WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory orders rose strongly in July on the biggest jump in demand for autos in more than eight years and a surge in commercial airplane orders. The increase suggests supply chain disruptions created by the Japan crisis are easing. Factory orders climbed 2.
NAGOYA, Aug. 31 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. and other major automakers in Japan will restart their operations on Thursdays from September after having to shift them to the weekends due to power shortages triggered by the March 11 earthquake. The carmakers suspended operations on Thursdays and Fridays in July and August to avoid boosting electricity consumption during busy hours under the initiative of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A plant in the southeast North Dakota city of Oakes that was slated for closure at the end of August was saved when it was bought by a locally owned company. Gov. Jack Dalrymple says Harris Machine Co. has purchased the JLG Industries plant in the community of about 1,700 people and plans to expand it.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska company is planning to spend $10 million expanding its manufacturing plant in Omaha and hire about 30 more workers. Intersystems, which makes equipment for grain elevators, processing plants and port facilities, announced its plans on Tuesday. Its products help sort grains, powders, rock and wood chips.
ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person was burned in an explosion at a northwest Georgia manufacturing plant. Rome-Floyd County Fire Chief Gordon Henderson tells the Rome News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/nLyfN6) that one person was being treated for steam burns. He did not know the extent of the person's injuries.
DETROIT (AP) — Automakers are gearing up to make more compact cars this year. It's another bet on a part of the car market that has thrived this year as consumers fret about the economy but still want a new set of wheels. General Motors is adding Saturday shifts in the fourth quarter at an Ohio factory that makes the compact Cruze, two people briefed on the matter said Monday.
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes air compressors and other air tools says it will expand its headquarters in northern Indiana and expects to add some 100 jobs in the next few years. United Technologies subsidiary Sullair Corp. announced Tuesday it would spend up to $12.
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Spangler Candy Co. is adding jobs and space to produce more candy canes sold under brand names such as Jelly Belly and Cinnabon. The company said in a statement Monday that it will spend $400,000 to upgrade and install two candy cane production lines at its plant in Bryan, the northwest Ohio community where Spangler is based.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy may not be able to complete the Hanford vitrification plant for the projected $12.2 billion, according to an internal DOE document. The $12.2 billion figure is at risk due to uncertainties in congressional funding for the project, increased cost growth outpacing savings and delays in resolving technical waste mixing issues, according to a briefing document by the Construction Project Review team.
TOKYO (AP) — Most Japanese automakers are reporting lackluster vehicle production and sales figures for July. The results underscore ongoing malaise in the industry as it grapples with a strong yen, a precarious global economy and recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Pfizer is selling its manufacturing plant in Henrico County to Fareva. McDonnell announced the deal Tuesday in a news release. He says Fareva plans to acquire and invest $42 million in the facility. McDonnell says the plant will continue to produce Pfizer consumer products under a manufacturing and supply agreement between the companies.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An automotive supplier will open a new $23 million manufacturing plant and create 400 jobs in the next five years in Perry County, where the unemployment rate in recent years has reached nearly 30 percent, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday. The Republican governor and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said Michigan-based NYX Inc.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A business in Decatur that makes iron castings plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary by adding a shift and hiring dozens of workers. Decatur Foundry President Terry Young on Monday said he plans to add a weekend shift before the end of the year and hire 35 to 50 workers.
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Harris Corp. said Monday that it has been awarded a $16 million follow-on contract by Lockheed Martin Corp. to supply more than 100 radio systems to the U.S. Army. The communications and information technology company said the contract brings the total value of contracts to Harris under the Army's Warfighter Information Network - Tactical program to more than $200 million since 2002.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fire officials say a worker has died in an accident at a Milwaukee door manufacturer. A battalion chief says the man was crushed in an industrial press at ASI Technologies early Tuesday. Employees told WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/oxhPFf) the man had been an ASI employee for more than 30 years.
NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing says it's planning to redesign the engine of its workhorse 737 airplane in an effort to quickly match growing competition from rival plane maker Airbus. The Chicago manufacturer said Tuesday it has received commitments for 496 airplanes with the new engines from five airlines.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Milwaukee Tool clerk's paperwork error means the manufacturing plant in Jackson must pay Hinds County $1.4 million more in property taxes than it contends it owes. The Board of Supervisors on Monday denied Milwaukee Tool's request for relief, saying the company should have called it to the board's attention earlier than just a few weeks ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hamstrung by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling, President Barack Obama is preparing a September jobs package with limited tools at his disposal to prime the economy and crank up employment. At a minimum, the president's plan will call on Congress to extend current payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits, spend money for new construction projects and offer incentives to businesses to hire more workers.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A court has ordered Brazil's second-largest airline to plant trees near Sao Paulo's international airport to compensate for pollution caused by its passenger jets. The Sao Paulo State Court of Justice says in a statement that Gol Lineas Aereas Intelligentes S.A.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City-area manufacturers say there are plenty of jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill met with business and academic leaders Friday to discuss ways to improve job training to meet increasingly technical needs of manufacturers.