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CAT Expanding Excavator Plant In China

March 21, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc. plans to significantly expand one of its Chinese manufacturing plants to produce more wheeled excavators.


Analysis: More U.S. Drilling Didn't Drop Gas Price

March 21, 2012 2:26 pm | by Jack Gillum, Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

More U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math and history show.


U.S. Gov't Sets New Tariffs On China Solar Panels

March 21, 2012 10:13 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The Commerce Department is imposing new import fees on solar panels made in China, finding that the Chinese government is improperly giving subsidies to manufacturers of the panels there.


EU Eyes Measures To Open Up Public Contracts

March 21, 2012 10:10 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer

The European Union is seeking new powers to block foreign companies from winning lucrative government contracts unless their home countries open their own public-sector deals to European firms.


Manufacturer Rexnord Resumes IPO Process

March 21, 2012 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Manufacturer Rexnord Corp. is renewing an effort to go public that it began before the recession.

Former Aerospace Company Exec McDonnell Dies

March 21, 2012 10:08 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press

Sanford McDonnell, who worked on the first atomic bomb before heading aerospace behemoth McDonnell Douglas, has died, according to Boeing, which bought McDonnell Douglas in 1997.

Jaguar Land Rover, Chery Sign China JV

March 21, 2012 10:05 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

Jaguar Land Rover and China's Chery Automobile Co. plan to start a joint venture to make and sell luxury vehicles in China, the companies said Wednesday.


Nexans Cable Plant To Create 200 Jobs

March 21, 2012 10:03 am

Nexans will use the facility to manufacture high-voltage power cables, with a possible future extension to submarine cable production.


Gov't Requires New Labels For Hazardous Chemicals

March 20, 2012 2:09 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that such labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals each year.


Job Seekers Getting Asked For Facebook Passwords

March 20, 2012 2:07 pm | by Manuel Valdes, Shannon Mcfarland, Associated Press

Some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead are asking to log in as the user to have a look around.


CAT Reports Slowing Global Sales Growth

March 20, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of Caterpillar Inc. fell more than 2 percent Tuesday after the heavy equipment maker said the pace of its retail machine sales has slowed in recent months.


Tire Factory Fined For Pollution Violations

March 20, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

According to the consent order, Yokohama didn't tell the agency that the factory's ethanol emissions had increased due to a production process change.


GE Opens New Factory In Louisville

March 20, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

A statement from GE says the opening is "another milestone in the revitalization of GE's Appliances business."


Nissan Reviving The Datsun Brand

March 20, 2012 1:59 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Nissan is bringing back the Datsun three decades after shelving the brand that helped build its U.S. business. This time, Nissan hopes the name synonymous with affordable and reliable small cars will power its growth in emerging markets.

Apple's Dividend Heralds 'Changing Of The Guard'

March 20, 2012 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

In the biggest break from Jobs' philosophy since Cook succeeded him as CEO, Apple is dipping into its nearly $100B cash stash to start paying a quarterly dividend to its stockholders.

Boeing Worker Hurt In Accident At WA Facility

March 20, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Everett Fire spokesman Rick Robinson tells KOMO-TV that the man was somehow pinned between two wing parts of a 747 aircraft.


Amazon To Buy Kiva Systems For $775M

March 20, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press Inc. has agreed to buy Kiva Systems, which makes robots and software to help companies fulfill orders, for $775 million in cash.


Unlikely Allies Come Together To Support Jobs

March 20, 2012 10:16 am | by Andy Brownfield, Associated Press

Business groups and a former labor leader came together to announce the formation of a nonprofit group aimed at helping create middle-class jobs in Alabama.


China Explores Bolivia Lithium Investments

March 20, 2012 10:15 am | by Carlos Valdez, Associated Press

Bolivia's government says the country possesses more than 70 percent of the world's reserves of lithium.


Commerce Department Backs Whirlpool Complaint

March 20, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Commerce found that Samsung, LG, and other brands were illegally "dumping" some of their foreign-made appliances in the U.S., by selling the products at less than fair value.



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