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Severance pay set at oven plant

Manitowoc Foodservice has agreed to pay each of its union workers four weeks of severance after their jobs end next year, a union official said Wednesday.

Mark Mettler, president of Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 237, said the Wisconsin-based company has also guaranteed work for eight weeks into the new year, with some employees staying on into April or May. The original end date for local production was the end of this month, he said.

Manitowoc will move production of its Lincoln-brand restaurant conveyer ovens from 111 N. Hadley Road to Cleveland. About 200 local jobs will be lost.

Officials with Brunswick Leisure Boat Co. have visited the building and taken soil samples, Mettler said. Brunswick on Tuesday participated in a massive jobs creation announcement in Indianapolis.

The manufacturer announced plans to create 200 new jobs as it moves into a larger local facility but said a decision on where to move wasn’t final. The company now employs 227 locally.

Edy’s expansion up to $2.2 million

A local ice cream maker is adding a second scoop to its factory expansion project.

Edy’s Grand Ice Cream in June unveiled plans to invest up to $1.5 million in a 2,500-square-foot expansion at 3426 N. Wells St. Since then, the price tag has grown to $2.2 million, a spokeswoman said this week.

The building addition now will be between 2,500 and 4,000 square feet. The project also includes about $1.8 million in a building expansion and $400,000 in server room upgrades to support new computer software.

The plans, as originally announced, include new visitor and employee entrances, a renovated cafeteria, men’s and women’s locker rooms, two meeting rooms, an office, cubicle areas and a new uniform storage area.

The investment is on top of about $28 million in normal equipment and building upgrades the company expects to make over the next five years, a spokeswoman said in June. Edy’s parent company is Nestle Dreyers Ice Cream Co.

Raytheon plant lands $14 million Army deal

Raytheon Co.’s Fort Wayne operation has been awarded a contract for radio systems components for the Army. The contract doesn’t specify the quantity or the delivery date. The maximum value of the order is $14.4 million.

The work is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2015, the government said Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, Raytheon announced it has acquired the government solutions business of privately held data security firm SafeNet Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Raytheon said it doesn’t expect the acquisition to significantly affect its sales or earnings per share in fiscal 2013.

Honda recalls 870,000 vehicles

Honda is recalling more than 870,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide, including 347,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and 277,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2003 and 2004 model years, as well as 247,000 Acura MDX SUVs from the 2003 through 2006 period.

The mechanism that locks the key in the ignition while the vehicles are in gear can wear out. When that happens, drivers of the vans and SUVs are able to remove keys without shifting into park. Some have left the vehicles, which have rolled off unexpectedly while in gear.

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