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Bombardier To Supply Aircraft For WestJet Airlines

May 1, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The Calgary-based airline announced it will take delivery of up to 45 turboprop planes over the next six years. Until now, the airline has exclusively used Boeing jets in its fleet.


Oil Prices Rise On U.S. Manufacturing Improvement

May 1, 2012 2:16 pm | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer

Oil prices rose Tuesday after a strong showing by the U.S. manufacturing sector signaled more demand for energy products.


Union Workers Strike At IL Caterpillar Plant

May 1, 2012 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Union workers have rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer and walked off the job at Caterpillar's plant in Joliet.


Hyundai To Add 877 Jobs At AL Plant

May 1, 2012 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Hyundai Motor Co. plans to hire 877 more workers to add a third shift at its Montgomery, Alabama, assembly plant so it can crank out more Sonata midsize cars and Elantra compacts.


Chrysler Sales Rise 20 Percent In April

May 1, 2012 10:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Toyota's resurgence is hurting rivals. Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. are both expected to report double-digit sales declines in April, according to Kelley Blue Book.


China Says Manufacturing Expanded Again

May 1, 2012 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing expanded for a fifth straight month in April in data that analysts say indicate the country's economic activity is picking up moderately.


Ford Adds Shift To Cleveland Plant To Meet Demand

May 1, 2012 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. is adding a third shift to a Cleveland plant next week so it can meet demand for more-efficient engines.


RIM CEO To Speak On Vision For Future

May 1, 2012 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

The new CEO of struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. will make his first major speech Tuesday amid the company's difficulties competing with flashier, consumer-oriented phones.


Yahoo Escalates Patent Battle With Facebook

April 30, 2012 2:27 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

In court papers filed Friday, Yahoo Inc. now says Facebook's online social network infringes on 12 of its Internet patents, up from 10.


Coke Plant Shut Down Because Of Chlorine

April 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A plant run by The Coca-Cola Co. in China has been shut down by regulators because of chlorine levels found in the drinks it produces.


Learjet Expansion To Create 450 Jobs

April 30, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Learjet executives say an expansion at the company's plant in west Wichita could bring at least 450 new jobs to the city.


Grand Cherokee Sales Keep Factory Humming

April 30, 2012 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Sales of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are so strong that their factory will stay open through the normal two-week summer shutdown.


Engine manufacturer To Lay Off 250 In AL

April 30, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton plans on trimming about 250 jobs at an Alabama manufacturing plant.


Bloom Breaking Ground On DE Fuel Cell Plant

April 30, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

California fuel cell maker Bloom Energy has broken ground for a new manufacturing facility at the site of a former Chrysler assembly plant in Newark.


Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat

April 30, 2012 10:27 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis, avoiding a second major disruption of its supply chain in a year.


Report: Apple Legally Sidesteps Billions In Taxes

April 30, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

A published report says Apple Inc. uses subsidiaries in low-tax nations as part of a strategy that enables the technology giant to cut its global tax bill by billions of dollars every year.

China Eastern Buys 20 Boeing 777s

April 30, 2012 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

China Eastern Airlines is buying 20 Boeing 777 jets worth nearly $6B while also selling five Airbus A340s to the U.S. plane maker because they're costlier to run, the Shanghai-based airline said.


IN Firm Aims To Help Double U.S. Exports

April 30, 2012 10:22 am | by Bowdeya Tweh, The Times

Trade officials want more small and mid-size businesses to boost their export capacity, which only requires "a good website," according to one Bill Keith.


Samsung Puts Smartphone Crown In Dispute

April 30, 2012 10:19 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Smartphones are the hottest gadgets in the world. But who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know.


With Shuttle's End, Space Firms Seek New Direction

April 30, 2012 10:18 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

Companies have shifted business from space exploration. Lockheed Martin Corp. closed its shuttle tank production line in New Orleans in 2010, ending the jobs of about 1,400 workers.



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