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Parts In Place To Assemble First Boeing 787

August 24, 2011 9:07 am

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing workers are preparing to assemble the company's first 787 made in its new $750 million South Carolina plant. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported (http://bit.ly/pNWt2T) Wednesday that the completed aft section of the plane body was wheeled into the assembly plant earlier this week.

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Boeing Order Means More PA Jobs

August 24, 2011 5:27 am

RIDLEY PARK, Pa. (AP) — An order of 14 new Chinook helicopters by Britain's Royal Air Force could mean more work at the Boeing Co.'s factory in suburban Philadelphia. Chris Owens, president of Boeing's United Aerospace Workers Union Local 1069, told the Delaware County Times that the order could mean work for as many as 100 new employees.

ReconRobotics Wins $6M Military Contract

August 24, 2011 5:25 am

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — An Edina (ee-DEYE'-nah) company has been awarded a military contract to build miniature robots. ReconRobotics has military orders, worth nearly $6 million, to build the mini robots that can perform surveillance in areas that are considered too dangerous for troops, like inspecting a potential explosive device.

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Chrysler To Invest $72M In OH Plant

August 24, 2011 5:23 am

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest $72 million in a northwest Ohio plant, and the state's governor said Tuesday there might be bigger things to come from the automaker. Chrysler wants to install new equipment and modernize its Toledo Machining Plant near Perrysburg, which will allow it to retain 640 hourly and salaried jobs, the company said.

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China To Appeal WTO Ruling On Raw Materials Curbs

August 24, 2011 5:19 am

BEIJING (AP) — China will appeal a World Trade Organization rejection of its curbs on exports of industrial raw materials, the government said Wednesday, in a case that Washington and Europe hope will lead to an easing of its restrictions on rare earths sales. "We still consider that China practice and China's policies do not violate WTO rules," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang at a regular news briefing.

CAT To Expand In China

August 24, 2011 5:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it plans to build a factory for large wheel loaders in China. The Peoria, Ill. company said the factory on China's east coast will develop a new model of wheel loader for use in China and other developing countries. Caterpillar didn't say how much it would spend on the new factory or an accompanying research and development facility.

Autos, Aircrafts Lifted July Durable Goods Orders

August 24, 2011 5:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in demand for autos and aircraft drove orders for long-lasting manufactured goods higher in July, easing fears that the economy might be on the verge of another recession. The rebound in the auto industry helped offset a decline in orders for most other factory goods.

Honeywell Plans To Acquire EMS

August 23, 2011 9:11 am

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Manufacturing conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. announced Monday that it has successfully completed the tender offer for EMS Technologies Inc. at $33 a share. The offer expired Friday. Nearly 92 percent of shares outstanding had been tendered and not withdrawn by the deadline.

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Drew Acquires $13.5M In Assets

August 23, 2011 9:09 am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Drew Industries Inc., which makes parts for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, said Monday that it acquired the towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation previously owned by Dexter Chassis Group from EA Technologies LLC for $13.5 million in cash.

IL Manufacturer Plans IN Move

August 23, 2011 9:06 am

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say an Illinois manufacturer will open a factory in northwestern Indiana, where it plans to potentially hire hundreds of workers. Merrillville Town Councilman Richard Hardaway tells The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/n1YlFd ) that Modern Drop Forge will be coming the town following the council's approval of a 10-year tax abatement for the company in May.

Renesas To Return Chip Shipments To Pre-Disaster Levels

August 23, 2011 9:03 am

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Kyodo) — Renesas Electronics Corp. will recover its semiconductor shipments at its main factory in Ibaraki Prefecture to the level prior to the March 11 disaster by mid-September, moving up the initial goal of doing so by a half-month earlier, company officials said Tuesday.

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Report: NE Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

August 23, 2011 8:59 am

EVANSTON, Ill., PRNewswire - Following three years of consecutive losses, industrial employment in Nebraska increased a half percent over the past twelve months, according to the 2012 Nebraska Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL.

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Mars Breaks Ground On Topeka Plant

August 23, 2011 8:54 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City, county and state officials joined Mars Chocolate North America in formally breaking ground on its new candy factory south of Topeka. The event Tuesday was the first phase of the $250 million project that will create about 200 full-time jobs in northeast Kansas.

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Wildeck Acquires Arizona-Based Ladder Industries

August 23, 2011 7:08 am

Waukesha, Wisconsin Manufacturer of Mezzanines, Vertical Lifts, and Safety Guarding Products Expands West with Acquisition of Custom Stair and Safety Ladder Products Manufacturer. Waukesha, WI – On the heels of its 35th Anniversary celebration, Wildeck, Inc. – headquartered in Waukesha, WI – has announced the acquisition of Ladder Industries, Inc.

Firth Rixson Forgings To Create New GA Jobs

August 23, 2011 5:37 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that Firth Rixson Forgings LLC will expand its forged metal operation in Midway, and anticipates creating 75 to 100 new jobs in the southeast Georgia town. Deal said in a statement that Firth Rixson's Midway operation, which opened in January 2011, provides components for the aerospace industry.

Kingsport To Get 450 Jobs Over 4 Years

August 23, 2011 5:33 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say 450 jobs will be created over four years in Kingsport, Tenn., after an Ireland-based company locates a manufacturing facility in Sullivan County. C&F Group, an auto exterior trim supplier, will invest $12.5 million in the facility, its first U.

Amazon To Move Into SC Facility, Plans To Hire 2,000

August 23, 2011 5:32 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Amazon officials say they will move into their Lexington County facility next month. Company officials say they plan to hire up to 2,000 full-time and part-time workers by the end of the year for the distribution center near Cayce. Lexington County officials say the company has received more than 9,000 applications.

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Boeing Up On Helicopter Contract, Delta Order

August 23, 2011 5:29 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Boeing Co. rose Monday after the aircraft maker said it won a $1.64 billion helicopter contract and media reports suggested that Delta Air Lines Inc. is planning to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets. The helicopter contract from the UK Ministry of Defence calls for Boeing to provide 14 new Chinook helicopters and five years of related support to the Royal Air Force.

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China Begins Bullet Train Inspections

August 23, 2011 5:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has begun inspections of all its showcase bullet train lines following a crash last month that killed 40 people, as authorities try to work out who is ultimately responsible for the disaster. The State Administration of Work Safety will present a report on the July 23 crash to China's top leaders in September, the agency's spokesman Huang Yi said in comments Tuesday on its website.

Toyota To Unveil New Camry

August 23, 2011 5:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Toyota plans to unveil its first redesign of the Camry in five years on Tuesday. While it promises new technology and other upgrades, America's best-selling car faces a fight to stay on top. Toyota has released few details about the new car, which will be shown at simultaneous events in California, Michigan and at the Georgetown, Ky.

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