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Invisalign Maker To Move Overseas

September 9, 2011 5:08 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The maker of Invisalign clear braces for teeth will close its New Jersey facility next year, eliminating 119 jobs, and move operations overseas to cut costs. Align Technology Inc. expects to save about $4 million per year because of the moves, the company said Wednesday.

American Crystal Says No Issues With Fill-Ins

September 9, 2011 5:06 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says there have been no issues with inexperienced replacement workers hired to take over harvesting duties this week. About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract.

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Gov Says Too Many Workers Die On Job In WY

September 9, 2011 5:04 am

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says too many workers die on the job in Wyoming and the state needs to keep working to improve its workplace safety. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the number of occupational fatalities in the state rose to 34 last year.

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Haley: SC Unemployment Tied To Grads, Retirees

September 9, 2011 5:02 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday said recent college graduates, cash-strapped retirees, laid-off middle-aged workers and skills shortfalls are at the heart of the state's nearly worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate. Haley, speaking at her hometown Rotary Club in Lexington, also said she wants to require drug testing for people who get the unemployment benefits they've earned while working.

OSHA Cites Manufacturer For Potentially Fatal Violations

September 9, 2011 4:59 am

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed $176,000 in fines for potentially fatal safety violations at a Concord manufacturing plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it was proposing the fines for 16 violations at Stowe Woodward LLC's plant.

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FBI Investigates Solar Firm That Got $535M U.S. Loan

September 9, 2011 4:55 am | by Jason Dearen, Kiven Freking, Associated Press

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — FBI agents executed search warrants Thursday at the headquarters of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loans before filing for bankruptcy last week. Blue-jacket-clad agents swarmed the company's headquarters in Fremont as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General into the manufacturer once touted by President Barack Obama as a beneficiary of economic stimulus, FBI spokeswoman Julianne Sohn said.

Brunswick To Expand Boat Plant

September 8, 2011 8:28 am

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Brunswick Corp. has announced plans to expand its Lund Boats plant in New York Mills. Brunswick, which owns and operates Lund Boats, plans to add 22,000 square feet to the western Minnesota plant. The company says demand has been high for both the Crestliner and Lund boat brands.

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Man Hit With Environmental Charges At KY Plant

September 8, 2011 8:27 am

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been charged with tampering with environmental monitors, then covering it up at a southern Kentucky secondary aluminum production plant. A federal grand jury in Bowling Green on Wednesday charged 59-year-old Daniel Evanoff of Plymouth, Wis.

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UAW, Ford, Chrysler Far Apart In Talks

September 8, 2011 8:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Chrysler and the United Auto Workers remain far apart in labor talks with just a week left before their contracts expire, two people briefed on the talks said Wednesday. Negotiators for the two companies and the union have started serious talks on wages in the past few days, even though the union's contracts with all three Detroit carmakers expire at 11:59 p.

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Unemployment Applications Increasing

September 8, 2011 8:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, evidence that the job market isn't improving. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report suggests companies aren't significantly increasing layoffs, despite weak economic growth.

Boeing Plans 5,000 Planes For China

September 8, 2011 8:22 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. on Wednesday raised its estimate for the number of new planes that the Chinese market will need over the next 20 years. Boeing said it expects China will need 5,000 new commercial planes worth $600 million over the next 20 years. Last year it predicted that China would need 4,330 new planes valued at $480 billion over the 20-year period starting in 2010.

Saab Denied Bankruptcy Protection

September 8, 2011 8:20 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Thursday rejected car maker Saab's application for creditor protection, paving the way for possible bankruptcy filings from labor unions. The ruling by the Vanersborg District Court, which can be appealed, is the latest setback for cash-strapped Saab as it scrambles to solve a liquidity crisis that has left it teetering on the brink of collapse.

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Ohio Paper Company Files For Chapter 11

September 7, 2011 9:55 am

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — Paper producer NewPage Corp. said Wednesday that it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it restructures. The privately held Ohio-based company said it expects to continue operating its U.S. business as usual and has commitments for $600 million in financing led by J.

Obama To Propose $300B To Jump-Start Jobs

September 7, 2011 9:53 am | by David Espo, Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again. Republicans offered Tuesday to compromise with him on jobs — but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech.

Kraft To Split Before End Of 2012

September 7, 2011 9:51 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. still expects to split itself into two publicly traded companies before the end of next year, the nation's largest food maker said Wednesday. Kraft announced last month that one of the companies will focus on its international snack brands like Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates and the other one will concentrate on its North American grocery business that includes Maxwell House coffee and Oscar Mayer meats.

Businesses Post Most Job Openings In 3 Years

September 7, 2011 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies in July advertised the most jobs in three years, and layoffs declined — a bit of hope for a weak economy. Still, many employers are in no rush to fill openings. The Labor Department said Wednesday that employers increased their postings to 3.23 million from 3.

Worker Dies In Steel Mill Accident

September 7, 2011 9:47 am

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A worker at a steel mill in Magnolia is dead after an accident that occurred while changing a cable on an overhead crane. The Banner-News reports (http://bit.ly/mZ9DoO ) that 55-year-old Gene Drake of Waldo was killed in the late Tuesday morning accident at CMC Steel Arkansas.

Southwest Hopes New Planes Will Help Profitability

September 7, 2011 9:44 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 next March and get 25 of the new, larger planes next year to help boost its financial results. Southwest chief financial officer Laura Wright said Wednesday that the company expects to eventually own 100 of the 737-800s.

CO Baking Soda Maker Doubling Capacity

September 7, 2011 5:36 am

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — North America's second-largest producer of baking soda is working to boost production at its Colorado plant while it looks to research how to commercially develop oil shale in the state. Natural Soda Inc., a subsidiary of Natural Resources USA Corp., mines sodium bicarbonate in Rio Blanco County from what the company says are one of the largest known deposits of nahcolite in the world.

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Lockheed Martin Wins $100M Air Force Contract

September 7, 2011 5:34 am

Bethesda, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday that it received a $100.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for production of a new laser guided bomb guidance system, the paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb GBU-12. The award is most of an initial $134 million contract for the bomb system procurement.

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