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Toyota Delaying Mississippi Plant

December 15, 2008 9:14 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker delaying the start of production at its plant in Blue Springs, Miss., indefinitely as it copes with the downturn in the auto industry.

Continental AG Consolidates Operations

December 15, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

Automotive supplier will transfer its South Carolina manufacturing operations to Virginia, creating 318 jobs at its Newport News facility.

Hemlock Investing $1.2 Billion In Michigan

December 15, 2008 5:19 am | News | Comments

Solar power technology company is getting ready to announce an investment of up to $1.2 billion in Michigan that would create about 190 jobs.

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Report: Confidence At Japan's Manufacturers Plummets

December 15, 2008 4:49 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Confidence at major Japanese manufacturers marked its sharpest drop in 34 years, a key central bank survey showed, as companies brace for more global turbulence.

Toyota, Honda Keeping An Eye On U.S. Auto Industry

December 15, 2008 4:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese carmakers say the bankruptcy of any of Detroit's Big Three would spell serious trouble for them as well.

Honda Cutting North American Production Again

December 12, 2008 9:15 am | by James Hannah, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is lowering production by another 119,000 vehicles, bringing anticipated production for its fiscal year ending March 31 to 1.3 million cars and light trucks.

GM Penny-Pinching To Survive

December 12, 2008 4:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is saving every cent it can, from shutting down escalators at night to limiting workers' choice of pens, in case it needs to fight to survive beyond year's end.

Sharp Cuts Jobs, Production In Japan

December 12, 2008 4:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Electronics maker said Friday it is cutting 380 jobs at its Japanese plants and shuttering some assembly lines making flat panels to cope with the global slowdown.

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Volvo Trucks To Cut U.S. Production

December 11, 2008 10:05 am | by David Dishneau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Swedish truck and bus maker said Thursday it is laying off some U.S. workers, furloughing others and throttling back on engine and transmission production due to slow sales.

Sweden Unveils $3.4 Billion Auto Aid Plan

December 11, 2008 9:13 am | by Louise Nordstrom and Malin Rising, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Plan offers credit guarantees, emergency loans and research funds to boost companies in the 'Swedish automotive cluster,' the government said, following pleas from Volvo and Saab.

TrinityRail Closing Mo. Plant

December 11, 2008 8:23 am | News | Comments

Freight rail-car manufacturer and a division of Dallas-based Trinity Industries plans to close a Springfield plant and lay off 228 workers.

MeadWestvaco Unit Closing Dutch Plant

December 11, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

MWV AGI Media, a subsidiary of MeadWestvaco Corp., plans to close a plant in the Netherlands that makes paper-based packaging for the media and entertainment industry.

Toyota Cuts Production At W. Virginia Plant

December 11, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is adding at least six non-production days at its Buffalo, W.Va., engine and transmission plant.

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EU Probes Dell Payment

December 11, 2008 4:22 am | News | Comments

Regulators said they would investigate Poland's $68 million subsidy to computer maker Dell Inc., because they doubt the company's new Polish plant needed a state subsidy.

Lance Reopening Archway Cookie Plant

December 10, 2008 7:40 am | News | Comments

Charlotte, N.C.-based Lance, Inc. will begin operations next week at the former Archway cookie plant in Ashland, Ohio, with a staff of 50 to 70 workers.

Mexico's Grupo Bimbo Buys U.S. Bakery

December 10, 2008 7:09 am | News | Comments

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is buying the U.S. subsidiary of Canada's George Weston Ltd. for $2.3 billion, making it one of the world's largest bakery companies.

Syracuse China Factory Closing After 137 Years

December 10, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Parent company, Libbey Inc., is closing Syracuse China’s 137-year-old ceramic dinnerware factory in March, eliminating 275 jobs.

Toyota Making More Production Cuts

December 10, 2008 4:59 am | News | Comments

Japan's largest carmaker said it will further reduce production at several factories in North America, as the global slowdown continues to cut into sales.

ArcelorMittal To Close Illinois Plant

December 10, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

About 285 people will lose their jobs when the steelmaker closes its plant in Hennepin, Illinois.

Water Turbine Plant Coming To Delaware

December 9, 2008 9:36 am | News | Comments

UEK, which makes turbines that generate electric power from fast moving water, is planning to move its assembly plant to Sussex County and hire 40 people.

Viracon Idles Minnesota Factory

December 9, 2008 9:35 am | News | Comments

Company is temporarily closing its commercial glass factory in Owatonna for the week, idling about 1,100 workers.

ArcelorMittal Closing New York Plant

December 9, 2008 9:30 am | News | Comments

Steelmaker will close its Lackawanna, N.Y., plant at the end of April, putting 260 employees out of work.

Daimler To Cut Hours At Mercedes Plant

December 9, 2008 5:40 am | by Oliver Schmale and George Frey, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Carmaker to cut back work hours at its plant in Rastatt, Germany, that produces Mercedes A and B class cars, as the ongoing economic crisis has pinched demand.

ATC Technology Closing Missouri Facility

December 9, 2008 5:27 am | News | Comments

Vehicle remanufacturing and logistics company closing the facility as part of a restructuring of its North American drivetrain operations, citing ongoing woes in the auto industry.

U.S. Steel Releases Few Details On Idle Plant

December 9, 2008 4:58 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

St. Louis suburb wary of announcement that the nation's biggest steelmaker will soon 'temporarily' suspend production, without giving a timeframe.

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