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Toyota To Invest $500M In Ontario Assembly Plants

July 5, 2011 5:08 am

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is reporting that Toyota Canada and the federal and Ontario governments will announce Tuesday a $500 million investment to upgrade the automaker's two Ontario assembly plants. Sources tell the Globe that the governments will invest about $60 million each.


AutoNation Sales Up 10 Percent From One Year Ago

July 5, 2011 5:06 am

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Car dealer AutoNation Inc. said Monday its new vehicle sales rose 3 percent in June compared with the previous year, a smaller increase than the overall U.S. sales gain for the month. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company, the largest U.S. dealership chain, said it sold 16,564 new vehicles in June.

Airlines Position For Big Gains In Efficiency

July 5, 2011 5:02 am

Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer Planes are being built out of the same lightweight materials used for Formula 1 race cars. Their engines are being redesigned to squeeze more thrust out of every gallon of fuel. And governments are developing air-traffic systems that will allow airlines to fly shorter routes.


Saab's $40M Deal To Lease Plants Approved

July 5, 2011 4:57 am

Malin Rising, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The European Investment Bank on Monday approved Saab's plan to improve its ailing finances with a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property. If the deal is also approved by Sweden's government and the national debt office, which is expected, Saab will have cleared a key hurdle in its attempts to resolve a cash shortage that has left it struggling to pay suppliers and staff.


Orders To U.S. Manufacturers On The Rise

July 5, 2011 4:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses likely increased their orders for manufactured goods in May, evidence that supply chain interruptions stemming from Japan's earthquake are fading and the economy could pick up soon. Economists forecast that orders to U.S. factories rose 0.9 percent in May, after falling 1.


Nortel Sells Remaining Patents To Apple, Microsoft, RIM

July 1, 2011 7:59 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Bankrupt Canadian telecom group Nortel Networks Corp. on Friday said it is selling all of its remaining patents and patent applications to a consortium including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony for $4.5 billion in cash. Ontario-based Nortel has been selling its operations piece by piece since it filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the U.

Lockheed Martin Doubles Job Cuts

July 1, 2011 6:45 am

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to cut 1,500 jobs in its airplane-making business, saying it needs to cut costs due to the prospect of limited defense spending. The announcement Thursday comes two weeks after the company announced 1,200 job cuts in its space systems equipment division.

Alcoa Investments Will Protect Hundreds Of Jobs

July 1, 2011 6:40 am

BARBERTON, Ohio—Alcoa announced today it will install an advanced recycling and casting process that will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as part of a $21 million expansion of B&C Research, part of the company's Wheel and Transportation Products business. The Alcoa investment will create 30 full-time jobs and help protect more than 350 existing positions.


Chinese Manufacturing Slips To 28-Month Low

July 1, 2011 6:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese manufacturing slipped to its slowest pace in 28 months in June, sapped by inflation-fighting curbs on credit and weaker overseas demand, according to surveys released Friday. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its monthly purchasing managers index fell to 50.

ISM: Manufacturing Recovered From May Slowdown

July 1, 2011 6:09 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Manufacturing activity recovered somewhat in June from a sharp slowdown in May, a private trade group said Friday. There were more new orders for goods and employment picked up last month. But the index remains markedly lower than it was earlier this year, suggesting that the recovery is weak.

GM Sales Rose 10 Percent In June As Gas Prices Fall

July 1, 2011 6:08 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 10 percent in June as lower gas prices brought more customers into its showrooms. The Detroit car company says it sold 215,000 cars and trucks last month. Sales were led by smaller, more fuel-efficient models, but GM says cheaper gas also lured more truck buyers.

Proposed Tax Cuts May Hurt Manufacturers

July 1, 2011 4:51 am

Joan Lowy, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The industry behind corporate jets was scrambling Thursday to fend off President Barack Obama's proposal to eliminate a tax break that encourages businesses to purchase the planes, saying it will hurt the economy and cost jobs. Aircraft manufacturers, fuel suppliers, repair services and other segments of the industry employ 1.

Boeing Lawsuit Will Head To Trial

July 1, 2011 4:46 am

Joshua Freed, Associated Press Sam Hananel, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied Boeing Co.'s request to toss out a government lawsuit that claims the company illegally retaliated against unionized workers by moving some work from Washington state to South Carolina.


Canadian Parts Maker To Employ 363 At NC Plant

July 1, 2011 4:43 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Canadian auto-parts maker says it will move into in a factory that shut down more than a year ago and employ 363 workers. Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Thursday Linamar Corp. will start production in 2012. Ontario-based Linamar produces precision metal parts for vehicle and power generation markets around the world.


Manufacturing Grows At Slowest Pace In Two Years

July 1, 2011 4:39 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. manufacturing sector likely expanded last month at the slowest pace in nearly two years and just after the recession ended. Economists expect the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity fell to 52 in June, according to a survey by FactSet.

Six People Remain Hospitalized After Tyson Accident

July 1, 2011 4:37 am

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six people remain in the hospital after an accident caused chlorine gas to fill part of a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in northwest Arkansas. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson said Thursday that none of the six are in intensive care.


Worker Crushed To Death At Bottling Plant

July 1, 2011 4:35 am

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore fire spokesman says an employee was crushed to death at a bottling plant. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the identity of the employee and other details surrounding the accident Wednesday morning were not immediately available. The fire spokesman says investigators were at the scene trying to determine how the accident occurred.


Yarnell's Ice Cream Closes Doors After 80 Years

June 30, 2011 9:04 am

Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Yarnell's Premium Ice Cream announced Thursday that it has to lay off 200 workers and shut its doors after nearly 80 years in business because of a decline in ice cream sales and rising prices that it says has hit the industry hard.


Winchester Ammunition Moves To MS

June 30, 2011 9:02 am

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Winchester Ammunition has plenty of applicants for the 200-250 jobs it hopes to fill by the end of the year for its Oxford, Miss. operation. The company is transferring its Centerfire operations from East Alton, Ill., over the next five years and will employ some 800 workers.


Ball Aerospace Plans $14.6M Expansion

June 30, 2011 8:58 am

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. says its expanded manufacturing center outside Denver will help it supply antennas for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft that Lockheed Martin is building. Ball held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the plant in Westminster.



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