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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.

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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.

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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.

$500 Million Cut From IL Workers' Compensation System

June 28, 2011 8:47 am

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a major overhaul of Illinois' workers compensation system. Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday at a Navistar plant in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. Quinn says the bill would help companies large and small save money and be more competitive, while protecting workers injured on the job.

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LaHood Visits GM To Talk Manufacturing Expansion

June 28, 2011 4:59 am

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood plans to visit General Motors Co. plants in Flint and Bay City on Wednesday to discuss the Obama administration's manufacturing job programs. The stops are in the morning at the Flint plant and in the afternoon at the Bay City plant.

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Norampac To Build $430 Million Facility in Niagara Falls

June 28, 2011 4:55 am

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A maker of "green" packaging material will build a new facility in western New York, creating 108 new jobs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Norampac, a division of the Cascades packaging and paper products company, will invest $430 million to build the facility in Niagara Falls.

Nissan Begins Recovery After Japan Earthquake

June 28, 2011 4:51 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers' global vehicle production was weaker overall in May due to the lingering impact from the March 11 earthquake, but Nissan showed resilience with an increase in output. Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday that Japan production in May fell 54.4 percent to 107,437 vehicles while its global production declined 49.

Saab Leases $40 Million In Property To Pay Workers

June 28, 2011 4:44 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Crisis-hit car maker Saab has struck a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property in an effort to improve its ailing finances that have forced it to halt production and withhold workers' salaries. If approved by Swedish and European regulators, Tuesday's property deal could help Saab ease a severe cash shortage that has pushed the loss-making Swedish brand closer to bankruptcy.

Obama To Tout Manufacturing As Economic Stimulus

June 28, 2011 4:36 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will tout manufacturing as a key to America's economic success during a trip to Iowa, as he seeks to counter criticism of his policies by Republican presidential candidates who have descended on the state. The trip Tuesday is Obama's first to Iowa since announcing his re-election campaign earlier this year.

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Boeing's 787 Ready For August Delivery

June 28, 2011 4:30 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. says its new 787 is beginning the final phase of flight testing and repeated that it should be ready for delivery in August or September. The final flight testing includes simulations of abnormal operations. It also tests long-range flying, including the 787's ability to divert to a far-away airport on just one engine.

100 Hospitalized After Tyson Chlorine Leak

June 27, 2011 9:18 am | by Kurt Voight, Associated Press

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Approximately 300 people at a Tyson Foods processing plant were evacuated and 100 sent to local hospitals after an accidental mixture of chemicals created a chlorine gas inside part of the plant Monday morning. The workers were forced from Tyson's Berry Street plant in Springdale, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said.

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OSHA Cites CAT for Serious Safety Violations

June 27, 2011 9:12 am

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Caterpillar Inc. for three safety violations and has proposed a $66,000 fine following a December 2010 accident that injured an employee. OSHA said in a news release Monday that the employee was injured while trying to clear a jammed piece of equipment in a Caterpillar plant in East Peoria.

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