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Dana Closing 8 Plants

TOLEDO, OH-Auto parts maker Dana Corp. said it plans to close eight U.S. plants and downsize three others in North America. Dana, which filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2006, also said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it would eliminate health benefits for retirees and attempt to alter labor contracts at its unionized plants.

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Study Shows Increasing Structural Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Structural costs for domestic manufacturers have increased from 22.4% to 31.7% since 2003 compared to nine major trading partners, according to a study released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI. “The sharp rise in these non-wage costs represents a significant and long-term problem for our nation’s manufacturers and America’s economy,” says John Engler, NAM president.
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Confidence Rises Among Manufacturing Workers

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-The confidence of U.S. workers in manufacturing industries showed further signs of improvement in the third quarter of 2006, according to the latest Spherion Employment Report survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Spherion Corp. The third quarter Industrial, Manufacturing and Construction Employee Confidence Index increased by 1.3 points to 54.7-the largest gain in three quarters.

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2006 Baldrige Winners Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C.-President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez announced three organizations as recipients of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for organizational performance excellence.

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Nonprofits Soon To Be Eligible for Baldrige

Nonprofits Eligible for Baldrige
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PACE Award Finalist Named

PACE Award Finalist
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Rudy Giuliani to Speak at Six Sigma

Six Sigma Event
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Six Companies To Receive Baldrige

Six Companies To Receive Presidential Award
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Rockwell Automation to Acquire Datasweep Inc.

Rockwell Automation
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Richards Childress Racing Partners with Metris

LEUVEN, BELGIUM-Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is investing in a multi-million dollar partnership with Metris to use the Belgium-based company’s integrated metrology solutions in the production of the nine-time NASCAR champion racing organization’s engines and racecars.
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