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GM To Invest $47 Million In Ohio Four-Cylinder Plant

June 10, 2011 7:33 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $47 million at a factory in Defiance, Ohio, so it can build more parts that go into the company's small four-cylinder engine. The investment won't create any new jobs at the plant about 60 miles from Toledo. But it will buy equipment so the factory can crank out more parts for the 1.

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Ford To Lay Off 150 At Buffalo Stamping Plant

June 10, 2011 7:21 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to lay off 150 people from its Buffalo Stamping Plant in September. The automaker says the New York layoffs will result from the closing of one of two Canadian assembly plants which Buffalo supplies. The layoffs were disclosed Thursday in a notice to the New York Labor Department.

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Saab Production Again Halted Over Lack Of Supplies

June 10, 2011 7:04 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Struggling Swedish car maker Saab Automobile AB says its production plant in Trollhattan will be closed all of next week while it negotiates with suppliers to get a stable material flow to the factory. The Spyker-owned auto group earlier this week said it expects some startup hiccups after recovering from a longer standstill while looking to secure funding.

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Manufacturing Training Center To Open In Central Ind.

June 10, 2011 6:57 am

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A $13.5 million center aimed at training workers to fill manufacturing jobs that are growing steadily more complex is opening in central Indiana. The Republic of Columbus reports that the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will open Friday in a 43,000-square-foot facility on Columbus Municipal Airport property.

16 Attorney Generals Weigh In On Boeing V. NLRB Case

June 10, 2011 4:39 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys general in 16 states weighed in Thursday on a federal lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that its complaint against Boeing Co. for building a South Carolina assembly plant hurts states' abilities to keep manufacturing jobs. The 16 attorneys general — all but one of whom are Republicans — oppose the lawsuit filed in April by the NLRB claiming that Boeing located a new 787 passenger aircraft assembly line in South Carolina to retaliate against Washington state union workers who went on strike in 2008.

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ITT Corp. To Expand Utah Operations, Add 2,700 Jobs

June 10, 2011 4:35 am | by Josh Loftin, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An aerospace company says it will expand operations in Utah and potentially bring 2,700 new jobs to the state over the next 15 years. ITT Corporation Vice President Jim Barber says the company, based in White Plains, N.Y., will increase manufacturing positions for their aircraft materials plant in Salt Lake City.

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Multi-Alarm Blaze At Abandoned Plant Damages Homes

June 10, 2011 4:28 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A multi-alarm blaze that burned for hours was declared under control after it consumed an abandoned tire factory in southern New Jersey and damaged several nearby row homes. The fire in Camden broke out around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the vacant Reliable Tire Co. factory building and burned fiercely for several hours.

Tyson Says Worker's Stabbing Death An Accident

June 10, 2011 4:24 am

HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — Tyson officials say a worker's death at the plant appears to be an accident, although law enforcement officials continue to investigate. Thirty-year-old Cesar Muniz died from a stab wound on Tuesday after being stabbed at the Tyson plantnorthwest of Holcomb.

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Toyota: Annual Profit Will Dive 31 Percent

June 10, 2011 4:22 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota forecasts its annual profit to dive 31 percent, hammered by production disruptions from parts shortages, but its outlook Friday projects a robust recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in coming months. Toyota Motor Corp. had not given an earnings forecast earlier because of uncertainties about its production outlook after the March 11 disaster wiped out key parts suppliers in northeastern Japan.

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GM Recalling 47,000 Cadillacs For Faulty Air Bags

June 10, 2011 4:20 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 47,000 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the passenger side air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted on its website Friday, said that the right side head protection air bag won't inflate in a crash if no one is in the front seat.

Epilepsy Maker Fined For False Marketing

June 9, 2011 9:28 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of epilepsy treatment Keppra agreed Thursday to pay more than $34 million for marketing the medication to treat migraine headaches in violation of U.S. drug laws. The U.S. subsidiary of Belgian manufacturer UCB pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to a misdemeanor in connection with the misbranding.

Business Inventories Rose In April Despite Slowdown

June 9, 2011 9:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale companies added to their stockpiles in April for a 16th straight month, a sign that businesses were confident in future sales gains. However, fresh data since then has shown the economy has weakened, suggesting supply levels could shrink in the months to come. Inventories rose 0.

Alcoa: New Alloys Will Compete With Carbon Fiber

June 9, 2011 9:20 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. said Thursday that it has developed new alloys and engineering techniques that will give it a chance to compete against the non-aluminum parts increasingly used by airplane makers. Big planes have used aluminum for their skin and other parts for decades.

Opel: GM Is Not Putting Us Up For Sale

June 9, 2011 9:15 am

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — General Motors' European subsidiary Opel on Thursday firmly dismissed as speculation media reports that it's up for sale. Reports in Germany's Spiegel and Auto Bild publications saying it could be sold to a Chinese firm or to competitor Volkswagen AG are "pure speculation," the company said.

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Chinese Auto Sales Fall For Second Month

June 9, 2011 9:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's auto sales fell in May compared with a year earlier, as buyers wary of traffic quotas and rising fuel prices shunned showrooms, according to industry data released Thursday. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported that sales of passenger cars, including sedans, multipurpose and sport utility vehicles, slipped to 1.

Family Sues After Young Son Dies In Escalator Accident

June 9, 2011 9:09 am | by Mark Pratt, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy who died after falling from a mall escalator says in a lawsuit that the escalator was in a "dangerous and defective" condition that directly led to the child's death. The escalator's condition was in violation of state building codes, escalator safety standards and the industry standards established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the parents of Mark DiBona of Dudley said in their suit filed Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court.

U.S. Economy Slows On Manufacturing Supply Troubles

June 8, 2011 9:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time this year, the economy slowed in several U.S. regions this spring. High gas prices weakened consumer spending, and the Japan crises reduced manufacturing output. Four of the 12 Federal Reserve bank regions suffered slower growth in April and May, compared with earlier this year, a Federal Reserve survey said Wednesday.

EU To Offer $300 Million To E. Coli-Affected Farmers

June 8, 2011 9:04 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Pressed hard by outraged farmers, the European Union farm chief on Wednesday increased his offer of compensation for the E. coli outbreak to €210 million ($306 million). EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos had initially proposed €150 million ($219 million) to the struggling farmers, who have tons of unwanted produce rotting in fields and warehouses as Europeans shun vegetables, fearing they are contaminated with a deadly strain of E.

The Re-Designed VW Passat: Almost American

June 8, 2011 9:02 am | by Ann M. Job, for The Associated Press

German automaker Volkswagen is making its mid-size Passat sedan affordable and accommodating for more American car buyers. The four-door, five-passenger, 2012 Passat is bigger than ever, with more back-seat legroom and a bigger trunk than in the Toyota Camry. Front-seat legroom of more than 42 inches is impressive, too, also exceeding Camry's.

Ford Finalizes $1.4 Billion Russian Joint Venture

June 8, 2011 8:58 am

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has finalized a deal with Russian automaker Sollers to build and sell cars and other vehicles in Russia, a key part of Ford's ambitious overseas growth plan. Ford said Wednesday that the two companies have lined up $1.4 billion in long-term financing from Vnesheconombank, the Russian development bank, for the 50-50 joint venture called Ford Sollers.

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