Pickup trucks led the charge in July, but strong sales of small cars show that demand for new vehicles is broad — and not slowing down. Car sales grew in the first six months of this year, but not at the blistering pace of trucks and SUVs. Through June, full-size pickups were up 22.5 percent over the year before, while cars were up 5 percent.
Workers at a Wisconsin meat processing plant must be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing, an appeals court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by six workers at the Tyson Prepared Foods plant in Jefferson. It is one of several filed nationwide by meat and poultry workers, who say they spend significant time putting on and taking off gear.
Newly reorganized Beechcraft Corp. said Thursday it's received a nearly $1.4 billion order — believed to be the largest propeller aircraft order by value in general aviation history. The Wichita-based plane maker won a contract to build up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued at $788 million, from Wheels Up, a New York City-based private aviation membership company.
Panasonic Corp. will increase domestic production of lithium-ion battery used for automobiles to meet robust demand in the United States, company sources said Thursday. The struggling electronics maker will resume operation of idled lines at an Osaka factory, which produces batteries for U.S. automaker Tesla Motors Inc.
Towing equipment manufacturer Miller Industries is expanding in Greeneville, Tenn. and adding 58 jobs. The announcement Thursday by the company and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said Miller will add a new product line that includes building and refurbishing over-the-road trailers that haul cars to dealerships.
A federal agency has completed its initial review of a report about an Exxon Mobil Corp. oil pipeline that ruptured in central Arkansas this year. That report, which was prepared by Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory Inc., points to a manufacturing defect of the pipe.
Some components simply can't be made with a conventional milling machine. Selective laser sintering could provide the solution. With this new technology, lasers are used to fuse layers of metal powder into completely new components. The Toolcraft company in Bavaria is investing in the technology.
U.S. factories revved up production, hired more workers and received a surge of new orders in July, helping them expand at the fastest pace in two years. The gains suggest manufacturing is rebounding and could provide a spark to economic growth.
Williams Olefins LLC expects in early April to restart its Geismar plant that was damaged in June by a fire and explosion that fatally burned two men and injured 114 people. Williams Partners, of Tulsa, Okla., said it expects to finish the estimated $102 million in repairs by April and also a $450 million to $500 million ethylene production expansion that had been underway at the time of the June 13 explosion and fire.
France has become the first country to receive an A400M military transport plane from Airbus, bringing to fruition a long-troubled program. The delivery Thursday culminates "a long, complex and thorough process" between Airbus Military and the seven European nations behind the program, France's DGA military procurement agency said in a statement.
Chinese manufacturing remained weak last month with small and midsized private businesses suffering a bigger share of the pain, two surveys indicated Thursday, adding to an uncertain outlook for the world's No. 2 economy. The official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing's manufacturing index strengthened slightly to 50.3 from June's 50.1.
Chevron has agreed to pay a $284,000 fine and help buy four clean-running school buses after inspectors found pollution law violations at a Salt Lake City refinery. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement with the company Wednesday.
Dell's board rejected CEO Michael Dell's attempt to change the voting rules for his bid to buy the slumping personal computer maker, a decision that is likely to doom the deal. But the endangered buyout could still get a reprieve if Michael Dell and his allies accept a counterproposal that would extend the voting period for a third time and allow a bigger pool of shareholders to cast ballots.
Among a select group of adrenaline enthusiasts, Kawasaki is tantamount to sheer fun, speed, and quality. Many think that "toys" like motorcycles sell themselves, but that's true only if they bring everything to the table. Naturally, the company wasn't able to make the kinds of products it does, and with such a large following, without effective management on the plant floor.
Ford says it has paid the government $17.35 million to settle a dispute over allegations that Ford delayed a safety recall. The company says it paid the fine to avoid a lengthy dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. In an executive order announced Thursday, Obama tasks agencies with identifying new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the blast.
A key government report and a statement from the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that the U.S. economy still needs help. The economy grew at a lackluster 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said. That was better than a revised 1.1 percent rate for the first quarter but still far too sluggish to quickly reduce unemployment.
Federal and state investigators trying to determine what caused a series of explosions at a central Florida propane plant said they've uncovered nothing that indicates a crime was committed. Investigators inspected the Blue Rhino plant's 5-acre property and also interviewed some workers who were at the plant when a fireball erupted in a lot outside the plant's two warehouses, said Maj. Brandon Ball of the Division of State Fire Marshal.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge.
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. said Wednesday that second-quarter profit soared 79 percent on higher sales. The company's shares, which had already nearly doubled this year, climbed again in after-hours trading. The gun maker credited the "current political environment" for creating strong demand for guns.