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Coke Plant Shut Down Because Of Chlorine

April 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A plant run by The Coca-Cola Co. in China has been shut down by regulators because of chlorine levels found in the drinks it produces.


Learjet Expansion To Create 450 Jobs

April 30, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Learjet executives say an expansion at the company's plant in west Wichita could bring at least 450 new jobs to the city.


Grand Cherokee Sales Keep Factory Humming

April 30, 2012 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Sales of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are so strong that their factory will stay open through the normal two-week summer shutdown.


Engine manufacturer To Lay Off 250 In AL

April 30, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton plans on trimming about 250 jobs at an Alabama manufacturing plant.


Bloom Breaking Ground On DE Fuel Cell Plant

April 30, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

California fuel cell maker Bloom Energy has broken ground for a new manufacturing facility at the site of a former Chrysler assembly plant in Newark.


Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat

April 30, 2012 10:27 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis, avoiding a second major disruption of its supply chain in a year.


Report: Apple Legally Sidesteps Billions In Taxes

April 30, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

A published report says Apple Inc. uses subsidiaries in low-tax nations as part of a strategy that enables the technology giant to cut its global tax bill by billions of dollars every year.

China Eastern Buys 20 Boeing 777s

April 30, 2012 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

China Eastern Airlines is buying 20 Boeing 777 jets worth nearly $6B while also selling five Airbus A340s to the U.S. plane maker because they're costlier to run, the Shanghai-based airline said.


IN Firm Aims To Help Double U.S. Exports

April 30, 2012 10:22 am | by Bowdeya Tweh, The Times

Trade officials want more small and mid-size businesses to boost their export capacity, which only requires "a good website," according to one Bill Keith.


Samsung Puts Smartphone Crown In Dispute

April 30, 2012 10:19 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Smartphones are the hottest gadgets in the world. But who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know.


With Shuttle's End, Space Firms Seek New Direction

April 30, 2012 10:18 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

Companies have shifted business from space exploration. Lockheed Martin Corp. closed its shuttle tank production line in New Orleans in 2010, ending the jobs of about 1,400 workers.


GM CEO's Compensation Tripled In 2011

April 27, 2012 1:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson's compensation tripled in 2011 to $7.7 million as the company posted the biggest profit in its history.

Board Member: RIM Turnaround To Take Years

April 27, 2012 1:56 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Prem Watsa, RIM's third-largest investor, said he sees his investment in the company as a long-term one, adding that RIM's fortunes won't be reversed soon.


Ford 1Q Earns Fall On Europe Slump, Tax Rate

April 27, 2012 1:53 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

North America propped up Ford Motor Co.'s profits in the first quarter, which otherwise took a beating from plummeting European sales and higher taxes.


Clear Edge To Close NY Plants, Move Jobs To OK

April 27, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say the new facility will accommodate Clear Edge's growing demand for their lines of industrial process filtration products.


Ametek To Buy Parent Of German Automation Firm

April 27, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

The privately held company makes motion-control systems for factory equipment and medical devices.


Window, Door Maker Expands In Sioux City

April 27, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

The new facility will allow Gerkin to increase glass production and allow for line expansion in the existing plant.


Chrysler Posts Best Quarterly Profit In 13 Years

April 27, 2012 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The company earned $473 million in the first quarter, mainly from strong U.S. sales, which rose 39 percent from January through March.


Boeing To Roll Out First 787 Made In SC

April 27, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

State and federal officials as well as Boeing executives are to be on hand for Friday's rollout at the company's new manufacturing plant in North Charleston.


Japan's Industrial Output Rises 1 Percent In March

April 27, 2012 10:18 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press

Japan's industrial production rose 1 percent in March from February, led by output of automobiles, notebook computers and communications equipment amid a tentative upswing in the world's third-largest economy.



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