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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 26, 2014 3:14 pm

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.               

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Toyota Camry Brake Investigation Comes to a Close

August 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                    

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5M AC Power Cords

August 26, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada.                    

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Ford Begins Preparation for the New F-150

August 26, 2014 2:07 pm | by Keith Naughton Bloomberg, The Toronto Star

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.            

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Feds Seek Comments on 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.            

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7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Will Bacon

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

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Missouri Plant Begins $17M Expansion

August 26, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

A northeast Missouri manufacturing plant that makes components for motor vehicles has begun a $17 million expansion.                       

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Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs to Charlotte

August 26, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina.              

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Chrysler Casting Plant Celebrates 50 years

August 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Chrysler Group LLC

On August 24, 2014, Etobicoke Casting Plant celebrated its 50th year of producing die cast parts for Chrysler Group LLC.                      

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U.S. Investigates Ford Explorer Police SUV Brake Hose Failures

August 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.                    

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders at a Record High

August 26, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell.    

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Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.                       

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Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 25, 2014 2:22 pm | by Associated Press

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs.                  

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Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion.                                 

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Guilty Plea in California Meat-Recall Case

August 25, 2014 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.                 

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S&P 500 Trades Above 2,000 Points for First Time

August 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer

U.S. financial markets moved higher in midday trading Monday, edging the Standard & Poor's 500 index past 2,000 points for the first time.                               

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Roche To Buy U.S. Biotech Firm InterMune for $8.3B

August 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.                        

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LG Bets on Pricey OLED Technology for TVs

August 25, 2014 9:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.                    

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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 9:47 am | by Martin Benedyk and Danica Kirka, Associated Press

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency.                      

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Advocacy Group Asks for Chrysler Investigation

August 25, 2014 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven.                          

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