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DENSO Employees To Go Back To Full Pay

November 20, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

Salaried employees at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee Inc. will have their full pay restored in January after having their pay cut 5 and 10 percent last February.

Kentucky Governor ‘Doubtful’ On Harley Plant

November 20, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson has been looking at a site in Kentucky for a motorcycle plant that employs 2,500 people, but Gov. Steve Beshear says potential for a deal is ‘significantly diminished.’

Alcoa Puts 2,000 Italian Jobs At Risk

November 20, 2009 4:19 am | News | Comments

Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. said Thursday it will temporarily idle production at its two smelters in Italy, affecting about 2,000 workers.


UK Car Production Down 6.7 Percent

November 20, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

Auto production was down 6.7 percent in October compared to a year ago, the smallest year-on-year drop of 2009, an industry group said Friday.

Horton To Expand South Dakota Plant

November 19, 2009 10:05 am | by Edited By Staff | News | Comments

New plant addition will manufacture and test medium-duty truck and off-highway viscous fan drive product.

Severstal Mill In Ohio To Resume Operations

November 19, 2009 9:30 am | News | Comments

Steelmaker says its cold rolling mill in Yorkville, Ohio, is resuming operations in mid-December, citing increasing demand for cold rolled and coated steel products.

Chinese Jetliner Maker To Build Shanghai Plant

November 19, 2009 4:18 am | News | Comments

Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China plans to build an assembly line for its homegrown C919 jetliners in Shanghai, latest step in China's ambitions to become a leader in world aviation.

Clariant To Cut 570 Jobs

November 19, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company cutting about 570 jobs and closing factories in France, Britain and Mexico to 'address overcapacities and reduce costs.'


Alcoa Lays Off 250 At Virginia Plant

November 19, 2009 4:00 am | News | Comments

Citing an unforeseen sharp decline in orders for domestic gas turbines, Alcoa is laying off nearly a quarter of its work force at its Hampton, Va., manufacturing plant.

Medtronic Gets Warning On Heart Implant Unit

November 18, 2009 7:50 am | by Marley Seaman, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Food and Drug Administration sent warning letter to Medtronic about problems with procedures at the Minnesota headquarters of its heart implants division.

Beam Global Closing Ohio Bottling Plant

November 18, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

Bottling company says it plans to close its Cincinnati plant in two years, shedding 184 jobs as it moves the work to two plants in Kentucky.

Heartland RV Hiring 400 In Indiana

November 17, 2009 9:10 am | News | Comments

Recreational vehicle company based in northern Indiana plans to hire more than 400 workers as it increases production.

GE Forming Joint Ventures With Chinese Groups

November 17, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

General Electric Co. said Tuesday it is forming joint ventures with major Chinese groups that operate aerospace, energy and rail businesses.


GM To Decide On European Plants Soon

November 17, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

General Motors plans to decide on the future of its European car making plants within the next two weeks after it reversed a decision to sell Opel and Vauxhall.

Russian Industrial Output Drops 11 Percent

November 17, 2009 3:59 am | News | Comments

Industrial production fell 11.2 percent in the year to October and rose only 0.8 percent on the month, suggesting Russia's economic recovery will be volatile.

Was Pfizer Land Battle Necessary?

November 16, 2009 9:24 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Land seized in an eminent domain fight that reached the U.S. Supreme Court remains undeveloped, despite Pfizer's announcement that it was opening a new research center.

Suntech Plans Phoenix Solar Panel Plant

November 16, 2009 9:16 am | News | Comments

Chinese-owned solar panel maker is planning to build a 100,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing plant in the Phoenix area that will employ 250 people.

Columbus McKinnon Sells Assets To Autoquip

November 16, 2009 9:13 am | News | Comments

Maker of hoists, cranes and other lifts said it will sell its American Lifts unit to Autoquip for $2.4 million in cash and close the plant that now houses those operations.

Red Wing Shoe Closing Kentucky Plant

November 13, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

As part of a restructuring, boot maker will close its Danville plant by June 2010 and shift production to a factory in Missouri, affecting 206 employees.

United Technologies Buys GE Unit For $1.82 Billion

November 12, 2009 9:35 am | Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp. | News | Comments

Company agreed to buy General Electric's fire detection and security business for $1.82 billion to strengthen its security operations on North America.

Keystone RV Buys Fleetwood Sites In Oregon

November 12, 2009 7:50 am | News | Comments

Indiana-based RV Company has purchased two former Fleetwood Travel Trailers manufacturing plants in Pendleton, Oregon.

Hitachi Expanding Kentucky Manufacturing Plant

November 11, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier plans to expand its Harrodsburg, Ky., manufacturing plant and add more than 100 new jobs ‘in the near future.’

Chrysler Plant To Add Second Shift

November 11, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

Automaker announced a temporary second shift will start Nov. 17 at its Belvidere, Ill., in a move to boost production of the Dodge Caliber by 10,000 units by the end of the year.

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Cuts 334 Jobs

November 11, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

Door and window maker says layoffs are a result of the continuing decline in the residential and commercial construction industry.

China Industrial Output, Retail Sales Rise

November 11, 2009 4:09 am | by Scott McDonald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Industrial output and retail sales rose sharply in October, government said Wednesday, showing recovery in world's third-largest economy is firmly on track.

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