VW’s Tenn. Supplier Park To Add 500 New Jobs

February 5, 2010 9:57 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Five hundred new jobs will be created at Volkswagen's supplier park that will be built alongside the German automaker's new assembly plant in Chattanooga.

BAE Systems Closing Tennessee Plant

February 5, 2010 7:20 am | BAE Systems | News | Comments

Defense contractor BAE Systems said it is permanently closing its manufacturing plant in East Tennessee in a move that will eliminate 173 jobs.

UK Producer Prices Rise In January

February 5, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

Excluding tax hikes which were effective in January, producer price index was up 3.5 percent, the Office for National Statistics said.

German Industrial Production Down 2.6 Percent

February 5, 2010 3:59 am | News | Comments

Industrial production in Europe's biggest economy was down 2.6 percent in December, much worse than the 0.6 percent increase that economists had forecast.

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