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AB InBev To Cut Up To 303 Jobs In Belgium

January 7, 2010 9:30 am | News | Comments

Sinking beer sales in Belgium are forcing Anheuser-Busch InBev SA to cut nearly 10 percent of the jobs in its home country, the company said Thursday.

GM To Sell Former Delphi Division

January 7, 2010 9:20 am | News | Comments

General Motors said Thursday that it plans to sell its Nexteer Automotive steering and driveline operations subsidiary.

GM Starts Electric Car Battery Production

January 7, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

Automaker made its first mass-produced electric car battery Thursday at a Michigan plant that will produce the batteries for the GM's Chevrolet Volt assembly line in Detroit.


Smithfield To Cut Fewer Jobs At Virginia Plant

January 7, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

Food company says it will lay off fewer than 30 workers when it closes a Virginia plant this spring, a fraction of the 340 projected when Smithfield announced the move last year.

West Indies Alumina Cutting 762 Jobs In Jamaica

January 7, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Russia's UC Rusal is cutting 762 more jobs at the West Indies Alumina Company in Jamaica as worldwide demand for bauxite stays weak.

Husqvarna Gets N.C. Funding

January 7, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Forest and lawn equipment producer says it will consolidate its North American headquarters in Charlotte, thanks in part to sweeteners from North Carolina.

Electric Car Maker To Open Plant In Indiana

January 5, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

Think North America, subsidiary of Norwegian-based Think Global, projects its new electric car factory at a former RV plant could have 415 full-time jobs by 2013.

Historic Waterford Crystal Plant For Sale

January 5, 2010 9:33 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Ireland's Waterford Crystal factory is for sale one year after its parent company went bankrupt and sold its brands and many assets to an American private equity firm.


Factory Orders Up 1.1 Percent

January 5, 2010 6:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Rise in orders to U.S. factories was double what had been expected and provided further evidence that manufacturers are beginning to pull out of a steep slump.

Pilgrim's Pride Cuts 230 Jobs

January 5, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

After selling a majority of its business to Brazilian beef giant JBS, chicken producer is cutting 230 corporate and administrative jobs in effort to consolidate operations.

ALCOA Sheds 90 Jobs In Tennessee

January 5, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

Aluminum manufacturer ALCOA is eliminating 90 jobs at its Alcoa, Tenn., operations in the Smoky Mountains foothills.

German Firm To Build $300M Pipe Plant In U.S.

January 5, 2010 4:35 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Wilh. Schulz GMBH, based in Krefeld, Germany, will build a $300 million plant in Mississippi to manufacture stainless steel pipes for the oil and gas industry.

Chinese Manufacturing Expands In December

January 4, 2010 4:07 am | News | Comments

HSBC China Manufacturing PMI rose to 56.1 from November's 55.7, highest level since April 2004, thanks to 'buoyant demand' from foreign and domestic markets.


Fiat To Take Over Serbian Factory

December 23, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

Italian carmaker Fiat signed an agreement to take over the Zastava car factory in Serbia, with an initial investment of $142 million and plans to make up to 200,000 cars per year.

Fiat Wants Car Production To Hit 1 Million

December 23, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Italian automaker will restructure its industrial network to increase production from this year's 650,000 to a range between 800,000 and 1 million over the next three years.

American Greetings Closing Michigan Plant

December 22, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

Greeting card company said it reached a deal with party goods maker Amscan Inc., and will stop making its own party goods at its Kalamazoo, Mich., plant by the end of April.

Electric Car Maker Considers Indiana

December 22, 2009 8:00 am | News | Comments

Think North America says that the company is focusing its negotiations on an Indiana factory that would have 415 full-time jobs.

Boeing Takes Over Subassembly Plant

December 22, 2009 4:28 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Planemaker said Tuesday that it purchased remaining stake Global Aeronautica's fuselage subassembly plant adjacent to Boeing's North Charleston, S.C. site.

Swedish Government, Unions Meet To Save Saab

December 21, 2009 9:05 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government officials held an emergency meeting with unions and local authorities on Monday to prepare for closure of main plant of General Motors' Saab unit.

Ohio GM Plant Hosts Last Holiday Open House

December 21, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of people have attended the last holiday party at General Motors’ Ohio stamping plant before the facility shuts down next month.

Federal Coach Closing Arkansas Plant

December 21, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

Company that manufactures funeral hearses, limousines and buses says it plans to close its plant in Fort Smith, Ark., next spring, eliminating 140 jobs.

Symmetry Closing Maine Manufacturing Plant

December 18, 2009 9:35 am | News | Comments

Medical implant maker Symmetry Medical Inc. said Friday it will close a manufacturing plant in Maine as part of broader cost-saving efforts.

GM Plant Stops Making ‘Big Block’ V-8 Engine

December 18, 2009 9:26 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' New York engine plant is marking the end of the line for a class of V-8 engine that's been produced there for 50 years.

Honda To Cut Production In North America

December 18, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Automaker is cutting back production in January at its plant in Alliston, Ont., that makes the Civic compact, and plants in Ohio and Indiana.

AbitibiBowater To Restart Canadian Paper Mill

December 18, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

News that 170 AbitibiBowater employees will be recalled in February was tempered with a word of caution that the Thunder Bay, Ont. operation is not out of the woods yet.

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