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German Labor Anxiously Awaiting Opel Decision

September 8, 2009 8:05 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer

FRANKFURT (AP) — General Motors Co.'s board begins a two-day meeting in Detroit on Tuesday with European labor organizations pressing for a decision on the fate of its European unit Opel, where thousands of German jobs are on the line. A person familiar with the meeting said GM's board won't make any decision about the automaker, whose brands also include Britain's Vauxhall, until Wednesday.

200 Ordered To Stay Indoors After WV Toxic Leak

September 8, 2009 7:39 am

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A factory employee is being treated for exposure to a toxic chemical and about 200 people were ordered to stay indoors after a leak from a railroad car in West Virginia. Fire officials say three businesses also were evacuated Tuesday morning in the Ohio River city of Huntington.

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Obama Thanks Unions For Workers Rights

September 8, 2009 4:56 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Monday that modern benefits like paid leave, minimum wage and Social Security "all bear the union label," as he appealed to organized labor to help him win the health care fight in Congress. "It was labor that helped build the largest middle class in history.

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Toyota Hires 800 Contract Workers For Prius

September 8, 2009 4:46 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota is hiring 800 contract workers in Japan in its first such job increase in more than a year amid signs of a global recovery led by brisk sales of its Prius hybrid. Most will start working next month at Toyota Motor Corp.'s Tsutsumi plant, central Japan, which makes the Prius and other models for the Japanese market, the world's No.

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China Has High Hopes For New Airbus, Boeing Competitor

September 8, 2009 4:39 am | by Jeremiah Marquez, AP Business Writer

HONG KONG (AP) — China showcased its newest and biggest commercial plane Tuesday — a jetliner with as many as 200 seats that could boost the country's fledgling aviation industry to compete with Western rivals like Boeing Co. and Airbus. The narrow-body, single-aisle C919 plane is scheduled to take its maiden voyage in 2014 before being delivered to buyers in 2016, according to Wang Wenbin, an official with the plane's manufacturer, state-backed Commercial Aircraft Corp.

Mercury Marine To Close OK Plant After WI Union Agreement

September 8, 2009 4:29 am

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — After Wisconsin workers agreed to concessions, Mercury Marine said it will move work there from Oklahoma within two years, putting 380 employees in Stillwater out of work. The boat engine maker pitted its manufacturing plants in Stillwater and Fond du Lac, Wis.

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Cadbury Rejects $16.7b Kraft Buyout

September 8, 2009 4:21 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. on Monday proposed a 10.2 billion pound ($16.7 billion) takeover of Cadbury PLC, but the offer was immediately rejected by the British maker of chocolate, gum and candy. Cadbury shares shot up 41 percent to 803.5 pence at midday on the London Stock Exchange, about the minimum analysts suggested Kraft would have to pay to clinch a deal.

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Japan Finds Quiet Hybrids A Danger To The Blind

September 8, 2009 4:14 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — An appeal of a hybrid or electric car is its super-quiet drive. But worries are growing blind people may be endangered by their silence. The Japanese government has set up a panel with automakers, organizations for the blind and consumers groups to come up with a solution, which could have such vehicles emitting what sounds like engine noise or musical sounds like a cell-phone ring-tone, officials said Tuesday.

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DuPont Accuses Employee Of Exporting Trade Secrets To China

September 8, 2009 4:08 am

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. is accusing a former employee of trying to steal trade secrets and bring them back to his native China. The lawsuit was filed in late August in the Delaware Court of Chancery. It accuses Hong Meng of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Global Green Cars To Build Electric Car Plant In KY

September 4, 2009 6:45 am

Global Green Cars, Inc. (GGCI) announced today that it will proceed with its plan to build an electric vehicle production facility in the State of Kentucky. Earlier this year, Governor Steven L. Beshear of the State of Kentucky pledged his support for this electric vehicle production facility and on May 28, 2009, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved a $15.

