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Alabama: Kia To Thank For 3,600 New Jobs

November 6, 2009 3:28 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is benefiting from Kia's assembly plant on the Georgia state line. The Alabama Development Office released a statement Thursday saying Kia is responsible for more than 3,600 new jobs at automotive supplier plants located in Alabama. Those workers are employed at 34 different plants in Alabama, including 12 new suppliers that came after Kia announced the decision for its first U.

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China Angered By U.S. Anti-Dumping Duties On Steel

November 6, 2009 3:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Washington for imposing anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made steel pipes and launched a probe Friday of imported U.S. autos, adding to trade tensions two weeks before President Barack Obama visits Beijing. The latest moves ratchet up disputes over market access for goods from poultry and tires to Hollywood movies.

Ford Introduces First Inflatable Seatbelts

November 5, 2009 9:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Air bags have long been mounted in the steering wheel, dashboard and sides of vehicles. Now, they're in the seat belts. Ford Motor Co. ( NYSE:F ) plans to introduce seat belt-mounted air bags in the back seat of the 2011 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, which will hit the market next fall.

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Evergreen Solar To Cut Jobs, Move Others To China

November 5, 2009 9:21 am

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A solar panel company is moving some jobs overseas after receiving $58 million in state aid and being touted by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a symbol of the state's economic future. Evergreen Solar Inc. ( ESLR ) said Wednesday it is moving panel assembly jobs currently done at a plant in Devens to China next year.

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Government: Toyota Misleading Consumers Over Recall

November 4, 2009 9:51 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Toyota Motor Corp. is misleading consumers about an investigation into problems with stuck gas pedals that led to a massive Toyota recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it was still investigating the case and meeting with Toyota to hear about the company's plan to redesign the vehicles and fix "this very dangerous problem.

Merck Eager For More Takeovers

November 4, 2009 4:04 am

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — The new Merck & Co. becomes the world's second-biggest drugmaker overnight, and it's boasting a fat wallet to fund future deals. That's after the maker of vaccines and cholesterol and diabetes drugs bought Schering-Plough Corp. yesterday for $41.1 billion.

Okla. Home To 1,400 Trashy New Jobs

November 4, 2009 3:55 am

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — City officials in Okmulgee say a Florida-based waste recycling company will build a plant and bring about 1,400 jobs to the northeastern Oklahoma town. Mayor Brian Priegel says Destin-based Waste Not Technologies will build an 800,000 square-foot office and manufacturing park on a 250-acre site.

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MillerCoors Collects 37 Percent Profit Jump

November 4, 2009 3:52 am

DENVER (AP) — MillerCoors, a U.S. joint venture between Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC, said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit climbed on cost-control efforts as well as the strength of beer brands like MGD 64. The maker of Blue Moon and Miller Genuine Draft said its earnings rose 37 percent to $229.

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Kansas Backs Boeing In $35b Tanker Battle

November 4, 2009 3:43 am | by John Milburn, Associated Press Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With hundreds of new jobs at stake, Kansas officials are keeping an eye on the competition for an Air Force contract to build a new refueling plane. Chicago-based Boeing Co., which has a plant in Wichita, is competing with Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Honda Begins Production Of American-Made Crossover

November 4, 2009 3:33 am

EAST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it has begun mass production in Ohio of its new crossover utility vehicle. The automaker says the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour began rolling off the line Monday night at the company's factory in East Liberty. It's the largest vehicle ever produced at the plant, which also makes the Honda CR-V and Honda Element.

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GM Gets Cold Feet, Abandons Opel Sale

November 4, 2009 3:20 am | by Melissa Eddy, Associated Press Writer

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's politicians fumed with anger and Opel workers cancelled cost concessions and readied walkouts after General Motors Co. abandoned the sale of its European subsidiary to parts maker Magna International and Russian bank Sberbank. Klaus Franz, Adam Opel GmbH's top employee representative, called it a "black day" and said workers would start brief work stoppages Thursday.

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Nokia Siemens To Slash 5,700 Jobs

November 3, 2009 3:37 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Siemens Networks said Tuesday it will lay off up to 5,700 workers globally as part of a move to cut annual costs by euro500 million ($740 million). The mobile network equipment maker — a joint venture between Finland's Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG of Germany — said it will reduce its five business units to three by January, and strengthen its business through partnerships and acquisitions.

Toyota Finds No Fault In Deadly Floormat Recall

November 3, 2009 3:31 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its vehicles are not at risk of accelerating out of control unless the driver's side floor mat is improperly installed or is not meant for that vehicle. The Japanese automaker said the conclusion is the result of a U.S. government investigation into unintended acceleration of some Lexus vehicles.

Stanley Works Sees Green In Black & Decker Takeover

November 3, 2009 3:18 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Retail Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Tool makers Stanley Works and Black & Decker Corp. are betting that together they can wring out more profit and better position themselves for a housing market recovery than they could apart. Battered by the housing slump and economic recession, two of the industry's most iconic brands are now merging.

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GM To Use $2.8b Bailout Cash To Buy Ailing Delphi

November 3, 2009 3:11 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors says it has received permission to use $2.8 billion of its government aid to help buy part of troubled auto parts supplier Delphi Corp., the automaker's former parts division. The Detroit automaker said in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the Treasury Department granted the release of $1.

Retailers Drop Mich. Blueberry Grower For Child Labor

November 3, 2009 3:10 am

JAMES PRICHARD Associated Press Writer — November 3, 2009 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Wal-Mart and two other top retailers said Friday they are suspending business with a large southwestern Michigan blueberry grower after investigators found children as young as 6 working in the grower's fields.

Boeing Backers Push Obama On Tanker 'Inequity'

November 2, 2009 11:10 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers who support Boeing ( NYSE:BA ) in its bid for a $35 billion tanker contract want President Barack Obama to force the Air Force to include a recent World Trade Organization ruling against Airbus in its decision. The WTO in September issued an interim ruling that found Airbus received illegal launch aid from European governments to build its aircraft.

Acetylene Tank Explosion Rocks Mich. Town

November 2, 2009 10:26 am | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Multiple explosions rocked a Michigan welding supply plant after an acetylene tank burst into flames on Monday, sending an employee to the hospital and prompting many homes and businesses to evacuate, authorities said. An employee at the plant in Marysville, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit, was removing a valve from the tank when it exploded, said the town's police chief, Tim Buelow.

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E.Coli Death Prompts 546,000 Pound Recall

November 2, 2009 4:11 am

ASHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York meat company has recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef because, according to health officials, contaminated meat has caused illness and one death. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday the meat sold by Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms was linked to cases of E.

Overwhelming UAW Rejection Leaves Ford Disadvantaged

November 2, 2009 4:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. workers have overwhelmingly rejected contract changes that would have allowed the automaker to cut labor costs, leaving Ford at a disadvantage to its Detroit rivals as it continues its struggle to return to profitability. The United Auto Workers union had given local unions until Monday to complete voting.

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