Mitsubishi Motors Corp. cut operating hours at its Mizushima plant due to sluggish exports, and plans to send some 500 surplus workers to other plants.
Grob Systems in Bluffton plans to add about 130 jobs and The Courier newspaper reports the company is seeking nearly $11 million in state loans for the expansion.
Elpida is the only Japanese maker of dynamic random access memory chips used in personal computers and smartphones, and filed for bankruptcy protection in February.
Economists surveyed by The Associated Press expect growth to pick up this year, though not enough to lower unemployment much.
Booming sales in China and new versions of key models pushed automaker BMW AG's earnings higher by 18 percent in the first quarter to $1.77 billion.
ArcelorMittal's Rippey says he believes the upgrades help the company remain competitive and help the facility remain viable long-term.
The auto parts maker said its first-quarter profit dropped 14 percent, pulled down by restructuring and other charges, along with lower profit at its seating business.
Faurecia said the deal makes it North America's No. 1 interior systems supplier and makes Ford its third-largest customer.
Labor leaders who argue the pipeline would create jobs; the State Department estimates it could result in up to 6,000 new jobs.
Hawker Beechcraft said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal bankruptcy court in New York to expedite the prearranged restructuring of the company and some of its subsidiaries.
China agreed to let foreigners own bigger stakes in its securities firms and promised to limit export subsidies after a high-level dialogue with the United States.
Before the plant was built, the city had wanted to annex the land, but Nissan threatened to back out of the deal if it did.
A shakeout that is rattling the solar panel industry has sent First Solar, once among the industry's biggest and strongest companies, to a big quarterly loss.
Prices for copper and other metals fell after discouraging reports about jobs and factory production renewed worries that demand could weaken for a variety of manufactured goods.
Industrial gas distributor Airgas Inc. said that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit jumped 40 percent on strong demand from manufacturing, petrochemical, and energy customers.
General Motors earned $1 billion in the first quarter as a strong performance in North America helped it overcome troubles in Europe.
Officials representing American Crystal Sugar and its locked-out union workers plan to meet again, but a resolution to the 10-month-long contract dispute appears unlikely.
U.S. worker productivity fell from January through March by the most in a year. Stronger hiring at the start of the year was partly responsible for the drop.
Renault and Nissan, who operate as an alliance, said in a joint statement that they will invest $750 million to take a 67 percent share in a joint venture with state-owned corporation Russian Technologies.