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Old LaFayette Bluebird Plant Gets New Occupant
LAFAYETTE, GA - New jobs are headed to Walker County. Phillips Bros. Machine Co. announced today in a news conference, at the site of the former Bluebird plant, that they are immediately hiring 40 new workers for the new plant and an additional 50 workers long-term.
The need for additional workers comes as Phillips Machine and the Walker County Development Authority officially closed the land sale of the former Bluebird bus plant.
Phillips Machine Co. has purchased 45 acres, including the Bluebird manufacturing facility that will house their new operations. The remaining 80 acres have been acquired by the Walker County Development Authority, and will provide added incentives when attracting new industrial business prospects to the area.
"The announcement of almost 100 new jobs is a direct reflection of the hard work and high caliber that our local workforce offers to new and existing businesses contributing to the economic success of Walker County," said Bebe Heiskell, Walker County commissioner. "The focus of the Commissioner's Office and Walker County Development Authority has been and will continue to be maintaining significant job growth in our area by providing support to businesses such as Phillips that can bring a positive economic impact to our area."
"Now that the land sale is complete, we are ready to expand our operations more than ever before and bring on the large number of individuals who will join the Phillips family," said Michael Phillips, Phillips Bros. Machine Co. plant manager. "The final closing of the land deal makes our company's expansion official, and we owe a large part of that to the involvement of the Walker County Development team."
Since the economic downtown of 2008, the number of unemployed individuals drastically increased when businesses such as Bluebird were forced to shut their doors. Development officials in Walker County have made it a top priority the past four years to seek out and support business opportunities that put residents back to work and enhance the local economy. The new land deal acquiring Bluebird's property will allow for this through the addition of almost 100 jobs and opening up opportunities for more new business growth.
"The success of companies like Phillips, Roper, Nissin Break and others, reflected in ongoing job creation, is a valuable asset to Walker County's economy and extremely low unemployment rate that continues to be one of the lowest in the state," said Commissioner Bebe Heiskell. "It is a great way to show future potential new industries that Walker County is a great place to bring your business and thrive."
This latest land acquisition by Walker County will be an advantage for future industrial recruitment efforts. The Walker County Industrial Park continues to attract new industries bringing economic growth through tax incentives, fiber optic capabilities and large amounts of available space for growing businesses to utilize.
Phillips Brothers makes parts for machinery like bulldozers and dump trucks and also supply parts for Alstom in Chattanooga.
The company currently operates on Mission Ridge Road in Rossville.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14.
The change starts Sept. 3. Currently, American charges a fee on top of the regular fare for unaccompanied minors between 5 and 11.
The airline announced the change Thursday in an employee publication.
American says extending the fee to more youths will ensure the safest possible travel for them and match the policy at US Airways. The two merged in December to form American Airlines Group Inc.
United Airlines charges $150 each way for minors 5 to 11; Delta charges $100 each way for those 5 to 14; at Southwest it's $50 each way for kids 5 to 11.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.
The study released Thursday divided the U.S. into five groups, from wealthiest to poorest. The median net worth of the richest households rose 11 percent between 2000 and 2011, to $630,754. The next-wealthiest group's net worth also rose.
But because wealth dropped for the majority of Americans, the median household net worth for the country overall declined about 7 percent to $68,828.
The report was compiled using surveys done by the Census. It includes stocks, money in the bank, home values, retirement accounts and other assets in its measurement of net worth.
AIRLINES-LABOR DAY TRAVEL
Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel
A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.
If correct, the forecast would be more good news for the airlines. Nine big U.S. carriers earned $3.8 billion in the first half of this year, allowing them to pay down debt, reward shareholders and order new planes.
Airlines for America predicted Thursday that 14 million people would fly within the U.S. in the seven days ending Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day.
Separately, the auto club AAA forecasts that 34.7 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home by car or plane over a 5-day period ending on Labor Day. That would be a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Home Depot says Craig Menear, the president of its U.S. retail operations, will become president and CEO of the company Nov. 1.
Frank Blake has been Home Depot's chairman and CEO since 2007, and he will remain chairman of the company.
Menear became president of the company's U.S. retail unit in February. He has worked for Home Depot since 1997.
Home Depot Inc. is based in Atlanta and is the largest U.S. home improvement retailer. On Tuesday, the company reported strong second-quarter results and raised its forecast for the full year. It said purchases of major items like appliances and water heaters improved compared to last year, and its results have been helped by the improving U.S. housing market.
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues.
The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.
Ford also is recalling 616 Focus and C-Max cars made earlier this month because their steering gears don't have the proper number of ball bearings. That can potentially degrade the remaining ball bearings and lead to a loss of steering control.
Ford says there have been no accidents or injuries related to either recall. The 616 cars are still at dealerships and haven't been sold.
Ford Motor Co. will notify customers and repair the vehicles for free.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. judge says Argentina's announced plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out.
Judge Thomas Griesa called the republic's actions toward U.S. bondholders "lawless" at a court hearing in New York City on Thursday.
But he stopped short of finding Argentina in contempt.
Argentine officials have called the U.S. hedge funds that refused to swap their bonds for lesser valued ones "vultures."
The funds are owed about $1.5 billion. Argentina says paying it would force it to owe other bondholders over $20 billion.
A lawyer for Argentina urged the judge to reject as premature a request by U.S. bondholders that Argentina be found in contempt.
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Thousands of Mexican citizens deported by U.S. authorities are finding refuge at call centers in Tijuana and other border cities.
In perfect English -- some hardly speak Spanish -- they converse with American consumers who buy gadgets, have questions about warrantees or complain about overdue deliveries.
Many of the workers spent nearly all their lives in the U.S., which is a major selling point for Mexico over English-language industry leaders like India and the Philippines. They can chat comfortably about the U.S. housing market and Super Bowl contenders. They know slang.
One consulting firm estimates that by end of the year, Mexico's outsourced call centers will have more than 85,000 workstations -- which may be staffed two or three shifts a day. It expects Mexico to hit 110,000 in 2020.
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