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Toyota Preparing To Hire 2,000 Miss. Workers

June 21, 2010 4:39 am

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Toyota officials say they'll begin hiring later this year in Blue Springs, Miss., and details about the process will be announced in a few weeks. Ray Tanguay, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, says the workers won't need any special skills.

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Dawn Gets Product Placement In Oil Spill Coverage

June 18, 2010 5:01 am

by Joel Walsh, AP Writer KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — BP's brand may be tarnished with each week that oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico. But a brand manufactured in Kansas City, Kan., is enjoying the kind of publicity that can't be bought or planned. Just about any article or newscast about wildlife coated with oil in the gulf region mentions Dawn — the only detergent recommended for cleaning the hundreds of afflicted pelicans, gulls and gannets.

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Toyota Next Up In Chinese Supplier Strikes

June 18, 2010 4:56 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor was assessing the impact Friday from strikes that hit two of its China-based parts suppliers, the latest unrest among migrant workers who are the backbone of the country's industrial sector. Workers at a plastic parts factory of Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate Toyoda Gosei Co.

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Obama To Ohio: Jobs Are Still No. 1 Focus

June 18, 2010 4:45 am | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to keep showing the economy is on his mind, President Barack Obama is dashing into Ohio for the groundbreaking of a road project, hoping to remind the nation that the massive, costly stimulus act is still churning out jobs. Millions of unemployed people have yet to feel the relief.

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Boeing Wins $25 Million Navy Contract

June 18, 2010 4:37 am

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday that Boeing Co. received a $25 million modification to an existing contract. Boeing's St. Louis operations will make proposed engineering changes to the trailing edge flap for wings on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighter aircraft.

UAW Accuses Toyota Of Phasing Out Unions

June 18, 2010 4:35 am | by Dan Strumpf and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

Toyota's announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation. But the decision drew fire from America's largest auto union, which accused Toyota of shifting production from a union plant to a nonunion facility.

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Campell Recalls 15 Million Pounds Of SpaghettiOs

June 18, 2010 4:34 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday. Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned.

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Insurers Banned From Dropping Chinese Drywall Owners

June 16, 2010 5:06 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on insurance companies dropping coverage of homeowners who have found corrosive Chinese drywall in their homes is headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal after getting final legislative passage Tuesday. The bill by Rep. Julie Quinn, R-Metairie, would prohibit insurers from canceling or refusing to renew policies for homes because of Chinese-made drywall, which has been blamed for home corrosion and health concerns.

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Chrysler Won't Shut Down Production This Summer

June 16, 2010 4:59 am

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has ended a cost-saving requirement that all workers take the same two weeks off during the summer, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. For the past two years, cash-starved Chrysler shut down all of its operations during the same two weeks in July that it closed U.

Industrial Production Rises 1.2 Percent, Fuels Economy

June 16, 2010 4:42 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose 1.2 percent in May as manufacturing remained a key engine of the economic recovery. The Federal Reserve says output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rose over April's 0.7 percent increase. The industrial sector's gains reflect the growing strength of the recovery.

Lindt Expands Unique All-In-One Chocolate Plant

June 16, 2010 4:40 am | by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press Writer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Swiss chocolate maker Lindt had humble beginnings when it set up its U.S. headquarters in southeastern New Hampshire back in 1989. "At that point in time we were a very small unit, manufacturing just a few products," said Ernst Tanner, Lindt CEO. "Our brand was really not established.

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DuPont Ordered To Pay $59,000 For Mercury Pollution

June 16, 2010 4:35 am

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Industrial giant DuPont has agreed to pay a $59,000 penalty for mercury discharges at a North Carolina plant. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the settlement relates to the company's polymer fiber manufacturing facility in Kinston. The EPA says discharges at the plant exceeded permitted levels of mercury for eight months between September 2008 and March 2009.

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EPA: Climate Bill To Cost Less Than A Postage Stamp

June 16, 2010 4:34 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A climate and energy bill being pushed in the Senate would cost American households 22 to 40 cents a day — less than the cost of a first-class postage stamp, the Obama administration said Tuesday. An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the Senate bill, sponsored by Sens.

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Manufacturing Consumption Up 50.6 Percent Year-To-Date

June 15, 2010 7:05 am

Douglas K. Woods, AMT President April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $222.36 million, according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 15.

300 Deere Jobs Saved Through Tax Credits

June 15, 2010 5:12 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa's decision to grant state tax credits for a major modernization project at the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo is saving nearly 300 jobs at the company. According to documents Deere & Co. filed with the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the tax credits is allowing the company to retain 60 salaried positions and 235 hourly jobs in Waterloo.

Northrop Wins $517 Million Army Contract For Airships

June 15, 2010 5:10 am

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Northrop Grumman Corp. said Monday it has won a $517 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop up to three hybrid airships for battlefield surveillance. The airship, dubbed the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, is slightly longer than a football field.

Texas Asks Federal Court For Help In EPA Battle

June 15, 2010 4:56 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas asked a federal court on Monday to intervene in its fight with the Environmental Protection Agency over how the state regulates emissions from oil refineries and other petrochemicals plants. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to review the EPA's rejection in March of a 1995 state law that allows refineries to be modified without being subject to additional regulation, provided the changes don't increase a facility's overall emissions.

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Hershey To Spend $300 Million On Plant Modernization

June 15, 2010 4:46 am | by Marc Levy, Associated Press Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Chocolate maker The Hershey Co. said Monday it will spend $250 million to $300 million to modernize several facilities and cut costs as part of a plan that is intended to save $80 million a year and could mean big changes for the company's hometown. Hershey made the announcement after its board unanimously approved the plan.

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Navistar Awarded $17.2 Million DoD Contract

June 15, 2010 4:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense said Monday that it has awarded Navistar Defense LLC a $17.2 million contract to support its armored trucks being used in combat zones. The work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June 2011. The work will be performed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

EPA Orders Manufacturer To Clean Up 'Burping Ponds'

June 15, 2010 4:42 am | by John Miller, Associated Press Writer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday ordered a chemical company to halt toxic, explosive gases leaking from a southeastern Idaho Superfund site that toxicologists concluded were an "urgent public health hazard." Philadelphia-based FMC Corp. operated a phosphorous production plant from 1949 to 2001 on the Eastern Michaud Flats area west of Pocatello, on the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Reservation.

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