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ATK Opens New UT Facility, Creates 800 Jobs

August 29, 2011 9:21 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — ATK Aerospace Systems is opening a new facility to build commercial airframes and engines in Utah. The site is projected to create 800 jobs over the next 20 years in Davis County. ATK spokesman George Torres says the more than 600,000 square-foot facility in Clearfield will produce aircraft composite structures and already has more than $1 billion in contracts to fulfill.

Fiat To Build $720M Turin Plant

August 29, 2011 9:18 am

MILAN (AP) — Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, has confirmed plans to invest euro500 million ($720 million) to build Maseratis in a plant near Turin. Fiat confirmed the investment in the plant, which formerly made Bertone cars, in a statement Friday after receiving guarantees that the government will pass a law favoring investments that are backed by unions.

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Ford Workers Authorize Strike

August 29, 2011 9:16 am

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City, Mo., are authorizing their union leaders to call a strike against the company. Local union President Jeff Wright said in an e-mail Monday that 3,049 workers voted to authorize a strike. Only 18 voted against it. The workers finished voting Saturday.

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CA Would Be First State To Ban Foam Containers

August 29, 2011 5:37 am | by Sheila V Kumar, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California's state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins already are razor thin. BJ's Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California's farm country, uses about 26,000 of the 9-inch foam clamshells a year, mostly for takeout by the customers who come in for the restaurant's popular breakfast omelets.

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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.

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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