Manufacturing/Industry

Trump’s latest US corporate Twitter target: General Motors

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
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By Tom Krisher/AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — In another tweet targeting a U.S. company, President-elect Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to slap a tax on General Motors for importing compact cars to the U.S. from Mexico. But GM imports only a small percentage of its Chevrolet Cruze small cars from Mexico, with the vast majority
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Ford cancels plan to build new Mexican plant, adds US jobs

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
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FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Ford is canceling plans to build a new $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and will invest $700 million in a Michigan plant to build new electric and autonomous vehicles. Ford, however, still plans to shift production of the Focus small car to Mexico and will make the car at an
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Idaho oil and gas industry growing; new potential areas eyed

Jan 2nd, 2017 | By

By Keith Ridler, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of severance taxes generated by Idaho’s oil and gas industry is getting close to paying what it costs the state to regulate that industry. Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz estimates that 2017 severance taxes will come close to the break-even point as
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GM to temporarily close 5 factories as car inventory builds

Dec 19th, 2016 | By

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will temporarily close five factories next month as it tries to reduce a growing inventory of cars on dealer lots. The factories will close anywhere from one to three weeks due to the ongoing U.S. market shift toward trucks and SUVs, spokeswoman Dayna Hart said Monday. Just over 10,000 workers
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Freight railroads don’t expect big trade changes under Trump

Nov 30th, 2016 | By
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A Union Pacific Railroad engine in the rail yard. OSHA has fined the railroad’s Pocatello operation $633,000 for three violations in the past 13 months.

By JOSH FUNK,  AP Business Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Major U.S. freight railroads expect their business to fare well as long as the economy continues growing despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to overhaul U.S. trade policy and renegotiate bad deals. Railroad executives didn’t seem worried about major trade changes Wednesday when they spoke at
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Crumbling timber industry puts rural Idahoans at crossroads

Nov 12th, 2016 | By

By ELAINE WILLIAMS,  The Lewiston Tribune OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — David Bartlett stopped frequently to chat with friends as he made inquiries with employers at a recent Idaho Department of Labor job fair in Orofino. The nonchalance of the former Tri-Pro Forest Products employee and father of five children disguised very real stress. “My last
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ON Semiconductor in Pocatello produces products used around the world

Oct 21st, 2016 | By
ON Semiconductor employee Brody Schwab examines a silicone wafer. (Josh Friesen/Idaho State Journal)

By Josh Friesen jfriesen@journalnet.com POCATELLO — Chances are that a piece of technology you own houses a computer chip made by ON Semiconductor. And because ON Semiconductor’s manufacturing plant in Pocatello aims to double its production over the next handful of years, those chances are going to be greater that your phone, car or tablet
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Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius hybrid cars for faulty brakes

Oct 13th, 2016 | By
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TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 340,000 gas-electric hybrid Prius cars around the world 212,000 of them in Japan and 94,000 in North America, for a defect in their parking brakes. Japanese automaker Toyota said in a statement Thursday that it was not aware of any reports of accidents linked to the defect
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Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Buried Waste Cleanup Accomplishment

Sep 22nd, 2016 | By
Photos from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management: An aerial view of the Idaho Site’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

By the U.S. Department of Energy  Crews with Fluor Idaho, LLC, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho Site have completed a significant cleanup accomplishment that further protects the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer, the primary drinking and irrigation water source for more than 300,000 Idahoans. Workers recently satisfied a provision of a 2008
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Bayer buying Monsanto, will create global chemical, ag giant

Sep 15th, 2016 | By
Sheldon Alver, Monsanto Soda Springs Plant Manager.

By Linda A. Johnson and David McHugh/ AP Business Writers American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer are combining in a deal that could help farmers produce higher yields to address challenges from global warming to rising food demand from a fast-growing global population. Consumers could benefit from more-affordable
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