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Japan, India Sign Agreement To Boost Trade

October 25, 2010 5:00 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of India and Japan signed a sweeping agreement Monday to boost trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal — despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past atomic test blasts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the conclusion of nearly 4-year negotiations on the economic partnership agreement a "historic achievement.

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Toyota Only Japanese Automaker To See Production Drops

October 25, 2010 4:55 am

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China. Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its worldwide production dropped 1.3 percent to 672,604 vehicles, marking the first year-on-year decrease in 12 months.

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Ford's 3Q Profits Might Slip On Higher Costs

October 25, 2010 4:48 am

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ford is expected to report its sixth straight quarterly profit. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has made the biggest U.S. market share gains of any automaker this year.

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Intel To Open New Oregon Manufacturing Plant

October 25, 2010 4:43 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The new planned Intel Corp. research facility in Hillsboro will provide jobs to hard-hit sectors of Oregon's labor force at a time when they are direly needed. The Oregonian reports construction workers, carpenters and engineers can expect to see new jobs in the Portland metro area — good news with Oregon's 10.

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Man Accused Of Two Ohio Plant Murders On $3 Million Bond

October 25, 2010 4:41 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set bond at $3 million for a man accused of gunning down two people at an Ohio manufacturing plant. Wearing handcuffs and assisted by a translator, 50-year-old Pedro Rodriguez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday. He's charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Friday's shooting at ParkOhio Products Inc.

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Pratt & Whitney, Machinists Gear Up For The 'Big Fight'

October 25, 2010 4:39 am

by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A continuing battle between jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the machinists union over jobs now moves to the bargaining table. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the union begin negotiations Tuesday for a contract to replace a three-year agreement that expires Dec.

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Italian Paper Company To Open Racine, Wis. Plant

October 22, 2010 4:11 am

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — An Italian paper and packaging company is opening its first North American headquarters in Racine with a promise to create 189 new jobs. The Journal Times in Racine reports Thursday that Seda International Packaging Group says it will invest $76 million in its Racine operation.

China's Dairy Producers Abuse Tainted Milk Scandal

October 22, 2010 4:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — Rumors on the Web that a major Chinese dairy company's baby formula might harm infants played on the worst fears of jittery parents after a string of scandals over tainted milk. This week, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu, announced that the rumors targeting rival dairy Yili in July were manufactured by a Mengniu manager in what it said was a bizarre plot to boost his sales.

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Honeywell 3Q Income Falls 18 Percent

October 22, 2010 4:08 am

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Honeywell International Inc. says third-quarter net income fell 18 percent because of a charge for pension expenses. But the technology and manufacturing company beat Wall Street estimates and it boosted its earnings forecast for the year. The company says revenue grew 9 percent, to $8.

Calif. Manufacturing Execs Indicted For Conspiracy, Bribery

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | by Greg Risling, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California company and two of its executives were indicted Thursday on conspiracy charges, accused of bribing government officials at Mexico's state-owned utility in exchange for obtaining lucrative contracts. Keith Lindsey, president of Lindsey Manufacturing Co.

CAT Acquires German Engine Maker For $810 Million

October 22, 2010 4:07 am

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it is buying a German engine maker, MWM Holding GmbH, from private-equity firm 3i for 580 million euros, or about $810 million, in cash. Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said the deal will help it significantly expand options for customers of its electric power division.

Celery Contamination From Texas Processor Kills Four

October 22, 2010 4:06 am | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into a produce contamination case linked to a shuttered Texas processing plant and may decide to expand a recall, an agency official told The Associated Press. Texas health officials shut down the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. plant in San Antonio and ordered a recall of all of the produce that had passed through the plant since January.

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Master Appliance Launches YouTube Channel

October 21, 2010 9:38 am

RACINE, Wis. — Master Applicance , a designer and manufacturer of heat tools for industrial purposes,  has announced a new YouTube channel, which can be found here . In addition, the company has released its first video, titled "Replacing A Defective Capacitor on an IMac G5 Motherboard.

Chrysler Picking Fiat Dealers In U.S.

October 20, 2010 5:42 am

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC is starting to pick dealers to sell Fiats in the U.S. when the Italian-designed cars start arriving in December. The automaker said Wednesday that it wants Fiat dealers in 119 U.S. markets — mostly in areas that have a high number of small-car registrations — and will name more dealers by year's end.

Verizon To Sell Samsung's iPad Rival For $600

October 20, 2010 5:35 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The first big-name competitor to the iPad in the U.S. won't be undercutting it in price. Verizon Wireless on Wednesday said it will start selling Samsung Electronics Co.'s tablet computer, which is half the size of the iPad, for $600. That's more than the basic version of Apple Inc.

Groveport, OH Chosen For $13.5M Silicon Mfg Plant

October 20, 2010 5:26 am

Meritex announced today a new 30,700 square foot lease to Iosil Energy Corporation, located in Groveport, Ohio. Iosil, an Albuquerque, New Mexico based company, is an innovator in solar technology and chose Columbus, Ohio for its new pilot manufacturing plant. The company plans to create 20 new to the region engineering and manufacturing jobs in its production of high purity polysilicon, the essential raw material for solar cells.

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Lockheed Martin Says 3Q Profit Fell 28 Percent

October 20, 2010 5:17 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's getting harder to make a buck in the planes-and-missiles business. Even as the big defense contractor Lockheed Martin was explaining why its third-quarter profit shrank 28 percent, British Prime Minister David Cameron was laying out sweeping defense cuts on Tuesday.

Boeing Tops 3Q Forecasts, Sells More Commercial Planes

October 20, 2010 4:28 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing posted an $837 million third-quarter profit on Wednesday and raised its profit guidance for the full year as it sold more commercial airplanes. Boeing has already made plans to raise production rates on the 737, its best-selling plane. The improved 2010 guidance reflects a strong outlook for commercial planes.

4 Deaths Prompt Graco Stroller Recall

October 20, 2010 4:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Wednesday, said the four infants became trapped inside the strollers and were strangled.

China Raises Key Rate For 1st Time Since Crisis

October 19, 2010 5:09 am

BEIJING (AP) — China raised its key interest rate Tuesday for the first time since the global crisis as it tries to control inflation and rapid growth even as other Asian economies move to keep their recoveries on track. The rate hike, China's first since 2007, reflected Beijing's focus on guiding growth to a more sustainable level rather than reving up the economy after it expanded by 10.

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