Architects chosen for Warren building
The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, a facility for the development and commercialization of early-stage clean-energy technologies, has selected Phillips-Sekanick Architects of Warren as the lead architects on its new building downtown.
The $3.1 million construction and restoration project at 125 W. Market St. will give the TBEIC a new, 37,000-square-foot building where the S.S. Kresge Department store once was located.
The project is expected to be completed next fall.
Recycling effort supports band
Employees at the Ball Corp. plant recycled more than 1,287 pounds of beverage cans throughout the year, as part of the Great American Can Roundup.
In the first nine months of 2012, Ball’s 57 Hubbard employees coordinated the collection of the aluminum cans, which were then cashed in for recycling. Nearly $750 was donated to Hubbard High School’s band.
In all, Hubbard employees collected 23 pounds of cans per employee, the highest of any of Ball’s metal, food and household products packaging facilities that participated nationwide.
As a result, Ball Corp. will donate an additional $2,500 to Hubbard High School’s band.
Procter & Gamble plans more job cuts
Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. said Thursday it plans to cut more jobs and increase share repurchases as it works on its turnaround plan to focus on its most profitable categories and countries.
The news comes as the company has its annual analyst meeting in Cincinnati, and as P&G faces increasing investor pressure to improve its results.
The maker of Tide detergent and Gillette razors P&G says on top of its already announced plan to cut 10 percent of its nonmanufacturing jobs, or 5,700 jobs, by the end of its fiscal year in June 2013, it plans to continue to reduce its non-manufacturing jobs by 2 percent to 4 percent between 2014 and 2016. It will continue to hire in other areas, however.
Automakers expect pickup boom
Chrysler said Thursday that it’s adding a third shift with 1,000 jobs to a Ram pickup plant outside Detroit. It also plans to add 250 jobs to a Detroit engine plant in 2014.
Pickup truck sales are expected to spike as home construction increases. New-home starts reached their fastest pace in four years in September. Trucks are also averaging a record 10 years old, so car companies think there will be demand to replace them.
Chrysler’s redesigned Ram just went on sale and GM will have new trucks next year, which could fuel demand.
Vindicator staff/wire reports
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