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Ford Lovers, Unite: Big Classic Car Auction In NH

June 8, 2012 10:01 am | by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press

Nearly 50 cars, many of them from Ford's flathead era, and well over 1,000 signs are up for auction this weekend in Hampton, N.H.


Fuji Heavy Mulls Building New Subaru Plant In U.S.

June 8, 2012 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries is considering building a new plant in the U.S. after facing difficulty launching production in China, sources said.


Olympus Whistleblower Wins Millions In Settlement

June 8, 2012 9:57 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Woodford sued in a British court, accusing Olympus of unlawful firing and discrimination in not treating him the same way as a Japanese executive.


Agency Investigating Missing Guns From Plant

June 7, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

A federal agency is investigating a report of weapons missing from a gun manufacturer in Mecklenburg County.

U.S. Auto Dealers Sue Indian Truck Manufacturer

June 7, 2012 2:04 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press

Lawyers for U.S. automobile dealers said they've filed a lawsuit accusing an Indian truck manufacturer and its American counterpart of fraud, misrepresentation, and conspiracy.


First Altima Rolls Off Line In Canton, MS

June 7, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

The first Mississippi-produced 2013 Nissan Altima rolled off the assembly line in Canton on Wednesday.


MHI To Shift Part Of Forklift Production Abroad

June 7, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said it will drastically cut back on domestic forklift production and transfer part of the operation abroad in a bid to address the yen's sharp appreciation.


El Dorado Chemical To Reopen After Blast

June 7, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

El Dorado Chemical says it will soon resume operations after last month's explosion at its plant in south Arkansas.


Samsung Fights Apple Move To Block Galaxy Sales

June 7, 2012 1:56 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

The South Korean company said in a statement that it will "demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive."


VA Company Considers Move Over Costly Odor Fix

June 6, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

MXI Environmental Services recycles beverages, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics into ethanol fuel. The process produces an odor that continues to draw complaints.

Dow Leaps, Is On Track For Second Day Of Gains

June 6, 2012 2:13 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer

An early 200-point charge turned the Dow Jones industrial average positive for the year following a dismal stretch in May.


Honda Fit EV Gets Highest EPA Fuel Economy Rating

June 6, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

The Honda Fit electric car has received the highest fuel efficiency rating ever from the Environmental Protection Agency, the company said.


Johnson Controls To Build $200M Plant In China

June 6, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Auto parts and building equipment maker Johnson Controls plans on building a $200M automotive battery plant in China as it looks to get a better foothold in the growing market.


Amerigon To Change Name, Stock Ticker

June 6, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The changes will reflect the company's new capabilities and broader global reach following its purchase of a majority stake in Germany's W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG, Amerigon said.


Expansion Set For Hopkinsville Operation

June 6, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the announcement Tuesday will allow T.RAD North America Inc. to keep its existing workforce of 410 employees.


Boomers' Experience Can Be An Asset In Job Search

June 6, 2012 10:18 am | by Carole Feldman, Associated Press

Companies that are more thinly staffed than in the past may well be "looking for someone who can come in and do the job," without needing a lot of training or supervision, said John Challenger.


Former Exec Found Guilty Of Insider Trading

June 6, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

A former company executive was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for five years, over insider trading in shares of a precision equipment manufacturer.


Morocco Promotes Solar Energy With Plane Landing

June 6, 2012 10:15 am | by Paul Schemm, Associated Press

Solar Impulse is a single-seat aircraft fitted with 12,000 solar cells across a wingspan similar to that of a large commercial jet airliner.


Corbett Defends Proposed Shell Tax Break

June 6, 2012 10:13 am | by Peter Jackson, Associated Press

Defending his proposed $1.7 billion tax break for a planned petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday the facility would be a major step toward rebuilding the state's manufacturing sector.


Wind Power Execs: Tax Credit Needed For Jobs

June 6, 2012 10:11 am | by Ashley Hopkinson, Associated Press

A stalled effort to renew federal tax credits for the wind power industry is making it hard to keep employees on the payroll and plan for expansion, a group of executives said.



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