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Maruti Suzuki Restarts Riot-Hit Car Plant

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

A factory owned by India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, reopened Tuesday, more than a month after a riot by workers killed a company manager and injured dozens. Around 500 police and security personnel stood guard as workers lined up to enter Maruti's plant in Manesar, a southwestern suburb of New Delhi.

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Samsung To Invest $4B In Austin Plant

August 21, 2012 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Samsung Electronics co. will spend $4 billion renovating its plant in the U.S. to increase production of advanced chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Samsung's Tuesday announcement is its latest push into the lucrative logic chip business.

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Company Files Notice To End Big Rivers Contract

August 21, 2012 10:06 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

An aluminum company embroiled in a dispute over its electricity costs said Monday it has given notice to terminate its power contract, a move signaling that the future of its large western Kentucky smelter is in deep jeopardy. Century Aluminum Co. said it gave a 12-month notice to end the contract with Big Rivers Electric Corp. for its Hawesville smelter, which employs about 700 people.

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GM, Isuzu Recall 258,000 SUVs To Fix Windows

August 20, 2012 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power-window and door-lock switches that can cause fires. The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years.

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Apple Sets Record For Company Value At $623B

August 20, 2012 2:06 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $623 billion, beating the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom. After a four-month dip, Apple's stock has hit new highs recently.

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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge On Ethanol

August 20, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Environmental Protection Agency decisions allowing an increase in ethanol content in gasoline. In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said trade associations of engine manufacturers, food producers and petroleum producers did not have standing to sue because they failed to show that their members are harmed by the EPA action.

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HP To Report Its Biggest Loss

August 20, 2012 2:01 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Facing up to its past mistakes is expected to saddle Hewlett-Packard Co. with a quarterly loss of nearly $9 billion, the largest setback in the Silicon Valley pioneer's history. The sobering results, due out after the stock market closes Wednesday, won't be a surprise.

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WV AG Says Claims Being Accepted In LCD Case

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

Attorney General Darrell McGraw says West Virginia consumers can now file refund claims in a price-fixing settlement against companies that made liquid crystal display screens used in televisions and computer monitors. Consumers have until Dec. 6 to file claims for LCD screens bought between 1999 and 2006.

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McCormick To Buy Bouillon Maker For $141M

August 20, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

Spice and flavoring maker McCormick & Co. said Monday that it reached a deal to buy China's Wuhan Asia-Pacific Condiments Co. for about $141 million. The deal, which must be approved by regulators, is expected to close in mid-2013.

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CAT's Striking Joliet Workers Ratify Deal

August 20, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Nearly 800 striking workers at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in Joliet ratified a new contract Friday with the heavy equipment manufacturer after spending months on the picket line. Caterpillar said in a statement that members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted to approve the new proposal.

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Honda's New Accord Brings Investment, Jobs To OH

August 20, 2012 10:14 am | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press

Honda's new Accord sedan to be unveiled Monday at a central Ohio plant has led to more than $220 million in investments and more jobs in two of its other Ohio plants, with companies that supply Honda with products and services also getting a boost.

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Fire Risk Forces Fisker Recall

August 20, 2012 10:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive is recalling about 2,400 Karma sports sedans to fix cooling fans that can catch fire. The recall comes after Fisker and a private fire investigation firm finished probing an Aug. 10 fire in a Karma in Woodside, Calif.

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IN Fines Glass Maker $150K For Repeat Violations

August 20, 2012 10:10 am

Indiana regulators have fined a central Indiana glass factory $150,000 after inspectors found company managers had failed to correct several workplace safety lapses discovered at the plant following a worker's 2010 death. Pilkington North America was fined last month by the Indiana OSHA after it conducted a follow-up inspection this spring at the Shelbyville plant about 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

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Mister Bee Potato Chip Factory Abuzz With Activity

August 20, 2012 10:05 am | by George Hohmann, Charleston Daily Mail

Mister Bee, established in 1951, shut down in November and filed for bankruptcy protection. James Richard "Rick" Barton and Randall Holden bought the company's assets earlier this year. Barton and Holden are veterans of manufacturing. They are among the founding partners of Wincore, a Parkersburg-based manufacturer of windows and doors.

Steel Coating Company Announces WV Expansion

August 20, 2012 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

The Wheeling-Nisshin steel coating company has announced a $28 million expansion to produce a new product at its Brooke County facility. The company's new line is called ZAM, a combination of zinc, aluminum and magnesium. Company officials say it's highly corrosion-resistant and environmentally friendly.

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Feds Checking Nissan Versa Air Bag Problem

August 17, 2012 1:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

U.S. safety regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact car because an air bag may fail to inflate in crashes. The probe affects about 100,000 Versas from the 2012 model year. A cable can get pinched in the steering column and cause the problem, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The pinched cable will set off a warning light on the dashboard.

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Last Jeep Liberty Rolls Off Ohio Line

August 17, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

The last Jeep Liberty model has rolled off an Ohio assembly line. WTOL-TV reports that the Toledo Chrysler assembly plant finished building the 11-year-old small SUV on Thursday. That part of the plant will be retooled to build another Jeep product. 

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Unemployment Rates Rose In 44 States In July

August 17, 2012 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide. The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in only two states and were unchanged in four.

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Hostess Workers To Vote On Final Contract Offer

August 17, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

A union representing workers at Hostess Brands Inc. is advising members that rejecting the company's final contract offer could result in the loss of their jobs. Hostess has been negotiating with workers about a new contract as it seeks to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's "Last, Best and Final Offer" was presented over the weekend.

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Volvo Trucks Opens MD Assembly Line

August 17, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo is adding 50 jobs in Hagerstown, Md. with the opening of a new, $8 million assembly line. Company officials held a ceremony Thursday afternoon to begin North American production of automated manual transmissions for heavy-duty trucks and buses.

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