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Bridgestone Incentives Approved For IA Plant

August 17, 2011 5:39 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County supervisors have approved a zero-interest loan and a grant to help with an expansion project at the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations plant just north of Des Moines. KCCI-TV ( ) says the board OK'd a $50,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to support the company's nearly $57 million project.


Purell NC Plant Closing, 70 Jobs Lost

August 17, 2011 5:36 am

LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) — A plant that makes Purell hand sanitizer is closing in Scotland County, leaving about 70 people out of work. The Fayetteville Observer reports ( ) that production at QualPak LLC ended Friday. A spokesman for QualPak's parent company says a complete shutdown is expected by year's end.


Abbott To Build $230M Facility In China

August 17, 2011 5:34 am

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — Abbott Laboratories said Tuesday it will spend $230 million to build a powdered milk manufacturing facility in Jiaxing, China. Abbott said the plant will make nutritional products for infants and children. It will employ about 300 people when it goes into operation in 2013.


Cargill Plant Resumes Production After Salmonella Outbreak

August 17, 2011 5:32 am

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. has resumed production of ground turkey at an Arkansas plant linked to a salmonella outbreak. Cargill spokesman Mike Martin says limited production has resumed after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved additional anti-bacterial safety measures.


Electric Cars Get A Charge Out Of Portland Street

August 17, 2011 5:28 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Electric car drivers will get a charge out of a block-long stretch of a downtown Portland street that's been dubbed "Electric Avenue," and it may also help the automotive industry and others make important decisions as the use of electric cars evolves. Seven electric charging stations from six different manufacturers have been installed at Portland State University as part of a two-year study that will examine which chargers get the most use, who's plugging in, and what they do while their car drinks up a charge.


Core Wholesale Inflation Up Most In Six Months

August 17, 2011 5:26 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies paid higher prices for tobacco, pickup trucks and pharmaceuticals in July, driving underlying wholesale inflation up by the most in six months. This measure of inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, is known as the core Producer Price Index.

Feds Likely To Let Google Buy Motorola Mobility

August 16, 2011 9:24 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are unlikely to block Google Inc. from buying cellphone maker Motorola Mobility since the acquisition could help drive competition in the fast growing mobile device market. But the deal comes as Google faces scrutiny in the U.S. and overseas from antitrust regulators concerned that the Web search giant may be abusing its clout as a major gateway to the Internet to muscle its way into new businesses and stifling competition in the process.

Ammonia Leak Forces NC Plant Evacuation

August 16, 2011 9:22 am

MARSHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A spokesman for a turkey processing plant in Union County says the company is investigating an ammonia leak that forced the evacuation of more than 100 people in the North Carolina community. Police say ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit about 4 a.m.


Seattle Green Jobs Program Falls Short Of Goals

August 16, 2011 9:19 am

By Vanessa Ho SEATTLE (AP) — Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy - able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint - and the announcement came with great fanfare.

General Dynamics Wins $35M Army Contract

August 16, 2011 9:17 am

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Tuesday its Ordnance and Tactical Systems unit has been awarded a $35.6 million contract by the U.S. Army to make and deliver ammunition cartridges. Work will be performed at the company's Marion, Ill., operations. The ammunition called for in the order is primarily used by the Apache AH-64 helicopter, widely used in current combat operations.

Plan To Save GM Shreveport Faces Long Odds

August 16, 2011 9:15 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid the rubble of the General Motors crash and federal bailout of 2009 are 89 orphan GM properties — including the GM plant in Shreveport — for which a special trust is trying to find a future. Only the Shreveport plant still produces vehicles — and that's scheduled to end by mid-2012.


Automakers Rebound In July, Boost Factory Output

August 16, 2011 9:11 am | by Daniel Wagner, Derek Kravitz, AP Business Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. automakers rebounded in July to boost factory production by the most since the Japan crisis. But builders broke ground on fewer single-family houses, leaving home construction at depressed levels. The mixed data suggest that the economy remains fragile but is not on the cusp of another recession.


WV Agency Nabs Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

August 16, 2011 5:50 am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — WorkForce West Virginia says more than $80,000 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits were recovered in the second quarter of this year. The agency says its unemployment compensation division detected fraud in claims filed by 257 people during the quarter and requested warrants in 106 of those cases.

Ford, US Reach $10.8M Deal Over Rouge Cleanup

August 16, 2011 5:48 am

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to pay $10.8 million to settle Ford Motor Co.'s claim for cleaning up its Rouge complex from pollutants dating back to its role as a military production site in World War I. The Dearborn automaker sued the government in Detroit federal court in 2004.


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.


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 ( ) the injuries prompted a safety review and the plant shut down Monday.


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.

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.


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