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Dow Chemical To Invest In Saudi Arabia Plant

March 26, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Dow Chemical Co. plans to invest an undisclosed amount in a new manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia that will make coating materials for use in that country and for export to markets worldwide.

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Canadian Solar Japan To Build Mega Solar Plant

March 26, 2012 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Canadian Solar Japan K.K. said it will build and operate a solar power plant in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, becoming the first foreign solar-cell manufacturer in Japan with a mega photovoltaic plant of its kind.

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Facebook Buys IBM Patents To Protect Itself

March 23, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Facebook has acquired patents from IBM as it girds itself for litigation, including a lawsuit by Yahoo.

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Electric Cars Risk Losing Green Sheen In Japan

March 23, 2012 2:09 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Electric car owners who prided themselves on being green now find themselves in a bind as Japan's government maneuvers to restart dozens of nuclear power plants idled after last year's meltdowns.

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Leading Economic Indicators Rose In February

March 23, 2012 2:07 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Conference Board says its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.7 percent in February, after a 0.2 percent increase in January.

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Boeing To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of Mesa Plant

March 23, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The aerospace giant broke ground on the helicopter plant in 1982. The facility was designed to build Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army.

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Lear Breaking Ground On Plant In AL

March 23, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Automotive supplier Lear Corp. is breaking ground Friday on a plant that will bring 150 jobs to Alabama's Tuscaloosa County.

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Kyowa America To Open $12M TN Plant

March 23, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

State officials announced Friday that the investment at the Robertson County site is worth $12 million and will create 160 jobs.

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Labor Dep't: Americans Hold 3.1M Green Jobs

March 23, 2012 10:00 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation's total employment, the Labor Department said.

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Fiat To Suspend Production Due To Strike

March 23, 2012 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

Italian automaker Fiat says it will temporarily close plants in the country next week as a result of a month-long strike by a key group of drivers that it warns is getting more tense.

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Japanese Carmakers Going Greener

March 23, 2012 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese automakers are gearing up to win back the ground they have lost in global competition mainly due to the yen's appreciation, by capitalizing on their edge in eco-friendly cars.

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Cessna To Build Business Jets In China

March 23, 2012 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

The Kansas-based company is joining with Aviation Industry of China and the municipal government of Chengdu, where the three plan a joint venture to produce midsize jets.

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Ford Lays Foundation For $1B India Factory

March 23, 2012 9:53 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

Ford is pressing ahead with expansion plans despite an uncertain outlook for Asia's No. 3 economy where growth in car sales has recently waned.

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Portland Chemical Factory Explosion Injures 2

March 23, 2012 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

A Portland Fire spokesman says an explosion involving a chemical reactor at a silicon factory has injured two people.

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Police: Fire Erupts At LA Chemical Plant

March 22, 2012 2:02 pm | by Mary Foster, Associated Press

An explosion and fire at a chemical plant Thursday in southeastern Louisiana caused the release of hazardous vinyl chloride into the air, authorities said.

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Airbus: 2,000 Jobs At Risk Over China Freeze

March 22, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The head of Airbus says up to 2,000 jobs are at risk because Chinese airlines have frozen orders for 55 jets worth $14 billion in protest at the European Union's emissions trading plan.

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Volkswagen To Add 800 Jobs At TN Passat Plant

March 22, 2012 1:59 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The new jobs will increase the plant's work force to more to 3,500 by the end of the year, the German company said Thursday.

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Australia Plans $288M Subsidy For General Motors

March 22, 2012 1:56 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

The government announced a $288M subsidy for General Motors Co. to guarantee it continues to make cars in Australia for another decade through its subsidiary Holden Ltd.

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Japan Posts 1st Trade Surplus In 5 Months

March 22, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan posted its first trade surplus in five months in February on a recovery in auto and electronics exports to the United States.

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U.S. Unemployment Applications Hit 4-Year Low

March 22, 2012 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said that weekly applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. That's the lowest level since March 2008, just months into the Great Recession.

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