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Goodyear's 2Q Earnings Up 43 Percent

July 29, 2011 7:31 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reported a 43 percent surge in second-quarter earnings Thursday, helped by a 24 percent revenue increase. But Chairman and CEO Richard J. Kramer expressed caution Thursday about its core North American market, however. "These results will be difficult to repeat in the second half because of increasing raw material cost challenges and uncertain economic conditions," he said.

American Worker Dies After Industrial Accident

July 29, 2011 7:27 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines worker is dead after an industrial accident at the Albuquerque International Sunport. Albuquerque police and airport authorities say they're investigating Thursday's accident, but didn't immediately release any details.

CAT Pays $2M For Clean Air Violations

July 29, 2011 7:25 am

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says Caterpillar Inc. has agreed to pay $2.55 million to settle allegations it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act. The department said Thursday that it believes the Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment-maker shipped more than 590,000 engines that lacked proper emissions controls.

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Webinar To Feature Iconic Inventor, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen

July 29, 2011 6:51 am

(Madison, WI & Edison, NJ) – On September 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST, IET Inspec and Automation Federation, along with support from Newark's element14 engineering community and Interpower will present an interactive webinar entitled; Great Minds on Innovation, Featuring Dean Kamen.

Lockheed Martin Wins $72M TSA Contract

July 29, 2011 5:11 am

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday it won two regional orders for a combined $72 million to help the U.S. government set up new passenger-screening equipment at about 300 airports. The orders from the Transportation Security Administration will cover airports in eastern and central states.

FL Workers Facing More Hurdles To Get Unemployment

July 29, 2011 5:09 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's jobless workers are facing additional hurdles to qualify for state unemployment compensation. Several new requirements go into effect Monday under a law passed this year to help reduce unemployment taxes paid by businesses. Claimants will be required to contact at least five potential employers or else meet with a state reemployment services representative each week.

Spirit Workers Reject Nine-Year Contract

July 29, 2011 5:07 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Engineers and technical workers at Spirit Aerosystems have voted to reject the company's contract offer. Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted Thursday on a 9 1/2-year contract proposal. A strike vote was not on the ballot.

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Jury Rules For Ford In Case Of Burned Officer

July 29, 2011 5:04 am

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio has ruled in favor of Ford Motor Co. in the lawsuit of a former patrol officer severely burned in a crash in one of the automaker's police cruisers. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports the jury reached its verdict Tuesday, denying former Austintown officer Ross Linert's request for monetary damages.

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Japan's Industrial Production On The Rise

July 29, 2011 5:02 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production rose for the third straight month in June as the world's No. 3 economy stages a recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Factory output climbed 3.9 percent from the previous month and is expected to continue growing in the months ahead.

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Number Seeking Unemployment Falls Below 400,000

July 29, 2011 5:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 398,000.

Police Investigating Blaze At Tire Plant

July 28, 2011 9:21 am

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Investigators searched a western Pennsylvania tire plant Thursday, a day after a reported explosion and fire in cold storage area of what a company official said is the oldest tire manufacturing plant in North America. The fire at Specialty Tires of America in Indiana, Pa.

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GE Aviation Plans $56M Expansion

July 28, 2011 9:18 am

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — GE Aviation, a unit of the General Electric Co., plans to spend $56 million to build a second manufacturing plant in Mississippi to produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation plans to employ 250 workers at the new Ellisville plant when full production is achieved around 2018.

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Workers Unionizing At IKEA's Only U.S. Plant

July 28, 2011 9:13 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers at IKEA's only U.S. factory overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to unionize amid complaints they have been paid less, injured more and treated worse than the thousands of Europeans who work for the Swedish furniture giant. The vote among workers at IKEA subsidiary Swedwood Danville was 221-69, according to IKEA and the union that will represent them in collective bargaining, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Officials Investigating Death Of Maintenance Worker

July 28, 2011 9:12 am

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of a Georgia maintenance worker who was hit in the head by a heavy machine at a Gordon County industrial plant. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson says Shin Gyun Kim of Rossville taken by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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2,000 Delta Employees Taking Buyouts

July 28, 2011 9:10 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer

With high fuel prices slicing last year's profit in half, Delta Air Lines said 2,000 workers are taking voluntary buyouts, it will cut its fall schedule more than expected and it won't fly routes where it can't make money. Airlines have been raising fares to cover higher fuel bills. Delta's fuel cost rose 36 percent to $2.

Ford Can't Keep Up With Demand

July 28, 2011 9:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Ford can't make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently.

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MISUMI Adds Over 8,700 In-Stock Components

July 27, 2011 12:27 pm

MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc ., has announced the addition of a significant number of frequently ordered components to its distribution center in Elk Grove Village, IL, near Chicago.  As the result of increasing demand for certain sizes and styles of many popular MISUMI mechanical and factory automation components, more than 8,700 items have been added to the local stock, effective immediately.

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Dennen Steel Starts Work On $7.4M Facility

July 27, 2011 9:07 am

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Dennen Steel Corp., a contract stamping manufacturer of steel products, has broken ground for construction of a new 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Luka, Miss. The ground-breaking was held Wednesday at the construction site. Chairman and CEO Andrew Dennen said in a statement that the $7.

MS Job Picture Recovering After Flooding

July 27, 2011 9:04 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer

A month after flooding disrupted the economy along the Mississippi River, Mississippi's employment picture improved slightly in June even though the state had 1,700 fewer non-farm jobs than a year ago. The Department of Employment Security said Wednesday that 2,300 jobs vanished from May to June.

Boston Scientific Plans $150M China Expansion

July 27, 2011 9:03 am

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Boston Scientific Inc. plans to spend $150 million in China over five years to expand operations and staff in the rapidly developing nation, the medical device maker said Wednesday. The company says its investment will include establishing a new manufacturing plant to serve China, and a training center where doctors can learn how to use medical technology.

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