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MD AG Files Objection To Sparrows Point Sale

August 8, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

Maryland's attorney general is objecting to the proposed sale of the Sparrows Point steel mill by RG Steel.


A123 Posts $82.9M 2Q Loss, Gets Financing Deal

August 8, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

A123 Systems said that while its operations continue to bleed cash, it has reached an agreement with a Chinese auto parts maker for an investment of up to $450M that will help the struggling electric vehicle maker stay afloat.


Boeing Raises Prices On Commercial Jetliners

August 8, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing spokesman Thomas Brabant said the 2012 prices reflected higher costs for wages, goods, and services.


Hyundai Motor Labor Union Resumes Strike

August 8, 2012 10:29 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer

Unionized workers at South Korea's largest automaker resumed a walkout on Wednesday after failing to hammer out a wage deal with management.


MA 'Right To Repair' Compromise Signed Into Law

August 8, 2012 10:27 am | by Shannon Young, Associated Press

Independent repair shops and vehicle owners who want to make their own repairs would get access to software needed to diagnose car trouble under a new bill.


China Tightens Controls On Rare Earths Production

August 8, 2012 10:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government has further tightened curbs on production of rare earths used in mobile phones and other high-tech products in a move that might inflame trade tensions with Washington and Europe.


U.S. Worker Productivity Up 1.6 Percent In 2Q

August 8, 2012 10:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The modest 1.6 percent annualized gain in productivity from April through June signals employers may need to hire more if demand picks up.


Spyker Says It Has Served GM With $3B Lawsuit

August 8, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

Spyker, the tiny Dutch luxury car maker that failed to revive Swedish automobile group Saab, says it has served Saab's former owner, General Motors Co., with the $3 billion lawsuit it lodged earlier this week.


Chevron Response To Refinery Fire Under Criticism

August 8, 2012 10:21 am | by Jason Dearen, Terry Collins, Associated Press

Investigators were looking at how a small, seemingly insignificant leak at one of the country's biggest oil refineries quickly unraveled into an intense fire.


Recovering Japan Automakers Still Cautious

August 7, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press

Automakers are gearing up for a possible spillover of the eurozone debt crisis as the European market continues to deteriorate.


RI, CT Leaders: Manufacturing Key To Growth

August 7, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

High-tech industries could reverse decades of manufacturing job losses if the region increases workforce development and attracts more startup businesses, members of Congress said.


Union Says Strike At WV Plant Last Resort

August 7, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press

A United Steelworkers official says a strike at Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood, W.Va. is a last resort to show that the union wants a fair contract.


Court Recognizes Death Caused By Nearby Plant

August 7, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

A court ruled that a man who lived near a Kubota plant died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos used at the plant, and ordered the machinery maker to pay 31.9M yen in damages to his family.


DMI Industries Plants In ND, OK To Be Sold

August 7, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Otter Tail Corp. is negotiating to sell its North Dakota-based wind tower manufacturing company for $20 million, leaving the future of nearly 400 workers uncertain.


New Ford Hybrid Bests Toyota Prius In Gas Mileage

August 7, 2012 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. says its new C-Max hybrid wagon gets 47 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving.


Teva Pharma Under SEC Bribery Investigation

August 7, 2012 9:41 am

Teva Pharmaceutical, the largest generic drug company in the world, said it is the target of a federal bribery investigation into its business in Latin America.

Steelworkers At W.Va. Constellium Plant On Strike

August 7, 2012 9:39 am

Union workers rejected an earlier five-year contract proposal in July and had been working under an extension of the old contract, which expired July 15.


Chevron: Fire Contained At Refinery In S.F. Bay Area

August 7, 2012 9:35 am | by John S. Marshall, Associated Press

Officials fearing toxic smoke told residents to remain indoors late Monday as a fire at a Chevron refinery released black plumes over the plant in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Airbus To Double $12B It Spends With U.S. Suppliers

August 7, 2012 9:29 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

The decision was made due to strong airplane sales, as the company has a backlog that is "disturbingly healthy."


Food Company Official Sentenced For Embezzlement

August 7, 2012 9:25 am

A former marketing director of a Central Valley frozen food company will serve time in prison for embezzling nearly $450,000 from the company.


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