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Gov't Ends Chrysler Investment

July 22, 2011 5:21 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Thursday it has exited its investment in Chrysler LLC after Italian automaker Fiat SpA purchased the U.S. government's remaining holdings in the auto company. Fiat paid $560 million to the Treasury Department for the government's 98,000 shares.

Spirit Expands Production, Creates Jobs

July 21, 2011 9:35 am | News | Comments

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — A company that manufactures large aircraft sections is expanding production at its North Carolina factory, adding work that could mean up to 200 additional jobs within five years. Spirit AeroSystems Inc. said Wednesday that it will move wing production for Gulfstream trans-continental business jets from its Tulsa, Okla.

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Polyplex Will Open $185M Plant In AL

July 21, 2011 9:33 am | News | Comments

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An international company that makes high performance plastic films has decided to open a new $185 million manufacturing plant in Decatur. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Polyplex Corp. chairman Sanjiv Saraf announced Wednesday in Decatur that the new plant would create 150 new jobs.

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Bridgestone Will Expand SC Plant

July 21, 2011 9:31 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Bridgestone on Wednesday announced plans to expand its tire plant in Aiken County and add 122 jobs by 2013. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. plans to invest $135 million in a 266,000-square-foot expansion at its Graniteville plant off Interstate 20, according to a news release from Gov.

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Boeing Makes Fast Turnaround On 737

July 21, 2011 9:29 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To keep one of its biggest customers, Boeing just promised American Airlines a plane it wasn't sure it wanted to build. The plane doesn't even have a name yet. Boeing, a massive company that typically plans years in advance for airplanes it will build for decades, made a lightning-fast turnaround.

Worker Collapses, Dies At Steel Mill

July 21, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in central Illinois are trying to figure out what caused the death of an employee at Keystone Steel & Wire Co. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says 40-year-old John DeCanter of Manito was found unresponsive in the plant's shower room Wednesday.

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More Sought Unemployment Last Week

July 21, 2011 9:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are rising and the job market is weak. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped to 421,250.

Layoffs And Hardship For Space Shuttle Workers

July 21, 2011 5:34 am | Videos | Comments

The end of the space shuttle means layoffs and other economic distress for Florida's Space Coast. Robert Jordan, a former space shuttle engineer, is one of approximately 5,400 hundred space workers losing their jobs as NASA closes down the space shuttle program. Jim Tulley, the mayor of Titusville, describes the dependency the town had on NASA for jobs.

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The Incredible Egg-Opening Machine

July 21, 2011 5:12 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Blogs | Comments

Novartis Vaccines provides more than 20 vaccines to prevent viral and bacterial diseases, and is dedicated to delivering on its promise of prevention through the research, development, and production of innovative, safe and effective vaccines. The company’s new MARS (Marburg Site) facility in Marburg, Germany was designed and built to be the company’s “Center of Excellence” for modern vaccine production.

Cellphone Tumors

July 21, 2011 5:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Your cellphone will give you cancer, your laptop will make you sterile, your water bottle will hit three favorites — breast cancer, sperm count, and prostate cancer (among others) — and yet we remain sweaty, sport jacket-wearing mouth breathers who will be suddenly shocked when we turn paternal/maternal only to realize that our plumbing has been stripped out by homeless copper bandits.

New AeroVent 1 From Newstripe

July 21, 2011 4:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AeroVent 1 from Newstripe, Inc. (Aurora, CO) can deflate aerosol cans to recyclable scrap metal. It can quickly puncture and drain a variety of aerosol can sizes, reducing the cost of hazardous waste disposal. A smaller version of the AeroVent 3, it is designed for users that have smaller quantities of cans in a variety of sizes.

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Protect-R-Shield Protects Circuit Boards

July 21, 2011 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shat-R-Shield (Salisbury, NC) introduces the Protect-R-Shield, a unique one part, non-yellowing, optically clear silicone elastomer which has been developed for use as a conformal coating on LED printed circuit boards. Protect-R-Shield is a crystal clear encapsulating material that is formulated to offer outstanding insulation performance over a wide range of temperature (-65°C to 200°C).

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Grippy Mat from New Pig Stays Put

July 21, 2011 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Grippy Mat from New Pig Corporation (Tipton, PA) is an absorbent mat that stays put no matter what. It reduces slip and trip hazards and helps prevent liquid from being tracked throughout your plant. Features include: 100% Grippy® backing coverage holds tight and leaves no residue Peels up easily for quick change-outs Eight layers of fine-fiber polypropylene absorb and retain leaks, drips and overspray to keep liquids from being tracked around Poly backing creates an additional barrier to stop absorbed liquids from passing through to floors Can be used as a walk-on mat for your floor safety program; provides a high-traction surface Tested and certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) To see more, visit www.

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STAR TECK EXTREME DIRECTOR Cable Fitting

July 21, 2011 4:49 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The STAR TECK EXTREME DIRECTOR Cable Fitting from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) is an adjustable, range-taking fitting, used to terminate metal-clad and Teck cable. Featuring a swashplate design, the fitting adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees and is available in half- and three-quarter inch NPT hub sizes.

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Airline Industry Stability In Jeopardy

July 20, 2011 10:13 am | Videos | Comments

Nearly every major airline union contract is up for negotiation and Helane Becker, Director of Dahlman Rose and Company says a resolution is essential to avoid a work stoppage. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Union To Push Rejection Of Spirit Contract

July 20, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A union at aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems is recommending that workers reject the company's contract offer. Leaders of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace recommended Tuesday that members reject the 10-year contract proposal. The contract covers about 2,300 technical and professional employees at Spirit.

SD Businesses Expanding, Adding Jobs

July 20, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two more businesses in southeast South Dakota are expanding and adding jobs. Adams Thermal Systems plans a $6 million expansion in Canton that will add 50 jobs and make room for even more growth in the future. The company makes engine cooling systems for vehicles.

PVD Coatings Will Spend $9M On Plant Upgrades

July 20, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A company that provides finish coatings for automotive wheels plans to expand its operations in northern Indiana and hire dozens of more workers. Winona PVD Coatings announced Wednesday that it would spend about $9 million on new equipment for its Warsaw plant, where it now has about 35 workers.

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MS Governor Chasing Jobs In CA

July 20, 2011 9:06 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he's spending several days in California "chasing jobs" and calling on companies that have investments in his home state. Barbour told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday from California that he had already visited executives from KiOR, which is building refineries in Mississippi to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.

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Worker At Goodyear Plant Died Of Heart-Related Problems

July 20, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County coroner says an employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka who died Tuesday had heart-related problems that contributed to his death. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the worker was identified as 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka.

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