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Fisker Expands Recall Of Karma Hybrid

June 4, 2012 1:42 pm

Fisker Automotive is expanding a recall of its 2012 plug-in hybrid Karma because of potential problems with the electric car's battery.


U.S. Factory Orders Fell 0.6 Percent In April

June 4, 2012 1:36 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Even with the declines, factory orders are well above their recession lows.


N.C. Lawmakers Consider Cutting Toxic Air Rules

June 4, 2012 1:32 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press

The North Carolina General Assembly is closing in on cutting back a clean-air law that supporters credit with cutting two-thirds of the nasty airborne chemicals over a decade.


Global Economy At Risk As U.S., Europe And Asia Slow

June 4, 2012 1:29 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

Already hobbled by Europe's debt crisis, the world now risks being hurt by slowdowns in its economic powerhouses.


Jury: $181M To 3 Hurt In Ill. Grain Elevator Blast

June 4, 2012 10:02 am

A federal jury has sided against ConAgra Foods Inc. and a contractor in awarding $180.8 million in damages to three men injured in a 2010 grain elevator explosion in southern Illinois.


Volkswagen Strengthens Focus On Chinese Market

June 4, 2012 10:01 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press

Volkswagen moved Saturday to strengthen its strategic focus to expanding sales in China, while reshuffling the leadership of its truck business.

U.S. Factory Orders Expected To Show Small Gain

June 4, 2012 9:57 am

Orders to U.S. factories are expected to show a small gain in April following a big decline in March.


UAW Tries To Organize Nissan Plant In Mississippi

June 4, 2012 9:54 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

The UAW has tried unsuccessfully in the past to unionize workers at Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tenn., and at other foreign-owned auto plants in the South.


GM To Offer 42K Retirees One-Time Buyouts

June 4, 2012 9:52 am

The moves will cut GM's pension obligation for those retirees from $36 billion to around $10 billion.

U.S. Employers Waiting And Watching Before Hiring

June 4, 2012 9:49 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writers

The economy seems so gripped by uncertainties that many employers have decided to manage with the staff they have.


Auto Sales: Bright Spot In Darkening Economy

June 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Many of the biggest carmakers reported double-digit sales gains last month compared with a year earlier.


Japan's April Factory Output Inches Up

June 1, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan says its industrial production inched up 0.2 percent in April from March for a second monthly gain amid a fragile recovery.


Canadian Auto Union: GM To Close Plant

June 1, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The Canadian Auto Workers union says General Motors Canada plans to close its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ontario, by June 2013.


Competition Heats Up In Indian Vehicle Market

June 1, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Competition in the Indian commercial vehicle market is intensifying as global automakers seek to expand in the major emerging economy.


HB Fuller To Close More Plants, Cut Jobs

June 1, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

H.B. Fuller Co. will close five manufacturing plants and cut about 100 jobs as the specialty chemical maker incorporates the operations of recently acquired Forbo Group.


Coleman Cable Acquires Assets of Watteredge

June 1, 2012 1:56 pm

Coleman Cable, Inc. announced it completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Watteredge, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $35.0 million.


Tel-Tru Reports Exceptional Customer Satisfaction

June 1, 2012 11:03 am | by Tel-Tru

Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company is pleased to announce exceptional customer reviews from the 2012 Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Chrysler Sales Rise 30 Percent On Jeep, Ram Demand

June 1, 2012 10:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Chrysler's U.S. sales jumped 30 percent last month, a sign that Americans remain determined to replace their aging cars despite the falling stock market and shaky consumer confidence.


GM Signs Deal To Sponsor Manchester United

June 1, 2012 10:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors is working out how it will spend the money saved by scrapping ads on Facebook and pulling out of the Super Bowl.

Indictments Against Former Eaton Engineers Dropped

June 1, 2012 10:17 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

Federal prosecutors in Mississippi have dropped criminal cases against five aerospace engineers who had been accused of stealing trade secrets.



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