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Steelworkers At WV Constellium Plant Strike

August 6, 2012 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

About 700 union workers at Constellium Rolled Products in West Virginia's Jackson County are on strike after contract negotiations broke down.


Touchdown: NASA Rover Curiosity Lands On Mars

August 6, 2012 10:24 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer

In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past.


Firefighters Respond To WA Plant Fire

August 6, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

14 people were identified as having been exposed to potentially toxic smoke at Precision Manufacturing.


Tesla Shares Rise On Model S Production Numbers

August 6, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose Friday on investor optimism that the electric car company's supply problems are being resolved and the ramp up in production of its key new model is on schedule.


Eastman Kodak Loss Widens In 2Q

August 6, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Eastman Kodak Co. said Friday its second-quarter loss widened as revenue fell while it reorganized under bankruptcy protection.


Industrial Metals Fall On Sluggish Manufacturing

August 3, 2012 2:17 pm | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer

Prices for industrial metals have fallen after new reports showed sluggish manufacturing in the U.S. and China, adding to concerns about slowing growth in the world's two biggest economies.


Power Customers May Pay To Restart Aluminum Plant

August 3, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Appalachian Power is offering to have its customers pay about $60 million to help Century Aluminum restart a plant in Ravenswood.


U.S. Hiring Picks Up In July

August 3, 2012 2:12 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Employers added 163,000 jobs in July after three months of sluggish hiring, a pleasant surprise that could signal the U.S. economy may be resilient enough to shake off a midyear slump.


Employees Counseled At Plant Where 2 Died

August 3, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Counselors are meeting with employees at a Milwaukee manufacturing plant where police say an employee fatally shot his supervisor and then killed himself.


Toyota Raises Sales Plan As Quarterly Profit Zooms

August 3, 2012 2:09 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota raised its sales target for this year to a record 9.76 million vehicles and reported a strong recovery in quarterly profit Friday, underlining its bounce back from a disaster plagued 2011.


NASA Picks Private Firms To Develop Space Taxis

August 3, 2012 2:06 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

NASA has picked three aerospace companies to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station: Boeing , SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada Corp.


First Solar Shares Soar After Strong 2Q

August 3, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

First Solar shares have been rising since late Wednesday when the company reported an 82-percent surge in second-quarter profits.


GM 2Q Profit Falls As CEO Promises Fixes

August 3, 2012 10:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The engine that powers General Motors is running rough. And if the company doesn't tune it up soon, GM's comeback from bankruptcy is in danger of stalling.

PA Takes Aim At Foreign Steel On Public Jobs

August 3, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

Attorney General Linda Kelly said the foreign manufactured material was cheaper than similar American-made items, giving Ryco an unfair competitive advantage.


China Southern Buys 40 Boeing 737s Worth $3.4B

August 3, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

China Southern Airlines says a subsidiary is buying 40 Boeing 737s worth $3.4 billion as part of its strategy to expand international routes.


Sharp To Cut 5,000 Jobs As Quarter Worsens

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

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. is slashing 5,000 jobs over the next year, or nearly 9 percent of its global workforce, after its quarterly loss ballooned from a year earlier.


MA-Based Hologic Plans To Close WI Plant

August 3, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

A Massachusetts company that makes medical devices says it plans to close a Wisconsin manufacturing plant in the next few years, eliminating 130 jobs.


Toyota Recalling 778,000 RAV4 SUVs

August 2, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said it's recalling RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. to fix a suspension problem that could cause crashes.


No Injuries At Fire At Topeka Frito-Lay Plant

August 2, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Frito-Lay officials are determining how much damage was caused by a fire at the company's plant in south Topeka.


Hawker Beechcraft Laying Off 170 At Little Rock

August 2, 2012 1:57 pm | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer

The aircraft manufacturer told workers they would lose their jobs, only weeks after the firm reached a deal to sell the company's jet business to a company in China.



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