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UAW Sees Membership Growth At Kokomo Plants

April 6, 2012 9:45 am | by Daniel Human

Following a nationwide trend in 2011, United Auto Workers' locals in Kokomo handed out a few more union cards as automakers hired after years of layoffs that severed UAW's membership.

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Spirit Aerosystems Opens KS Plant

April 6, 2012 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Spirit Aerosystems, the company formed from Boeing Commercial Airplanes' spinoff of its Wichita operation, has opened a new manufacturing plant in southeastern Kansas.

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Ford To Expand Chinese Factories Again

April 5, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford will expand its biggest factory complex in China to meet growing demand in the world's largest car market.

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U.S. Unemployment Claims Hit 4-year Low

April 5, 2012 2:02 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace.

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Fisker Plan To Build Cars In DE In Doubt

April 5, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The chief executive of electric car maker Fisker Automotive has signaled that plans to build vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware may be in jeopardy because of trouble obtaining a loan from the federal government.

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Nissan Wants To Woo More U.S. Car Buyers

April 5, 2012 1:57 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The company promises more emphasis on fuel economy, more luxurious interiors, handsome and consistent styling and updated dashboard technology.

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Chrysler Brings Back The Sizzling SRT Viper

April 5, 2012 1:54 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The 2013 Viper, introduced Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, is the fifth generation of the iconic two-seater, which first went on sale as the Dodge Viper in 1992.

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Toyota Industries To Set Up Forklift Plant In Brazil

April 5, 2012 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Industries Corp. said the manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil will replace a large portion of its imports from the United States with local production and boost sales in the country's growing market.

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Former Volvo Execs Convicted Of Iraq Bribes

April 4, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Two former executives at AB Volvo's construction equipment unit have been convicted of violating U.N. sanctions during Saddam Hussein's regime.

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CA City Takes Solar Firm's Bankruptcy In Stride

April 4, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Michael Picker, the governor's senior adviser on renewable energy facilities, said he's optimistic the Blythe project will eventually be completed.

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Facebook Responds To Yahoo With Own Patent Suit

April 4, 2012 2:15 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Facebook is stepping up its patent dispute with Yahoo by filing its own lawsuit against the struggling Internet icon.

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UAW Workers Returning To TN GM Plant

April 4, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

The Daily Herald said some workers previously worked as UAW team leaders when the Chevrolet Traverse completed its build out in November 2009, then was idled.

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Hawker Beechcraft Struggling Under Debt, Losses

April 4, 2012 2:10 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft Inc. has told federal regulators it expects to record losses of nearly $482 million for 2011 when it files its annual report later this month.

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Tokai Rubber To Build Plant In India

April 4, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Automotive parts maker Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. said the plant will produce anti-vibration rubber for engines and begin mass production in November 2013.

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Ford, Nissan, Fiat Post Record Sales

April 4, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The recovery in the American auto industry has moved into the fast lane.

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Ex-Glock Exec Fights Back After Conviction

April 4, 2012 10:18 am | by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Glock Inc.'s former executive was convicted of stealing millions of dollars from the gun maker, but his still firing parting shots against the prosecutors who tried him.

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Japanese Company Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

April 4, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Federal authorities say a Japanese auto parts supplier will pay $2.75 million for its role in a price-fixing conspiracy.

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Chevy Hopes New Impala Will Revive Big-Car Sales

April 4, 2012 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Impala and other big cars could have a tough time competing against midsize cars, which offer many of the same features and amenities.

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Apple Files Plan To Build Silent Power Plant In NC

April 4, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

Apple has filed plans with the N.C. Utilities Commission to build what is being touted as the nation's largest private fuel cell energy project, a silent power plant that will generate electricity from hydrogen.

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Electric Boat Wins $25M Navy Contracts

April 4, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat in Connecticut has won U.S. Navy contracts worth $25 million for maintenance on nuclear submarines.

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