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Silgan Closes On Nestle Purina Steel-Can Buyout

September 6, 2011 9:17 am

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Packaging-products supplier Silgan Holdings Inc. has closed on its $25 million purchase of Nestle Purina PetCare Co.'s steel can-making assets for its pet food products. "This transaction enhances our market-leading position in food cans, allowing us to further leverage our broad manufacturing platform to continue to provide competitive advantage to customers such as Nestlé," Silgan President and CEO Tony Allott said in a statement.

NC Aviation Firm Plans Expansion

September 6, 2011 9:16 am

WALLBURG, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina company that keeps commercial airliners flying plans to shift its manufacturing operations to a recently opened facility in Davidson County. The News & Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/nPukHU ) that privately-owned TIMCO Aviation Services plans to start shifting jobs to its Wallburg facility shortly.

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Utah To Lose 1,300 Jobs When Munitions Sites Close

September 6, 2011 9:12 am

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — After 15 years of incinerating the nation's largest single stockpile of chemical weapons, the U.S. Army's job in Utah's west desert is nearly done. But closing down facilities responsible for storing and incinerating the weapons of mass destruction will mean the loss of more than 1,300 jobs over the next two years, the Deseret News reported (http://bit.

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Congress Returns Amid Sour Mood Over Economy

September 6, 2011 9:09 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still bruised by the summer battle over the debt ceiling, Congress reconvenes this week for what could be an equally painful confrontation over how to put Americans back to work. Lawmakers returning to Washington after a monthlong recess are in accord on at least one thing: Jobs policy must be at the top of the agenda.

Service Firms Growth Too Weak To Help Economy

September 6, 2011 9:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Service firms that employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force expanded at a slightly faster pace in August. But the sector remains too weak to help an economy that is barely growing and struggling to create jobs. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index for service companies rose to 53.

Sprint Files Antitrust Suit To Block AT&T

September 6, 2011 9:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp., the No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S., on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block AT&T Inc. from buying T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department last week filed a similar suit in the District of Columbia, and Sprint's parallel filing gives it an opportunity to influence that case.

Toyota Start Of Production Draws Near

September 6, 2011 5:34 am | by Dennis Seid

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — At the 2 million-square-foot Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant, the first Corollas have already been made. But they're not for sale just yet. The test cars are works in progress, allowing team members — Toyota's term for its employees — to put their knowledge and training to use in anticipation of the long-awaited day when the first production-ready, sellable Corollas roll off the line.

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Window Plant To Close, 252 Jobs Lost

September 6, 2011 5:32 am

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A company that manufactures and distributes windows plans to shut down its McAlester plant, leaving 252 people out of work. Simonton Windows officials anticipate closing the plant by the end of the year, spokeswoman Kathy Ziprik told the McAlester News-Capital for a story published Friday (http://bit.

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American Crystal Ready For Harvest With Fill-Ins

September 6, 2011 5:30 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

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Workplace Deaths Down 30 Percent

September 6, 2011 5:27 am

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of deaths in the workplace decreased 30 percent in 2010. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry says there were 36 worker fatalities in 2010 — down from 52 in 2010. That is a big drop for Montana, which in 2009 held the dubious distinction for having the highest rate of worker deaths.

Honda Recalls 962,000 Cars Worldwide

September 6, 2011 5:26 am

TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it will recall a total of 962,000 cars worldwide to fix power windows and computer systems. Honda will recall 936,000 units of the Fit subcompact, CR-V crossover and Fit Aria in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, the company said Monday. The Fit is called Jazz in some overseas markets, while the Fit Aria is also known as City.

Obama: Republicans Must Approve Jobs Program

September 6, 2011 5:24 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally on Monday to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. "Show us what you've got," he said.

Hawaii Is No. 1 In Workplace Meth Use

September 2, 2011 6:41 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii leads the nation in methamphetamine use among its workforce, according to a new study by a major drug testing company. In millions of test samples analyzed in 2010, Hawaii had a dramatic lead — 410 percent greater than the national average — in tests coming up positive for the highly addictive drug stimulant, according to a Quest Diagnostics study obtained by The Associated Press.

U.S. Carmakers Report Surprisingly Strong August Sales

September 2, 2011 6:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Fears that car buyers would stay away from dealerships in August never materialized. Instead, Americans were lured by new models, cheaper financing and the need to replace aging cars. As a result, August sales rose 7.5 percent compared with the same month last year, according to Autodata Corp.

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Boeing To Deliver First 747-8

September 2, 2011 6:37 am

EVERETT, Wash./PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux Sept. 19 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Cargolux will fly the airplane away that morning and put the airplane into revenue service. Boeing will celebrate the first delivery with Cargolux, employees and other stakeholders the following day at the Everett factory.

OSHA Cites OH Glass Maker After Amputation Accident

September 2, 2011 6:35 am

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has cited a central Ohio glassware manufacturer for 12 alleged safety violations. OSHA said Thursday that it began investigating Anchor Hocking LLC in Lancaster after a worker's finger was amputated while he performed machinery maintenance March 18.

Obama Jobs Council Calls For More Engineers

September 2, 2011 6:33 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 40 major companies have agreed to double the number of engineering internships they offer in a bid to help universities train more people for jobs that require math and science skills, President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council announced on Wednesday.

Worker Productivity Fell

September 2, 2011 6:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worker productivity fell this spring more quickly than previously estimated and labor costs rose at a faster clip. The decline in worker output could mean that some companies need to hire if they want to meet growing demand. The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.

Lockout Lifted At International Fiber Plant

September 2, 2011 5:11 am

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 100 employees of International Fiber Corp. have returned to work at the company's southwest Ohio plant after a tentative contract agreement ended a lockout of almost four months. Business agent Don Minton with Teamsters Local 957 says employees returned to the Urbana plant Thursday after being locked out since May 3.

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GM's Sales Up 18 Percent

September 2, 2011 5:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 18 percent in August as fuel-efficient vehicles helped offset economic uncertainty and bad weather. Other automakers may not fare as well. Analysts predict that car and truck sales slowed in last month because of fewer discounts, worries about the economy and Hurricane Irene, which closed showrooms in the huge East Coast market.

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