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Honda Workers Get Another Two Weeks Off On Shortages

May 23, 2011 4:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Honda workers are taking 14 additional days off during June through August because of manufacturing disruptions caused by parts shortages, but will make up for the car production shortfall later in the year. Honda Motor Co. said Monday that plant workers will take one extra day off in June, 10 more in July and three in August, and work those days in the latter half of the fiscal year to make up for the shortfall Under Honda's latest move, all production at the Saitama and Suzuka auto plants, and part of the production at the Hamamatsu motorcycle plant, will be shut down for the 14 days.

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Sony To Report Annual Loss Of $3.2 Billion

May 23, 2011 4:26 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. is expecting an annual loss of $3.2 billion, reversing its earlier projection of a return to profit, as the electronics giant struggles with production disruptions from Japan's tsunami and a hacker attack on its online gaming service. The Japanese maker of PlayStation 3 video game machines and Bravia flat-panel TVs said Monday that the projection of a 260 billion yen ($3.

Foxconn Explosion Highlights Supply Chain Issues

May 23, 2011 4:22 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at one of two factories that make Apple's new iPad 2 highlights the risks of a global manufacturing strategy that has cut costs but concentrates production in a few locations. Foxconn Technology Group, the contractor that manufactures Apple's iPhones and iPads, said Friday's blast in the western city of Chengdu killed three employees and injured 15.

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ArcelorMittal To Create 8,900 Jobs WIth $2.16B Expansion

May 20, 2011 9:56 am

FERMONT, Quebec (AP) — Global steel giant ArcelorMittal will create 8,900 construction and mining jobs with a $2.16 billion expansion of its Quebec mining complex near Labrador. The Luxembourg-based company said Friday that annual production of iron ore concentrate will increase to 24 million tons from 14 million tons by 2013.

County, City Supervisors Fight Over Nissan Plant Taxation

May 20, 2011 9:11 am

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Madison County supervisors want the city of Canton to stop its efforts to annex and tax the Nissan assembly plant. Canton officials said a 2000 law that prevents them for annexing and levying property taxes against it for 30 years is unconstitutional. The city has asked a Madison County judge to throw out the law.

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Terex Offers Unsolicited Bid To Buy Demag For $1.26B

May 20, 2011 9:07 am

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Machinery products manufacturer Terex Industrial Holding AG, the German subsidiary of Terex Corp., has made a previously announced unsolicited bid for all the outstanding shares of a Dusseldorf-based crane manufacturer, Demag Cranes AG. Terex said Thursday that it is offering Demag shareholders a price of 41.

Fila Takes Swing At Golf With Offer To Buy Titleist

May 20, 2011 9:06 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

The company behind Fila shoes and clothing is taking a swing at golf, forming a foursome to purchase the maker of Titleist golf balls and FootJoy shoes from liquor company Fortune Brands Inc. Korean investors led by athletic company Fila Korea Ltd. and Mirae Asset Private Equity plan to buy Fortune's golf giant Acushnet Co.

Two Die In Chinese Foxconn Explosion

May 20, 2011 8:40 am

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese media reports say two people have died following an explosion at a factory in southwestern China belonging to electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group. The cause of Friday evening's blast during a shift change at the plant in Chengdu wasn't immediately known.

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Shell Plant To Be Biggest Man-Made Floating Object Ever

May 20, 2011 8:36 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will construct the biggest floating man-made object ever, a natural gas processing plant longer than four football fields and more massive than any aircraft carrier. The "Prelude FLNG" facility, to be anchored off the Australian coast, will be made of 260,000 tons of steel — five times more than Sydney's famed Harbour Bridge, Shell said Friday.

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NFL Turns To Fords For Advice On Labor Negotiation

May 20, 2011 4:40 am | by Larry Lage, AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn't above seeking a little advice as the lockout approaches its 10th week with no end in sight. Goodell said Thursday he leans on the Ford family, which owns the Detroit Lions, to draw on their labor relations experience in the automobile industry.

Site Of Deadly Slim Jim Explosion Shuts DOwn

May 20, 2011 4:37 am

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — Production of Slim Jim snacks is ending at a plant in Garner were an explosion killed four people in 2009. The closing of the ConAgra plant Friday puts 200 employees out of work. ConAgra announced in February it intended to close the plant. Investigators have said contractors were purging gas lines at the time of the blast, causing the building's roof to collapse.

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Panasonic Sees Light After Disaster's Darkness

May 20, 2011 4:22 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp., which faces a tough road this year after Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, believes it can turn disaster into opportunity as the country rethinks its energy policy. President Fumio Ohtsubo said Friday his company's recent efforts to move toward environmentally friendly products and renewable energy technologies would eventually pay off.

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Two Wis. Companies Fined In Fatal Forklift Collision

May 20, 2011 4:21 am

HOWARD, Wis. (AP) — Two companies involved in an industrial accident that killed an Appleton man have been cited for violations of federal safety rules. The accident occurred Dec. 2 at Hattiesburg Paper Co. in Green Bay when a forklift struck and toppled a lift that had hoisted two men 30 feet off the ground.

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Five Burned In Cement Plant Maintenance Accident

May 20, 2011 4:20 am

DALLAS (AP) — Five workers were burned, three of them critically, in an accident at a cement plant near Dallas. The accident happened late Thursday afternoon at the TXI Cement Co. plant in Midlothian, about 25 miles southwest of Dallas. In a statement issued Thursday evening, TXI said it had few details on how the five were injured, but that they suffered their burns while doing maintenance work in a kiln in the main processing area of the plant.

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CAT: Sales Rose 66 Percent Over Last Year

May 19, 2011 9:48 am

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar says sales of its construction and mining equipment remained strong in April when global sales soared 66 percent over last year. The company provided an update on its sales Thursday in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Latin America continued to be the strongest region with equipment sales growing 72 percent over last year.

Mass., Ga., Minn., Pa. Unemloyment Levels Drop In April

May 19, 2011 9:45 am

Mass. jobless rates dips to 7.8 percent in April  BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate continued falling in April. In April the rate dropped to 7.8 percent, down from 8 percent in March and well below the national unemployment rate of 9 percent. That's down from a state high of 8.

Bobcat Returns Some Work To Closed Bismarck Plant

May 19, 2011 9:37 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bobcat Co. plans to bring back some production to its shuttered Bismarck factory through the hiring of 35 workers by a logistics company that assembles machines, officials said. The Bismarck Tribune reported Thursday that Menlo Worldwide Logistics will use part of the 463,000-square-foot production plant that Bobcat closed in December 2009, putting some 500 employees out of work.

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Ga.-Based Koyo Bearings To Add 50 Jobs

May 19, 2011 9:34 am

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Koyo Bearings USA, which plans to complete an expansion of its Lumpkin Countyplant next year, will add 50 employees and is holding a job fair. The 70,000-square-foot addition will increase the plant's production of roller bearings. Ground was broken earlier this month.

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FBI Seeks Unibomber's DNA In Tylenol Tampering Case

May 19, 2011 9:33 am | by Karen Hawkins, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation into the 1982 deaths of seven Chicago-area people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol from packages that had been tampered with, officials said Thursday. Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

Mo. Railcar Worker Dies After Equipment Fall

May 19, 2011 9:28 am

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph man died when a piece of equipment fell on him at the Herzog plant. Buchanan County officers say 40-year-old Robert V. Montgomery died Wednesday afternoon when the equipment fell on him as he worked on a piece of a railcar. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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