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A123 Will Make GM Electric Vehicle Batteries

August 11, 2011 9:02 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Thursday that battery maker A123 Systems Inc. will produce batteries to be used in future electric vehicles being sold in select global markets. The Detroit-based automaker said the battery packs will be built at A123 Systems' Livonia facility.

NAM Urges Admin to Stop New Ozone Standards

August 11, 2011 8:59 am

Washington, D.C. – Today, 35 state manufacturing associations joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in asking President Obama not to move forward with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The state associations cautioned the President that this proposal will create more uncertainty for manufacturers and increase compliance costs for each state, which will hurt job growth.

Fired Worker Injures Coworkers At NY Plant

August 11, 2011 8:57 am

MALTA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a man fired from his job at an upstate New York computer chip plant construction site has been charged with assaulting four former co-workers, including one hit in the face with a fire extinguisher. The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office tells local media that 42-year-old Eddie Robinson Jr.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens To $53B

August 11, 2011 8:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — American producers sold fewer industrial engines, electric generators and farm products to the rest of the world in June, pushing the trade deficit to the highest level since 2008 and dealing another blow to an already struggling economy. The deficit rose 4.4 percent to $53.

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Additional Shares Purchased In Tognum Takeover

August 10, 2011 9:37 am

Stuttgart/London – Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce Group plc have acquired additional shares in Tognum AG equivalent to 0.83 percent of its equity. Upon completion of the public tender offer, the two companies will have acquired at least 95 percent of Tognum’s shares through their joint venture, Engine Holding GmbH.

Harman Fiscal 4Q Proft Falls

August 10, 2011 9:34 am

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Speaker and headphone maker Harman International Industries Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell to a fraction of what it was a year ago on tough comparisons to a prior-year period boosted by a $115.4 million profit from discontinued operations.

Aberdeen Plant Humming 24 Hours A Day

August 10, 2011 9:30 am | by Jacob Jones

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Little more than a low hum sounds from the tangle of steel pipes in the production area of the Imperium Grays Harbor biodiesel facility in Aberdeen, but the plant is churning around the clock. Workers in bright safety vests hustled to direct trucks during a recent visit.

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Pfizer Ending Manufacturing At TN Facility

August 10, 2011 9:28 am

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Global Supply is ending manufacturing and logistics operations at its Bristol, Tenn., facility, but the plant will continue its commercial and support operations. Pfizer is looking to consolidate plants after purchasing Bristol-based King Pharmaceuticals.

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Job Openings Rose In June

August 10, 2011 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers posted more job openings in June and layoffs fell, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months. The number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the highest total since March.

Raytheon Gets $32M U.S. Navy Contract

August 10, 2011 9:25 am

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Wednesday it received a $32.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy to design and develop a GPS-based system that coordinates a variety of systems on Navy ships. The program will support real-time positioning, navigation, and timing data services, including weapons, combat systems, and other command, control, communications and intelligence systems, Raytheon said.

Singapore Air Orders 8 Boeing Jets

August 10, 2011 5:41 am

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Airlines Ltd. says it has ordered eight Boeing jets for $2.3 billion to help bolster expansion plans. The carrier said in a statement Wednesday that the eight Boeing 777-300ERs are scheduled to be delivered in its 2013-2014 financial year and will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes.

Electric Boat Will Cut CT Jobs

August 10, 2011 5:39 am

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy's primary contractor for submarines says it will lay off 65 workers in October. Spokesman Robert Hamilton said Tuesday the Groton (GRAH'-tun), Conn.-based Electric Boat company regularly reviews its workforce requirements. He says it informed workers Monday.

Wholesale Inventories Rose In June For 18th Month

August 10, 2011 5:36 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale companies added more autos, machinery and computers to their stockpiles in June, pushing inventories up for the 18th consecutive month. Sales at the wholesale level rose 0.6 percent in June, the Commerce department said Wednesday. That followed a 0.3 percent drop in May.

China's Auto Sales Up 6.7 Percent

August 10, 2011 5:35 am

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 6.7 percent in July but growth was well below the double-digit surge of the past two years, an industry group said Wednesday. Some 1.01 million passenger cars were bought in July in the world's biggest auto market by vehicle sales, according to the government-authorized China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

China's First Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials

August 10, 2011 5:32 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China's first aircraft carrier swept through fog-shrouded waters Wednesday to open sea trials that underscore concerns about the country's growing military strength and its increasingly assertive claims over disputed territory. The mission by the refurbished former Soviet carrier marks a first step in readying the craft for full deployment.

GM: U.S. Auto Sales May Not Recover

August 10, 2011 5:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The top executive at General Motors Co. is having doubts about whether U.S. auto sales will recover this year as expected, even as the stock market rebounded a bit Tuesday from its huge losses. Speaking to industry analysts about GM's long-term financial plans Tuesday, GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said the company is sticking with its U.

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Man Charged For Conspiring To Ship Boeing Parts To Iran

August 9, 2011 9:44 am

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey have charged a citizen of the Netherlands with conspiring to ship aircraft parts and other items from the United States to Iran in violation of U.S. law. Fifty-year-old Ulrich Davis was arrested Saturday at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Fisher Uses Senior Notes To Fund $3.5B Phadia Purchase

August 9, 2011 9:42 am

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. said Tuesday that it will offer senior notes to help fund its $3.5 billion acquisition of the privately held Swedish company Phadia, which makes blood test systems for allergy and auto-immune diseases. Thermo Fisher, based in Waltham, Mass.

Ralcorp's 3Q Profit Falls, Still Plans Sara Lee Purchase

August 9, 2011 9:40 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ralcorp, which announced it would buy Sara Lee's North American refrigerated dough business Tuesday, said its third-quarter net income fell 47 percent because of an impairment charge and higher expenses. The company earned $28.3 million or 50 cents per share, in the quarter.

Apple Surpasses Exxon As Most Valuable Company

August 9, 2011 9:37 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the U.S. Apple Inc.'s stock gained 3.4 percent to $365.10 Tuesday afternoon, bringing the iPhone and iPad maker's market capitalization to about $338 billion. Exxon Mobil Corp. shares, meanwhile, were trading at $69.

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