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Union To Resume Talks With American Crystal

October 11, 2011 5:35 am

GRAND FORKS HERALD, N.D. (AP) — The union representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers plans to bring new proposals to the company in an attempt to end the lockout that has lasted for more than 70 days. Union spokesman Mark Froemke tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.

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MA, MI Solar Plants To Be Auctioned

October 11, 2011 5:32 am

DEVENS, Mass. (AP) — An Illinois liquidation firm has been named to handle the auction of former Evergreen Solar plants in Massachusetts and Michigan. Hilco Industrial said in a statement Monday that it had been appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to take bids on the Evergreen facilities in Devens, Mass.

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Congress Takes Up China, Free Trade, Jobs

October 11, 2011 5:30 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is embarking on a flurry of votes to show it is trying to do something about creating jobs. The prospects for legislative success, however, are spotty. One exception is in the area of trade. Congress is expected to approve free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that have been pending since the presidency of George W.

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Workers At Honeywell's MO Plant Strike

October 11, 2011 5:27 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Machinists at Honeywell's Kansas City plant are on strike after rejecting a contract offer Sunday. About 840 members of Machinists Local Lodge 778 are idled by the strike. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/qxHVyr) that union representative Steve Nickel says the union plans to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board, which is closed Monday for a federal holiday.

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GM To Build New Midsize Pickup In U.S.

October 11, 2011 5:25 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will build and sell the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck in the United States, the company said Monday. The smaller pickup's future in the U.S. had been in doubt ever since June 2009, when GM announced it would close the factory in Shreveport, La.

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Marine Corps Backpacks To Be Made In Puerto Rico

October 10, 2011 9:27 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. defense contractor says it will make the next generation of Marine Corps backpacks at its manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico. Alliant Techsystems says its Eagle Industries unit received the five-year, $50 million contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command.

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Chemical Makers Say BPA No Longer Used

October 10, 2011 9:25 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Makers of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A have asked federal regulators to phase out rules that allow its use in baby bottles and sippy cups, saying those products haven't contained the plastic-hardening ingredient for two years. The unusual request from the American Chemistry Council may help quash years of negative publicity from consumer groups and head off tougher laws that would ban the chemical from other types of packaging because of health worries.

Gulfstream Plans MA Expansion

October 10, 2011 9:23 am

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace plans to build a maintenance hangar in western Massachusetts to accommodate its new G650 luxury business jet. Gov. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick says the move will keep the company's 130 workers in Westfield and add 100 new full-time positions.

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AR Plant Slated For Sale Gains New Life

October 10, 2011 9:18 am | by Curt Hodges

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Camfil Farr APC (Air Pollution Control) is the manufacturing facility that almost wasn't. A few years back, the company, then the Farr Company, was sold to Camfil in Sweden, and a decision was made to downsize the local facility and sell it, said Lee Morgan, division president.

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Tire Makers Invest $2B In SC

October 10, 2011 9:16 am

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Go ahead and call South Carolina the tire king. Tire companies have promised 2,900 jobs and nearly $2 billion in investment this year. The state employs more tire industry workers than any other in the country. The good news is coming as tire manufacturers recover from the recession and deal with factors that include getting closer to customers and cutting costs.

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Chrysler-UAW Talks Break For A Day Without Deal

October 10, 2011 9:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Union leaders from Chrysler plants around the country were told to park in Detroit for two more days as negotiations toward a new labor contract continue with the company. Around 200 local leaders assembled in a Detroit suburb Monday expecting to hear details of a new four-year contract.

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Record iPhone Sales Top 1M

October 10, 2011 5:25 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year's model. Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone last Friday. It hits stores this Friday. First-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year.

American Airlines To Outsource Maintenance Work

October 10, 2011 5:23 am | by D.R. Stewart

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Airlines has notified its Transport Workers Union in Tulsa that the company will outsource heavy maintenance on four Boeing 757 aircraft by Nov. 1, company and union officials said. The 757 work will be performed by TIMCO Aviation Services, an independent aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in Greensboro, N.

GM Streamlines Volt Plant, Delays 2nd Shift

October 10, 2011 5:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is delaying plans to add a second shift at the factory that makes Chevrolet Volt electric cars. The company said Friday it has found ways to make one shift more efficient, so it can produce the same number of cars as two shifts. Spokesman Chris Lee says GM still will add 300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant — but not a second shift — by the end of this year to make more Volts.

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Unemployed Seek Protection Against Job Bias

October 10, 2011 5:19 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she'd found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications. But Forte, a 55-year-old from Cleveland, says a recruiter for an employment agency told her she would not be considered for the job because she had been out of work too long.

Chrysler CEO: Automakers Need To Stay Competitive

October 10, 2011 5:17 am

MONTREAL — Western automakers can only compete with eventual low-cost Chinese rivals by reducing labour costs and standardizing platforms and parts, the CEO of Chrysler and Fiat said Friday. Sergio Marchionne said it is no longer sustainable for unionized workers to be paid using the current formula for steady pay increases no matter how poorly a company is performing.

KY Manufacturers Want More Graduates

October 10, 2011 5:12 am

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Manufacturing technology graduates are in high demand in northern Kentucky. Gateway Community & Technical College opened its Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Florence just over a year ago, but it is still not meeting demand from area companies, according to The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.

Russian Space Chief: No Flaws In Rockets

October 7, 2011 8:05 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Inspections have found that the Soyuz rockets intended to carry astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station do not have the flaw that caused an unmanned cargo ship to crash in August, Russia's space chief said Friday. The Soyuz became the only way to reach the space station after NASA retired the space shuttle in July.

Commercial Metals To Cut Almost 1,500 Jobs

October 7, 2011 8:03 am

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commercial Metals Co., which has been hurt by weak construction demand, said Friday it plans to sell or close a number of facilities, leading to the loss of nearly 1,500 jobs. The Irving, Texas, company said 1,130 jobs will be lost at a steel pipe manufacturing plant in Croatia, which the company said it plans to either sell or close after it winds down production over the next several months.

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Analyst: Toyota Recovery Could Take Years

October 7, 2011 8:00 am

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. market share has slid from 17 percent for all of 2009 to 11.5 percent last month. The company was passed in sales and market share last month by a surging Chrysler Group LLC, which in the past was far behind Toyota. An industry analyst told investors on Friday that it could take several years for Toyota to recover.

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