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Kawasaki Heavy To Produce Motorcycles In China

June 1, 2012 10:15 am | by Kyodo News International

Kawasaki said it will form a joint venture with a major Chinese motorcycle maker in Chongqing by the summer of 2014 to launch motorcycle production in China.


Plastics Firm Agrees To Pay $1M Civil Penalty

June 1, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC and subsidiary SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon LLC agreed to pay $1M to settle allegations that its plants released hazardous air pollution.


U.S. Economy Grew At 1.9 Percent Annual Rate

June 1, 2012 10:11 am | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the first three months of the year, slower than first estimated.


RG Steel Files For Bankruptcy Protection

May 31, 2012 2:42 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

Steelmaker RG Steel LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Thursday, a week after announcing it would idle factories in three states and lay off thousands of employees.


Study Foresees Job Gains With Greener Policies

May 31, 2012 2:41 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

Some 15 million to 60 million jobs could be created worldwide over the next two decades if nations took better care of the planet, according to a U.N. study.


Union Workers Reject Caterpillar Offer

May 31, 2012 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Union workers at Joliet's Caterpillar Inc. plant have again rejected a contract proposal from the company.


U.S. Imposes Clean-Energy Tariffs On China

May 31, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

The Obama administration moved to impose stiff new tariffs on wind-energy towers made in China, the latest strike in an escalating trade war over clean energy.


Whirlpool Advances In Fight Over Imports

May 31, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Whirlpool advanced in its battle over foreign imports after the Commerce Department reached a preliminary determination against South Korea for subsidies paid to appliance makers based there.


RIM Sinks, But Patents, Network Have Value

May 31, 2012 2:36 pm | by Peter Svensson, Rob Gillies, Associated Press

One way for RIM to stop the downward tailspin: It could sell itself to a competitor or financial firm.

CA Execs Plead Guilty To Bribing Foreign Officials

May 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

Prosecutors say the former head of worldwide sales at a valve company has pleaded guilty to bribing foreign officials with millions of dollars to obtain contracts.


Bombardier: Innovate To Reverse Manufacturing Slump

May 30, 2012 2:22 pm | by Canadian Press

The CEO of transportation giant Bombardier Inc. believes that with some innovation, Ontario can turn around a slump in its manufacturing sector.


Foundation Watching Sparrows Point Shutdown

May 30, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

An attorney says the environmental group is keeping a close eye on the shutdown of the Sparrows Point steel mill outside Baltimore.

Google, Samsung Unveil New Chromebook

May 30, 2012 2:17 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Google will try to win more converts to a computer operating system revolving around its popular Chrome Web browser with a new wave of lightweight laptops.


Yingli Green Energy Posts 1Q Loss

May 30, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. posted a first-quarter loss as plunging solar prices slashed revenues even though it shipped a record number of modules.


China Rolls Out Mini-Stimulus To Fight Slump

May 30, 2012 2:13 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China is rolling out a mini-stimulus to fight its economic slump but is moving cautiously after its massive response to the 2008 global crisis left a painful hangover of inflation and debt.


Fiat Industrial Proposes CNH Farm Business Merger

May 30, 2012 10:32 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

Marchionne proposed a full merger with its U.S.-based CNH farm and construction business to simplify what he called its "cumbersome" corporate structure.

China Promises Support For Emerging Industries

May 30, 2012 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

China's Cabinet said it has approved plans to promote development of seven emerging industries including clean energy as it tries to restructure the economy and boost growth.


Cell Phones Monitoring Radiation To Sell In Japan

May 30, 2012 10:29 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Worries over radiation are so rampant in Japan after last year's nuclear meltdowns that the world's first cell phones with built-in radiation monitors are going on sale.


Toyota To Transfer Porte Production To Kanto Auto

May 30, 2012 10:27 am | by Kyodo News International

Kanto Auto is scheduled to merge with two other Toyota group firms -- into Toyota Motor East Japan Inc. on July 1 for the development and production of compact vehicles.


Century Aluminum Loses WV Property Tax Appeal

May 30, 2012 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

Tuesday's 3-2 ruling upholds the $54 million value assigned to the plant's machinery, equipment and inventory.



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