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BP Cuts Jobs At Texas Chemical Plant

September 16, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BP attributed the decision to market factors and the need to improve use of company resources. 


Reports: AB InBev Floats Takeover Of SABMiller

September 16, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A combined Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller would have a market value of about $275 billion and would make about one-third of the world's beer supply.


MillerCoors To Close Brewery, Add To Craft Beer Holdings

September 15, 2015 3:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The moves reflect the tough decisions facing the country's beer giants as consumer tastes continue to trend toward craft brews.


Machinists Union Holds Court At Airbus Dedication Event

September 15, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Alabama plant is Airbus' first in the U.S. and should employ as many as 1,000 people when production begins later this year.


GE: 500 Jobs Could Move Overseas Amid Export-Import Bank Impasse

September 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Without export financing available from the federal government, GE officials said the company was forced to pursue options from agencies abroad.


BMW CEO Collapses During Presentation At Auto Show

September 15, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

His condition was not serious, the company said later.


Workers Who Weren't Hurt In Power Plant Blast Seek Lost Pay

September 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by Dave Collins, Associated Press

The case before the state Supreme Court involves 45 employees who had expected to work at the plant for six more months or so and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars during the remaining time, said Joseph Barnes, the workers' attorney. 


FCA Recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts For Safety Issue

September 15, 2015 11:14 am | by The Associated Press

The recall affects Dodge Darts from the 2013-2015 model years with dual dry-clutch transmissions.


U.S. Virgin Islands Sues Oil Company Over Shuttered Refinery

September 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Jeff Horwitz, Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

The small territory's government will not pay to challenge Hess, a $15 billion company. Instead, the Washington law firm it hired, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, will fund the lawsuit — and collect between 20 and 28 percent of any proceeds.


Sharp Drop In Auto Output Lowers U.S. Factory Production

September 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 percent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.


Fiat Chrysler, UAW Extend Contract, Continue Negotiating

September 15, 2015 11:02 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The union's contract with the Italian-American automaker officially expired at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, but both sides agreed to extend it on an hour-by-hour basis while talks continued toward a new four-year agreement.


Boeing Rolls Out First Star Wars-Themed 787

September 15, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The design, first announced in April, is one of three ANA planes that will feature Star Wars characters under a five-year promotional agreement with Disney.


PepsiCo, SodaStream Expand Partnership

September 15, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The expanded partnership comes as both companies attempt to improve their recent financial results.


Google Names Auto Veteran To Lead Self-Driving Car Push

September 14, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press

Google is currently testing a small fleet of self-driving cars with no steering wheel. It plans to drive the cars thousands of miles on California highways and backstreets, teaching them all the tricks of driving.


Schumer Wants To Keep Drones Away From Airports, Major Events

September 14, 2015 3:31 pm | by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

Sen. Charles ​Schumer said he would introduce an amendment to a bill that funds the Federal Aviation Administration requiring drones sold or operated in the U.S. to have geo-fencing technology that would prevent them from operating within two miles of an airport or above 500 feet.


Shell Chemicals To Rehabilitate Proposed Plant Site Area

September 14, 2015 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press

The company has not announced whether it will build an ethane cracker plant in Potter Township but has been undertaking site preparation projects for potential development.


Fiat Chrysler CEO Skips Frankfurt Show; UAW Deal May Be Near

September 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The UAW's contracts with FCA, Ford and General Motors were set to expire at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday. Ford extended its contract indefinitely on Monday afternoon.


Report: Cybersecurity Market To Grow By Up To 25 Percent Annually

September 14, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The report said that cooperation between industry, government and research institutes will be critical to quickly developing comprehensive security management.


Report: Most Manufacturing Segments To Grow This Year

September 14, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook from the research arm of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation offered annual projections for 23 of the 27 segments tracked by the group.


OPEC Cuts Oil Production Forecast For U.S.

September 14, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. benchmark for oil fell 14 cents to $44.49 a barrel on Monday.



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