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Delphi To Invest $15M In MS Plant

August 16, 2011 5:45 am

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Delphi Automotive says it's investing about $15 million to improve its manufacturing plant in the south Mississippi city of Brookhaven. The investment by the international automotive supplier was announced Monday by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who said more than 200 jobs will be retained there.

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Columbia Falls Plant Shuts Down After Injuries

August 16, 2011 5:43 am

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Plum Creek Timber Co. has temporarily shut down its plywood plant in Columbia Falls after two workers were injured. Tom Ray is Plum Creek's vice president of Northwest Resources and Manufacturing. He told the Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/pz7w77 ) the injuries prompted a safety review and the plant shut down Monday.

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $47M Army Contract

August 16, 2011 5:41 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire)—The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin  a $47 million contract to develop, demonstrate, and deliver autonomous technologies for unmanned air systems in support of in-theater unmanned cargo resupply missions. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and Kaman will demonstrate intelligent autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems using the K-MAX helicopter platform.

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Evergreen Solar Files For Bankruptcy Relief

August 16, 2011 5:39 am

BOSTON (AP) — A solar energy company that received millions of dollars in grants and tax incentives from Massachusetts before closing one of its facilities in the state has voluntarily filed for bankruptcy relief. Marlborough-based Evergreen Solar announced Monday that as part of its reorganization it would reduce its U.

Grainger Plans $344M Fabory Group Purchase

August 15, 2011 9:21 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Industrial maintenance and safety products supplier W.W. Grainger Inc. plans to buy European fastener distributor Fabory Group for $344 million to boost its product offerings. Fabory, based in the Netherlands, sells its 80,000 products in 14 countries. It had 2010 revenue of about $300 million.

Western Iowa Manufacturers Report Flood Problems

August 15, 2011 9:19 am

AMES, Iowa (AP) — More than half the manufacturers surveyed in six western Iowa counties say they are being affected by Missouri River flooding. The flooding has played havoc with transportation logistics and employee commuting, given the blockages of Interstate 29 and the closing of some Nebraska-Iowa bridges over the river.

Jury Rules Daramic Did Not Discriminate In Firings

August 15, 2011 9:17 am

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Daviess County jury has ruled that Daramic Inc. did not discriminate when it fired two older workers at its Owensboro plant. Paul Mitchell and Paul Stinnett filed suit after they were fired in Oct. 2008. Mitchell, the plant's production scheduler, was 59 at the time and had been with the company for 17 years.

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General Dynamics Awarded $42M Army Contracts

August 15, 2011 9:15 am

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp.'s land systems unit has been awarded two contracts to provide tank work for Saudi Arabia with a combined value of $42.4 million. The contracts were awarded by the U.S. Army on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces. This work is part of a plan by Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of 314 Abrams tanks.

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Spirit Worker Dies Following Accident

August 15, 2011 9:13 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A longtime Wichita aircraft worker has died from injuries he suffered in an accident on the job. Officials of Spirit Aerosystems say Jerry Milligan was injured Thursday afternoon when he and other workers were moving a fuselage panel. Milligan died Saturday at a Wichita hospital.

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IN Residents Oppose Proposed Copper Wire Plant

August 15, 2011 9:10 am

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Northeastern Indiana residents irritated for years by an aluminum smelting plant's emissions are now worried a proposed copper wire plant nearby will worsen the region's air quality. New Haven resident Don Markley says he and his neighbors have for years endured the health impacts of emissions from OmniSource Superior Aluminum.

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Google To Buy Motorola Mobility For $12.5B

August 15, 2011 5:34 am

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Google Inc. is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition and a sign the online search leader is serious about expanding beyond its core Internet business and setting the agenda in the fast-growing mobile market.

Honda To Build $800M Factory In Mexico

August 15, 2011 5:32 am

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. plans to build an $800 million factory in Mexico to make small cars for customers in North America, the company said Friday. The plant, near Celaya, Guanajuato, north of Mexico City, is expected to open in 2014 and will employ 3,200 workers from the region, Honda said in a statement.

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Retail Sales At Highest Level In Four Months

August 15, 2011 5:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers spent more on autos, furniture, clothing and gas in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in four months. The gain signaled that Americans are a little more confident in the economy and could helped dispel fears that the country is headed for another recession.

Saab Owner To Issue Four Million New Shares

August 15, 2011 5:28 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of Sweden's Saab is issuing new shares under a €150 million ($214 million) equity facility to keep the troubled car maker afloat. Swedish Automobile, or Swan, said Monday it is issuing 4 million new shares under an existing agreement with GEM Global Yield Fund Limited.

"Doomsday" Defense Cuts Loom Large

August 15, 2011 5:23 am | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the dozen lawmakers tasked with producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened "doomsday" defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp.

Toyota Recalls 33,380 Corollas

August 15, 2011 5:21 am

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp.'s China subsidiary said Monday it will recall 33,380 Toyota Corolla EX sedans for repair to fix an engine computer malfunction. The company said the onboard computer controlling engine functions may fail when the computer case is exposed to static electricity, making it impossible to start the engine or causing the engine to stall.

Whirlpool May Cut 270 Workers

August 12, 2011 7:05 am

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Whirlpool Corp. says up to 270 employees may be laid off from the company's Fort Smith plant. Kristine Vernier released a statement Thursday saying up to 250 hourly and 20 salaried employees may be laid off. Vernier said the possible cutbacks are because of an expected reduced demand for side-by-side refrigerators and the softening of the economy.

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Osmotica Plans Manufacturing Center In GA

August 12, 2011 7:02 am

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that a pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research and development and manufacturing operation in Marietta. Deal says that Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. plans to create 156 jobs over five years. He said in a statement that the plans represent a $20 million investment over the next five years.

Machinists Win Union Election At United

August 12, 2011 7:00 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer

The union that represents ramp workers at United Airlines won an election on Thursday to cover more than 14,000 workers as it combines with Continental. It's a big win for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which just gained more than 7,300 Continental workers from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

DynCorp Wins $490M Navy Contract

August 12, 2011 6:58 am

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Privately held defense contractor DynCorp International said Thursday it won a deal worth up to $490 million for aircraft maintenance at a Navy facility in Maryland. The contract has a base year value of $92.8 million plus four option years. DynCorp will provide maintenance help at the Navy's air warfare center in Patuxent River, Md.

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