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ITW to acquire Instron Corp.

September 30, 2005

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Kirtland Capital Partners to purchase Instron Corp., a supplier of instruments, software, and services for the...

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Alcan to invest in Slovakian aluminum extrusion plant

September 29, 2005

Alcan Inc., Montreal, has announced that it plans to invest US$35 million in a new aluminum extrusion plant in Slovakia to produce profiles mostly for the building and construction sectors in Eastern...

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U.S. Mint looking for ready-to-coin blanks

September 28, 2005

The U.S. Mint is looking for stamping companies to bid on providing ready-to-coin blanks or planchets.The Mint is engaged in a Public-Private Competition under a deviation granted by the Office of...

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U.S. durable goods orders rose 3.3 percent in August

September 28, 2005

New orders for manufactured durable goods in August increased $6.8 billion or 3.3 percent to $210.9 billion the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase followed a 5.3 percent July...

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Manufacturing jobs climb, wage increases slow

September 27, 2005

U.S. manufacturing employers had an easier time filling key positions in August. However, the growth in new hire compensation slowed and employers' expectations for future hiring dropped below what...

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Timken to close Clinton, S.C., plant

September 22, 2005

The Timken Company has announced plans to close its Clinton, S.C., plant—with production being phased down over the next two years. The company said that the decision is part of an ongoing...

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Manzullo introduces small business tax relief bill

September 22, 2005

House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) introduced legislation September 21 to reduce taxes on small businesses and create U.S. jobs.The Small Employer Tax Relief Act of 2005, HR...

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Fleetwood to build travel trailers, homes for Katrina relief

September 21, 2005

Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., a producer of recreational vehicles and manufactured housing, has accepted orders for 7,500 travel trailers and 3,000 single-section manufactured homes for ultimate...

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December start-up for U.S. Steel's Gary blast furnace

September 20, 2005

United States Steel Corp. reported today that, based upon the updated rebuild schedule for the No. 14 blast furnace at Gary Works, the furnace is expected to be available for start-up in early...

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Chrysler Group unveils China strategy

September 16, 2005

Just two weeks after starting his new role as Chrysler Group president and CEO, Tom LaSorda reviewed the company's plans in China and Taiwan this week and unveiled three product programs representing...

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USW pipe workers, producers fighting China imports

September 15, 2005

U.S. pipe workers and seven standard pipe producers are being joined by members of Congress, steel suppliers, and customers in an effort to stop an unfair surge of China pipe imports at a public...

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DOL estimates 68,000 job losses from Katrina

September 15, 2005

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced that new claims for jobless benefits increased by 71,000 last week, the largest increase in almost 10 years. The DOL attributed 68,000 of these...

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AK Steel announces October surcharges

September 15, 2005

AK Steel has advised its flat-rolled carbon steel customers that a $154 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for products shipped in October 2005. The company also has advised its electrical...

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China's currency continues to hurt U.S. manufacturing, jobs

September 14, 2005

U.S. government trade data released Sept. 13 reflects that China's undervalued currency continues to take a toll on American jobs and the manufacturing sector, according to a coalition seeking an end...

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U.S. Steel appoints general manager

September 14, 2005

United States Steel Corp. today announced the appointment of George H. Thompson to the position of general manager-service centers, electrical, agricultural, and industrial equipment. The appointment...

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