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Transferred GM Workers Adjust To Life In Lansing

May 21, 2012 10:21 am | by Lindsay Vanhulle, Lansing State Journal

For some of them, the choice to take a three-year transfer wasn't much of a choice at all: Anything to stay employed. But the 600-mile commute can get tiring.


MA Senate Passes Auto 'Right-To-Repair' Bill

May 21, 2012 10:18 am | by Shannon Young, Associated Press

Lawmakers are debating if car manufacturers should be required to provide software needed to diagnose car trouble to independent repair shops and vehicle owners.


Fire Risk Prompts Recall Of Nearly 87,000 Jeeps

May 21, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Debris can get caught between a plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter, causing a fire.


Google Gets China OK For Motorola Deal

May 21, 2012 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Buying Motorola allows Google to expand into manufacturing phones, tablet computers, and other consumer devices for the first time.


Study: Safety Inspections Don't Hurt Profits

May 18, 2012 1:54 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

While businesses bemoan the cost of regulations, a new study suggests that government enforcement of workplace health and safety rules can save lives without sapping a company's bottom line.


Reports: HP Poised To Cut Up To 30,000 Jobs

May 18, 2012 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard is poised to eliminate as many as 30,000 jobs to compensate for dwindling demand for personal computers, according to recent reports.


$600K OSHA Settlement In Bostik Plant Blast

May 18, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

The Labor Department says it has reached a $600,000 settlement with adhesives manufacturer Bostik Inc., over workplace safety citations related to a March 2011 explosion.


Nucor To Buy ArcelorMittal Unit For $605M

May 18, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Steel recycler Nucor Corp. said Friday that it plans to buy a steel distribution unit of ArcelorMittal for $605 million, expanding its reach in the North American construction industry.


Kodak To Add 40 Jobs At CO Plant

May 18, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Eastman Kodak is planning to add positions in its coating and finishing operations in CO as part of an operations shutdown at the company's headquarters in NY.


Toyota To Increase V6 Engine Production In AL

May 18, 2012 1:45 pm | by Toyota

The approximately $80 million investment will bring total plant investment to more than $700 million. Approximately 125 new jobs will be created, increasing employment nearly 10 percent to 1,150.


China Rejects U.S. Ruling In Solar Dumping Case

May 18, 2012 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government rejected a U.S. antidumping ruling against its solar power equipment makers and Chinese manufacturers warned possible higher tariffs might hurt efforts to promote clean energy.


Caterpillar Shares Fall On 3-Month Sales Figures

May 18, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Caterpillar Inc. fell Thursday after the maker of heavy equipment reported slower growth in dealer sales.


U.S. Unemployment Applications Stay At 370,000

May 18, 2012 10:11 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting modest but steady gains in the job market.


Japan's Economy Grew 4.1 Percent Amid Recovery

May 18, 2012 10:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan's economy grew an at annual rate of 4.1 percent in the first quarter amid a gradual recovery from last year's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.


Alcoa Starts Expansion Of Lafayette Facility

May 18, 2012 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Construction is starting on a new $90 million facility at Alcoa's factory in Lafayette.


Honda Relocates Super Cub Production To China

May 18, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. said it has relocated production of the 50-cc scooter to China and will release the new Chinese-made Super Cub model for the Japanese market on May 25.


Guardair Corporation Acquires Allen Gasket Cutting Machine Company

May 17, 2012 2:34 pm | by Guardair Corporation

Featuring a line of rotary-style gasket cutters, Allen will be absorbed into the Allpax Gasket Cutter Systems Division at Guardair’s Chicopee, MA headquarters.


U.S. Economy Picks Up After Early Spring Slump

May 17, 2012 1:54 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing, one of the strongest areas of the economy since the recession ended nearly three years ago, rebounded in April after a March lull.


Honda Recalls Nearly 53,000 Acura TL Sedans

May 17, 2012 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda says it's recalling nearly 53,000 Acura TL sedans in the U.S. to fix a problem with power steering hoses.


New Japan Auto Chief Promises To Keep Production

May 17, 2012 1:51 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Akio Toyoda took the helm at Japan's auto industry group with a promise to keep production and jobs at home to help along the country's recovery from last year's tsunami disaster.


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