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UTC To Sell Rocketdyne Unit For $550M

July 23, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

United Technologies is selling its engine division unit to aerospace manufacturer GenCorp Inc. for $550M as the conglomerate raises money for its largest acquisition and solidifies its core aerospace business.


Manufacturing Problem Caused Ford Escape Recall

July 23, 2012 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A manufacturing problem at a company that makes fuel lines forced Ford to recall thousands of its brand-new Escape small SUVs and tell owners to stop driving them right away.


India's Maruti Suzuki Shuts Riot-Hit Car Plant

July 23, 2012 10:14 am | by Ashok Sharma, Associated Press

India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, said Saturday it will not resume production at a factory hit by rioting during a labor dispute until an investigation is complete into the causes of the violence, which killed one executive and injured dozens of others.


Cargill Beef Recalls 30,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef

July 23, 2012 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill's plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.


Helena Chemical Plant Starts $4M Expansion

July 23, 2012 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

Enviro Tech Chemical Services Inc. announced Friday it would expand a factory in jobs-starved Helena-West Helena, spending $4 million and hiring 40 more workers.


ArcelorMittal Agrees To Clean Up IN Waste

July 23, 2012 10:08 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Indiana environmental groups have reached a settlement with ArcelorMittal and state regulators requiring the steelmaker to clean up more than 3 million tons of waste piled up along Lake Michigan.


Fitch Upgrades Ratings On Harley-Davidson

July 23, 2012 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

Fitch Ratings upgraded its ratings on Harley-Davidson Inc. and its related businesses Friday given high demand for the motorcycle manufacturer's bikes and strong financial position.


Survey: Auto Industry Will Keep Adding People

July 20, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Auto industry executives in the U.S. expect to hire more people and expand their factories in the coming year to handle rising sales, according to an annual survey of executives.


Ford Says Plug-In Van Goes 20 Miles On Electricity

July 20, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford says a plug-in electric version of its new C-Max small van will be able to go more than 20 miles on battery power alone, and have a range of 550 miles on a tank of gas.


Ex-Head Of Texas Chemical Plant Indicted

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

The former president of a Southeast Texas chemical plant has been charged in a 13-count federal indictment with conspiring to transport hazardous material illegally.


Boeing Relationship Opens Doors For SC

July 20, 2012 2:03 pm | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press

South Carolina's relationship with aerospace giant Boeing Co. opened doors for the state at a recent international airshow outside London, according to state Commerce Department officials.


Unemployment Rates Rose In 27 States In June

July 20, 2012 2:01 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Unemployment rates rose in 27 U.S. states last month, the most in almost a year and a reflection of weaker hiring nationwide.


Ingersoll-Rand 2Q Profit Up

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

Ingersoll-Rand PLC's net income more than doubled in its second quarter compared with year-ago results that were depressed by a big charge for the sale of a business.


U.S. Auto Sales Weaken In Early July

July 20, 2012 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The raft of gloomy economic news may be starting to hurt U.S. auto sales.


Senate Kills Measure To Curb Job 'Outsourcing'

July 20, 2012 10:04 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

Senate Republicans on Thursday killed a measure backed by President Barack Obama that would encourage companies to bring overseas jobs back to the United States.


Honeywell To Lay Off Workers At IL Plant

July 20, 2012 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Honeywell plans to lay off nearly 230 workers at its southern Illinois plant as it undertakes upgrades ordered by regulators to make the site able to withstand an earthquake or tornado.


Arbitrator: Ford Didn't Violate UAW Agreement

July 20, 2012 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

An arbitrator says Ford Motor Co. didn't violate an agreement with the United Auto Workers when it restored some benefits for salaried workers — but not hourly ones — two years ago.


Nippon Sharyo Opens IL Rail Car Plant

July 20, 2012 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

Quinn and hundreds of guests attended an event in the northern Illinois community of Rochelle to mark the grand opening of Nippon Sharyo's new rail car manufacturing facility.


Police Break Picket Line At Athens Steel Factory

July 20, 2012 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Police have broken up picket lines by strikers who have kept a steel factory outside Athens closed since Oct. 31 last year, detaining seven protesters.


Honda Recalls 321,000 Vehicles To Fix Doors

July 19, 2012 12:25 pm

Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the door locks, the door latch may not work . . .


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