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U.S. Factories Help Job Recovery Endure In March

March 16, 2012 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factories have played a leading role reviving job growth. Over the past year, manufacturing added 227,000 jobs.

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United Tech To Sell Rocket Engine Businesses

March 16, 2012 9:53 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

United Technologies Corp. said that it will sell its rocket engine and wind power businesses to help finance its $16.5 billion purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp.

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French Police Use Tear Gas On Steelworkers

March 16, 2012 9:51 am | by Catherine Gaschka, Jean-Marie Godard, Associated Press

Thursday's protest brought the troubles of France's industrial heartland to Paris' elegant boulevards and the lawns beneath the Eiffel Tower.

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Vehicle Seat Manufacturer To Locate In AL

March 16, 2012 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

A Korean company that supplies seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles has announced it will build a $50 million plant in Montgomery.

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Fiat: Strike Caused Output To Drop By 20K Units

March 15, 2012 2:11 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

A transport strike in Italy has forced automaker Fiat SpA to cut production, prompting the automaker to warn Thursday that it may have to close some plants temporarily.

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New, Efficient Cars May Be Worth The Investment

March 15, 2012 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Want a car that gets 50 miles per gallon? Check. Need an SUV that gets 30 mpg? Check. Want an electric car that uses no fuel at all? Check.

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Subaru Recalls Forester SUVs To Fix Seat Belts

March 15, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling more than 275,000 Forester SUVs because a rear seat belt may not hold a child seat in place securely.

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Motorola Solutions Files Patent Lawsuit

March 15, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Motorola said in its lawsuit that Round Rock Research sued Motorola's customers last year, claiming the customers were violating its patents for RFID technology.

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WV Eyes Aid To Possible Smelter Restart

March 15, 2012 2:02 pm | by Lawrence Messina, Associated Press

West Virginia may offer a tax break up to $20M annually to help Century Aluminum restart its smelter, but officials say it depends on retirees resolving an impasse over revoked health benefits.

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Hawker Beechcraft To Keep KS Plant Open

March 15, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft officials say its Wichita Plant 1 will remain open, saving hundreds of jobs.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Rose To $124.1B In 2011

March 14, 2012 2:16 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A slight drop in exports and a rise in imports pushed the trade gap to its widest point in three years.

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CAT Invests $20M In SC Manufacturing Plant

March 14, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

The project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant. It will make large hydraulic cylinders that Caterpillar currently makes at its Joliet, Ill., plant.

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Atlanta Leaders Hope To Redevelop GM Plant

March 14, 2012 2:11 pm | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press

Leaders are meeting with President Obama's so-called "car czar" as they try to move ahead with plans to redevelop an abandoned General Motors plant in Doraville.

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Kodak Retirees Seek Committee To Protect Benefits

March 14, 2012 2:09 pm

Former Kodak employees are asking a judge to appoint a retiree committee to protect their benefits as the photography company reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.

Honda Mulls New Auto Plant In Indonesia

March 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda is planning to beef up its existing facilities in Indonesia and largely increase its annual production capacity.

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EPA Seeks Superfund Designation For AR Site

March 14, 2012 2:05 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add an abandoned chemical manufacturing facility in Phillips County to its list of Superfund sites.

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Solar Industry Reports Strong 2011

March 14, 2012 10:13 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Solar power installations in the U.S. doubled in 2011, helped by plummeting solar panel prices and an expiring subsidy program.

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Canada Not Ruling Out Canceling F-35 Buy

March 14, 2012 10:12 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Julian Fantino said that Canada is considering "if and when" to sign a contract for the Lockheed Martin manufactured jet.

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Execs Guilty Of Fixing LCD Prices

March 14, 2012 10:09 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

A Taiwan company and its top executives have been found guilty of working with competitors to inflate prices of LCDs used in computer monitors and televisions.

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Honda To Recall 460,000 CR-Vs

March 14, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Honda has notified Chinese authorities of a plan to recall a total of 459,962 units of the CR-V sport utility vehicle and other models to fix their defective horns.

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