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NH Gov. Secures Back Pay For Neglected Workers

September 4, 2009 4:58 am

PEMBROKE, N.H. (AP) — The state has secured back pay for workers who suddenly lost their jobs when Precision Technology in Pembroke, N.H., shut its doors last week. Employees had been told to leave the business without warning, and the next morning, many of the company's 130 workers gathered outside, demanding paychecks.

'Clunkers' Program Jump-starts August Sales

September 4, 2009 4:18 am

Personal opinions and long-term impact aside, the much ballyhooed CARS program did help some automotive OEMs see significant sales increases during the month of August: Toyota U.S.A. reported August vehicle sales of 225,088 vehicles, up 10.5 percent over one year ago. Passenger cars recorded an all-time, best-ever month with sales of 142,529 units, up 32.

CT Offers $100m To Keep 1,000 Pratt & Whitney Jobs

September 3, 2009 12:37 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Manufacturing Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell offered $100 million worth of incentives Thursday to jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney to prevent the possible loss of about 1,000 jobs. The five-year plan includes lifting a cap on tax credits for parent corporation United Technologies Corp.

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Alcoa Brightens Outlook For Global Aluminum Demand

September 3, 2009 12:29 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alcoa Inc. said Thursday it had boosted its annual forecast for global aluminum consumption, driven by higher demand from China. The largest U.S. aluminum producer now expects worldwide demand for the lightweight metal to shrink by 5.5 percent rather than 7 percent as forecast in July, when Alcoa reported its third straight quarterly loss.

Man Killed At US Steel's Clairton Coke Works

September 3, 2009 11:44 am

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — A man has died after an explosion and fire at United States Steel Corp.'s Clairton Coke Works near Pittsburgh that also injured another person. A company spokeswoman confirmed the death in Thursday's explosion, but the company isn't releasing his name. He was a contractor doing maintenance in the plant.

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2 Missing Workers Found In PA Oil Fire, 1 Injured

September 3, 2009 8:49 am

CREIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers say two workers who were unaccounted for after oil spilled and caught fire at a plant near Pittsburgh have been found, but one has been injured. Allegheny County dispatchers say the fire at Pitt Penn Oil Co. in East Deer Township was reported about 11:30 a.

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Sun-Times Closing Chicago-Area Printing Press

September 3, 2009 8:44 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sun-Times' parent company is closing a suburban printing plant, which is expected to cost 70 jobs. Sun-Times spokeswoman Tammy Chase confirms the Sun-Times Media Group plans to close its Pioneer Press printing plant in Northfield. Pioneer Press publishes dozens of Chicago-area community newspapers owned by the ailing conglomerate.

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TN Company Buys Gramercy Alumina Plant, Hikes Production

September 3, 2009 6:36 am

GRAMERCY, La. (AP) — At a time when aluminum producers are struggling with low prices and excess capacity, the new owners of the Gramercy Alumina plant in St. James Parish are ramping up production to gain market share, company officials said Thursday. "By increasing our production, we're really trying to take advantage of well-positioned assets," said Kyle Lorentzen, chief operating officer of Noranda Aluminum, which acquired full ownership of the 50-year-old alumina plant in Gramercy this week and told some of its 470 employees "if we're not growing, we're dying.

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Boeing Plane Deliveries Drop 22% In August

September 3, 2009 6:15 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Airplane maker Boeing says deliveries of its commercial jets slid 22 percent and orders fell 11 percent in August, as airlines cancel or postpone plans to buy new planes. Chicago-based Boeing said Thursday it delivered 28 passenger and cargo jets last month. That's down from 36 during the same month last year, according to figures posted on the company's Web site.

Laid Off Bobcat Employees 'Unhirable' In 50s

September 2, 2009 10:20 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bobcat Co., which makes small loaders and light construction equipment, announced Wednesday its Bismarck plant will be closed permanently and the bulk of the 475 jobs shifted to its plant in Gwinner in southeastern North Dakota. Union officials say laid-off workers in Gwinner will have first shot at the positions.

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