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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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A. Schulman To Close Plant, Cut Jobs

August 26, 2011 7:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A. Schulman Inc. on Thursday said it plans to shutter its Nashville, Tenn. plant and cut about 60 jobs because of the weak economy. Separately, the company also reduced its forecast for the year to account for a settlement and for a change in how it measures inventories.

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Compass To Buy CamelBak For $257M

August 26, 2011 6:59 am

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Investment firm Compass Diversified Holdings is buying CamelBak Products LLC, a maker of reusable water bottles, military gloves and other goods, for $257.5 million. Compass CEO Alan Offenberg said in a statement that CamelBak has strong brand recognition and hopes to capitalize on increasing demand for its hydration products.

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Toray Announces RI Expansion

August 26, 2011 6:58 am

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — One of the state's largest employers on Wednesday announced a multi-million dollar expansion expected to create more than two dozen new jobs, but Rhode Island is still competing with Virginia to be home to a second, much larger expansion project. Toray Plastics (America), which already employs about 600 people in the state, said it would undertake an $11.

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Ammo Plant Expands Available Space At Stennis

August 26, 2011 6:54 am

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant facility and its 1.6 million square feet of space have been transferred to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. The munitions plant increases space at Stennis by about 33 percent and will be used to attract employers that complement NASA's mission.

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Saab Postpones 1H Report

August 26, 2011 6:51 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Shares in Swedish Automobile, the owner of struggling car maker Saab, have plummeted after it postponed the release of its earnings figures for the first six months of the year, saying the report has yet to be completed. In a brief two-line statement Friday, the Zeewolde-headquartered Dutch company said the results would be delayed by five days because the earnings report is incomplete.

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Ohio Truck Plant Recalls Workers Laid Off In 2006

August 26, 2011 5:24 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Navistar International Corp. has taken back the last of a group of workers laid off from an Ohio truck plant nearly five years ago. Union president Jason Barlow says 20 members of his United Auto Workers local received recall letters on Friday and returned to work Monday at the plant in Springfield.

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Toyota Supplier To Set Up Steel Factory In Quake-Hit Iwate

August 26, 2011 5:22 am

TOKYO, Aug. 25 (Kyodo) — S.S.C, which processes steel sheets mainly for Toyota Motor Corp., said Thursday it will set up a factory in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, in line with Toyota's strategy of enhancing its group production in northeastern Japan ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Mitsubishi Plant To End Production Of Three Models

August 26, 2011 5:20 am

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Mitsubishi plant in central Illinois will produce its last Eclipse coupes, Spyder convertibles and Endeavor SUVs this week. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/pZPz76 ) reports that the assembly line in Normal is scheduled to be retooled to begin producing the Outlander Sport crossover SUV by mid-2012.

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OSHA Cites UP For Retaliating Against Workers

August 26, 2011 5:18 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say Union Pacific Corp. should pay $612,215 for retaliating against three employees who raised safety concerns, but the railroad disagrees with the finding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it determined the Omaha-based railroad violated the rights of two conductors based in Kansas City, Mo.

GM To Cut Truck Production Next Month

August 26, 2011 5:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is cutting its production of pickup trucks next month, a sign that truck sales aren't as robust as the company had hoped. Spokesman Tom Wickham said Thursday that GM cancelled five scheduled overtime shifts on Saturdays in September and October.

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Fire Damages ND Fertilizer Plant

August 26, 2011 5:14 am

LITCHVILLE, N.D. (AP) — A fire at a fertilizer plant in the southeastern North Dakota town of Litchville destroyed a building and about $300,000 worth of dry fertilizer. Fire Chief Darren Miedema tells The Jamestown Sun that no one was hurt in the fire early Tuesday. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately determined, but Dakota Plains Cooperative President Ken Astrup says the fire might have been sparked by lightning.

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Kayak, Canoe Maker Bringing Jobs To SC

August 25, 2011 9:05 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A company that makes canoes, kayaks and paddles is expanding in South Carolina's Greenville County, creating 72 jobs over the next five years. Confluence Watersports said Wednesday it will consolidate its separate manufacturing and distribution operations into one location in Greenville along Interstate 85.

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Maker Of Anti-DWI Ignition Locks Sues DMV

August 25, 2011 9:03 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Morrisville maker of electronic devices intended to thwart drunken drivers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the top official at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. In its suit, Monitech Inc. says DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson broke state bidding rules by withholding the renewal of its state contract.

Delta To Buy 100 Boeing 737 Jets

August 25, 2011 9:01 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Thursday confirmed its plan to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets as part of a fleet upgrade, with delivery set for 2013 to 2018. The order announced Thursday is valued at $8.5 billion at list prices, although airlines commonly get discounts. The newer planes offer perks for travelers including a roomier cabin, less engine noise and more room in overhead bins.

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