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Novartis Investing $1.25 Billion In China

November 3, 2009 4:18 am | News | Comments

Pharmaceuticals company said Tuesday it will invest $1.25 billion in its research centers in China over the next five years.

GM Board To Decide On Opel

November 3, 2009 4:01 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Decision at board meeting Tuesday in Detroit the concluding step in the process after a year of uncertainty over the future of Opel and sister brand Vauxhall.

Mylan Sues Pittsburgh Newspaper

November 2, 2009 7:04 am | News | Comments

Generic drug giant suing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for defamation over a story based on internal documents that prompted a Food and Drug Administration review.

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ART To Cut Workforce

October 29, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Medical device developer downsizing its workforce to cut operating costs by 43 percent, and exploring possible sale of some or all of its assets.

Harley: Keeping Pa. Plant Means More Job Cuts

October 29, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson says more jobs will be lost at its central Pennsylvania plant even if the company decides to keep the factory there.

Japanese Factory Output Continues To Rise

October 29, 2009 5:41 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan's factory output rose 1.4 percent in September, the seventh consecutive increase, as recovering global trade boosted demand for the country's cars and electronics.

Boeing Chooses South Carolina For 2nd 787 Line

October 29, 2009 5:15 am | by Daniel Lovering and George Tibbits, AP Manufacturing Writers | Boeing | News | Comments

South Carolina's economic incentives and nonunion work force appealed to Boeing over its longtime manufacturing base in Washington state as a second assembly line for its 787 jetliner.

Husqvarna To Consolidate Arkansas Operations

October 28, 2009 10:37 am | News | Comments

Outdoor power-equipment maker says it will consolidate two operations at its Nashville plant next year, and its De Queen site will become a warehouse.

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Harley To Close Test Facility

October 28, 2009 7:32 am | News | Comments

Motorcycle maker shutting down its test facility in Alabama, eliminating about 100 jobs there, as it consolidates its test operations.

Hanesbrands Closing North Carolina Hoisery Plant

October 28, 2009 5:35 am | News | Comments

Company said 240 manufacturing workers will be laid off and 80 distribution employees will be reassigned to another plant when it shuts down its hosiery factory in North Carolina.

Audi Reaches Record Sales In China

October 28, 2009 5:12 am | News | Comments

German carmaker already beat its 2008 record for car sales in China and expects to sell over 130,000 cars there in 2009 -- a 22 percent increase over last year.

Japanese Automakers Set Records In China

October 28, 2009 5:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automakers experiencing production boom in China with Toyota, Honda and Nissan setting records for September, the latest sign of recovery for Japan's auto industry.

S.C. Senate Committee OKs Boeing Package

October 27, 2009 10:30 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

State Senate committee approved incentive package that appears tailored to lure massive Boeing assembly facility to North Charleston, South Carolina.

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Fisker Confirms Plans To Buy Former GM Plant

October 27, 2009 9:15 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Luxury automaker Fisker Automotive is buying a shuttered General Motors assembly plant in Delaware to produce plug-in hybrid electric cars, officials said Tuesday.

ArcelorMittal Mill May Not Reopen Till 2011

October 27, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

United Steelworkers Union local president says he doesn’t think ArcelorMittal’s Georgetown, S.C., steel mill will reopen before 2011.

Bayer 3Q Income Drops 10 Percent

October 27, 2009 5:09 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drugs and chemicals maker posted 10 percent drop in net income as weaker demand for fertilizers and materials offset strong sales in health care and pharmaceuticals.

Kemet Expanding, Adding 113 Jobs

October 26, 2009 10:55 am | News | Comments

Electronic capacitor manufacturer Kemet Corp. says it will expand operations in South Carolina, creating 113 new jobs.

German Solar Company To Bring Jobs To Colorado

October 26, 2009 10:40 am | News | Comments

SMA Solar Technology plans to open its first North American manufacturing site in Denver with 300 employees and a capacity to expand the work force to 700.

Fisker Automotive To Build Electric Cars In Delaware

October 23, 2009 12:21 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Associated Press reports Fisker Automotive plans to build vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Wilmington, Del.

Masonite Closing Plant In Indiana

October 23, 2009 8:24 am | News | Comments

Door manufacturer plans to close Mohawk Flush Doors plant in South Bend by early next year and eliminate 73 jobs.

Modine Manufacturing To Close Kentucky Plant

October 23, 2009 8:22 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of heaters and air conditioners for cars and trucks said it will close a factory in Kentucky that employs about 110 people.

Alstom Cutting 502 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

October 23, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

French engineering firm Alstom SA is cutting 502 jobs in Hornell in western New York, leaving between 200 to 300 workers at its rail assembly plant.

Electrolux To Cut 450 Jobs In Spain

October 23, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Swedish appliance maker plans to close a plant in Spain, slashing 450 jobs, and said it may phase out production at a Swedish facility which could result in more cuts.

Bridgestone Closing Australia, NZ Tire Plants

October 23, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Japan's biggest tire maker Bridgestone Corp. said it will close its two manufacturing plants in Australia and New Zealand by mid-2010 with the loss of 875 jobs.

Daimler To Invest $894 Million In German Plant

October 22, 2009 6:35 am | News | Comments

Automaker spending $894 million on upgrading a plant at Rastatt that builds the A Class and B Class Mercedes-Benz cars, small and mid-sized hatchback models.

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