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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.


Factory Orders Post Big Gain In December

February 4, 2010 6:35 am | by Alan Zibel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories posted 1 percent gain, double 0.5 percent forecast by economists, and adding to evidence that manufacturing is supporting economic recovery.

Brewer Budvar Says Output Down 2.5 Percent

February 4, 2010 6:19 am | News | Comments

State-owned Czech brewery Budvar, which has been fighting long legal battle over Budweiser brand, said production fell 2.5 percent in 2009.

Brunswick Closing Minn. Boat Factory

February 3, 2010 7:26 am | News | Comments

Company will close boat factory in Minnesota and move production of Crestliner and Triton boats and pontoons to plants in New York, Missouri and Indiana.

Mueller Water Closing Alabama Plant

February 3, 2010 6:46 am | News | Comments

Company said Wednesday it will close an iron pipe-manufacturing plant in Alabama by March 31, eliminating 260 jobs.

Alcoa Realigns Business Units, Adds COOs

February 2, 2010 9:30 am | News | Comments

Aluminum manufacturer said Tuesday that its engineered products division will be realigned and that there are now two new chief operating officers.


ArcelorMittal Ups Production At Indiana Mill

January 29, 2010 4:54 am | News | Comments

Company and union officials say steel maker is planning to restart blast furnace at northwestern Indiana mill, which could put hundreds of workers back on the job.

Thailand Loans GM $409 Million

January 29, 2010 4:04 am | News | Comments

Thai unit of General Motors secured $409 million of loans from local banks and a cash infusion from GM, allowing it to restart expansion plans in Thailand.

New Era Cap Keeping N.Y. Plant, Ala. Plant Closing

January 28, 2010 4:45 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Maker of Major League Baseball hats has chosen its New York plant to survive as company’s sole U.S. production facility and will close its Alabama plant later this year.

Suntech Opening Factory In Arizona

January 28, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

Photovoltaic module manufacturer plans its first U.S. solar manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Ariz., that will employ more than 70 workers when it opens.

Parkers Farm Declared Safe After Food Recall

January 28, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

Minnesota state health inspectors have declared the operations of food maker Parkers Farm as safe, weeks after it recalled its cheese and peanut products.


Pfizer Restructures Research After Wyeth Buy

January 27, 2010 9:10 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drugmaker said it will scrap testing of roughly 100 experimental drugs from its combined research operations with Wyeth to focus more resources on its priority areas.

Spyker Faces Challenges After Saab Takeover

January 27, 2010 6:43 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Dutch automaker, which hasn't made a profit in 11 years, must turn two loss-making car companies into one profitable one while operating under mountain of debt.

Italy Angry Over Idled Fiat Plants

January 27, 2010 3:52 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Italian official criticized Fiat's decision to temporarily halt production at its Italian plants while the automaker urges the government to continue cash-for-clunkers incentives.

GM, Spyker Reach Deal On Saab

January 26, 2010 10:10 am | by Toby Sterling and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Saab brand gets lifeline with sale to Spyker and GM will get $74 million in cash plus $326 million worth of preferred shares in Saab.

Exxon Mobil Expanding Louisiana Chemical Plant

January 26, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

Company’s chemical plant in Baton Rouge, La., one of the largest facilities in the world that makes isopropyl alcohol, has started work on expanding production.

Marchionne: Chrysler-Fiat Integration Moving Forward

January 25, 2010 9:40 am | News | Comments

Fiat CEO said that a new Chrysler plant that will build Fiat engines in northern Michigan represents ‘a huge step forward’ for the integration of Chrysler into Fiat.

Huge Sugar Refinery To Be Built In Louisiana

January 25, 2010 6:37 am | News | Comments

Groundbreaking scheduled for Feb. 3 for Louisiana Sugar Refining joint venture in Gramercy, La., that could produce a million tons of sugar a year.

Severstal To Boost Production At Ohio, W.Va. Mills

January 25, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Russian-owned steelmaker will restart its plant in Warren, Ohio, soon and bring its coke plant in Follansbee, W. Va., to full production by end of January.

European Union To Probe BHP-Rio Tinto Deal

January 25, 2010 4:20 am | News | Comments

EU to investigate a plan by iron ore miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to combine some operations because authorities suspect it could damage competition.

Ericsson To Cut Another 1,500 Jobs

January 25, 2010 4:10 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Wireless equipment maker will increase total layoffs to 6,500 from the 5,000 previously planned after reporting a 92 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit.

More U.S. Dealers Appeal Chrysler, GM Shutdowns

January 22, 2010 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Over 900 car dealers nationwide have signed up to appeal decisions by General Motors and Chrysler to revoke their franchise agreements and shut them down.

Tyson To Lay Off 480 With Production Move

January 22, 2010 8:32 am | News | Comments

Company says it's moving some beef and pork production from its plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Tennessee and Texas to be closer to a growing customer base in the South.

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