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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.

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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.

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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.

Hiring Stalls In August

September 2, 2011 5:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010.

Head Injury Kills Man At Poultry Plant

September 2, 2011 5:06 am

ORLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was killed in an accident at a chicken-processing plant in northeastern Indiana. The Steuben (stoo-BEN') County coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Worrell of Fremont died from head injuries Thursday at Miller Poultry near the town of Orland.

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Report: Firms Paid More In CEO Pay Than Taxes

September 2, 2011 5:03 am

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-five of the 100 largest U.S. corporations paid their chief executives more than they paid the government in federal income taxes last year, according to a report released Wednesday. The nonprofit Institute for Policy Studies says the 25 CEOs averaged $16.7 million in salary and other 2010 compensation.

MSC's Latest Catalog Features New Products

September 1, 2011 11:02 am

Melville, New York – MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. recently released its latest V80 Metalworking Catalog, which features thousands of new customer solutions from the company’s long list of trusted, industry-leading suppliers. “The MSC team worked extremely hard this past year to make this catalog the most comprehensive of its kind in the metalworking industry,” said David Sandler, president and CEO for MSC Industrial Direct.

Stryker To Buy Concentric Medical For $135M Cash

September 1, 2011 5:43 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Stryker Corp. said Wednesday it will buy Concentric Medical Inc., which makes devices that are used to remove blood clots from the brain, for $135 million in cash. Concentric Medical is based in Mountain View, Calif. Its devices are designed to be inserted into a blood vessel and then be threaded to the brain, where they can remove a blood clot.

Hurricane Closes Tough Summer For Automakers

September 1, 2011 5:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Car sales likely slowed in August because of fewer discounts, worries about the economy and Hurricane Irene, which shut East Coast dealerships during the final weekend of the month. Irene closed out a disappointing summer for automakers, which report U.S. sales on Thursday.

Steuben Glass To Shut Doors After 108 Years

September 1, 2011 5:38 am | by Ben Dobbin, Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The Ohio owner of Steuben Glass, the company still making luxury lead crystal by hand in the United States, said Wednesday that it plans to end production after 108 years. Schottenstein Stores Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, which bought the business from longtime owner Corning Inc.

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