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Shaw Industries Hiring
Berkshire Hathaway’s Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) will invest at least $40 million and hire more than 25 new associates in South Pittsburg, Tenn., to meet the growing demand for its Epic® engineered flooring product.
“Marion County could not be more pleased to see the commitment of additional capital investment and new jobs being created by Shaw in our county. We greatly appreciate the confidence the company has shown in our citizens and community by announcing this expansion in South Pittsburg,” said Marion County Mayor John Graham.
South Pittsburg Mayor Jane Dawkins noted, “We are excited about the growth of Shaw in our city and look forward to continued involvement with them as a good corporate partner. This expansion project is a confirmation of the company’s long term commitment to South Pittsburg, Marion County and the State of Tennessee.”
The expansion will add more than 60 percent capacity to the existing hardwood manufacturing facility. Construction is set to begin in late 2013 and is the latest in Shaw’s efforts to expand and enhance its hardwood manufacturing. Plant HW, which currently employees 200 associates, has already grown by 65 associates this year as a result of Shaw increasing the number of shifts it is operating at the facility.
“Tennessee has the best balance sheet in the country and the kind of business friendly environment where incumbent companies like Shaw Industries Group, Inc. can feel confident to reinvest and further their growth,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I want to thank Shaw Industries Group, Inc. for being a valued corporate citizen and appreciate these new jobs they will create for Tennesseans.”
The announcement represents the company’s continuous efforts to adapt to market demands and preferences. Shaw transformed this former yarn plant into one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced hardwood flooring manufacturing facilities across Shaw’s entire portfolio – and the largest engineered flooring facility of its kind in the world. Additionally, in recent months, the company implemented $26 million in technology and automation to improve efficiency, cost, safety, material yield and waste reduction improvements at its hardwood facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“The expansion of the South Pittsburg hardwood operation is an important component in our overall hardwood strategy. By investing in this plant and our other hardwood facilities, we are enhancing our ability to offer the widest product mix, the most innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell.
Since entering the hardwood flooring business in 2006, Shaw has become the second largest and fastest growing hardwood manufacturer in the market.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.
The Labor Department says that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 312,000. That is the lowest four-week average since October 2007, just two months before the Great Recession started. The average has fallen by 53,500 applications over the past 12 months.
Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The current level of claims suggests that employers are holding on their workers with the expectation of stronger economic growth ahead.
Employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, the Labor Department reported. Hiring has picked up after a slowdown caused by severe winter weather.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.
Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago.
Many analysts have been expecting an improving economy to lift the housing market, which has been recovering over the past two years. But housing has struggled to maintain momentum. Rising home prices and higher mortgage rates have held back some potential home buyers. Others have had trouble qualifying for mortgages.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investment bank Goldman Sachs says its first-quarter earnings fell as fixed income trading slumped.
The bank earned $1.9 billion in the quarter, down 11 percent from the same period a year earlier when it made $2.2 billion.
The earnings were equivalent to $4.02 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had predicted earnings of $3.49 a share.
Revenue totaled $9.3 billion, down 8 percent from a year earlier, when the bank generated revenue of $10.1 billion. The latest quarterly revenue beat analysts' expectations of $8.7 billion.
Goldman's stock rose $2.78, or 1.8 percent, to $160 in pre-market trading.
NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo reports a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world.
The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, says global snack volume rose 2 percent while beverages were even from a year ago.
In its closely watched North American beverage unit, PepsiCo Inc. says volume was even. Growth in other drinks offset a 1 percent decline in sodas.
For the quarter, the company earned $1.22 billion, or 79 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned 83 cents per share, above the 75 cents per share Wall Street expected.
A year ago, it earned $1.08 billion, or 69 cents per share.
Revenue edged up to $12.62 billion, higher than the $12.39 billion analysts expected.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.
Toy makers are facing a weak environment globally due to the uncertain economy and popularity of electronic gadgets.
The largest U.S. toy maker says its net loss for the three months ended March 31 totaled $11.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with net income of $38.5 million, or 11 cents per share last year. Analysts expected earnings of 7 cents per share.
The company which makes Disney Princess dolls and Hot Wheels cars says revenue fell 5 percent to $946.2 million. Analysts expected $947.6 million. Barbie revenue dropped 14 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is vastly expanding the goods that are available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.
The nation's second-largest discounter first dabbled with subscriptions last September, trying to win over haggard parents with 150 baby care products.
That program has been expanded more than tenfold this week to nearly 1,600 items across a much wider array of consumer goods. Everything from beauty products and pet supplies, to home office supplies like printer ink, are now available through subscription.
Target, based in Minneapolis, is playing catch up in the subscription arena, which has exploded as companies test consumer appetites for almost every niche, from socks to razors, to clothing and entertainment.
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