Toyota may build another factory in Mexico to produce small cars as the world's largest automaker shifts more capacity outside Japan to remain competitive. The yen's strength on world markets is said to be prompting the move.
A federal bankruptcy judge approved the $20 million sale of a 3.2 million-square-foot former GM plant in Wilmington, Del., to Fisker Automotive, a California-based plug-in electric vehicle start-up.
Ford Motor Co. is investing $450 million in a new factory in Thailand, despite the country's political unrest. The new factory will begin producing the next-generation Ford Focus in 2012.
For decades, the nuclear power industry has had a hard time finding qualified workers. But now, as the industry receives unprecedented levels of government support, it's facing an all-out talent drought. According to data released in 2009 by the trade group Nuclear Energy Institute, "To maintain the current nuclear work force, the industry may need to hire as many as 25,000 more workers in the next five years."