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Striking Lockheed Workers Picket In TX

April 23, 2012 10:22 am

The strike by Machinists Local 776 in Fort Worth began Monday after union members voted overwhelmingly Sunday to reject the company's latest contract offer.

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Crises Make Automakers Rethink Lean Supplies

April 23, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. automakers are questioning a pillar of manufacturing: The practice of bringing parts to assembly lines right before they're used.

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U.S. Plant Is Model For VW Expansion

April 23, 2012 10:18 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Volkswagen's facility in Chattanooga is boosting employment and capacity to meet demand, moving up plans to export the vehicle to Asia and becoming a blueprint for the German automaker's future plants.

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Honda Starts Building New Hybrid At IN Plant

April 23, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Honda is starting up production of a new gas-electric hybrid car at its southeastern Indiana factory.

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Honeywell International 1Q Net Income Climbs

April 23, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Honeywell International Inc. said Friday that its profit rose 17 percent in the first quarter as strength in the U.S. offset weakness in Europe.

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Chinese Court Seeks To Mediate iPad Dispute

April 23, 2012 10:13 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

A Chinese court is mediating between Apple Inc. and the Chinese company challenging its right to use the iPad trademark, seeking to get the companies to settle an awkward standoff over the issue.

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Fewer U.S. States Reported Job Gains Last Month

April 20, 2012 1:52 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The average number of people seeking unemployment benefits nationwide in the past month is at a three-month high.

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Honda Appeal Seeks To Reverse Hybrid Owner's Award

April 20, 2012 1:50 pm | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent

Lawyers for American Honda Motor Co. returned to court Thursday to try to overturn a highly publicized small claims court award to a woman who sued over the fuel economy of her hybrid Honda Civic.

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Olympus Whistleblower Wants Answer On Dismissal

April 20, 2012 1:48 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Michael Woodford, who blew the whistle on an accounting scandal at Olympus Corp., took a stand at its shareholders' meeting, demanding to know why he was fired as chief executive.

Automakers Unveil New Models At Beijing Show

April 20, 2012 1:46 pm | by Didi Tang, Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

Automakers are bringing SUVs and luxury sedans designed for Chinese buyers to China's biggest auto show this year as they scramble to keep sales growing.

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Nissan Infiniti To Make Cars In China

April 20, 2012 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press

The luxury automaker said it will manufacture cars in China for the first time starting in 2014, joining a rush by global automakers to expand production in the world's biggest auto market.

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Johnson Controls 2Q Profit Rises 3 Percent

April 20, 2012 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The auto parts and building equipment maker said that strong demand from automakers offset higher costs for starting a new metals plant in North America.

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H.B. Fuller To Close 6 Plants, Cut 130 Jobs

April 20, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

The specialty chemical maker said it will close six factories by mid-2013 and cut jobs across its North American adhesives business as it integrates the recently acquired business of Forbo Group.

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Nokia Posts $1.2B Loss As Sales Plummet

April 20, 2012 10:15 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press

Struggling cellphone maker Nokia has suffered one of its worst quarterly results ever, blaming tough competition for a huge net loss as sales plunged, especially in the smartphone market.

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Japan Reports Largest Trade Deficit Ever

April 20, 2012 10:13 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Disaster-battered Japan reported its biggest annual trade deficit ever Thursday, a contrast from decades of surpluses, as a nuclear crisis boosted expensive oil and gas imports.

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Dow Chemical To Build TX Ethylene Plant

April 20, 2012 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

The plant is one of several projects in Dow Chemical's $4 billion investment plan to take advantage of lower natural gas prices.

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Asia's Largest Solar Field Switched On In India

April 20, 2012 10:09 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press

The west Indian state of Gujarat is flipping the switch on Asia's largest solar power field as part of its 600 megawatt solar energy addition to India's power grid.

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GE 1Q Profit falls 12 Percent But Tops Estimates

April 20, 2012 10:07 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Business Writer

The industrial and financial giant said its primary manufacturing operation has rebounded after posting weak results following the global recession.

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Shortages Could Slow U.S. Auto Production

April 19, 2012 1:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The U.S. auto industry, already stretching to meet rising demand for cars and trucks, is facing shortages of parts and materials that could limit the number of new vehicles in showrooms later this year and crimp a historic turnaround.

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Chinese Companies Look To AR After Beebe Trip

April 19, 2012 1:56 pm | by Allen Reed, Associated Press

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that two Chinese companies are close to relocating to Arkansas following his trade mission to China.

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