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AP: Evasion And Foreign Status Among Toyota's Tricks

April 12, 2010 4:21 am | by Curt Anderson and Danny Robbins, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Toyota has routinely engaged in questionable, evasive and deceptive legal tactics when sued, frequently claiming it does not have information it is required to turn over and sometimes even ignoring court orders to produce key documents, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Govt. Panel: Celebration Of Recession's End 'Premature'

April 12, 2010 4:19 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of academics that date the beginnings and ends of recessions isn't ready to declare just yet when this downturn ended. The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that although most barometers show improvements in the economy, it would be "premature" to pinpoint the end of a recession based on economic data seen so far.

Sharp Brings 3-D, Dorky Glasses Into Your Living Room

April 12, 2010 4:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sharp is trying to play catch-up in 3-D TVs with powerful rivals Samsung and Panasonic with displays the Japanese electronics maker says are brighter and clearer. Osaka-based Sharp Corp., which makes Aquos brand liquid-crystal display TVs, initially played down the urgency of selling 3-D TVs, questioning whether consumers wanted them.

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Ford's Rawsonville Plant To Manufacture Hybrid Batteries

April 12, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is expected to use a parts plant near Ypsilanti to supply hybrid vehicle battery packs. A letter dated March 30 and posted on the Web site of United Auto Workers union Local 898, which represents employees at Ford's Rawsonville plant, says the facility has been selected to build the components.

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Body Part Manufacturer In High Demand

April 12, 2010 4:09 am | by Holly Hollman | News | Comments

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Bill Turner's company manufactures products nobody wants to use, but people are thankful they are available if needed. If a wreck crushes bones in a motorist's back, Turner's company makes a metal implant doctors can insert in the spine to fuse to the remaining bones.

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GM's Chinese Sales To Top 3 Million By 2015

April 12, 2010 4:07 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. said Monday demand in China is so strong that the company's annual sales may top 2 million vehicles this year — four years ahead of schedule — and could exceed 3 million by 2015. GM is counting on robust growth in China, India and other emerging markets to help offset weakness in its home U.

Survive The Economy By Getting Leaner With ERP

April 9, 2010 11:09 am | by Jim Shepard, Sr. VP of AMR Research, for SYSPRO Inc. | Articles | Comments

Under today's conditions of stagnant demand and tight credit, many mid-market manufacturers and distributors face intense competition for dwindling markets and increasing pressure on their bottom line. With recovery still "around the corner" at an uncertain date, how can they continue to survive, let alone thrive? Essentially, the same way they compete in prosperous times — by increasing the efficiency of their planning, administration, production, sales, distribution, service, and other essentials of their particular business.

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Perdue Accused Of Hiring Illegal Immigants In Lawsuit

April 9, 2010 6:59 am | News | Comments

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Employees of Perdue Farms Inc. are accused in a class-action lawsuit of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. The plaintiffs allege that Perdue has conspired to hire large numbers of illegal immigrants, driving down wages of legal workers below market levels. The complaint was filed in federal court in Alabama.

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Like Lightning

April 9, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tanis Technologies (Holland, MI) offers the Lightning Cool system as a permanent solution to Fadal machining center maintenance issues. Now a factory option for Fadal machines, this system is designed to put an end to replacing spindle drive belts, drawbar components, rubber motor mounts, through spindle coolant seals, and more.

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Afraid Of The Dark?

April 9, 2010 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bossco International (San Diego, CA) announces its newest product, a battery-operated lighted wrench set. According to the company, the new self -supported battery operated wrenches use replaceable CR 2032 lithium batteries, which allow users to take the wrenches with them.

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Bubble Wrap Goes 'Green'

April 9, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bubble Wrap brand from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) now offers recycled-grade cushioning with a minimum of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content, the highest in the market. The material combines the recycled content with Barrier Bubble technology, which helps the cushioning retain air longer and promote reusability, according to Sealed Air.

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When The Lights Go Out

April 9, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Electric Portable Power unit from Schumacher Electric (Mount Prospect, IL) has a 22 amp hour rechargeable lead-acid battery that can provide limited light and power, which allows you to show down your workstation in the case of a power outage. The Portable Power unit can provide light up to 66 hours using the included light, or a 4-watt fluorescent work light can be used for up to 68 hours.

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800 Workers Strike Over Tightened Drinking-At-Work Policies

April 9, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said. The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company's new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen.

Race Car To Climb Mountain — Without A Driver

April 9, 2010 4:35 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there's one thing that sets this Audi coupe apart: It doesn't need a driver. The car, named Shelley, is the latest creation by Stanford University researchers who are developing technology that could help make driving safer and one day allow ordinary vehicles to drive on their own.

U.S.-China Relations Improving, Could Solve Currency Debate

April 9, 2010 4:32 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, China (AP) — For months, economists have expected Beijing to start boosting the value of its currency about now to ease strains in its fast-growing economy. The big question: Would Chinese leaders put off changes to avoid looking weak in the face of mounting U.S. pressure for action? Washington has helped to defuse that conflict with conciliatory gestures including Thursday's impromptu visit to Beijing by U.

OSHA Proposes Fine For 2,000-Pound Ammonia Leak

April 9, 2010 4:14 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal work safety officials want to fine the company that owns a commercial Maine freezer that had an ammonia leak, which may have contaminated millions of pounds of food. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines of up to $9,000 for Americold Logistics because of a January leak in Portland caused when a refrigeration unit fell from the ceiling.

Hugo Boss, Union Discuss Alternatives To Closure

April 9, 2010 4:12 am | News | Comments

BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) — Hugo Boss and union leaders have met with a federal mediator without reaching an immediate agreement on the planned closure of a men's suit factory near Cleveland, which could cost 375 jobs. The union wants to prevent the scheduled April 27 shutdown of the Brooklyn, Ohio, plant and avoid big pay cuts.

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Slim Jim Workers Sue Firms, Town Over Deadly Explosion

April 9, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About two dozen factory workers are accusing more than a dozen design, manufacturing and installation firms of negligence in a deadly explosion that ripped through a Slim Jim production plant in North Carolina last year. Their lawsuit also accuses inspectors for the town of Garner of failing to properly oversee the installation of a commercial water heater.

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Australian Rio Tinto Exec Will Not Appeal 10-Year Sentence

April 9, 2010 4:09 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — An Australian former Rio Tinto executive decided voluntarily not to appeal a 10-year prison sentence in a high-profile bribery and commercial spying case and is "peaceful and relaxed," his lawyer said Friday. Stern Hu's decision, announced Thursday, prompted suggestions he was concerned an appeal might lead to an even more severe sentence in a case that rattled foreign businesses in China.

Time For Action: When Windows Can't Protect You

April 8, 2010 7:01 am | by Torsten Roessel | Articles | Comments

All things come to an end. And so it is with Microsoft Extended Support and Security Updates for Windows 2000, which will cease in July of this year. Any manufacturer with industrial applications based on Windows 2000 may wisely be considering a newer operating system right now, in order to remain in production with the needed security support.

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