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Solar Panel Manufacturer Says IN Factory On Track

July 8, 2011 5:14 am

TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — A solar panel manufacturer says its plans remain on track to start production at an unfinished auto parts factory in central Indiana a year after President Barack Obama announced $400 million in federal loan guarantees for the company. Abound Solar took control of the vacant factory near Tipton after gaining final loan approval in December and has since added production at its existing plant in Longmont, Colo.


Electric Boat Hires Hundreds Of Workers

July 8, 2011 4:41 am

Michael Melia, Associated Press GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy's primary contractor for submarines is hiring hundreds of employees and putting up new buildings as it doubles production of fast-attack submarines and ramps up design work for a new generation of ballistic missile vessels, company officials said Wednesday.


General Dynamics Receives $56M Army Contract

July 8, 2011 4:39 am

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Thursday that it has received a $56.4 million contract from the Department of Defense to make Rifleman and Manpack radios for the U.S. Army. The contract calls for General Dynamics C4 Systems to produce 6,250 Rifleman and 100 Manpack radios, the company said.


Plant Explosion Claims Life Of TN Worker

July 8, 2011 4:37 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A worker has died from injuries he received in a flash fire at a Nashville metals plant over the weekend, less than two months after a fire at a metals plant in Gallatin resulted in two deaths. The Metro Nashville Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the death of Shawn Allen Austin, 28, of Nashville, according to The Tennessean.


WV Plant To Fight OSHA Violations

July 8, 2011 4:35 am

Vicki Smith, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia chemical plant where three men died in a December explosion will fight federal safety violations issued against it last month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration received notice last week that AL Solutions in New Cumberland plans to contest the 18 violations, said spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson.


Unemployment Rises As Hiring Stalls

July 8, 2011 4:32 am

Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June.

Atlas Copco Portable Air Becomes Portable Energy

July 6, 2011 5:23 am

Geert Follens, president, Portable Energy Division With effect from July 1, the Portable Air Division is changing its name to the Portable Energy Division, a name which more accurately reflects the division’sextended product portfolio. The new Portable Energy division focuses on five “pillars”, each one relating to a product group: air (on-site compressors), power (on-site generators), light (on-site light towers), water (on-site pumps), and used equipment.

OSHA Cites Howard For 17 Violations

July 6, 2011 5:06 am

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries for 17 safety and health violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Authorities say the worker was testing electrical transformers when he was electrocuted.


Aecom Receives $72M Army Contracts

July 6, 2011 5:04 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aecom Technology Corp., which handles construction management and other services for governments and corporations, said on Tuesday that it has gotten two contracts worth as much as $72 million for work at the Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot near Chambersburg, Pa. The work under the two contracts includes production engineering and manufacturing related to the Army's mine-resistant truck.

Furnace At PA Facility Damaged

July 6, 2011 5:02 am

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — AK Steel said Tuesday that a furnace at its Butler, Pa., facility was damage last Friday when molten steel breached the furnace shell. Steel production at the plant resumed Saturday using other electric furnaces at the plant. Workers have begun repairing the furnace, but the company said it doesn't yet have a cost estimate for the repairs, or a completion date.


Bulletproof Clipboards Made From Scrap Armor

July 6, 2011 4:59 am

Greg Latshaw, AP Member Exchange POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Company CEOs draw their inspiration differently, and for George Tunis of Hardwire LLC in Pocomoke City, Md., it's a jagged piece of metal shrapnel that moves him. "We keep that around because it helps remind us what those guys are faced with," said Tunis, the company founder, who keeps the black fragment to recall the damage improvised explosive devices can do.


Impala Owners Sue GM Over Tire Wear

July 6, 2011 4:55 am

Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit claims General Motors Co. treated the police better than it did average citizens when taking care of a defective part in 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Impalas. The lawsuit alleges that Impalas from the two model years have defective spindle rods, which connect the suspension to the rear wheels.

Tech Company Files Patent Lawsuit Against Ford

July 6, 2011 4:51 am

TACOMA, Washington (AP) — A technology company has filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming several of the electronic features the automaker includes in its vehicles violate the company's patents. Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC and subsidiary, MediusTech LLC, filed the patent infringement case against the Dearborn, Michigan, car company in federal court in Tacoma, Washington state, on Thursday.

Diversey To Close Sturtevant Plant

July 5, 2011 5:10 am

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Diversey Inc. has informed the state it will lay off about 57 employees when it shuts down its Sturtevant plant in mid-September. The cleaning-products company said this week it plans to close the manufacturing facility permanently. The company says its lease with the facility has ended and it plans to move its production to other company plants.


Toyota To Invest $500M In Ontario Assembly Plants

July 5, 2011 5:08 am

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is reporting that Toyota Canada and the federal and Ontario governments will announce Tuesday a $500 million investment to upgrade the automaker's two Ontario assembly plants. Sources tell the Globe that the governments will invest about $60 million each.


AutoNation Sales Up 10 Percent From One Year Ago

July 5, 2011 5:06 am

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Car dealer AutoNation Inc. said Monday its new vehicle sales rose 3 percent in June compared with the previous year, a smaller increase than the overall U.S. sales gain for the month. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company, the largest U.S. dealership chain, said it sold 16,564 new vehicles in June.

Airlines Position For Big Gains In Efficiency

July 5, 2011 5:02 am

Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer Planes are being built out of the same lightweight materials used for Formula 1 race cars. Their engines are being redesigned to squeeze more thrust out of every gallon of fuel. And governments are developing air-traffic systems that will allow airlines to fly shorter routes.

Saab's $40M Deal To Lease Plants Approved

July 5, 2011 4:57 am

Malin Rising, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The European Investment Bank on Monday approved Saab's plan to improve its ailing finances with a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property. If the deal is also approved by Sweden's government and the national debt office, which is expected, Saab will have cleared a key hurdle in its attempts to resolve a cash shortage that has left it struggling to pay suppliers and staff.


Orders To U.S. Manufacturers On The Rise

July 5, 2011 4:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses likely increased their orders for manufactured goods in May, evidence that supply chain interruptions stemming from Japan's earthquake are fading and the economy could pick up soon. Economists forecast that orders to U.S. factories rose 0.9 percent in May, after falling 1.


Nortel Sells Remaining Patents To Apple, Microsoft, RIM

July 1, 2011 7:59 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Bankrupt Canadian telecom group Nortel Networks Corp. on Friday said it is selling all of its remaining patents and patent applications to a consortium including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony for $4.5 billion in cash. Ontario-based Nortel has been selling its operations piece by piece since it filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the U.


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