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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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Reps. Launch Website For Activities Of House Manufacturing Caucus

May 19, 2011 8:55 am

Bipartisan Congressional Caucus also active on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter   WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) have launched a new website to keep citizens informed of the activities of the House Manufacturing Caucus, which they co-chair.

General Dynamics Gets $33.5M Navy Contract

May 18, 2011 9:41 am

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Wednesday it received a $33.5 million contract modification to develop advanced undersea technologies. The U.S. Navy awarded the contract to General Dynamics' Electric Boat unit. Electric Boat will conduct research and development studies on technology areas including manufacturing, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics, and materials.

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Kodak Shares Leap As Execs Rake In Company Shares

May 18, 2011 9:18 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. shot up almost 15 percent in unusually heaving trading Wednesday after CEO Antonio Perez told employees that recent Kodak stock purchases reflect management's faith in the photography pioneer's future. Some analysts suspect, however, that the stock price surge reflects Kodak's recent preliminary triumphs over smartphone giant Apple Inc.

Deere To Build $80M China Plant To Meet Local Demand

May 18, 2011 9:13 am

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. plans to invest $80 million in a new agricultural equipment manufacturingplant in northeast China to help meet increased demand in the region. Deere, based in Moline, Ill., announced the new plant Wednesday morning as it released its quarterly earnings report.

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WTO: Airbus Got Illegal Subsidies, But Not Many

May 18, 2011 8:50 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — European aircraft maker Airbus received state subsidies that hurt U.S. rival Boeing Inc., but not all of them were illegal under international rules, the World Trade Organization said Wednesday. The mixed decision by a WTO appeals panel allowed Brussels and Washington to both claim a victory of sorts in their tit-for-tat dispute over financial aid to airplane manufacturers that has become the costliest and most complex ever to be heard by the international trade body.

Yamaha Brings ATV Production From Overseas To Ga. Plant

May 18, 2011 8:48 am

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Yamaha officials say the first production run of new all-terrain vehicle models transferred to the U.S. from overseas facilities will take place this month at the company's factory in Newnan, Ga. Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. and Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America called the announcement on Wednesday a major step forward in the companies' long-term strategy to transfer the majority of Yamaha's worldwide ATV manufacturing to the U.

Man With Bad Back Sues Kraft Over Firing

May 18, 2011 8:43 am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Fond du Lac man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kraft Foods of firing him rather than accommodating his bad back. James L. Brown was hired in 2001 at a Kraft frozen-pizza facility in Little Chute. His lawsuit says he missed a few days of work in 2008 to get treatment for chronic back pain.

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Fired Manufacturing Worker Shoots Bosses, Killed By Police

May 18, 2011 4:40 am | by Colleen Long, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A man fired from his job at a small manufacturing company went to his employers' home Tuesday with a handgun and shot them both, then barricaded himself inside their basement before he was shot to death during a police confrontation, authorities said. Ilya Iglanov, 48, went to the couple's home at about 12:30 p.

Manufacturing Exec Indicted For Embezzling $2 Million

May 18, 2011 4:34 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The former chief financial officer for an electronic door lock manufacturer in Sparks has been indicted on federal charges accusing him of embezzling more than $2 million from his employer. Federal prosecutors say Juan Ramon Cabezas surrendered to authorities on Tuesday. The 55-year-old Reno man was indicted May 11 on 22 counts of bank fraud and 15 counts of mail fraud.

General Mills To Pay $1.5 Billion For Stake In Yoplait

May 18, 2011 4:28 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills says it has signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in French yogurt company Yoplait for about $1.15 billion. The deal protects General Mills' U.S. yogurt business. The food maker has sold the world's second-largest yogurt brand under license in the U.S. for 30 years.

The Maligned Spud Starts Fighting Back

May 18, 2011 4:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by new school lunch rules, demonized by a popular television program and blamed for the nation's obesity epidemic. Health advocates and government officials have pushed to take them off lunch lines, where kids often reach for the crispy treats instead of greener vegetables.

Deere Profits Soar 65 Percent On Strong Americas Sales

May 18, 2011 4:16 am

MOLINE, Illinois (AP) — Deere & Co. said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit soared 65 percent because of strong demand for its agricultural equipment, especially in the United States, Canada and Brazil. The company also said it plans to invest $80 million in a new agricultural equipment manufacturing plant in northeast China to help meet increased demand in the region.

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Mack, Volvo To Pay $525 Million In Benefits Lawsuit

May 18, 2011 4:15 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mack Trucks Inc. and its parent, AB Volvo, will pay $525 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by more than 9,300 retirees of the North Carolina truck maker after they challenged potential reductions to their lifetime health benefits. The Legal Intelligencer reported Tuesday that Senior U.

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Dim HP Outlook Puts Damper On Computer Industry

May 17, 2011 9:26 am

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — After its CEO warned of another tough quarter, Hewlett-Packard Co. cut its full-year outlook Tuesday citing to soft PC sales and the effects of the earthquake in Japan. HP said its net income for the latest quarter rose slightly, but investors focused on challenges ahead sent shares down 5 percent before the market opened Tuesday.

83,000 Chickens Killed In Massive Barn Blaze

May 17, 2011 7:33 am

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

GM Groundbreaking On First Electrical Motor Plant

May 17, 2011 7:28 am

WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) — Groundbreaking is scheduled for a new electric motor manufacturing facility at General Motor's Powertrain Baltimore location. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and other officials will participate in Tuesday's ceremony for the facility that is expected to create about 190 jobs.

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Columbus Workers To Vote On Union Busting

May 17, 2011 7:24 am

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A vote could soon be taken to decertify the union at Omnova Solutions, Inc., in Columbus, where some workers have been on strike for a year. The Columbus Dispatch reports a group of replacement workers have filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board to take a decertification vote.

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Lead Producer To Build New, Cleaner Miss. Plant

May 17, 2011 7:21 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest lead producer plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town and promises it will be far more environmentally friendly than its existing smelter there that has been the subject of scorn by environmentalists and regulators for decades. St.

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BAE Fined $79 Million In U.S. Arms Export Case

May 17, 2011 7:17 am

LONDON (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday it has agreed to pay a fine of up to $79 million to settle an arms export controls case with the U.S. Department of State, the largest civil fine ever levied by the department. The State Department settlement of the civil case includes a possible $10 million reduction in the fine depending on the company's implementation of compliance measures.

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