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HP Agrees To Settle On Kickback Case

August 3, 2010 4:19 am

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday that it has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit by the Department of Justice, which alleged that HP and other technology companies paid kickbacks to Accenture PLC in exchange for recommendations for government work. HP denied "engaging in any illegal conduct.

Chinese Manufacturing Continues To Wind Down

August 2, 2010 4:30 am

BEIJING (AP) — Expansion of Chinese manufacturing activity slowed for the third month in July, as production, new orders and purchasing prices all declined, a survey showed Sunday. The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell to 51.

ISM Index Shows Slowing Of Manufacturing Growth

August 2, 2010 4:29 am

NEW YORK (AP) — As fears build that the recovery from the recession is petering out, analysts expect the manufacturing sector grew more slowly in July. A swell of production in factories has helped lead the rebound for about a year as exports increased and companies rebuilt their stocks of supplies and goods.


CAT Chooses N.C. For Parts Plant, 500 Jobs

August 2, 2010 4:28 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will build a parts plant for large mining machines and it expects to employ about 510 full-time and contract workers in five years. Construction is scheduled to begin in November on the Winston-Salem factory where workers will machine, assemble, test and paint axle assemblies for large mining machines.


Geely Completes Acquisition Of Volvo

August 2, 2010 4:27 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — Geely Holding Group completed its acquisition of Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit Monday in a $1.5 billion deal that gives the small-but-ambitious Chinese automaker a global brand and huge management challenges. The legendary Swedish automaker is China's biggest foreign auto acquisition and an unusually large deal for a private Chinese company.

Huntsville-Built 'Hermes' Becomes A Help For Soldiers

August 2, 2010 4:25 am | by Kenneth Kesner, Associated Press Writer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — There are eyes and brains on the table at Advanced Optical Systems, next to a big metal hand with a powerful grip. The rugged little cameras, black boxes of bristling circuit boards, LED beacons and the automatic cargo hook assembly housed in what looks like a desktop beer keg are part of the company's Hermes autonomous pickup and delivery system.

'Gorilla' Glass Gets Revived After 50 Years

August 2, 2010 4:24 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs.

Honda Posts Record Profit, Mazda Minimizes Losses

July 30, 2010 5:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit ballooned to a record $3.2 billion while Mazda reduced its losses, rounding out a tale of recovery among Japanese automakers. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have also reported stronger results but the prospect of a continued recovery for the Japanese automakers remains shaky.


Economic Recovery Idles As Consumers Close Wallets

July 30, 2010 5:05 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery lost momentum in the second quarter as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment. Weaker spending by consumers, less growth coming from companies restocking shrunken stockpiles and a bigger drag from the nation's trade deficits were the main factors behind the second quarter's slowdown.


Will CAT Choose North Carolina?

July 30, 2010 4:30 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina hopes to be picked as the site for a new plant planned by heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that will employ about 500 employees and contract workers. An official announcement on the company's decision is expected Friday afternoon. Sites in Forsyth County, Spartanburg, S.


Obama Heads To Michigan To Tout Auto Bailout

July 30, 2010 4:28 am | by Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is going to the heart of the U.S. auto industry to push an important election-year claim: his administration's unpopular auto industry bailout has turned into an economic good-news story. With Americans facing a still-limping economy and potentially pivotal congressional elections in three months, the White House sees progress in the auto industry as a concrete area of improvement — and one with direct ties to the president's own actions.


Kia Tallies 61 Percent Surge In 2Q Profit

July 30, 2010 4:26 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kia Motors posted a 61 percent surge in quarterly profit, boosted by sales of popular new models in South Korea and increased demand overseas. Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co., earned 557.8 billion won ($471 million) in the April-to-June quarter, it said Friday.


1 Dead, 2 Sick Due To Mysterious Gas

July 30, 2010 4:22 am

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — A sewage plant employee became faint and died Thursday while working in a 30-foot hole, and three other people who tried to rescue him were overcome by an unknown gas and had to be hospitalized, officials said. Jack Hogan, 31, of Baden, was the worker who died, said Sewickley Borough Manager Kevin Flannery.


UAW Head: Look For General Motors IPO In August

July 30, 2010 4:20 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will file paperwork in mid-August to start the process of selling stock to the public, the head of the United Auto Workers union said Thursday. President Bob King said GM would file the paperwork, called a registration statement, along with its second-quarter earnings.


Congress Passes Tariff Relief Bill

July 28, 2010 5:11 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed legislation that temporarily reduces or suspends tariffs on 639 items, mostly components that American manufacturers use in their production processes. The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill comes up periodically. On Tuesday it passed the Senate without opposition or a recorded vote.

Durable Goods Orders Fall, Manufacturing Growth Slowing

July 28, 2010 5:05 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks traded in a tight range Wednesday after another disappointing economic report added to investors' doubts about the recovery. The Commerce Department's durable goods orders report for June indicated manufacturing growth is slowing. Orders for goods expected to last at least three years fell 1 percent last month, well short of the 1 percent gain that economists polled by Thomson Reuters had forecast.

747-8 Delays May Reach 2011, Says Boeing

July 28, 2010 4:28 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing Co.'s second-quarter profit fell 21 percent, as revenue dropped in both its commercial airplane and defense units. Boeing also said on Wednesday that the first delivery of its new 747-8 may slip into early next year. It's in flight testing now, and Boeing is still working toward delivering it by the end of this year, but "there is increasing pressure on that schedule," it said.

Chinese Plastics Factory Explodes, Kills 12

July 28, 2010 4:17 am

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful blast caused by a suspected gas leak rocked a plastics factory in eastern China on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and seriously injuring more than a dozen others. An initial investigation showed the explosion occurred after workers accidentally breached a propylene pipeline beneath the factory in downtown Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Applied Industrial Technologies Announces 2010/2011 Catalog

July 27, 2010 11:03 am

CLEVELAND, OH (July 27, 2010) — Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has announced the publication of its 2010 / 2011 Applied® Product Catalog with more than 3,000 new products. The full-line catalog, with 38,000 products overall, includes the industry’s best selection of bearings, motors, drives, belts, fluid power products, tools, welding supplies, safety items and more.

Doubling Exports in Five Years: How We Do It

July 27, 2010 6:06 am

Fundamental Changes Are Necessary to Meet Goal of National Export Initiative WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2010 — The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) put forth a comprehensive approach today to double U.


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