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U.S. Factory Orders Increased In May

July 3, 2012 1:55 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Companies placed more orders with U.S. factories in May from April, demanding more computers, machinery, and other equipment that signal investment plans.


VA Ammunition Plant Leak Investigated, 1 Injured

July 3, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Investigators are looking for the cause of an acid leak that injured one worker at an ammunition plant in Radford.


Quaker Chemical Buys NP Coil Dexter Industries

July 3, 2012 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Quaker Chemical Corp. said Monday that it has purchased metal surface treatment products maker NP Coil Dexter Industries S.r.l.


Protests Force Chinese City To Scrap Copper Plant

July 3, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Shifang city announced Tuesday it has scrapped plans for a copper plant after thousands of people protested the project's possible public health risks.


Alabama Gives Airbus $158M In Incentives

July 3, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Alabama is providing more than $158 million in economic incentives for the Airbus assembly plant that will be built in Mobile.


MD Volvo Workers Improve Biz

July 3, 2012 10:18 am | by Arnold S. Platou, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown

It's often said that if you really want to find ways to improve your business, ask an employee. At its Hagerstown plant, Volvo did ask — and the result is "significant savings," according to company representatives. 


Boeing Expects Market For 34K New Planes

July 3, 2012 10:16 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

Boeing is predicting that the world's airlines will buy 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, driven by strong growth in China, India, and other emerging markets.


Toyota Starts Monitoring Electricity Usage

July 3, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota began monitoring electricity usage and power generation at its plants in an integrated manner on Monday to make more efficient use of energy and conserve power, company officials said.


Industry Offers Conduct Code For Unmanned Aircraft

July 3, 2012 10:13 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press

A trade group for drone aircraft manufacturers and operators has released the industry's first code of conduct in response to growing privacy concerns.


Renesas: Slashing 5,000 Jobs, 8 Japan Plants

July 3, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Renesas Electronics Corp. said Tuesday it will close or sell eight of its 18 domestic plants and solicit early retirement applications from over 5,000 employees in September as part of its restructuring effort.


U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks For First Time In 3 Years

July 2, 2012 2:14 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, adding to signs that economic growth is weakening.


Toyota Unit Launches 1-Seater Electric Car

July 2, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Auto Body Co. launched a new model of the Coms one-seater electric car that can travel faster and longer per charge than the previous model launched in 2000.


Honda Hiring 100 Professionals At AL Plant

July 2, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda will hire more than 100 engineers, managers and others in the next three months so it can build the Acura MDX at a plant in Alabama.


Survey: Chinese Manufacturing Slowed In June

July 2, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing grew in June by its slowest pace in seven months, a survey released Sunday showed, raising questions about Beijing's efforts to prevent the world's second biggest economy from slowing too quickly.


Solyndra Wants More Time To File Bankruptcy Plan

July 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A California-based solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the federal government before filing for bankruptcy protection is asking for more time to file a reorganization plan.

Doe Run Scraps Plans For Herculaneum Plant

July 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The nation's biggest lead producer says it's now abandoning plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town of Herculaneum.


Officials: AL Airbus Plant Will Employ 1,000

July 2, 2012 10:05 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press

Airbus's planned aircraft assembly plant in Alabama will cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production, officials said ahead of a formal announcement Monday.


Toyota To Recall Lexus SUVs To Fix Floor Mat

July 2, 2012 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Toyota's problems with runaway acceleration just won't go away.


Brammo Motorsports Forges Ahead With Production

July 2, 2012 10:03 am | by Greg Stiles, Mail Tribune

The drive to become the world's top electric motorcycle maker has led Craig Bramscher around the globe.


TN Gears Up For Headlight Plant Jobs

July 2, 2012 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

Officials in Giles County are hoping a new headlight plant to be built by a subsidiary of Italian automaker Fiat will put a dent in the area's jobless rate.



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