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Iowa Slaughterhouse Exec On Trial In SD

October 13, 2009 3:54 am | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The first trial for a former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse that was the site of a massive immigration raid gets under way Tuesday in South Dakota. Sholom Rubashkin's trials were moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Sioux Falls, S.D., after a federal judge ruled last month that a "prodigious" amount of negative pretrial publicity caused potential jurors to develop a bias against Rubashkin and Agriprocessors, Inc.

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Detroit Mayor Considers Selling Bing Steel Plant

October 13, 2009 3:52 am

DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Dave Bing says he is weighing whether to sell the steel company that bears his name and employs about 600 people. Bing tells WWJ-AM that The Bing Group has been caught up in the auto industry downturn that has depressed sales of the stamped and processed steel. He says he'll likely decide by early 2010 whether to sell the Detroit-based company.

Onyx Pharma Buys Proteolix For $851m

October 12, 2009 4:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it will buy cancer drug developer Proteolix Inc. in a deal that could be worth as much as $851 million. Onyx shares advanced $2.20, or 8.2 percent, to $29.10 in premarket trading. Onyx will pay $276 million upfront for the privately held South San Francisco company, and in the process it gains Proteolix's cancer drug candidate carfilzomib, which is being tested as a treatment for multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and solid tumors.

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Plasan Expands Armor Manufacturing

October 12, 2009 4:27 am

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bennington manufacturer has purchased a second industrial site in town as it prepares to fill a Pentagon contract to make armor for vehicles going to Afghanistan. Plasan North America, a subsidiary of an Israeli firm, is joining with a Wisconsin-based company, Oshkosh Corp.

Steel Makers Raise Outlook On Global Demand

October 12, 2009 4:24 am

BRUSSELS (AP) -- World steel makers said Monday that "exceptionally strong growth" in Chinese demand and a better-than-expected global economic recovery would keep steel consumption from falling as sharply as previously expected. The World Steel Association said steel use was likely to fall by 8.

Hybrid, Indian Automakers Show Interest In Ex-GM Plant

October 12, 2009 4:17 am

NEWPORT, Del. (AP) — Three automakers reportedly have toured the shuttered Boxwood Road auto plant near Newport as Delaware officials work to find another tenant for the former General Motors plant. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that the three include a start-up developing a plug-in hybrid and an Indian automaker.

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China Asks WTO To Probe EU Steel Taxes

October 12, 2009 4:11 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer

GENEVA (AP) — China said Monday that it will ask the World Trade Organization to examine whether European Union charges on imports of Chinese steel fasteners comply with international commerce rules. Beijing argues that the EU is illegally taxing the screws needed for products from furniture to cars.

Manufacturers Turn To Prisoners For Work

October 12, 2009 4:07 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Good help is hard to find, unless that help is doing hard time. Two manufacturers are taking advantage of a program in which they develop factories in Arkansas prisons and put convicts to work at market wages. The workers use their earnings to fund the program, pay child support, fines, restitution and build a nest egg.

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GM Inks Hummer Sale To Chinese

October 9, 2009 8:41 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once was a symbol of America's love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Chinese heavy equipment maker. General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. finally signed the much-anticipated deal to sell the brand on Friday, according to a joint statement issued by both companies.

Body Found At Conn. Recycling Center

October 9, 2009 7:22 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford police are at a recycling plant investigating the death of a man whose body was found near cardboard boxes. Police are trying to determine who the man was and how he died. They say he was not an employee of the plant. Authorities were called to All Waste Inc.

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France Orders Anti-Stress Plans For Workers

October 9, 2009 5:28 am

PARIS (AP) — France's labor minister has ordered all companies with more than 1,000 employees to develop an anti-stress plan based on discussions about pressure in the workplace. If not, they will go on a list of shame to be published on the Internet. The government's concern about the psychological and physical health of employees follows outrage caused by 25 suicides in 18 months at the phone company France Telecom.

NC Gov. Orders Dell To Pay Back Incentives

October 9, 2009 4:43 am

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has no choice but to keep offering incentives packages to attract out-of-state companies even with the closing of the Dell computer plant. But Perdue told reporters Thursday she's made plain to Dell the state expects back every "red cent" it's owed in tax breaks and other benefits because it didn't meet job and investment performance standards.

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Ford Union Summons Execs To Detroit

October 9, 2009 4:37 am | by Ken Thomas and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has summoned representatives from Ford factories across the nation to Detroit on Tuesday to discuss contract talks with the automaker. Union President Ron Gettelfinger confirmed the meeting after a charity appearance in Washington on Thursday night but would not elaborate.

GM Sets Sales Record In China

October 9, 2009 4:28 am

BEIJING (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Friday it set a sales record in China in September and total sales for the first nine months of the year rose 55 percent to nearly 1.3 million vehicles. GM and other global automakers are looking to China's fast-growing market to drive sales amid slack demand elsewhere.

Tata Motors Fundraises For $750m Jaguar

October 9, 2009 4:16 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Tata Motors has raised $750 million from international markets to help pay for its 2008 acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Co., the company said Friday. Tata Motors said it's issuing 29.9 million new shares, worth $375 million, in the form of Global Depository Shares at $12.

Monsanto Under Antitrust Investigation

October 8, 2009 12:10 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. says the Justice Department is investigating whether it violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered crops. The department's investigation of Monsanto is part of a previously announced inquiry into consolidation in the seed industry.

LED Manufacturer To Expand, Add 575 Jobs

October 8, 2009 12:05 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based maker of energy-efficient lighting elements is expanding and plans to add 575 jobs in the next three years. Cree Inc. said Thursday it expects to add 275 jobs this year as it expands production of light-emitting diode chips at its Durham plant.

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Man Causes $50m Fire At Meatpacker, Gets 90 Days In Jail

October 8, 2009 6:30 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man whose military flare sparked a $50 million meatpacking plant fire this summer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Joshua J. Popp was also sentenced Thursday to three years probation and 500 hours of community service. The 23-year-old apologized and said he took responsibility for his actions.

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Dell To Close NC Plant, Cut 905 Workers

October 7, 2009 10:02 am

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell Inc. says it will close a desktop computer manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by the end of January. The computer maker said Wednesday that 905 people will be laid off, with around 600 to be let go next month. The plant closure is part of a plan to save $4 billion a year at Dell by 2011.

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Cummins Recalls 270 Workers To Build Ram Engines

October 7, 2009 6:55 am

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Diesel-engine maker Cummins Inc. said Wednesday that it wants to recall about 270 laid off or transferred production workers to meet an increase in orders for Dodge Ram turbo diesel pickup truck engines. Chrysler Group LLC is attempting to build inventory for its 2010 model heavy duty Dodge Ram pickup, which is powered by Cummins' 6.

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