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Japanese Automakers Boosting Asia Output

April 3, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

An increasing number of Japanese automakers are expanding their production capacities in Southeast Asia in expectation that the region's economic growth will boost the auto market.

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WV Gov OKs Tax Aid To Reopen Aluminum Plant

April 3, 2012 10:12 am | by Lawrence Messina, Associated Press

Hoping to restore hundreds of manufacturing jobs, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed tax legislation Monday meant to help Century Aluminum reopen its Jackson County plant.

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Oil Rises On Bullish U.S. Manufacturing Data

April 3, 2012 10:10 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer

Manufacturers are big users of diesel fuel, so increased factory activity usually means increased demand for diesel.

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Dow Cuts Plants, Jobs As Europe Struggles

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

Dow Chemical will cut 900 jobs and shutter plants on three continents because of weakness in Europe, which may soon tip back into recession of it has not done so already.

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U.S. Factories Stepped Up Production In March

April 2, 2012 2:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factories stepped up hiring and production in March, the latest evidence that manufacturing is growing at a healthy pace and fueling the recovery.

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China Says Manufacturing Rose Again In March

April 2, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing gained momentum for a fourth straight month in March, helped by a recovery in the auto, tobacco and electronics sectors, though analysts said conflicting data suggest lingering weakness.

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GM Adds To Volt Plant's Usual Summer Closure

April 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors Co. will suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt for an extra week this summer as it tries to control the electric car's inventory.

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Foreign Investors Warn India Over Retroactive Tax

April 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

GE, SAB Miller, Cadbury, AT&T, Sanofi and Vedanta are among other companies fighting tax cases in India that could be affected by the changes.

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Solar Trust Seeks Bankruptcy Protection In DE

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

A California solar energy company that was unable to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee last year has sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware.

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Drones Coming To A Sky Near You

April 2, 2012 10:22 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press

Thousands of hobbyists are taking part in what has become a global do-it-yourself drone subculture, a pastime that's thriving as the FAA seeks to make the skies friendlier to unmanned aircraft of all sizes.

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Mexico: Ford To Invest $1.3B In Plant

April 2, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the Ford Motor Co. will invest an additional $1.3 billion at its stamping and assembly plant in the northern city of Hermosillo.

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Feds Investigating Cruze, Wrangler Fire Reports

April 2, 2012 10:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The government said Sunday it is investigating reports of engine fires in the Chevrolet Cruze small car and Jeep Wrangler SUV.

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Carbon Dioxide Leak Sickens Food Plant Workers

April 2, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo began having difficulty breathing due to what firefighters described as a gas leak in a kitchen fed by an external carbon dioxide tank.

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Airgas Buys Mississippi Gas Distributor

April 2, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Industrial and specialty gas distributor Airgas Inc. said that it bought Industrial Welding Supplies, expanding its distribution network in three southern states.

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Green Subsidies Boost Japan Car Sales

April 2, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

New vehicle sales surged 78 percent in Japan in March, supported by government subsidies for energy efficient cars, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.

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Bernanke Optimistic On Long-Term Economic Growth

March 30, 2012 2:10 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that he thinks the U.S. economy will return to its long-term growth of around 3 percent a year despite the weaknesses it still faces.

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Caterpillar Unit Opens New Parts Plant

March 30, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

The logistics subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said Friday it opened a parts distribution center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

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Micron, Oracle Settle Lawsuit Over Chip Prices

March 30, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Micron Technology Inc. has settled a lawsuit in which Oracle Corp. accused the Idaho memory chipmaker and other companies of artificially inflating prices for microchips.

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Panel Stops Clearances For India Steel Plant

March 30, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

An Indian environmental panel has suspended clearances for South Korean steel giant Posco to build a $12 billion steel plant in India.

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Ford CEO Mulally Made $29.5M In 2011

March 30, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The pay package for Ford CEO Alan Mulally rose 11 percent last year to $29.5 million, or a little more than $5 for every vehicle sold.

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