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Medical Device Maker Plans N.C. Distribution Center

July 19, 2010 10:40 am | News | Comments

Becton, Dickinson and Co., a global medical device maker, plans to expand in North Carolina, building a new East Coast distribution center that will employ nearly 190 by 2015.

Nissan Suspends Output In Japan

July 12, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will suspend production at four assembly plants in Japan due to a delay in getting supplies of engine parts from Hitachi Ltd.

The Pros And Cons Of Globalization

June 28, 2010 12:40 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Globalization is an economic tidal wave that is sweeping over the world. But before drawing any conclusions on how it affects the U.S. economy, consider some of the general pros and cons of globalization.


J & J Faces Supply Shortage After Plant Closure

June 25, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said it probably won't have supplies for some 40 varieties of medications recalled earlier this year until at least 2011, after closing a key manufacturing site.

Boeing Asks For Shipping Delay On Sections Of 787s

April 28, 2010 5:36 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

Companies that make the large sections of Boeing's new 787 jetliner have been asked to hold back shipping the assemblies for two of the jets for about a month.

Tesla Execs Visit Panasonic Battery Plant

April 23, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

Officials from the electric car company visited a Panasonic plant in Japan that will make more than 300 million lithium-ion battery cells per year and serve as a Tesla supplier.

Volcano Halts Opel Production

April 22, 2010 6:38 am | News | Comments

German car maker halting production for a day at its Ruesselsheim plant because parts from Mexico have not arrived due to disruption in flights caused by Iceland's volcano eruption.

Low Inventory, Volcano Disrupt U.S. Manufacturers

April 21, 2010 5:18 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As the ash cloud from Iceland's volcano disrupts global air freight, U.S. manufacturers are finding that the strategy of keeping inventories lean is backfiring.


Volcano Forces BMW To Slow U.S. Production

April 20, 2010 5:45 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

BMW AG is cutting production at its assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C., because the volcanic eruption in Iceland has disrupted delivery of key parts for two SUVs.

Nissan Halts Output Over Parts Shipment Delay

April 20, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

Automaker said it will suspend vehicle production at two factories in Japan after a parts shipment was halted by volcanic ash disrupting international flights.

Mexico, U.S. Agree To Work On Trucking Dispute

April 13, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

Two countries say a solution to the issue of giving Mexican trucks access to U.S. interior states, and vice versa, is ‘the highest priority.’

Magna, Hollingsworth To Supply Tenn. VW Plant

April 5, 2010 10:13 am | News | Comments

Operating group of auto parts giant Magna International and Hollingsworth Logistics formed joint venture to supply Volkswagen with seat systems for its new car line.

Airline Sues Boeing Over Loss Of Contract

April 2, 2010 5:05 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Evergreen International Airlines is suing Boeing after it was ditched as a contractor on the 787 supply chain.


BMW To Supply Engines To Carbon Motors

March 22, 2010 8:50 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Indiana-based Carbon Motors Corp., a new company planning to produce fuel-efficient police cruisers, said it had chosen Germany's BMW AG to supply its engines.

AB InBev Labor Dispute Causes Beer Shortage

January 20, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

World's largest brewer shut down production in Belgium in an escalation of a standoff with workers over job cuts, causing supplies of certain brands to run low.

Holiday Retail Sales Results Released

January 6, 2010 4:15 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Shoppers bought a little more jewelry, electronics and boots but passed by the women's clothing racks this holiday, according to figures released Wednesday.

Price Of Oil Hovers Below $82

January 6, 2010 4:00 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil has surged about 15 percent since mid-December as colder weather in the U.S. boosts demand for crude products such as heating oil.

China Slaps European Steel With Tariffs

December 23, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

Additional tariffs on imports of European carbon steel fasteners range from 16.8 percent to 24.6 percent and take effect Dec. 28, Beijing announced.

China Regrets WTO Movie, Music Imports Ruling

December 22, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Beijing expressed disappointment Tuesday at a WTO ruling that it is illegally restricting imports of movies, music and books.

EU Nations Extend Duties On Chinese Shoes

December 22, 2009 4:45 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Union nations voted Tuesday to extend trade charges on Chinese and Vietnamese leather shoes by 15 months to protect European shoemakers.

BorgWarner To Supply Engines For Hyundai

December 16, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

Auto powertrain manufacturer said Wednesday that it will supply the engine and drivetrain for the Hyundai 2010 Tucson and ix35 models.

WABCO To Supply China’s Chery Cars

November 24, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belgium-based commercial vehicle supplier signed a deal to supply vacuum pumps for the brakes on Chery Automobile’s diesel and gasoline cars.

Weather May Cause Pumpkin Pie Shortage

November 19, 2009 9:20 am | by Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Nestle, which sells nearly all the canned pumpkin in the U.S., says poor weather hurt its harvest, creating a potential shortage of its Libby's pumpkin pie products.

Kellogg Says Floods Caused Eggo Waffle Shortage

November 18, 2009 11:41 am | by Dorie Turner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Michigan-based Kellogg says it temporarily halted production of its Eggo brand frozen waffles in September at its plant in Atlanta, Georgia because of flooding there.

Genzyme Drug Faces Delay Over Facility Woes

November 16, 2009 9:20 am | News | Comments

Drug maker said FDA will not approve potential Pompe disease treatment Lumizyme until the company fixes manufacturing problems at its Boston-area facility.

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