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Thailand Flooding Stalls Auto Production

October 12, 2011 9:07 am

NAGOYA, Oct. 12 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has decided to extend the suspension of vehicle production in Thailand through Saturday due to disruptions to its supply chain caused by devastating flooding. Regarding operations from next Monday, Japan's largest automaker said it will decide after monitoring developments.


IN Official Happy With Solar Plant Progress

October 12, 2011 9:05 am

TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — A local official says a solar panel manufacturer planning a major factory in central Indiana has kept up its commitments even as some residents worry about its future after the high-profile bankruptcy of a competitor. Abound Solar plans to start production at an unfinished factory near Tipton during 2013 and eventually employ 800 to 1,000 people with a $400 million federal loan guarantee.


First 747-8 To Be Delivered Wednesday

October 12, 2011 9:03 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing says it will finally deliver its new 747-8 freighter plane after resolving a contract dispute with its first customer, Cargolux, a cargo hauler based in Luxembourg. The revamped cargo plane was supposed to go to Cargolux last month. Cargolux isn't wasting time putting the plane to work.


Chevrolet Plans All-Electric Spark In 2013

October 12, 2011 9:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevrolet plans to roll out a Spark mini-car that runs entirely on electricity beginning in 2013, a move that will add to General Motors Co.'s electric car fleet. The Detroit automaker said Wednesday that the Spark EV will be sold in limited quantities in certain U.

BlackBerry Outages Spread To North America

October 12, 2011 8:57 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Sporadic outages of BlackBerry messaging and email service spread to the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, as problems stretched into the third day for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the phones, said users in the Americas "may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning," and said it's working to fix the problem.

Samsung Replaces Smartphone Feature

October 12, 2011 5:25 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics is reportedly replacing a Galaxy smartphone feature to dodge a sales ban in the Netherlands. The world's No. 2 mobile phone maker is in an intensifying patent fight with Apple Inc. over smartphones and tablet computers that spans 10 countries.

Honda To Start 1,000-Worker Shift At IN Plant

October 12, 2011 5:23 am

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Honda is about ready to start up a second production shift at its southeastern Indiana factory after hiring nearly 1,000 new employees. The company says it expects to begin the new shift at the Greensburg factory on Oct. 24 in a move that will double the plant's annual production to 200,000 vehicles.


It's Not An iPhone 5, But So What?

October 12, 2011 5:21 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To some people, Apple's new iPhone 4S isn't the complete overhaul they have been hoping for. Its model number, which doesn't include a "5," reeks of the status quo. That's ridiculous. Sure, the 4S doesn't render the iPhone 4 hopelessly obsolete, and on the surface they're nearly identical.


Gulf Island Fabrication Worker Hit By Cable, Dies

October 12, 2011 5:19 am

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says a 22-year-old Gulf Island Fabrication employee died when he was hit in the head by a cable that came loose while moving metal sheet piling. The Courier reports ( that Mark Naquin of Montegut was pronounced dead late Monday.

Congress To Vote On 3 Trade Agreements

October 12, 2011 5:16 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting in rare harmony, Congress is preparing to approve three free trade agreements that advocates say will boost exports, give the economy a needed shot in the arm and help put Americans back to work. The trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are being trumpeted as economic victories by President Barack Obama and most congressional Republicans.

Chrysler, UAW Agree On New Contract

October 12, 2011 5:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC and the United Auto Workers negotiators agreed on a new four-year contract early Wednesday that creates 2,100 new jobs. Chrysler also will invest $4.5 billion in its plants under the deal, which covers 26,000 U.S. workers. "This agreement is the latest in a remarkable turnaround for Chrysler," UAW Vice President General Holiefield said in a statement.


New MS Ammo Plant Expands Quickly

October 11, 2011 9:27 am

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Winchester officials haven't wasted any time in the expansion of the company's Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle reports ( Gov. Haley Barbour will join Winchester representatives on Wednesday for a private ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the plant.


YH America Hose Plans $5M SC Expansion

October 11, 2011 9:23 am

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — YH America, which makes hoses for power steering fluid in automobiles and other light vehicles is spending $5 million to expand its plant in South Carolina's Pickens County. YH America South Carolina announced Tuesday that the expansion should add 93 jobs when finished by the end of next year.


Carpet Plant Closing To Cost 270 GA Jobs

October 11, 2011 9:21 am

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — One of northwest Georgia's largest carpet companies has announced that it will close a manufacturing facility in Dalton, known for decades as the nation's carpet capital. The Daily Citizen reports that the closing of Shaw's plant on Riverbend Drive will result in 270 layoffs.


TI Facility Accident Kills Worker

October 11, 2011 9:17 am

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — An industrial accident at a Texas Instruments chip fabrication unit in the Dallas area has left a worker dead. Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich (PER'-lik) on Tuesday identified the victim as 54-year-old Roy Aguilar of Dallas. Perlich says firefighters Monday responded to a report of a water purifier explosion at a TI unit in Richardson.

IN Copper Plant Approved Despite Concerns

October 11, 2011 9:15 am

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana environmental regulators have approved plans for a copper wire plant near Fort Wayne over the protests of more than 100 area residents concerned about increased pollution. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says in a letter to residents that it is required by law to issue the permit as long as the factory in New Haven meets all state and federal emissions rules.


Local Union Rejects Ford-UAW Contract

October 11, 2011 9:09 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — A local Ford Motor Co. union has rejected a contract agreement between the company and the United Auto Workers, indicating that Ford and the UAW could have a tough time getting some workers to accept the deal. UAW Local 900, which represents workers at three plants outside Detroit, said Tuesday that 51.


Honda Picks NC For Service Center For First Jet

October 11, 2011 5:37 am

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Honda Aircraft Co. said Monday it will increase the number of jobs near its North Carolina headquarters to more than 1,000 in five years to produce small business jets and build a $20 million maintenance and repair center. Honda's existing Greensboro jet factory employs about 600 and the Japanese company has said previously it expects to add up to 300 more as it reaches full production.


Union To Resume Talks With American Crystal

October 11, 2011 5:35 am

GRAND FORKS HERALD, N.D. (AP) — The union representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers plans to bring new proposals to the company in an attempt to end the lockout that has lasted for more than 70 days. Union spokesman Mark Froemke tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.


MA, MI Solar Plants To Be Auctioned

October 11, 2011 5:32 am

DEVENS, Mass. (AP) — An Illinois liquidation firm has been named to handle the auction of former Evergreen Solar plants in Massachusetts and Michigan. Hilco Industrial said in a statement Monday that it had been appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to take bids on the Evergreen facilities in Devens, Mass.



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