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Grainger Highlights Georgia-Pacific For Supplier Excellence

February 10, 2012 4:30 pm

For the second year in a row, Grainger presented Georgia-Pacific Professional with two Partners in Performance Awards at Grainger’s annual supplier conference held recently in Rosemont, Ill.

TN Zinc Plant Catches Fire, Burns

February 10, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

A fire at a Clarksville zinc plant was burning so hot Friday morning that the three-story building's metal walls glowed orange as firefighters struggled to smother highly combustible zinc dust with fire-retardant foam.

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Nissan Recalling 39,000 Versa Small Cars

February 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan is recalling 39,000 Versa small cars because the transmissions can be shifted out of park without the driver's foot on the brake.

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CAW Accuses CAT Of Not Follwing Rules

February 10, 2012 2:24 pm | by Allison Jones, John Valorzi

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union is accusing Caterpillar Inc. of not following the rules in its 2010 takeover of a London, Ont. locomotive plant it has decided to shut down.

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Obama Calls For Manufacturing Revival

February 10, 2012 2:20 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it.

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GE Opens New Line At Appliance Park

February 10, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric is starting production of a hybrid water heater in Louisville, marking the first new product line at Appliance Park since 1957.

Report: Apple To Unveil New iPad In March

February 10, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

AllThingsD, a website affiliated with The Wall Street Journal, says Apple Inc. is holding an event in San Francisco the first week of March — the same week Apple announced the iPad 2 last year.

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Feds Investigate Fires In Camrys, RAV-4s

February 10, 2012 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Federal safety regulators are investigating reports of fires in the driver's side doors of 2007 Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 crossover SUVs.

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Quinn: CAT Decision About Port Access

February 10, 2012 10:18 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he believes Caterpillar Inc.'s decision to bypass Illinois as it looks to build a new plant and relocate some of its Japanese operations was based almost entirely on Illinois' lack of ocean access and had little to do with the state's business climate.

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GM Gets OK For New China Plant

February 10, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. has won approval from environmental authorities in central China for a new $1.1 billion assembly plant, though the company says it has not yet decided on the plan.

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Key Leaders In Ford's Renaissance Will Retire

February 10, 2012 10:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Kuzak, 60, and Booth, 63, each served more than three decades with the Dearborn, Mich., company. Their most important years were the last five when Ford turned itself around after borrowing $23.5 billion in 2006 to stay in business.

China's Jan Auto Sales Fell 24 Percent

February 10, 2012 10:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

The year of the dragon rolled in with a whimper instead of a roar as Chinese industry data showed Thursday that passenger car sales in the world's biggest auto market fell 24 percent from a year earlier.

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Unemployment Applications Near 4-Year Low

February 10, 2012 10:11 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, a positive sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months.

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Feds Charge Chinese Firm With Trade Secret Theft

February 9, 2012 5:21 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

Prosecutors unsealed an indictment that accuses a company of conspiring with a CA couple to steal DuPont trade secrets.

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Garland Recognized As Innovative Manufacturer

February 9, 2012 12:32 pm

The Garland Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high-performance solutions for the building envelope, recently announced it has received three honors for innovation.

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Chinese-Born American Acquitted Of Espionage

February 8, 2012 2:50 pm | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press

A federal judge convicted a Chinese-born American Wednesday of stealing trade secrets but acquitted her of more serious charges of corporate espionage at a trial in Chicago that highlighted fears about China pilfering U.S. company secrets.

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Quinn Hopes To Address CAT Concerns

February 8, 2012 2:47 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

An email to local leaders, signed only by the Peoria-based company's North American Facility Site Selection Team, says Caterpillar's longstanding complaints about Illinois' state budget deficit were a factor.

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Report: Silicon Valley Sees Job, Wealth Grow

February 8, 2012 2:43 pm | by Marcus Wohlsen

Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Qantas Grounds A380 After Finding Wing Cracks

February 8, 2012 2:41 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

The cracks were not related to the turbulence and were linked to an Airbus manufacturing issue, the airline said in a statement.

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DE Steel Mill Works On Dust Emissions

February 8, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Delaware environmental officials have issued a permit to a New Castle County steel mill for installation of pollution control equipment to collect dust and reduce other air emissions.

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