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Japanese Automakers Increase Production In China

April 26, 2010 5:30 am | by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan's largest automakers made more cars in China last fiscal year then ever before, as surging demand there continued to drive a global recovery in auto manufacturing.

Hugo Boss, Union Reach Deal To Keep Ohio Plant

April 23, 2010 10:10 am | News | Comments

Union workers approved an eleventh-hour agreement to keep open a Hugo Boss men's suit plant in Ohio where more than 300 workers drew the support of actor Danny Glover.

GM CEO Plans $257M Plant Investments

April 21, 2010 10:15 am | by Maria Sudekum Fisher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GM's CEO Ed Whitacre has announced major investments in General Motors' plants in Detroit and Kansas City.

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Nissan To Resume Production After Parts Delay

April 21, 2010 6:14 am | News | Comments

A Nissan spokesman said Japan's No. 3 automaker will resume output at two Japanese plants by using auto parts in the company's stockpiles.

BMW To Suspend Production At 3 Plants In Germany

April 20, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will suspend production for two days at three plants in Germany because of the effects of a ban on flights in much of Europe.

AbitibiBowater Could Get $13.8M From Asset Sale

April 19, 2010 10:45 am | by Ross Marowits, Canadian Press Writer | News | Comments

Insolvent newsprint giant's move to unload assets could see it recover at least $13.8 million from sale of four idled paper mills and machines.

Hino Motors Dedicates New Truck Frame Rail Line

April 19, 2010 10:20 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Auto parts maker dedicated its new truck frame rail line at its plant in Marion, Arkansas; the new line is running two shifts and will have 25 employees.

Mercedes Plant In Alabama Gets New Leader

April 19, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

Markus Schaefer has been named the new president and chief executive of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa.

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Elan Mulls Split, Chairman Retiring

April 19, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

Drug developer Elan Corp. said Monday it may split its drug technology business and said its chairman of the board of directors is retiring.

Geely May Pick Shanghai For Volvo Plant

April 19, 2010 4:58 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese automaker may locate China headquarters and factory for Volvo Cars in Shanghai once its takeover of the Swedish company is finalized, an official said.

Dana, Bosch Forming Joint Venture

April 16, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

Automotive parts makers Dana Holding Corp. and Bosch Rexroth AG on Friday said they are forming a joint venture to produce drive transmissions for off-highway vehicles.

W. Va. Aluminum Plant To Reopen

April 16, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

Aluminum Services Inc. plans to reopen former Precision Coil’s aluminum fabricating plant in Clarksburg and hopes to hire 55 workers and start production by December.

Historic Va. International Paper Mill Closes

April 15, 2010 10:45 am | News | Comments

After more than a century of lumber and paper manufacturing, International Paper's mill in Franklin is scheduled to close, affecting about 1,100 employees.

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Changing The Mindset Of Manufacturing

April 15, 2010 10:25 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net What happened to the era when manufacturing was considered a worthy career choice? Why is a career in manufacturing viewed as a less valuable option? I know I’m not the first to raise such questions, but it seems we’re still looking for adequate answers.

U.S. Industrial Production Weaker Than Expected

April 15, 2010 8:27 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve said industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in March, lagging expectations despite growth in the key manufacturing sector.

Rio Tinto Boosts Iron Ore Production

April 15, 2010 4:54 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's third largest miner lifting production of iron ore to take advantage of rising prices and Chinese demand, forecasting an 8 percent rise in production this year.

Owens Corning Opens Plant In Belgium

April 14, 2010 10:25 am | News | Comments

Building materials company Owens Corning Inc. said Wednesday that it is opening a technical fabric testing and manufacturing facility in Zele, Belgium.

BAE Systems Cuts 180 Jobs At Ohio Plant

April 13, 2010 12:16 pm | by Dan Sewell, AP Business Writer | BAE Systems | News | Comments

Blaming rough economy and reduced military contract work, company that puts protective armor on vehicles is laying off another 180 workers in southwest Ohio.

IBM Opens $30 Million Plant In N.Y.

April 13, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

Technology company has opened new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie, N.Y., site to produce next generation of mainframes and servers.

Blaze Erupts At Pa. Pipe Manufacturing Plant

April 12, 2010 10:25 am | News | Comments

Two people have been injured, one seriously, in a fire at Victaulic Co.’s eastern Pennsylvania pipe manufacturing plant.

General Motors Expanding Battery Lab

April 12, 2010 9:45 am | News | Comments

GM will spend $8 million to double the size of its suburban Detroit lab that engineers and tests electric vehicle batteries.

Hyundai Alabama Plant Sees Strong Demand

April 12, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

Executive says steadily recovering U.S. auto sales are making prospects excellent for its Montgomery factory to remain at full production.

PepsiCo To Distribute New Tampico Line

April 9, 2010 10:49 am | News | Comments

Soft drink maker will distribute new line of fruit-flavored drinks from Tampico Beverages as part of new distribution agreement as it widens its line of healthy offerings.

Industrial Property Market Poised For Recovery

April 9, 2010 10:15 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Real Estate Writer | News | Comments

After one of the worst years in decades, the industrial property market is slowly regaining its footing, and the trend is a good sign for the economy.

Timken Closing Ohio Plant

April 9, 2010 5:55 am | News | Comments

Bearings and specialty steel maker Timken says it will close an 82-year-old plant in Ohio, costing 57 jobs.

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