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Caterpillar To Expand N.C. Plant, Add 325 Jobs

August 6, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

North Carolina factory that makes Caterpillar's tight-turning skid loaders widely used in landscaping and construction, will expand operations, adding 325 jobs within four years.

Alcan Plant Gets New Owners

August 6, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Parent company Rio Tinto said it received an offer for a 61 percent stake in its Alcan Engineered Products, excluding the cable division.

Rio Tinto Alcan Steps Up Canadian Plant Modernization

August 5, 2010 11:49 am | by Ross Marowits, Canadian Press Writer | News | Comments

Mining giant says it will close and dismantle two of the Kitimat smelter's pot lines to clear the way for future buildings as it steps up pace of a major modernization project.

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Caterpillar Could Pick N.C. For 2nd Expansion

August 5, 2010 10:35 am | News | Comments

Last week Caterpillar said it would build a factory in Winston-Salem producing axle units for large mining equipment, and may soon announce expansion plans for its plant in Sanford.

Lear announces plans for Detroit assembly plant

August 5, 2010 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Auto parts maker Lear Corp. has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Detroit as part of a joint venture with another supplier that could create more than 200 jobs.The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Thursday that Southfield-based Lear and Comer Holdings LLC plan to...

Ethan Allen To Expand N.C. Plant

August 5, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

Furniture manufacturer plans to create 90 jobs and invest $250,000 to expand its production capacity in a western North Carolina county.

Lear Plans Detroit Assembly Plant

August 5, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Auto parts maker has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Detroit as part of a joint venture with another supplier that could create more than 200 jobs.

Alcoa Cuts Shift, Lays Off 71 At Ohio Plant

August 5, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing giant says soft demand for aerospace products and forged specialty wheels is leading the company to drop the third shift at Cleveland area plant and lay off 71 workers.

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Auto Parts Maker Completes Indiana Plant Expansion

August 5, 2010 4:58 am | News | Comments

Officials of ThyssenKrupp Presta unveiled a $17.5 million expansion of its Terre Haute plant on Wednesday, with plans to potentially add 80 workers in the next 18 months.

N.C. Bus Maker To Idle Plant, Lay Off Workers

August 4, 2010 9:41 am | News | Comments

Thomas Built Buses, a unit of Daimler Trucks North America, says it will temporarily shut down production of conventional school buses at the end of August and lay off 220 workers.

After 107 Years, Harley-Davidson Could Leave Milwaukee

August 4, 2010 5:05 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson warned employees it will move its Wisconsin manufacturing operations elsewhere if it cannot cut millions of dollars at the factories that build the bikes.

Computer hackers look to take over power US plants

August 3, 2010 10:36 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical infrastructure around the world in bold new moves to seize control of their operations. The activity has set off a scramble to shore up the aging, vulnerable systems.Cyber criminals long have tried, at times successfully, to...

New threat: Hackers look to take over power plants

August 3, 2010 1:35 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical operations around the world in bold new efforts to seize control of them, setting off a scramble to shore up aging, vulnerable systems.Cyber criminals have long tried, at times successfully, to break into vital networks and...

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Computer hackers look to take over power plants

August 3, 2010 12:35 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. officials say computer hackers are targeting power plants and other critical infrastructure around the world in bold new efforts to seize control of operations.For the first time, cyber experts have discovered a malicious computer code that was specifically created to take over systems...

Summary Box: Factory orders drop for 2nd month

August 3, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FACTORY ORDERS DOWN: New orders for factory goods — everything from food to steel to computers — fell in June for the second straight month, after rising for the previous nine months.MANUFACTURING SLOWS: The Commerce Department's report is the latest sign that factory production, which has been a...

P & G 4Q Profit Falls Short After Marketing Splurge

August 3, 2010 10:46 am | by Dan Sewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company is hoping heavy advertising will draw budget-conscious households to new products, even those with higher prices, as it tries to build sales and market share in a tough economy.

Bruce Power: Final Calandria Tube Installed in Unit 2 Reactor

August 3, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on the Bruce A Restart Project have successfully completed the installation of new calandria tubes in the Unit 2 reactor, marking an industry-first for CANDU reactors worldwide.Final seal tightness testing over the weekend concluded the work sequence, which saw 480 new calandria...

Corning to expand Kentucky plant for $186 million

August 3, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Corning Inc. is planning to expand its Harrodsburg, Ky., manufacturing plant at a cost of more than $186 million to boost production capacity as its glass business sees surging demand.Corning, the world's biggest maker of liquid-crystal-display glass, said the expansion is prompted by a surge...

Corning To Expand Kentucky Plant

August 3, 2010 10:16 am | News | Comments

Maker of glass for LCD TVs and other electronics is planning to expand its Harrodsburg, Ky., manufacturing plant at a cost of more than $186 million to boost production capacity.

DuPont Announces Plant To Produce Battery Technology

August 3, 2010 7:54 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company says it is building a production facility in Virginia that will use new technology to improve the performance of batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Dow Chemical Turns Profit On Cost Cuts, Sales

August 3, 2010 5:35 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chemical company said increased demand and higher prices for chemicals used in products ranging from consumer electronics to adhesives drove it to a second-quarter profit.

Cinram Manufacturing Plans More Layoffs

August 3, 2010 5:18 am | News | Comments

Pennsylvania manufacturer of CDs and DVDs plans to cut more than 300 jobs at a plant where 150 others were just laid off.

Randox to celebration completion of W.Va. facility

August 3, 2010 12:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Randox Laboratories-U.S. is celebrating the completion of its first facility on the East Coast.The Northern Ireland-based health care technology company planned to hold a grand opening Tuesday for its new facility in Kearneysville.The $7 million facility will house administrative, distribution,...

Investor in Michigan film studio charged in fraud

August 2, 2010 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary investor behind a project to convert a former auto parts plant into a film production studio was charged Monday with trying to defraud the state out of a $10 million tax credit.Joseph Peters, 46, of Ada, is accused of falsely claiming in an application for a 25 percent...

Solo Cup Plant In Maryland Begins Shutdown

August 2, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maker of paper cups and containers said its 551-worker manufacturing plant in Owings Mills will begin shutting down in October.

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