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U.S. Factories Help Job Recovery Endure In March

March 16, 2012 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factories have played a leading role reviving job growth. Over the past year, manufacturing added 227,000 jobs.


United Tech To Sell Rocket Engine Businesses

March 16, 2012 9:53 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

United Technologies Corp. said that it will sell its rocket engine and wind power businesses to help finance its $16.5 billion purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp.


French Police Use Tear Gas On Steelworkers

March 16, 2012 9:51 am | by Catherine Gaschka, Jean-Marie Godard, Associated Press

Thursday's protest brought the troubles of France's industrial heartland to Paris' elegant boulevards and the lawns beneath the Eiffel Tower.


Vehicle Seat Manufacturer To Locate In AL

March 16, 2012 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

A Korean company that supplies seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles has announced it will build a $50 million plant in Montgomery.


Fiat: Strike Caused Output To Drop By 20K Units

March 15, 2012 2:11 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

A transport strike in Italy has forced automaker Fiat SpA to cut production, prompting the automaker to warn Thursday that it may have to close some plants temporarily.


New, Efficient Cars May Be Worth The Investment

March 15, 2012 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Want a car that gets 50 miles per gallon? Check. Need an SUV that gets 30 mpg? Check. Want an electric car that uses no fuel at all? Check.


Subaru Recalls Forester SUVs To Fix Seat Belts

March 15, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling more than 275,000 Forester SUVs because a rear seat belt may not hold a child seat in place securely.


Motorola Solutions Files Patent Lawsuit

March 15, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Motorola said in its lawsuit that Round Rock Research sued Motorola's customers last year, claiming the customers were violating its patents for RFID technology.


WV Eyes Aid To Possible Smelter Restart

March 15, 2012 2:02 pm | by Lawrence Messina, Associated Press

West Virginia may offer a tax break up to $20M annually to help Century Aluminum restart its smelter, but officials say it depends on retirees resolving an impasse over revoked health benefits.


Hawker Beechcraft To Keep KS Plant Open

March 15, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft officials say its Wichita Plant 1 will remain open, saving hundreds of jobs.


U.S. Trade Deficit Rose To $124.1B In 2011

March 14, 2012 2:16 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A slight drop in exports and a rise in imports pushed the trade gap to its widest point in three years.


CAT Invests $20M In SC Manufacturing Plant

March 14, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

The project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant. It will make large hydraulic cylinders that Caterpillar currently makes at its Joliet, Ill., plant.


Atlanta Leaders Hope To Redevelop GM Plant

March 14, 2012 2:11 pm | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press

Leaders are meeting with President Obama's so-called "car czar" as they try to move ahead with plans to redevelop an abandoned General Motors plant in Doraville.


Kodak Retirees Seek Committee To Protect Benefits

March 14, 2012 2:09 pm

Former Kodak employees are asking a judge to appoint a retiree committee to protect their benefits as the photography company reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.

Honda Mulls New Auto Plant In Indonesia

March 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda is planning to beef up its existing facilities in Indonesia and largely increase its annual production capacity.


EPA Seeks Superfund Designation For AR Site

March 14, 2012 2:05 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add an abandoned chemical manufacturing facility in Phillips County to its list of Superfund sites.


Solar Industry Reports Strong 2011

March 14, 2012 10:13 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Solar power installations in the U.S. doubled in 2011, helped by plummeting solar panel prices and an expiring subsidy program.


Canada Not Ruling Out Canceling F-35 Buy

March 14, 2012 10:12 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Julian Fantino said that Canada is considering "if and when" to sign a contract for the Lockheed Martin manufactured jet.


Execs Guilty Of Fixing LCD Prices

March 14, 2012 10:09 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

A Taiwan company and its top executives have been found guilty of working with competitors to inflate prices of LCDs used in computer monitors and televisions.


Honda To Recall 460,000 CR-Vs

March 14, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Honda has notified Chinese authorities of a plan to recall a total of 459,962 units of the CR-V sport utility vehicle and other models to fix their defective horns.


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