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Auto Critic Quits After Calling Chrysler 200 A 'Dog'

March 18, 2011 4:28 am

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit News' auto critic said Thursday that he resigned because editors demanded that he delete sections of a scathing review of the Chrysler 200, a car promoted in a popular Super Bowl television ad starring rapper Eminem. Scott Burgess' original review made it into the newspaper's March 10 print edition.

Small and Midsized Industrial Manufacturing CFOs Reveal Top Concerns

March 17, 2011 6:02 am

CHICAGO — Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized industrial manufacturers, announced the findings of its third annual Group CFO Survey, revealing the top financial concerns of its member companies’ CFOs in 2011. CFOs are seeing solid signs of the economic recovery in U.

Technology Consumption Up 188 Percent Over Jan. 2010

March 17, 2011 5:28 am

January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $371.41 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 16.

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Japanese Manufacturing Could Take Years, Billions To Recover

March 16, 2011 4:48 am | by Kelvin Chan and Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — It took only minutes for the earthquake and tsunami to devastate Japan's northeast. Rebuilding will take years — if it can be afforded. The relentless wall of water that the quake unleashed killed thousands, swept away whole towns, inundated roads and knocked ports, oil refineries, steel plants and factories out of action.

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IOSHA Fines Notre Dame For Blatant Scissor Lift Disregard

March 16, 2011 4:41 am

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the football team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday. Declan Sullivan wasn't happy when he found out the team would be practicing outside last Oct.

Toyota, Subaru Scale Back U.S. Production After Quake

March 16, 2011 4:35 am

DETROIT (AP) — Two Japanese automakers are scaling back production at North American plants as they assess their ability to get parts from Japan after that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Subaru of America said Tuesday it has suspended overtime at its only North American plant in Lafayette, Ind.

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Ford's Mulally Praises Louisville As 'Center Of Excellence'

March 16, 2011 4:29 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally previewed his company's next Kentucky-made vehicle Tuesday night, saying the new version of the Escape small SUV that will roll off the assembly line at a retooled Louisville manufacturing plant will be transformational. Mulally also praised the automaker's partnership with Louisville, calling the city where Ford has twomanufacturing plants a "center of excellence.

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Toyota Matches Employee Donations For Earthquake Relief

March 16, 2011 4:25 am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Toyota manufacturing employees in North America who donate money to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan will have their gifts matched by the company. Employees, temporary workers and contractors are all eligible, and there is no cap on the match. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the Erlanger-based manufacturing operations will match donations dollar for dollar.

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Mo. Lawmakers Approve Of Major Worker's Comp. Overhaul

March 16, 2011 4:22 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation that restricts employees from suing co-workers over injuries incurred on the job. The legislation also expressly states that occupational diseases, such as health problems associated with asbestos exposure in a workplace, are covered by the state workers' compensation system.

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Renault: Security Agent Invented Industrial Espionage Claims

March 15, 2011 4:43 am | by Pierre-Antoine Souchard, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — A security agent for Renault has been charged with fraud and accused of inventing industrial espionage claims that led the French carmaker to wrongly suspect — and suspend — three executives, the state prosecutor said Monday. The cloak-and-dagger affair, in the public eye since January, was deeply embarrassing for France's second biggest carmaker, which announced that all executives involved, including president Carlos Ghosn and chief operating officer Patrick Pelata, would forego all stock option benefits for 2011 and the "variable portion" of their 2010 earnings.

Texas Instruments: 'Substantial' Damage To Tokyo Plant

March 15, 2011 4:39 am

DALLAS (AP) — Chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. said Monday that "substantial" damage to one of its majormanufacturing plants near Tokyo in last week's earthquake will result in extra costs and lost revenue in the first half of this year. The Miho plant, which produces mostly analog chips but also makes digital light processing technology used in televisions and projectors, won't return to full production until mid-July.

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Investigation Of Chemical Plant Explosion Begins

March 15, 2011 4:37 am

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — Investigators working to determine the cause of a chemical plant explosion that shook a neighborhood and sent four people to the hospital were still waiting Monday for clearance from structural engineers to get into the building. The blast and fire happened Sunday night at Bostik Inc.

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Oklahoma Prof. Turns Soda Waste Into Ethanol

March 15, 2011 4:34 am | by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma State University professor says she's found a way to turn byproducts from the production of soda pop into ethanol. Biosystems and agricultural engineering associate professor Danielle Bellmer said that by adjusting the pH levels she has found that the leftover materials from soda manufacturing can be converted into ethanol.

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Japansese Automakers Halt Production Post-Earthquake

March 15, 2011 4:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota, Honda and Nissan are halting production in Japan for most of the week as they review damage to plants, roads and ports following the deadly earthquake and tsunami. Analysts say U.S. dealers have an adequate supply of vehicles and do not expect car shoppers to find fewer choices at dealerships.

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GE's Immelt Sees Compensation Double In 2010

March 15, 2011 4:28 am

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt's 2010 compensation more than doubled to $15.2 million as the company benefited from a recovering economy. Immelt's $3.3 million salary was unchanged from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company filing on Monday.

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Lubrizol For $9 Billion In Cash

March 14, 2011 5:05 am

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying specialty chemicals company Lubrizol Corp. for about $9 billion in cash, making it among Berkshire's biggest acquisitions. The companies said Monday that the transaction also includes about $700 million in net debt. Berkshire will pay $135 per share, a 28 percent premium to Lubrizol's closing stock price Friday of $105.

S.C. Company To Hire 100 For Boeing Support

March 14, 2011 5:01 am

HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) — A company in Hanahan plans to hire between 75 and 100 workers to provide warehouse services for the new Boeing plant. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that New Breed Logistics will store and deliver parts from suppliers to the aircraft manufacturer. The Boeing plant is supposed to open in North Charleston this summer.

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Use Pirated Windows And Microsoft Will Take Your Product

March 14, 2011 4:52 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Microsoft backed anti-software-and-hardware piracy measure moving through the Washington state Legislature is drawing sharp opposition from other giant technology companies and a group of big-name retailers, setting up a contentious political fight among these multi-national companies that could spread to other states.

Lockheed Martin CEO's Pay Falls In 'Demanding' Year

March 14, 2011 4:50 am

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The CEO of defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. received 2010 compensation worth $19.1 million, 7 percent less than in 2009, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing by the company. Robert J. Stevens got a bigger annual bonus, and his stock awards grew slightly.

China Arrests 3,001 For Piracy Of Liquor, Cell Phones

March 14, 2011 4:46 am

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested 3,001 people in their latest crackdown on rampant product piracy and seized fake or counterfeit medicines, liquor, mobile phones and other goods, officials said Sunday. The campaign launched in October comes as Beijing faces pressure from the United States and other trading partners to stamp out product copying.

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