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WV Plant Retirees Approve Health Benefits Deal

March 16, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Retirees of a West Virginia aluminum plant have accepted a deal that should partly restore their health benefits.


Marchionne 2011 Compensation Totaled $18.87M

March 16, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Fiat says CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also heads Chrysler, receieved total compensation of $18.87 million last year, mostly in stock options.

First Big Piece Of 'Electric Highway' Gets Juice

March 16, 2012 2:03 pm | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The first stretch of what's been dubbed an "Electric Highway" on the West Coast from Canada to Mexico went operational with the opening of a series of fast-charging stations along 160 miles of the interstate.


Vehicle Supplier To Bring 250 Jobs To GA

March 16, 2012 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Denmark-based automotive supplier Dinex Group has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in south Georgia expected to bring 250 jobs and $15 million to the state.


Superior Steel Expanding In LA

March 16, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The Advocate reports Superior Steel Inc. will invest more than $1 million in new equipment for the plant, which will grow to about 90,000 square feet.


Ethisphere Unveils 2012 Most Ethical Companies

March 16, 2012 1:57 pm

Each 2012 honoree—including U.S. industry standard-bearers like Cisco, Ford, and Timberland—was chosen for promoting ethical business standards and practices by exceeding legal minimums for compliance.

Apple Fans Snap Up New iPads

March 16, 2012 10:05 am | by Kelvin Chan, Robert Barr, Associated Press

Two years after the debut of the first iPad, the device's launch has become the second-biggest "gadget event" of the year.


Section Of Plant Roof Collapses In KY

March 16, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Heavy rain in eastern Kentucky could have played a part in the collapse of a section of roof at a Tru Seal Technologies plant.


U.S. Factories Help Job Recovery Endure In March

March 16, 2012 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factories have played a leading role reviving job growth. Over the past year, manufacturing added 227,000 jobs.


United Tech To Sell Rocket Engine Businesses

March 16, 2012 9:53 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

United Technologies Corp. said that it will sell its rocket engine and wind power businesses to help finance its $16.5 billion purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp.


French Police Use Tear Gas On Steelworkers

March 16, 2012 9:51 am | by Catherine Gaschka, Jean-Marie Godard, Associated Press

Thursday's protest brought the troubles of France's industrial heartland to Paris' elegant boulevards and the lawns beneath the Eiffel Tower.


Vehicle Seat Manufacturer To Locate In AL

March 16, 2012 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

A Korean company that supplies seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles has announced it will build a $50 million plant in Montgomery.


Fiat: Strike Caused Output To Drop By 20K Units

March 15, 2012 2:11 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

A transport strike in Italy has forced automaker Fiat SpA to cut production, prompting the automaker to warn Thursday that it may have to close some plants temporarily.


New, Efficient Cars May Be Worth The Investment

March 15, 2012 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Want a car that gets 50 miles per gallon? Check. Need an SUV that gets 30 mpg? Check. Want an electric car that uses no fuel at all? Check.


Subaru Recalls Forester SUVs To Fix Seat Belts

March 15, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling more than 275,000 Forester SUVs because a rear seat belt may not hold a child seat in place securely.


Motorola Solutions Files Patent Lawsuit

March 15, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Motorola said in its lawsuit that Round Rock Research sued Motorola's customers last year, claiming the customers were violating its patents for RFID technology.


WV Eyes Aid To Possible Smelter Restart

March 15, 2012 2:02 pm | by Lawrence Messina, Associated Press

West Virginia may offer a tax break up to $20M annually to help Century Aluminum restart its smelter, but officials say it depends on retirees resolving an impasse over revoked health benefits.


Hawker Beechcraft To Keep KS Plant Open

March 15, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft officials say its Wichita Plant 1 will remain open, saving hundreds of jobs.


U.S. Trade Deficit Rose To $124.1B In 2011

March 14, 2012 2:16 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A slight drop in exports and a rise in imports pushed the trade gap to its widest point in three years.


CAT Invests $20M In SC Manufacturing Plant

March 14, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

The project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant. It will make large hydraulic cylinders that Caterpillar currently makes at its Joliet, Ill., plant.



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