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Dow Loses $486 Million, Cost Cuts Continue

July 30, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday posted a loss driven by charges related to the buyout of rival Rohm & Haas and dismal sales for chemicals used in everything from plastic bags to cars. Yet aggressive cost cutting by the Midland, Mich.

DuPont Plant Delayed Reporting Chemical Leak

July 29, 2009 7:46 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Government and company officials say managers at DuPont's Belle chemical plant waited two days to report a toxic material leak to authorities. No one was injured when the sulfur trioxide leaked on July 22.

Injury Toll Up To 8 At Ohio Explosives Plant

July 29, 2009 5:13 am | News | Comments

McARTHUR, Ohio (AP) - An explosion at a southeast Ohio explosives manufacturing plant has injured at least eight workers. Austin Powder Co. Executive Vice President Mike Gleason says the blast about 10:30 a.m.


Germany's Bayer Says Q2 Profit Down 7 Percent

July 29, 2009 4:44 am | News | Comments

MATT MOORE AP Business Writer - July 29, 2009 BERLIN (AP) - German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer AG said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit slipped 7 percent as sagging sales for its plastics division offset better results from its health-care products.

4 Injured In Blast At Ohio Explosives Plant

July 28, 2009 10:03 am | News | Comments

McARTHUR, Ohio (AP) - An explosion at a southeast Ohio explosives manufacturing plant has injured four workers. Austin Powder Co. Executive Vice President Mike Gleason says the blast about 10:30 a.m.

Soda Ash Plant Cuts 38 Workers

July 28, 2009 8:28 am | News | Comments

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Georgia-based OCI Chemical Corp. is laying off 38 employees from its soda ash plant near Green River. OCI Site Manager Mike Hohn says the layoffs include 28 hourly employees and 10 salaried employees. The company employs just over 400 people in Wyoming.

Valero Reports 2Q Loss As Energy Demand Crumbles

July 28, 2009 8:16 am | News | Comments

JOHN PORRETTO AP Energy Writer - July 28, 2009 HOUSTON (AP) - Oil refiner Valero

Louisiana Chemicals Industry To Cut More Jobs

July 28, 2009 7:14 am | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's chemical industry stands to lose 700 to 1,200 jobs by the end of 2010, continuing a 10-year trend of reduced employment, the head of an industry trade group says.


Slim Jim Factory Resuming Limited Production

July 27, 2009 11:36 am | News | Comments

GARNER, N.C. (AP) - Workers are restarting production at a North Carolina snack food factory damaged by a fatal explosion last month. ConAgra Foods Inc. says limited production will begin this week on the north side of the sprawling facility in the Raleigh suburb of Garner.

Fire Damage At CA Meatpacking Plant Pegged At $5M

July 27, 2009 7:17 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a four-alarm fire at a meatpacking plant in South San Francisco is estimated to have caused more than $5 million in damage.

US Military Targets Afghan Drug, Chemical Warehouses

July 27, 2009 7:06 am | News | Comments

JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer - July 26, 2009 KABUL (AP) - U.S. Marines and Afghan forces have found and destroyed hundreds of tons of poppy seeds, opium and heroin in southern Afghanistan this month in raids that a top American official said show the new U.S.

Honeywell 2Q Earnings Fall 38 Percent

July 27, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

STEPHEN MANNING AP Business Writer - July 27, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) - Honeywell International Inc. said Monday its second quarter earnings dropped 38 percent as the company's businesses in troubled sectors like automobiles and construction continued to drag down its results.

Oil Holds Above $67 Amid Improving US Economy

July 24, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments


3M 2Q Profit Slips As Economy Lags

July 23, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Manufacturing conglomerate 3M Co. said Thursday its second-quarter profit fell 17 percent as the global recession cut sales to car makers, but results still beat analysts' expectations.

Woman Found Dead At Calif. Food Processing Plant

July 22, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - A 40-year-old woman has been found dead in a machine at a Southern California food processing plant that is a major supplier for McDonald's restaurants.


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