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Aurora, CO Wins Competition for GE’s Solar Panel Plant

The $300-million PrimeStar Solar thin-film manufacturing facility will open next year and employ 355 workers.

While Rome Burns

Bailout twins Fannie and Freddie put on their most expensive dancing shoes and take a spin on our dime.

Winchester Opens New Ammo Plant in Oxford, MS

The $100-million facility will employ 1,300 to produce rifle and pistol ammunition, as well as operating a military-ammunition packaging operation.

FedEx Ground Cuts Ribbon on $100-Million Hub in NC

The distribution center in Kernersville, NC can process up to 45,000 packages per hour at full capacity, employing 550 workers.

GM Adds 400 Jobs at Wentzville, MO Plant, Mulls Expansion

GM is considering expanding the plant by 500,000 square feet, which could bring the total number of new jobs at the Missouri facility to 1,850.

Continental Tire Plans $500-Million Plant in South Carolina

The new manufacturing facility, set for a greenfield site off Highway 521 in Sumter County, will create 1,700 jobs over the next 10 years.

Hana Factory Automation Relocates to Opelika, AL

The Auburn-based company will move into Opelika’s Fox Run Business Park, bringing 40 jobs and a $4.07 million capital investment.

Wieland Designs Expands, Adds 120 Jobs in Goshen, IN

The manufacturer of furniture and transportation interior components plans to invest $1 million to improve existing facilities and purchase specialized machinery.

CMSText Invests $4.4 Million in Lexington, KY Facility

The mobile text message marketing company will add 135 jobs to its Kentucky operation.

DOE Approves $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Solar Projects

With one day remaining before its advanced energy stimulus loan program expires, DOE awards $737 million to the Crescent Dunes project in Nevada and $337 million to Sempra Energy in Arizona.

“Snooki Tax” Gets Whacked

Gov. Christie cans a $420,000 production incentive for MTV's hit show, Jersey Shore.

Siemens Wind Turbine Expansion to Create 600 Jobs in Ontario

Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy have announced the completion of an expanded agreement with Siemens to supply turbines for four wind energy projects totaling 870 MW.

New York Offers $150 Million for Renewable Energy Projects

NYSERDA and the state’s Public Service Commission begin the second round of a program that already has funded 51 projects generating 5.3-million MW of renewable energy.

U.S. Postal Service Plans to Close 250 Processing Facilities

Facing a tide of red ink that may exceed $10 billion by the end of this month, the nation's mail service also may eliminate at least 35,000 jobs.

Pharmavite Puts Vitamin Plant in Opelika, AL

The dietary supplement giant will be investing $74 million in a new manufacturing facility, opening in 2013 and creating 280 jobs.

Taps for Fort Monmouth

After 94 years of active service, the garrison flag is taken down at a U.S. Army base on the Jersey Shore. What will replace it is still up in the air.

Sasol Picks Louisiana as Site of $10-Billion Natural Gas Plant

The South African energy producer's selection of Calcasieu Parish as the preferred location for a gas-to-liquids complex could bring up to 5,000 jobs to Louisiana.

California Adopts $100-Million Clean Transport Investment Plan

The plan includes $8 million for electric vehicle charging stations, $8.5 million for hydrogen fueling stations for fuel cells, and $24 million to develop and produce biofuels.

Amtrak Eyes Wilmington, DE for Maintenance Center

The commuter rail giant has narrowed the site search for it's high-speed rail yard to two locations in Delaware, officials said.

FBI Raids CA Solar Panel Maker Who Got $527M in U.S. Funds

The Feds want to know why the company laid off most of its workers and filed for bankruptcy after collecting $527 million from a DOE stimulus loan.

Gov. Beshear Cuts Ribbon on ZF Steering Systems Expansion

The $96-million expansion of the German auto parts supplier's facility in Florence, KY will create 400 new jobs.

Calisolar Invests $600 Million in Mississippi Silicon Plant

The new facility in Lowndes County, MS will produce 16,000 metric tons of silicon metal and solar silicon for the production of high-performance solar-energy cells.

Modern Drop Forge Relocates to Merrillville, IN

The auto parts maker is closing its Blue Island, IL facility and will receive $2 million in performance-based tax credits for a new $17-million plant in Indiana.

One Million Evacuated From Jersey Shore

New Jersey orders a mandatory evacuation of all coastal regions as Garden State faces a direct hit from the mammoth hurricane. NYC shuts its entire transit system for the first time in history.

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