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Skills Gap Is Taking A Toll On Economy

June 30, 2011 8:56 am

Erika Niedowski, Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — John Russo's chemical lab in North Kingstown has been growing in recent years, even despite a deflated economy, and he expects to add another 15 to 20 positions to his 49 employees over the next year. But the president of Ultra Scientific Analytical Solutions has found himself in a vexing spot, struggling to fill openings that require specialized training in a state where the jobless rate is close to 11 percent, the third-highest in the nation.

CAT To Create 200 New Jobs In GA

June 30, 2011 8:51 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is investing $120 million in its Spalding County facility and expects to create at least 200 more jobs in Georgia. The Peoria, Ill.-based company is upgrading its Griffin Engine Center in Spalding County. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Caterpillar "one of the world's most recognizable and successful brands.

Chlorine And Acid Caused Tyson Hospitalizations

June 30, 2011 8:46 am

Kurt Voigt, Associated Press Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A solution of chlorine was poured into a drum of acid inside a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas this week, creating chlorine gas that sickened more than 170 people, authorities said in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

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Mars To Build $250M Plant In Kansas

June 29, 2011 9:06 am

John Milburn, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chocolate maker Mars Inc. said Wednesday it had chosen a site in Topeka for its newest manufacturing plant that will initially bring 200 jobs to northeast Kansas. Officials with the company, city and state said that the project is the largest single investment in the Topeka economy in the city's history.

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ABB Plans $4.6M Expansion Of Manufacturing Facility

June 29, 2011 9:01 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — ABB Inc. is planning a $4.6 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Virginia's Halifax County. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the expansion Wednesday in a news release. McDonnell says the expansion will create 15 jobs and preserve 140. The facility produces liquid-cooled transformers for large utility, industrial and government users.

Milwaukee Offers Businesses Water Discount

June 29, 2011 8:35 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee is offering a discount on water to certain businesses. Mayor Tom Barrett is giving a water rate discount to businesses that use a large quantity of water in their processing activities, like cooling and washing or in its food and beverage production. Barrett says he hopes the discount will help attract business and encourage expansion.

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Tyson Worker Remains In ICU

June 29, 2011 8:33 am

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — One worker exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas remains in intensive care and 13 others are still hospitalized. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an email to The Associated Press Wednesday that the number of hospitalized workers is down from about 50 Tuesday.

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Saab Secures $36M Loan To Help Pay Workers

June 29, 2011 8:31 am

Malin Rising, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab has secured a euro25 million ($36 million) bridge loan from Gemini Investment Fund Ltd. that will help the troubled carmaker stay afloat in the short term, its owner said Wednesday. The loan is the latest in a string of deals presented this week to solve the liquidity crisis that forced Saab to stop production at its plant in southwestern Sweden and delayed its employees' June pay checks.

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Obama Weighs In On Boeing Labor Dispute

June 29, 2011 8:27 am

WASHINGTON (AP) —  President Barack Obama says it would defy common sense for Boeing Co. to have to shut down a new aircraft plant or lay off workers as a result of a labor dispute with the government. Obama says companies need to have the freedom to relocate work, though they must follow the law when doing so.

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Former Volvo Plant Purchased For $7M

June 29, 2011 4:49 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of the former Volvo plant in Skyland for $7 million. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that the acquisition is intended to help lure a new manufacturer to replace the Volvo Construction Equipment plant that closed last year.

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Toyota Recalls 82,200 Hybrid SUVs

June 29, 2011 4:46 am

June 29, 2011 TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will recall about 82,200 hybrid SUVs in the U.S. due to computer boards with possible faulty wiring. The car giant said the recall will involve Highlander and Lexus brand hybrid SUVs from its 2006 and 2007 lines.

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Japan's Factories Return To 'A Recovery Trend'

June 29, 2011 4:46 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production posted the sharpest rise in nearly six decades in May but was still below pre-quake levels as factories toiled to reverse the sharp downturn triggered by the March 11 disaster. Industrial output rose 5.7 percent in May from the previous month, the government said Wednesday.

Five Still In Intensive Care After Tyson Toxic Spill

June 29, 2011 4:43 am

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas (AP) — Five workers exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant are in intensive care and about 50 others remain hospitalized after an accident caused by the unintentional mixing of two chemicals, the company said Tuesday. The accident Monday at the plant in Springdale resulted in the evacuation of about 300 workers, 173 of whom were treated at hospitals.

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Johnson Controls To Invest $138.5M For Expansion

June 29, 2011 4:43 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. says it will upgrade and expand a northwest Ohio battery plant, a move that will add 50 jobs. The Milwaukee-based company plans to invest $138.5 million to convert the factory near Toledo so it will produce batteries for more fuel-efficient vehicles, including those using start-stop technology.

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J&J Recalls More Tylenol Due To Moldy Odor

June 29, 2011 4:42 am

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced another Tylenol recall due to a musty moldy odor linked to a trace chemical. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit is recalling one product lot of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets made in February 2009 and distributed in the U.

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OSHA Cites Graham Lumber After Death Of Worker

June 28, 2011 9:25 am

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. for 15 safety and health violations following the March death of a worker who was electrocuted. OSHA says the worker was killed at the company's Fulton sawmill while troubleshooting a malfunctioning starter inside a motor power control center.

Consumer Confidence At Seven-Month Low

June 28, 2011 9:03 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a U.S. consumer, why would you be confident? Following a string of bad economic news, consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in June on continuing worries about high unemployment and stagnating wages, according to a report released Tuesday by a private research group.

Free Trade Agreements Could Support 70,000 Jobs

June 28, 2011 9:01 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have broken a stalemate that could clear the way for Congress to vote on three key free trade agreements, according to congressional officials and business representatives briefed on the plan. The deal would allow for a renewal of retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.

New Mandatory Crib Standards Effective Today

June 28, 2011 8:56 am

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world.

Army Signs Contract With Textron For $49.6 Million

June 28, 2011 8:52 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Textron Inc. said Tuesday that the U.S. Army exercised a contract option worth $49.6 million for Textron's marine and land systems unit to supply it with 65 additional M1117 armored security vehicles. Manufacturing of the wheeled armored vehicles will take place at Textron facilities in the New Orleans area.

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