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GE Opens New Line At Appliance Park

February 10, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric is starting production of a hybrid water heater in Louisville, marking the first new product line at Appliance Park since 1957.

Report: Apple To Unveil New iPad In March

February 10, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

AllThingsD, a website affiliated with The Wall Street Journal, says Apple Inc. is holding an event in San Francisco the first week of March — the same week Apple announced the iPad 2 last year.

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Feds Investigate Fires In Camrys, RAV-4s

February 10, 2012 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Federal safety regulators are investigating reports of fires in the driver's side doors of 2007 Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 crossover SUVs.

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Quinn: CAT Decision About Port Access

February 10, 2012 10:18 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he believes Caterpillar Inc.'s decision to bypass Illinois as it looks to build a new plant and relocate some of its Japanese operations was based almost entirely on Illinois' lack of ocean access and had little to do with the state's business climate.

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GM Gets OK For New China Plant

February 10, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. has won approval from environmental authorities in central China for a new $1.1 billion assembly plant, though the company says it has not yet decided on the plan.

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Key Leaders In Ford's Renaissance Will Retire

February 10, 2012 10:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Kuzak, 60, and Booth, 63, each served more than three decades with the Dearborn, Mich., company. Their most important years were the last five when Ford turned itself around after borrowing $23.5 billion in 2006 to stay in business.

China's Jan Auto Sales Fell 24 Percent

February 10, 2012 10:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

The year of the dragon rolled in with a whimper instead of a roar as Chinese industry data showed Thursday that passenger car sales in the world's biggest auto market fell 24 percent from a year earlier.

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Unemployment Applications Near 4-Year Low

February 10, 2012 10:11 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, a positive sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months.

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Feds Charge Chinese Firm With Trade Secret Theft

February 9, 2012 5:21 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

Prosecutors unsealed an indictment that accuses a company of conspiring with a CA couple to steal DuPont trade secrets.

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Garland Recognized As Innovative Manufacturer

February 9, 2012 12:32 pm

The Garland Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high-performance solutions for the building envelope, recently announced it has received three honors for innovation.

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Chinese-Born American Acquitted Of Espionage

February 8, 2012 2:50 pm | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press

A federal judge convicted a Chinese-born American Wednesday of stealing trade secrets but acquitted her of more serious charges of corporate espionage at a trial in Chicago that highlighted fears about China pilfering U.S. company secrets.

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Quinn Hopes To Address CAT Concerns

February 8, 2012 2:47 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

An email to local leaders, signed only by the Peoria-based company's North American Facility Site Selection Team, says Caterpillar's longstanding complaints about Illinois' state budget deficit were a factor.

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Report: Silicon Valley Sees Job, Wealth Grow

February 8, 2012 2:43 pm | by Marcus Wohlsen

Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Qantas Grounds A380 After Finding Wing Cracks

February 8, 2012 2:41 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

The cracks were not related to the turbulence and were linked to an Airbus manufacturing issue, the airline said in a statement.

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DE Steel Mill Works On Dust Emissions

February 8, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Delaware environmental officials have issued a permit to a New Castle County steel mill for installation of pollution control equipment to collect dust and reduce other air emissions.

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Union, Timken Reach Tentative Agreement

February 8, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Timken on Tuesday said the coming union vote is the "final opportunity" for the company to secure the workforce stability needed to make the Ohio plant investment.

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Agency Orders Global Check On A380 Wings

February 8, 2012 10:15 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press

Europe's air safety authority ordered checks Wednesday on the entire global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for cracks on parts inside the wings — extending a previous order for nearly a third of the planes to be inspected.

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Dover Fined For Unauthorized Manufacturing

February 8, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

The Justice Department says a chemical company has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacturing of certain substances at plants in Ohio and Indiana.

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Chinese Leaders Promise More Pay, Jobs

February 8, 2012 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Higher wages fit with government ambitions to transform China from the world's low-cost factory into a creator of technology with higher skills and better-paid jobs.

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Obama's Inner Geek: Robots To Flying Marshmallows

February 8, 2012 10:07 am | by Jim Kuhnenn ,Associated Press

Obama, a Harvard University-trained lawyer, has placed greater emphasis on technology by making the point that in an era of scarce resources, government still must play a role investing in three key areas: research and development, innovation and education.

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