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Senate To Vote On Measure To Nullify Union Rules

April 24, 2012 2:12 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

The Senate will vote Tuesday on a rarely invoked measure, known as a resolution of disapproval, to overturn rules approved last year by the National Labor Relations Board.

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China Official Says Proview Owns iPad Trademark

April 24, 2012 2:10 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Apple Inc. risks losing the right to use the iPad trademark in China, a senior official suggested Tuesday, as a Chinese court was seeking to mediate a settlement between the technology giant and a local company challenging its use of the iPad name.

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Cummins Plans Expansion, Hiring At IN Plant

April 24, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Engine maker Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday it would spend nearly $220 million to expand a southern Indiana facility and potentially add 290 jobs in the next few years.

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GM Plant Lighting Upgrade To Save $800,000

April 24, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. has upgraded lighting at its Spring Hill, Tenn. plant and expects to save about $800,000 annually in electricity costs.

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Fastenal Installs 10,000+ Industrial Vending Machines

April 24, 2012 2:05 pm

The 10,000+ machine milestone was achieved last week, when more than 200 machines were installed at various Fastenal customer locations.

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China's Dream Of Electric Car Leadership Elusive

April 24, 2012 10:28 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped.

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Toyota Shows Innovations In Production Methods

April 24, 2012 10:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota says it is putting renewed focus on innovation in production methods and design after getting a wake-up call from its massive recalls.

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Automakers Agree To Fast-Track Resin Substitutes

April 24, 2012 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Six major automakers and 19 suppliers are close to agreeing on a fast-track process for testing replacements for a resin that's in dangerously short supply.

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Hawker Beechcraft Warns Employees Of Layoffs

April 24, 2012 10:23 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft gave 60-day layoff notices to about 350 workers at its plant in Wichita on Monday, about a week after it reported a nearly $633 million net loss for 2011.

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Fifth Japanese Supplier Charged With Price Fixing

April 24, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

A Tokyo-based auto supplier has agreed to pay a $20 million criminal fine and cooperate with the U.S. government's ongoing investigation into price fixing in the industry.

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Fitch Restores Ford Credit To Investment Grade

April 24, 2012 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Fitch Ratings agency lifted Ford's credit rating from junk status to investment grade Tuesday, a sign that the company's recovery from near collapse is almost complete.

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GM To Double China Production Despite Sales

April 23, 2012 2:32 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press

General Motors Co. chairman Dan Akerson said Monday the automaker plans to open 600 dealerships in China this year, and nearly double production capacity despite a slowdown in sales growth.

In '72, EPA Battled Pollution; Now It's Politics

April 23, 2012 2:27 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

Some in industry and politics question whether environmental regulation has gone too far and whether the risks are worth addressing, given their costs.

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PA's Zippo Expects 500 Millionth Lighter In June

April 23, 2012 2:25 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press Writer

Zippo Manufacturing Co., the company that makes metal-cased cigarette lighters whose lids are known for their distinctive "click," is on schedule to produce its 500 millionth lighter later this year.

Michelin Recalls 77,000 Tires For Safety Problem

April 23, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Michelin is recalling more than 77,000 bus tires because sidewall defects can cause them to lose air rapidly, increasing the risk of a crash.

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Auto Supplier Newman Technology Coming To AL

April 23, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Auto parts supplier Newman Technology has broken ground on a $15 million factory in Albertville that will employ some 60 workers.

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Eaton Corp. 1Q Earnings Up 8 Percent Over 2011

April 23, 2012 2:15 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press

The company reported net income of $311 million, or 91 cents per share, for the three months ended March 31, up from $287 million, or 83 cents, a year ago.

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Striking Lockheed Workers Picket In TX

April 23, 2012 10:22 am

The strike by Machinists Local 776 in Fort Worth began Monday after union members voted overwhelmingly Sunday to reject the company's latest contract offer.

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Crises Make Automakers Rethink Lean Supplies

April 23, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. automakers are questioning a pillar of manufacturing: The practice of bringing parts to assembly lines right before they're used.

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U.S. Plant Is Model For VW Expansion

April 23, 2012 10:18 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Volkswagen's facility in Chattanooga is boosting employment and capacity to meet demand, moving up plans to export the vehicle to Asia and becoming a blueprint for the German automaker's future plants.

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