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Tyson Truck Driver At AR Plant Killed

August 4, 2011 9:03 am

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods says a truck driver has been killed outside its plant in Springdale. Company spokesman Worth Sparkman says the driver was accidentally pinned between two truck trailers outside of its Berry Street plant about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sparkman declined to release the driver's name of age.

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GM Doubles 2Q Profits

August 4, 2011 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — After years of big discounts, GM is finally getting a good price for its cars and trucks, and it's helping the company's bottom line. General Motors Co. surprised Wall Street Thursday by doubling its second-quarter profit. A big reason was higher prices for its vehicles worldwide.

CA Begins Ground Turkey Recall

August 4, 2011 8:59 am | by Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California stores began recalling ground turkey meat Wednesday following an outbreak of salmonella that has killed one and sickened dozens across the nation. The fresh and frozen tainted meat has been sold in California under the brand names of Kroger, Honeysuckle White and Riverside, according to the state Department of Public Health spokesman Mike Sicilia.

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Fehrer Plans $14M SC Plant Renovation

August 3, 2011 9:29 am

DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) — Auto parts producer Fehrer (FAIR'-er) Automotive is expanding in South Carolina, creating 130 new jobs over five years. State and local officials announced Tuesday the company plans to invest $14 million renovating an existing 100,000-square-foot facility in Spartanburg County.

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SC BMW Adds 100 Jobs Amid X3 Demand

August 3, 2011 9:28 am

GREER, S.C. (AP) — German automaker BMW is adding 100 new jobs at its South Carolina plant and shifting to a six-day work week as it ramps up production for its vehicles. BMW Group Board Member Harald Krueger announced Wednesday the company will be looking for engineers, information technology specialists and production management associates to work at the plant in Greer.

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Alcoa Pays To Settle Discrimination Claims

August 3, 2011 9:26 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials said on Tuesday that an Alcoa Inc. subsidiary in central Pennsylvania will pay more than $540,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against minorities and women. Alcoa Mill Products Inc. will pay about $485,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanics and African-American men who were denied jobs at the plant in Lancaster.

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UAW President Asks Industry To Work With Labor

August 3, 2011 9:24 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — United Auto Workers President Bob King is calling on industry leaders to reject what he says is a multi-billion-dollar campaign to destroy organized labor. Speaking to a conference of vehicle and parts manufacturers Thursday in Traverse City, Mich., King said the union is sincere in its push for a more cooperative relationship with management.

Chrysler Says Improved Engines Will Boost MPG

August 3, 2011 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Carmakers will squeeze more miles out gasoline and diesel engines to meet the tougher fuel economy standards announced by the government last week, the CEO of Chrysler said Wednesday. Sergio Marchionne, also head of Italy's Fiat SpA, said changes to the internal combustion engine, and not electric or hydrogen fuel cell technology, will be the answer to meeting the new standards.

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Factory Orders Fall Again In June

August 3, 2011 9:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses cut back on orders for airplanes, autos and heavy machinery in June, lowering demand for factory goods for the second time in three months. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders to U.S. factories fell 0.8 percent in June. A key category that tracks business investment plans managed a small increase, offering a positive sign amid other gloomy reports on the economy.

Locked-Out Honeywell Workers Reach Deal

August 3, 2011 5:08 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Locked-out Honeywell workers at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel agreed Tuesday to a three-year contract, ending a labor dispute that festered for more than a year in the otherwise tranquil confines of Superman's adoptive hometown. The ratification of the deal reached about two weeks ago does not mean the roughly 230 union-backed workers in Metropolis will return immediately to their Honeywell jobs at the nation's only site that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

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BAE Wins $108M Contract For U.S. Army, Marines

August 3, 2011 5:07 am

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday that it has won a $108.4 million contract modification to provide 45 vehicles and parts for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The contract calls for it to provide 29 of the M88A2 Hercules vehicles to the Army and 16 to the Marines, beginning in April 2013 and running through December 2013.

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Ford Plans To Sell Supplier To French Parts-Maker

August 3, 2011 5:05 am

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says there's a tentative deal to sell a Saline auto parts plant to a French components maker. Ford spokeswoman Della DiPietro said Tuesday a memorandum of understanding was signed for a sale to Faurecia SA. The French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen SA is Faurecia's majority owner.

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Toyota Tells Suppliers To Prepare For Growth

August 3, 2011 5:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has told its suppliers in Japan to prepare for ramped up production in 2012 and following years, signaling that the automaker is confident it's back on a growth track after being hit by massive recalls and the tsunami disaster. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Wednesday that there was a meeting with suppliers earlier this week so they could be ready to increase production.

Worker Dies In Machine Accident At Bakery

August 3, 2011 5:00 am

DALLAS (AP) — A worker has died following an industrial accident at a Dallas bakery. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans say the accident happened early Tuesday at CSM Bakery Products. Rescue crews arrived to find the man trapped by a piece of machinery. Evans says the man was crushed after somehow ending up on a conveyor belt.

Fire Destroys PA Recycling Plant

August 3, 2011 4:55 am

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — A fire has destroyed an eastern Pennsylvania recycling plant and sent massive clouds of black smoke high into the air. The fire began Tuesday morning at Nicos Polymers Group in Plainfield Township, 55 miles north of Philadelphia. Two hundred firefighters spent much of the day knocking down the heavy flames at the 180,000-square-foot fabricated steel structure.

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GE To Produce 228 Wind Turbines

August 2, 2011 9:02 am

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. and Wind Capital Group said Monday that they reached a deal for 228 wind turbines along with operations and maintenance services for a pair of projects in Oklahoma and Kansas. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the agreement, GE will supply 94 of its 1.

Americans Cut Spending For First Time In 2 Years

August 2, 2011 9:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years after seeing their incomes grow by the smallest amount in nine months. The latest data offered a troubling sign for an economy that is adding few jobs and barely growing. Consumer spending dropped 0.

U.S. Auto Industry Remains Unsure With Weak July Sales

August 2, 2011 8:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — Car buyers kept visiting dealerships in July, but not in big enough numbers to shake the auto industry's unease about its recovery. Analysts predicted only a slight rise in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks for July. A lack of discounts and continuing shortages of Japanese cars kept many buyers away, causing sales to sputter for the third straight month.

Workers Fired For Collecting Unemployment

August 2, 2011 8:53 am

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A recreational vehicle factory in northern Indiana has fired more than 20 people for collecting unemployment benefits while also collecting paychecks for their jobs. Keystone RV fired the workers from the Goshen factory Monday after reviewing monthly reports from the state Department of Workforce Development for a year, said Timothy Edwards, the factory's human resources manager.

850 Hanford Workers Face Layoffs

August 2, 2011 8:50 am

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 850 union members are facing layoffs in two months as Hanford contractors cut workers because federal stimulus money for cleanup work at the nuclear reservation in Washington state is running out. The president of the Hanford Atomic Trades Council, Dave Molnaa, told the Tri-City Herald on Monday he has not seen layoffs of that magnitude since the mid-1990s.

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