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Nissan Announces New $800M Factory

June 25, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan Motor Corp. announced plans Monday for an $800 million factory in China's northeast as part of efforts to expand sales in the world's biggest auto market.

Union Pension Fund Sues Defunct PA Foundry

June 25, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A union pension fund is suing a foundry that suddenly shut down in southwestern Pennsylvania in January, idling about 30 workers.

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Sneakers-Maker Puma Tracks Its Carbon Footprint

June 25, 2012 2:09 pm | by Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press

How big is a sneaker's carbon footprint? In a quest to find out, Puma is looking at environmental costs inflicted at every step of the manufacturing process.

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Kansas City Auto Supplier Getting State Aid

June 25, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

LMV Automotive Systems is building a new facility in the Kansas City area with the help of up to $5.6 million of incentives from Missouri.

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Kraft Seeks State Help For DE Facility

June 25, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Kraft Foods Group is asking state officials for a grant of up to $456,000 for upgrades to its manufacturing facility in Dover.

American Crystal Workers Reject 'Final' Offer

June 25, 2012 10:21 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar Co. rejected the company's contract proposal a third time Saturday in a nearly 11-month dispute that focuses on seniority and job security.

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First Tesla Electric Sedans Hit The Road

June 25, 2012 10:18 am | by Haven Daley, John S. Marshall, Associated Press

Tesla Motors Inc. says more than 10,000 people have put down a refundable deposit for the five-seat sedan, and the Palo Alto company expects to sell 5,000 this year.

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Nissan Motor Begins Building 4th Factory In China

June 25, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan said its Chinese unit Donfeng Motor has begun constructing its fourth Chinese plant, to start operating in 2014 with an initial output capacity of 150,000 vehicles.

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Lockheed, Machinists Reach Tentative Agreement

June 25, 2012 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

After more than two months on strike, Lockheed Martin machinists are expected to vote this week on a new labor contract after a tentative deal was reached with the company.

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Steel Dynamics Plans $18.5M IN Expansion

June 25, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Steel Dynamics plans to spend $18.5 million on expanding and buying new equipment for a northeastern Indiana plant that is the company's largest.

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Resolute To Shut Down Catawba Production Line

June 25, 2012 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that the line, which makes lightweight coated paper used in magazines and advertising fliers, will shut down June 30.

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GM To Recall Cruze Cars Over Engine Fire Risk

June 22, 2012 2:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The recall covers the 2011 and 2012 model years and affects more than 475,000 cars, which have ranked among the top-selling U.S. compacts over the past two years.

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Locked-Out Union Workers Consider Crystal Contract

June 22, 2012 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Union workers locked out for nearly a year at American Crystal Sugar Co. are planning another vote on the company's contract offer.

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Ford To Offer Tiny 3-Cylinder Engine In U.S.

June 22, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. will bring a tiny gas-stingy engine to the U.S. from Europe next year, challenging the fuel economy of current hybrid cars, a company official said.

KY Manufacturing Plant Shutting Down

June 22, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Emerson Industrial Automation, which provides electrical and mechanical systems for manufacturing plants will be shuttered in the next 18 months.

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Cabot Buying Norit For $1.1B

June 22, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Chemical and specialty products maker Cabot Corp. is buying Norit NV for $1.1 billion in order to strengthen its specialty chemicals portfolio.

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Nissan To Cut Back Domestic Production

June 22, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan Motor Co. will halt operation of one of its two production lines at its main plant in Yokosuka, cutting back its annual domestic production capacity by 15 percent, company sources said.

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Tesla's New Sedan Will Make Or Break The Company

June 22, 2012 10:12 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The company's first mass-market, five-seat sedan will be delivered Friday. The car, called the Model S, will either propel the company to profitability or leave it sputtering on the fumes of a $465 million government loan.

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It Costs Just $1.36 To Charge An iPad For A Year

June 22, 2012 10:10 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

That coffee you're drinking while gazing at your iPad? It cost more than all the electricity needed to run those games, emails, videos and news stories for a year.

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Feds Probe Chrysler, Ford Complaints

June 22, 2012 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Federal safety investigators are looking into complaints involving the power steering in 2011 Ford Explorer SUVs and engine stalling in Chrysler 200 midsize sedans.

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