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Union, Automakers Continue Talks As Deadline Nears

September 14, 2011 4:42 am

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers negotiators say they made progress with General Motors Co. during contract talks Tuesday night, but both sides are quickly approaching a deadline to reach new deals with GM and Chrysler Group LLC. The current four-year contracts expire at 11:59 p.

Bostik Explosion Results In Nearly $1M Fine

September 14, 2011 4:35 am

BOSTON (AP) -- The federal workplace safety agency has recommended $917,000 in fines for a Massachusetts adhesives manufacturer after an explosion there injured four workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced it had cited Bostik Inc. for what it alleged were 50 violations of workplace safety standards at its plant in Middleton.

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Beer Consumption Continues 4-Year Decline

September 14, 2011 4:30 am

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, the beer industry has continued its declines and lost 1.9% to total 2.8 billion cases. According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2011 Beer Handbook, continued declines in the Light segment continue to contribute to the overall losses in the industry.

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Infiniti Could Share Mercedes Small-Car Platform

September 14, 2011 4:19 am

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The CEOs of Daimler and Renault-Nissan say their 18-month old partnership has avoided the mistakes that sank earlier industry tie-ups and could be expanded, including the likely use of Daimler vehicle architecture in a compact car from Nissan luxury brand Infiniti.

Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire Risk

September 14, 2011 4:14 am

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of dehumidifiers are being recalled for a second time after being blamed for more house fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. is again announcing a recall of Goldstar and Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers because they can pose a fire and burn hazard.

JR Automation Tech To Open New SC Facility

September 13, 2011 9:14 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — JR Automation Technologies plans to open a new facility in Pickens County, creating 54 high-paying jobs over five years. The Holland, Mich.-based company said Tuesday it plans to invest more than $2 million in its engineering, sales and manufacturing plant in Pickens.

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Toyota To Build New Factory In Indonesia

September 13, 2011 9:12 am

JAKARTA, Sept. 13 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp., Asia's biggest carmaker, announced Tuesday it will build a second factory in Indonesia to meet demand in the growing Indonesian market. The new plant, to go into operation in early 2013, will increase the company's production capacity in the country to 180,000 units per year from the current 110,000.

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Union Backs Offshore Wind Power In VA

September 13, 2011 9:10 am

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Labor leaders representing steelworkers, the construction trades and shipbuilders added their collective clout Tuesday to the drive to develop offshore wind power in waters off Virginia. The union leaders said Virginia has the skilled workforce to help build an industry that one estimate said could generate more than 10,000 jobs.

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Obama Proposes Taxes To Pay For Jobs Bill

September 13, 2011 9:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, In a sharp challenge to Republicans, proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes on the wealthy that Republicans have already emphatically rejected, setting the stage for a likely new fight with Congress. By daring Republicans anew to reject the tax increases on rich Americans and corporations, Obama could gain a talking point as the 2012 presidential campaign moves forward, if not a legislative victory.

Car Makers Show Off In Frankfurt But Outlook Dims

September 13, 2011 9:03 am

By Colleen Barry, Jamey Keaten, AP Business Writers FRANKFURT (AP) — The world's carmakers showed off the next generation of cleaner, smaller, and higher-mileage vehicles at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday, but all the thumping sounds systems, slick videos and glossy concept cars could not obscure the anxiety about Europe's financial crisis.

Boeing Says Outlook Strong Despite Uncertainty

September 13, 2011 9:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — An executive from Boeing Co. said Tuesday the airplane maker continues to have a "very positive outlook on the commercial aerospace market" despite growing economic uncertainty. Speaking at Deutsche Bank Aviation and Transportation Conference, Boeing's vice president of business development, Nicole Piasecki, said airlines are still buying new aircraft despite renewed fears about a slowdown in the U.

Mercedes Aims For Premium Car Market Dominance

September 13, 2011 5:40 am

FRANKFURT (AP) — Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says he aims to make Mercedes the strongest luxury brand by the end of the decade. Zetsche says Mercedes is launching 10 new entries in the next four years — including five compact cars — in its bid for volume. He refused to set a target, saying the goal was to produce more cars than premium competitors Audi and Porsche.

Fiat, Chrysler Aim To Produce 6M Cars By 2014

September 13, 2011 5:38 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

FRANKFURT (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday that the combined companies still aim to produce 6 million cars a year by 2014 despite the increased uncertainty in global financial markets. Speaking on the sidelines of the Frankfurt Auto Show, Marchionne expressed frustration at Europe's spiraling debt crisis, which threatens to engulf Fiat's key market of Italy.

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House Bill Would Block Case Against Boeing

September 13, 2011 5:36 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, angry over the government's labor dispute with Boeing Co., are taking up a bill that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any company to close plants or relocate workers, even if a company flouts labor laws. The measure would undercut a high-profile lawsuit filed in April that accuses Boeing of violating labor laws by opening a new production line for its 787 airplane in right-to-work South Carolina.

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Judge Tentatively Rules Against Toyota

September 13, 2011 5:34 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California has tentatively decided not to dismiss the first of hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration problems against Toyota Motor Corp. U.S. District Judge James Selna said Monday he may reject a motion by Toyota seeking to toss the suit, which involves a Utah crash that killed two people.

Car Makers Look Past Economic Woes At Frankfurt Show

September 13, 2011 5:31 am | by Colleen Barry, Jamey Keaten, AP Business Writers

FRANKFURT (AP) — The world's car makers sought to look past economic worries in Europe and the United States at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday, with many betting on cleaner, smaller, high-mileage vehicles aimed at evolving consumer tastes. The industry, which suffered through the recession caused by the 2007-2009 financial crisis, has been riding the global recovery but now is looking at shakier prospects amid Europe's debt crisis and worries about the U.

FAA Cites Improper Repairs To Southwest Planes

September 13, 2011 5:28 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $1.1 million fine Monday against an aircraft repair station for allegedly using improper maintenance procedures to find cracks and prevent damage to the fuselages of 44 Southwest Airlines jets. From 2007 to 2009, Aviation Technical Services Inc.

AT&T Defends T-Mobile Deal

September 12, 2011 9:18 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is countering the U.S. government's attempt to block its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile by depicting the deal as a way to provide consumers with better cell phone service at lower prices. The argument, submitted in a Friday court filing, is AT&T Inc.

MO Truck Bed Maker Plans $5M Expansion

September 12, 2011 9:16 am

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri company that makes truck bed covers and accessories is planning a $5.3 million expansion. KOLR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/nTk1Aa ) that the company, Undercover Inc., plans to add 70,000 square feet and hire 30 more employees at its plant in Rogersville.

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Georgia-Pacific Suspends Work At AR Plant

September 12, 2011 9:14 am

CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) — Georgia-Pacific officials say the company is indefinitely suspending its plywood and stud manufacturing operation in Crossett, affecting 700 employees. Officials said Friday a "depression" in the residential and commercial construction market is forcing the company to shut down its factories in southeastern Arkansas and Hawthorne, Fla.

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