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Ballard Gets Order For Fuel-Cell Stacks

July 20, 2011 5:22 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballard Power Systems said Tuesday that Plug Power Inc. committed to buy at least 3,250 of Ballard's fuel-cell stacks to power forklift trucks. The deal was made under an existing agreement between the companies that runs through 2014. Plug Power said some companies such as Kroger Co.

Locked-Out Union Workers Near Deal

July 20, 2011 5:20 am

METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — A labor dispute that's dragged on for more than a year at a southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel may soon be over. Honeywell and the union representing about 230 locked-out workers at the uranium-conversion plant say both sides have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year deal.

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Man Dies While Working At Goodyear Plant

July 20, 2011 5:18 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka has died after collapsing while at work. Authorities say 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka died Tuesday after being taken from the plant. WIBW reports that some of Davis' co-workers say he was not feeling well and took a break.

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More Americans Are Buying Harleys

July 20, 2011 5:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since the Great Recession, more Americans are buying Harleys. Harley-Davidson Inc.'s U.S. sales rose almost 8 percent and its profit more than doubled in the second quarter, the first time since the end of 2006 that domestic sales have increased for the motorcycle maker.

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Ford Recalls Pickup Trucks, SUVs

July 20, 2011 5:10 am

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 20,000 pickup trucks and SUVs because a defective switch can cause the turn signal, tail lights and brake lights to fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday on its website that the recall affects certain 2004 through 2011 Ranger pickups, 2002 through 2005 Excursion SUVs, and 2002 through 2007 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks.

American Airlines Buys 460 Planes From Airbus, Boeing

July 20, 2011 5:08 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in what it calls the biggest airline order in history. And in a victory for Airbus, it's splitting the work between the European plane maker and Boeing. American said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing Co.

Hershey Plans To Sell Original Plant

July 19, 2011 9:08 am

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is selling off part of its original chocolate plant at the sweet price of nearly $58 million. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Monday that the company wants to sell a part of the century-old building that's being used for office space.

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Plans For Plant Under Scutiny In NC

July 19, 2011 9:06 am

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Plans for a $95 million sulfur processing plant at the port in Morehead City, N.C. is drawing fire from some coastal-area residents who have scheduled a meeting to discuss details of the project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

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Former Michigan Governor To Plug Electric Cars

July 19, 2011 9:03 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Michigan governor is in North Carolina to plug electric cars and job creation from clean energy. Ex-governor Jennifer Granholm speaks in Raleigh on Tuesday at the start of a four-day conference for the electric car industry. Granholm is now an adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts and she'll be visiting the Plug-in 2011 convention.

Solar Cell Plant Will Hire 250

July 19, 2011 8:59 am

HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) — A small North Carolina company with big backers plans to build a solar cell manufacturing plant employing more than 250 people after getting a promise of up to $18 million of tax breaks and other incentives. Gov. Bev Perdue's office on Tuesday announced Durham-based Semprius Inc.

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IL Governor Must Pay Worker Raises

July 19, 2011 8:56 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise due July 1, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. Edwin Benn ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days. "As a matter of contract, the state cannot simply refuse to pay the increase," Benn wrote in his opinion.

Chrysler Suspends Workers Caught Drinking On TV

July 19, 2011 8:50 am

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has suspended nine workers for allegedly drinking and smoking marijuana before their shifts at a Michigan plant. Detroit television station WJBK-TV aired a story about the workers at the Trenton Engine Plant last week. Chrysler says it identified the workers using the station's video.

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Rush Tracking Systems and Sky-Trax, Inc. Announce Merger

July 19, 2011 6:20 am

KANSAS CITY , Kans. and NEW CASTLE, Del. – Rush Tracking Systems ( www.rushtrackingsystems.com ) and Sky-Trax, Inc. ( www.sky-trax.com ) announce they have merged to form a vertically integrated provider of smart truck tracking systems for manufacturing and warehousing environments, solidifying the combined companies’ market leadership.

J&J 2Q Profits Down 20 Percent

July 19, 2011 5:20 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent due to restructuring, recall and litigation costs and higher spending on overhead and research. The results still topped Wall Street expectations. The maker of Band-Aids, biologic medicines and birth control pills said its net income was $2.

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Harley's Second-Quarter Profits Doubled

July 19, 2011 5:18 am

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Fueled by its first U.S. sales increase in more than four years, Harley-Davidson's second-quarter profit more than doubled, easily beating Wall Street's expectations. The iconic motorcycle maker also boosted its shipment forecast for 2011 and its shares rose $1.

Tablets Shift PC Industry

July 19, 2011 5:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The personal computer industry needs a jumpstart — and it's counting on a rescue from emerging markets and a late-to-the-party push into tablet computers. The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple's iPad.

AP Study Shows Western States Lag In Recovery

July 19, 2011 5:13 am | by Martin Crutsinger, Mike Schneider, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western states hit hardest by the housing crisis are feeling the greatest economic stress two years after the recession ended, according to The Associated Press's monthly analysis. Depressed home prices and high rates of foreclosures have limited job growth in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Cisco Will Cut 6,500 Jobs

July 19, 2011 5:11 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer-networking gear, is reducing its work force by about 9 percent to reduce costs and raise profits as the company tries to become more competitive. Monday's announcement to cut 6,500 of its roughly 73,000 worldwide employees follows up on a plan disclosed in May to eliminate thousands of jobs.

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MI Governer Sees Immigrants As Key To Economy

July 19, 2011 5:08 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has seen the results of what immigrants can do to help the economy through companies such as Meijer Inc., Masco Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., and should be attracting more immigrants who can repeat those successes, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. Speaking at a conference on immigration and Michigan's economy at Wayne State University, the governor pointed out that the Meijer retail chain was founded by a Dutch immigrant, the building products maker Masco by an Armenian immigrant and Dow by a Canadian.

BDI Opens New Branch In Los Angeles

July 18, 2011 10:24 am

BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, announces the opening of a new branch in Los Angeles.  BDI Branch #80 is located at 14263 Proctor Ave., Unit F, La Puente, CA 91746. Tel: 626/709-4995; Fax: 626/333-4207. The newly opened office is overseen by Gabe Duchene, a five-year BDI veteran who has relocated to Los Angeles from the company’s Cleveland headquarters.

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