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Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Nov. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by...

Paper company indefinitely idles 160-employee Georgia mill

Nov. 16, 2019 12:52 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Canadian paper company says a Georgia newsprint mill will be indefinitely idled, meaning 160 employees won’t return to work. Resolute Forest Products said Thursday that it won’t restart operations in Augusta, where it temporarily closed its mill in October because of...

AK Steel has final production run at Kentucky plant

Nov. 12, 2019 11:01 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — AK Steel has produced its last coil at a century-old plant in eastern Kentucky that was mostly idled more than three years ago. News outlets report the final production run at the Ashland Works plant occurred on Monday and was emotional for employees, as some have worked there for...

SC nuclear reactor shut down over small coolant system leak

Nov. 11, 2019 7:04 AM EST

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina energy company has shut down one of its nuclear reactors after officials discovered a small leak in the coolant system. Dominion Energy spokeswoman Rhonda O'Banion told The State on Saturday that the V.C. Summer reactor in Fairfield County is temporarily out of...

GM selling shuttered Ohio factory to electric truck maker

Nov. 7, 2019 4:53 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — General Motors is selling a massive assembly plant it shut down earlier this year in Ohio, a closing that drew threats and scolding from President Donald Trump, to a newly formed company that said Thursday it intends to begin making electric trucks by late 2020. The company called...

Why Trump tariffs haven't revitalized American steelmakers

Nov. 4, 2019 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move last year to tax imported steel triggered jeers but also cheers. Its goal — to raise steel prices — threatened to hurt the legions of U.S. manufacturers that depend on steel. But at least it would benefit U.S. steel companies and the Americans...

Why Trump tariffs haven't revitalized American steelmakers

Nov. 4, 2019 12:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move last year to tax imported steel triggered jeers but also cheers. Its goal — to raise steel prices — threatened to hurt the legions of U.S. manufacturers that depend on steel. But at least it would benefit U.S. steel companies and the Americans...

Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West

Nov. 3, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ALONG THE BLACK MESA AND LAKE POWELL RAILROAD, Ariz. (AP) — Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll...

State orders shutdown over lead levels at Water Gremlin

Oct. 28, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities shut down production of goods containing lead at a Twin Cities-area manufacturing company Monday amid concerns about lead poisoning among plant workers' children. Water Gremlin hasn't done enough to limit workers' exposure to lead dust at its White Bear Township facility,...

Idle Iowa meat-processing plant sold for $5.8 million

Oct. 27, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — An idle Iowa meat-processing plant that closed earlier this year after only a few months of operation has been sold. The Sioux City Journal reports that Lopez Foods paid $5.8 million for the plant in Cherokee, Iowa, and the company plans to restart operations there by early next...