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MOUNT VERNON, Illinois - Continental Tire North America Inc. plans to launch a college credit program at its Mount Vernon plant in conjunction with a local college and university that will give employees the opportunity to earn associate degrees.

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PLYMOUTH, Michigan: Freudenberg-NOK G.P. is selling the engine seal, power steering hose and engine and transmission mounts of its Corteco unit’s North American Traditional Aftermarket Business to ROL Manufacturing of America Inc.

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AKRON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Goodyear´s commercial truck tires with Fuel Max Technology for use on vehicles participating in an EPA program to fund fuel-saving technologies.

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TIANJIN, China - Cabot Corp. said it plans to expand its carbon black plant in Tianjin to 250,000 metric tons per year.

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DALLAS, Texas - Flowserve Corp. has acquired industrial pump and seal repairer MF Sealing Systems of Middlesbrough, England.

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AKRON - The United Steelworkers and the Carlyle Group have reached a tentative agreement on a contract covering workers at Goodyear Engineered Products.

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ST. LOUIS - Flexsys S.p.A. subsidiary of Solutia has completed its acquisition of Chemetall GmbH´s rubber chemicals business.

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AKRON - More importers of Chinese-made tires are notifying their dealers of price increases of 3 to 8 percent stemming from recent changes by the Chinese government in the way it calculates the value-added tax on finished goods for export, according to several U.S.-based importers and marketers of tires from China.

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GREENVILLE, South Carolina: Michelin North America Inc. said it will name a laboratory being built at Clemson University after Edouard Michelin, the company’s CEO who died in a boating accident a year ago.

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BASF has received an initial offer for selected parts of its styrenics activities.

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