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EPA Signs Rule To Cut Haze In Big Sky Country

August 17, 2012 10:14 am | by Matt Volz, Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Federal regulators have approved a new measure meant to help turn Montana's Big Sky Country into Clear Sky Country by forcing industrial plants to cut pollutants that make hazy skies over national parks and wilderness areas. The official target date is 2064, but EPA officials acknowledge it would take several centuries for some parks and wildernesses under the new rule. 


Clearon Suspends Production At WV Plant

August 17, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Clearon Corp. is suspending production at its South Charleston plant and laying off 45 to 50 workers. Plant manager Scott Johnson tells media outlets that production will be temporarily shut down in mid-September and last two to two-and-half months. The South Charleston plant produces bleach that's used in industrial, laundry and sanitizer products and to clean water in swimming pools.


Jobs Coming To Clintonville, WI Factory

August 17, 2012 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

A spokesman for Hoffmaster Group tells WLUK-TV the company is expanding its Creative Converting plant in Clintonville. The company expects to add 40 full-time hourly workers and 10 salaried workers. About 460 people currently work at the plant. The company is consolidating operations by closing an InnoWare facility in Menomonee Falls and laying off 100 people there. Creative Converting bought InnoWare last year.


Union: Tentative Caterpillar Deal An Improvement

August 16, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar reached a tentative six-year deal with the union representing almost 800 striking workers at an Illinois plant that makes components for trucks, tractors, and other machines, the company and union said.


Chrysler Recalls Dodge Durangos To Fix Air Bags

August 16, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling nearly 1,700 Dodge Durango SUVs because the rear side air bags may not work in a crash.


Opel In Talks To Reduce Hours At German Plants

August 16, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors' Opel subsidiary says it's in talks with unions to reduce work hours at two major plants in Germany as it struggles with a drop in demand for its vehicles.


Judge Approves Sale Of RG Steel Assets

August 16, 2012 1:54 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the sale of assets of steelmaker RG Steel in Ohio and Maryland.


Ball To End Production At Plants In Ohio, Florida

August 16, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Ball Corp. plans to end production at its metal beverage packaging plants in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainesville, Fla., by the end of the year, affecting about 235 employees.


Unmanned U.S. Military Hypersonic Craft Fails

August 16, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Air Force says an unmanned experimental aircraft suffered a control failure during an attempt to fly at six times the speed of sound.


Number Of U.S. Car Dealerships Rose In 2011

August 15, 2012 1:55 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The number of U.S. car dealerships is rising again after hundreds of closures during the recession. It's another sign of strength for the car industry.


Samsung Tablet Takes Aim At iPad With Pen

August 15, 2012 1:53 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

The Galaxy Note shows that the pressure is building on the iPad, and Apple will have to work if it wants to maintain its lead.


China Moves Cautiously In Face Of Worsening Slump

August 15, 2012 1:52 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Facing a collapse in export growth and weak consumer spending, Beijing is avoiding an aggressive stimulus and sticking to a gradual strategy of small interest rate cuts and modest spending increases.


Deere Earnings Hit By Slowing Economic Growth

August 15, 2012 1:49 pm | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer

The effects of a slowing global economy caught up to Deere & Co. in its fiscal third quarter, as its net income rose 11 percent but fell well short of Wall Street's expectations.


Johnstown Plants Fueled By $55M In Defense Work

August 15, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Two Johnstown-area defense contractors plan to expand plants due to new military contracts worth more than $55 million.


Austrian Auto Parts Supplier Plans GA Plant

August 15, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

An Austrian auto parts supplier plans to build a $62 million manufacturing plant in Georgia's Bartow County, creating an estimated 220 jobs.


U.S. Industrial Production Rose 0.6 Percent In July

August 15, 2012 10:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factories made more cars, computers, and airplanes last month, a hopeful sign that manufacturing is recovering after a weak spring.


Thousands Of China-Made Cars Recalled In Australia

August 15, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

An Australian importer recalled 23,000 Chinese-made cars after asbestos was found inside engine and exhaust gaskets, the nation's consumer watchdog said.


Unmanned Boeing Aircraft Shoots To Reach 3,600 MPH

August 15, 2012 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

The Air Force planned a key test Tuesday of an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, or about 3,600 mph.


AirGuide To Open Operations In Mississippi

August 15, 2012 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

AirGuide Manufacturing says it will move factory operations to Clarksdale, Miss., investing $720,000 to create 40 full-time jobs.


J&J To Remove Harsh Chemicals From Products

August 15, 2012 10:22 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Johnson & Johnson plans to remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years.



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