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Kentucky aluminum plant idling, laying off 600 workers

Jun. 24, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A large aluminum plant in Kentucky is temporarily halting production and laying off more than 600 workers due to rising energy costs. Century Aluminum has announced plans to shut down its Hawesville smelter for 9 to 12 months starting in August. The plant,...

Water supply for Montana's largest city restored after floodwaters forced shutdown of treatment plant

Jun. 16, 2022 10:07 AM EDT
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Water supply for Montana's largest city restored after floodwaters forced shutdown of treatment plant.

After Yellowstone, floodwaters menace Montana's largest city

Jun. 15, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Devastating floodwaters that wiped out miles of roads and hundreds of bridges in Yellowstone National Park and swamped scores of homes in surrounding communities moved downstream Wednesday and threatened to cut off fresh drinking water to residents of Montana’s largest...

China's factory activity rebounds as anti-virus curbs ease

Jun. 15, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s factory output rebounded in May, adding to a recovery from the latest COVID-induced economic slump after controls that shut down Shanghai and other industrial centers eased. Industrial production rose 0.7% over a year earlier, recovering from April’s 2.9%...

Many baby formula plants weren't inspected because of COVID

Jun. 13, 2022 00:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have historically inspected baby formula plants at least once a year, but they did not inspect any of the three biggest manufacturers in 2020, according to federal records reviewed by The Associated Press. When they finally did get inside an Abbott...

China's trade rebounds in May as anti-virus curbs ease

Jun. 09, 2022 04:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade growth rebounded in May after anti-virus restrictions that shut down Shanghai and other industrial centers began to ease. Exports surged 16.9% over a year earlier to $308.3 billion, up from April’s 3.7% growth, a customs agency statement said...

Harley-Davidson to restart Wisconsin, Pennsylvania plants

Jun. 03, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson is set to reopen plants in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania after sorting out issues with a supplier. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that the motorcycle manufacturer plans to restart plants in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and York,...

Biden says he wasn't informed early on of baby formula woes

Jun. 01, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he was not briefed on the prospect of nationwide shortages of infant formula for about two months, and he acknowledged the strain on families as his administration struggles to address the situation. Yet company executives at...

China manufacturing improves as virus curbs eased

May. 31, 2022 01:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese manufacturing activity started to rebound in May after the government eased anti-virus restrictions that shut down Shanghai and other industrial centers, an official survey showed Tuesday. The monthly purchasing managers' index of the national statistics...

Wind energy plants in Kansas, Iowa closing, could reopen

May. 20, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Siemens Gamesa plants in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Fort Madison, Iowa, will be shut down and most employees will be laid off this summer, company officials said Friday. The company, which is based in Spain, said the plants could reopen if market...