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Owner closes Elkhart, Ind., Monaco RV plant, idling 85 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:22

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The owner of Elkhart's Monaco RV plant closed the factory's doors Monday, idling 85 permanent employees and turning away those who arrived for work in the morning.

WSJV-TV reported that when employees arrived for work Monday, security guards informed them that the plant had been shut down and gave them copies of a letter saying owner Allied Specialty Vehicles had decided to exit the market for towable recreational vehicles produced by the plant.

The plant had produced the R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable RV models, said Melissa Schober, an office manager at Orlando, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles.

"There is no change to our other motorized RV business, which is growing and profitable, including American Coach, Fleetwood RV, Holiday Rambler and Monaco," Schober said, reading from a statement. "We will continue to honor our warranty obligations for our towable products."

Employees were told they will receive a check for 60 days' severance pay on Feb. 28 and can keep their insurance through April 10.

Allied bought financially troubled Monaco last May from Navistar International Corp. It then closed Monaco's factory in Wakarusa, near South Bend, and shifted its production work to Decatur, about 20 miles south of Fort Wayne.


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Beer float, anyone? Yuengling's Ice Cream returns PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:15

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Breyers, Ben & Jerry's, Edy's and Yuengling's: Which thing is not like the others?

Trick question. They all make ice cream.

The supermarket freezer aisle got a little more crowded Monday as Yuengling — a name more associated with ale, porter and lager than vanilla, chocolate and strawberry — took its place alongside the familiar brands.

Beer drinkers up and down the East Coast know Yuengling as a 185-year-old family-owned Pennsylvania brewery whose lager flows from taps in countless bars and restaurants. What they might not realize is that Yuengling used to make ice cream, too, starting in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition.

Now Yuengling's Ice Cream is back after an absence of nearly 30 years, available at hundreds of stores in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Additional stores and markets could be added later.

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Government sues over worker suspensions in Ohio PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:15

CLEVELAND (AP) — The government has sued AT&T over allegations that it suspended 13 Ohio workers without pay for one to three days for reporting work-related injuries.

The U.S. Labor Department says the lawsuit filed Monday against Ohio Bell Telephone Co., doing business as AT&T, asks a federal judge in Cleveland to halt the alleged practice and award the workers back pay.

The lawsuit says the suspensions were retaliation after workers reported on-the-job injuries including a shoulder sprain and rib and vertebra fractures.

A spokesman says AT&T is committed to following employment laws and believes the lawsuit has no merit.

Five disciplined employees are based in Columbus, two in Brooklyn Heights near Cleveland, two in Canton and one each in Akron, Cleveland, Gallipolis (gal-ih-poh-LEES') in southern Ohio and Uhrichsville (YUR'-iks-vil) south of Canton.


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Kraft Singles to lose artificial preservatives PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer   
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:14

NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular individually wrapped cheese slices, in the latest sign that companies are tweaking their recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny.

The change affects the company's Kraft Singles in the full-fat American and White American varieties, which Kraft says account for the majority of brand's sales. Sorbic acid is being replaced by natamycin, which Kraft says is a "natural mold inhibitor."

Kraft's decision comes as a growing number of Americans try to stick to diets they feel are natural. That has prompted a number of food makers to change their recipes.

Last week, for instance, Subway said it was removing a chemical from its bread after a popular food blogger named Vani Hari started a petition noting the ingredient is also used in yoga mats.

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