October 31, 2014

Bacteria causes recall of several brands of baby wipes

A company that makes baby wipes sold under multiple brand names and in multiple stores has issued a recall because some packages may contain bacteria.

Cuties brand wipes is one of those in the recall by Nutek.

Cuties brand wipes is one of those in the recall by Nutek.

The wipes recalled were manufactured under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings.  They were online and at several store chains that have locations in Missouri.

The company, Nutek Disposables, Inc. of Pennsylvania, says it received complaints about odor and discoloration. Testing showed the presence of bacteria in some of those packages.

After an initial recall October 3, Nutek tested some of those products and decided to extend the recall to all of its baby wipe products.

The bacteria found is Burkholderia cepacia. Nutek says it poses little risk to healthy people, but those with weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease, or some other health problems are urged to call a doctor if they have used any of these products.

The company has received reports of rash, irritation, infections, fever and other issues but says it has not been confirmed those cases are related to the use of the affected products.

The cause of the problem is still under investigation and shipping of baby wipes has ceased from the facility where those lots were made.

For a list of the lot numbers in the recall and the original release from Nutek, click here.  The company says consumers who bought these products can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Those with questions can call the company at (855) 646-4351 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.

Some Dairy Queen stores in Missouri hit by data breach

Dairy Queen says a data security breach has impacted nearly 400 of its stores in the nation, including 17 locations in Missouri.

The company says customers who ate at those 17 stores in August might have had their names, payment card numbers and expiration dates exposed to hackers.

The company is offering free identity repair service to impacted customers.

A list of the impacted stores and the dates their security was breached is available on Dairy Queen’s website.

With projected additions, Boeing could tap new Missouri incentives

Boeing will bring up to 700 more jobs to north St. Louis County to build parts for its 777x commercial airliner.

Boeing's 777-9X

Boeing’s 777-9X

With the announcement, coupled with other expansions announced in the past 18 months, it appears Boeing will be eligible for incentives approved in a special session of the Missouri Legislature in 2013, that it was hoped would lure production of the 777x to St. Louis.

The threshold for those incentives was the creation of 2,000 new jobs within ten years for aerospace industry projects. According to the release from Governor Jay Nixon’s office, Boeing in the past year-and-a-half has announced the creation of 400 new information technology jobs, 400 research and technology jobs, and just last week, 500 jobs for service and support of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.

If those marks and the 700 figure announced today are all met, that would be enough to reach 2,000 jobs.

The legislature late last year approved, and Governor Nixon signed, a $1.7-billion package of tax breaks. St. Louis County officials offered another $1.8 billion in incentives.

Boeing employs about 15,000 people in the St. Louis area, but never before has the company had any part of its commercial aircraft operations in the region.

The company will expand its current composites facility to make way for the new work. Production of 777x parts is slated to begin in 2017.

Ford adds van jobs (AUDIO)

The Ford Company is jumping production of its new van at the Claycomo plant to meet demand for its new van.

Transit van has been on dealer’s lots for about three months and it’s selling well enough that Ford plans to add as many as 12-hundred more workers for a second production line at Claycomo.

Plant Manager Dan Jowiski says the company has more than met the quality jobs quotas set by the state to qualify for the tax incentives state law allows.

But the assembly line jobs are only part of the story.  Jowiski says the second assembly line will produce ripples. “For every job we add at an assembly plant,” he says, “it roughly affects our supply base and their communities with an uplift factor of nine.”

He says Ford will have 2400 workers building the various versions of the transit van by the end of the year.  Another 3600 will be building the F-150 pickup trucks.

AUDIO: Jowiski interview 7:21

GMC adding 750 jobs to Wentzville plant

General Motors will add a third shift to its plant in Wentzville to make pickups and vans, adding 750 new jobs beginning early next year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the new shift will bring employment at Wentzville to 3,350 workers. Plant manager Nancy Laubenthal says anticipated demand for two midsized pickups that will be made at Wentzville, the GMC Colorado and the GMC Canyon, played into the decision to increase production there.

This will be the first time the Wentzville plant has had three shifts.