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Auto Supplier To Open $23M TN Plant

August 30, 2011 8:46 am | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press

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.

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Decatur Foundry To Add Shift, Hire Workers

August 30, 2011 5:28 am

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.

Harris Wins $16M Army Contract

August 30, 2011 5:26 am

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.

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Worker Crushed In Fatal Press Accident

August 30, 2011 5:24 am

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.

Boeing To Redesign 737 Engine

August 30, 2011 5:23 am

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.

Mistake Costs Plant $1.4M

August 30, 2011 5:21 am

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.

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Obama Faces Tight Restraints In Crafting Jobs Plan

August 30, 2011 5:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

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.

Brazil Airline Must Compensate For Jet Pollution

August 29, 2011 9:28 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press

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.

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Manufacturers Say Not Enough Skilled Workers

August 29, 2011 9:26 am

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.

Lack Of Skilled Welders Delays Production

August 29, 2011 9:23 am

TRENTON, N.S.( Canadian Press ) — A spokesman for a Nova Scotia wind farm parts maker says a lack of welders has caused delays in production. Brad Murray of DSTN, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, says the Trenton plant expects to roll out its first wind turbine tower next month.

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ATK Opens New UT Facility, Creates 800 Jobs

August 29, 2011 9:21 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — ATK Aerospace Systems is opening a new facility to build commercial airframes and engines in Utah. The site is projected to create 800 jobs over the next 20 years in Davis County. ATK spokesman George Torres says the more than 600,000 square-foot facility in Clearfield will produce aircraft composite structures and already has more than $1 billion in contracts to fulfill.

Fiat To Build $720M Turin Plant

August 29, 2011 9:18 am

MILAN (AP) — Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, has confirmed plans to invest euro500 million ($720 million) to build Maseratis in a plant near Turin. Fiat confirmed the investment in the plant, which formerly made Bertone cars, in a statement Friday after receiving guarantees that the government will pass a law favoring investments that are backed by unions.

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Ford Workers Authorize Strike

August 29, 2011 9:16 am

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City, Mo., are authorizing their union leaders to call a strike against the company. Local union President Jeff Wright said in an e-mail Monday that 3,049 workers voted to authorize a strike. Only 18 voted against it. The workers finished voting Saturday.

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CA Would Be First State To Ban Foam Containers

August 29, 2011 5:37 am | by Sheila V Kumar, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California's state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins already are razor thin. BJ's Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California's farm country, uses about 26,000 of the 9-inch foam clamshells a year, mostly for takeout by the customers who come in for the restaurant's popular breakfast omelets.

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American Crystal Workers Can't Get Unemployment

August 29, 2011 5:36 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar workers in North Dakota who are locked out in a contract dispute have been declared ineligible for unemployment benefits. The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/pjAsvB) that Darren Brostrom, the state's director of unemployment insurance, says North Dakota state law prohibits unemployment insurance for workers embroiled in labor disputes.

IDT To Sell Fabrication Plant For $26M

August 29, 2011 5:34 am

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Integrated Device Technology Inc. plans to sell a wafer fabrication plant in Hillsboro, Ore., to Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd. for $26 million. IDT, a chip maker based in San Jose, Calif., said Monday that the companies are likely to enter a purchase agreement by the end of the year and that the proposed sale could close by Jan.

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Ivy Tech To Push Custom Training To IN Firms

August 29, 2011 5:31 am

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana businesses struggling to find skilled workers to fill specialized jobs could get a hand from Ivy Tech Community College through a new statewide push to help match companies with training that will give them the employees they need. The college is working to make businesses aware that it can create training programs tailored for their specific needs.

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Worker Seriously Injured At Pepsi Plant

August 29, 2011 5:29 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man's leg was crushed in a machine at a Pepsi-Cola plant in Tampa. Employees called 911 about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, saying a man was trapped in a conveyor rail system at the plant near the University of South Florida. The St. Petersburg Times (http://bit.

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FAA Clears The Way For First Boeing 787 Flight

August 29, 2011 5:27 am

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — After nearly two years of flight tests and analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways next month — more than three years later than initially planned.

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Marlboro Snus Plant In VA Being Idled

August 26, 2011 7:04 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. says it's idling a Virginia manufacturing plant that makes its Marlboro snus smokeless, spit-less tobacco. The subsidiary of Altria Group said Wednesday it is moving production from the York County facility to various locations Smokeless owns in the U.

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