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Moses in St. Albans adding Fiat

Dec. 24, 2012 @ 07:49 PM

ST. ALBANS -- Moses Ford Lincoln BMW in St. Albans will be the new Fiat dealer in central and southern West Virginia.

Moses Fiat joins 186 open Fiat studios in 44 states across the country. Moses Ford Lincoln BMW will transform its former used car location into a new FIAT Studio where the group will sell the Fiat 500, Fiat 500 Cabrio, Fiat 500 Turbo and the Fiat 500 Abarth.

The construction project, which began on Nov. 1, of this year is set for completion on March 1, 2013, Steve Moses of the Moses Automotive Group said in a press release.

"We think Fiat represents an exciting new direction for the automobile industry, "said Moses, president of Moses Ford Lincoln BMW in St. Albans. "It's an Italian, fun and sporty car to drive. We think this is a terrific opportunity for us, and we are excited about adding the FIAT brand to our family of dealerships."

RCBI Charleston offers new advanced machining

CHARLESTON -- The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced and Flexible Manufacturing has installed a new advanced machining capability at the RCBI Charleston Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

As part of RCBI's continuing effort to provide ready access to the latest manufacturing technology, it now has an Okuma MU-500-VA-L Machining Center available for both leased use and technical training. It delivers process-intensive machining and high-speed, high-accuracy cutting through the combination of 5-axis multitask machining with a turning function, RCBI reports.

The technology is ideal for mold and die shops as well as the production of highly complex aerospace components. For more information or to schedule leased use, call 304-720-7738 or 800-469-RCBI (7224).

Constellium to appeal unemployment ruling

CHARLESTON -- Constellium plans to challenge a ruling that awarded unemployment compensation benefits to workers who went on strike at its Ravenswood aluminum plant earlier this year.

Constellium spokeswoman Laura Prisc tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the company will appeal last week's decision by the state Labor Dispute Tribunal. The appeal will go to the Board of Review.

The three-member tribunal said the workers could receive the benefits because there wasn't a work stoppage at the plant during the strike.

The strike began Aug. 5 and ended the following month when United Steelworkers Local 5668 members ratified a five-year contract.

A state government spokeswoman says 609 workers applied for unemployment compensation benefits. The maximum weekly benefit is $424.

Ohio gasoline prices up slightly for Christmas

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gas prices in Ohio are up slightly to start the Christmas week.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $3.23 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 9 cents higher than a week ago, but it's still 31 cents cheaper than this time last month.

Prices inched up after some areas of Ohio saw pump numbers fall below the $3-per-gallon mark briefly the week before Christmas. On Monday, Dayton and Toledo had the lowest prices, with both areas averaging $3.20.

The national average Monday was $3.25, about the same as last week.

Gas prices are expected to stay lower through December, thanks to lower demand and higher inventories.

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