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GM to shut NY fuel-cell research lab

General Motors Corp. said Friday it plans to close its hydrogen fuel-cell research operation near Rochester, N.Y., and move about 220 jobs to Michigan.

The Detroit-based automaker said the move will bring together experts on engine and transmission technology.

Most of the 220 salaried workers in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., will be offered the chance to move to GM’s powertrain operations in Pontiac, north of Detroit.

GM will still work on electric vehicles and fuel-cell development, company spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter said.

Fuel cells make electricity from chemical reactions involving hydrogen and oxygen, producing only water vapor as a product. Electric motors then power the cars, trucks and buses.

Parker Hannifin staff offered job assistance

All workers of Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Sporlan Division, 10801 Rose Ave., New Haven, are eligible to receive federal assistance, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Friday.

The Labor Department’s ruling includes on-site leased workers from Pro Resource Staffing Services.

The workers are eligible for services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which offers training and other assistance to workers who are displaced due to foreign imports or shifts in production out of the country.

The ruling applies to workers who lost their jobs – or were threatened with job loss – on or after Aug. 30, 2011.

The workers produce shut-off devices, expansion values, couplings and other flow control devices.

Eligible workers may obtain information at a WorkOne office.

Lutheran Hospital caps 4th-floor redo

Lutheran Hospital on Friday announced it has completed remodeling and converting its fourth-floor adult patient rooms to all private rooms.

About 50 patients will be moved Sunday into the updated rooms from other areas of the southwest Fort Wayne hospital. The fourth floor primarily houses surgery patients.

This is the last step in the two-year, $42.3 million project that added a fifth floor – 96 private patient rooms – to a busy hospital that continued to operate throughout construction.

Private rooms are considered more conducive to healing because they allow more patient privacy and family support.

Home construction steady in September

The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne on Friday said there were 56 Allen County residential construction requests in September, compared with 53 permits the same month a year ago.

Year-to-date figures showed a 7.6 percent decline at 532 permits. The average sale price in September was $253,632, compared with $173,894 in September 2011.

Olive Garden plans new ad campaign

Olive Garden is tossing out its famous “When You’re Here, You’re Family” slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle.

After a 14-year run, the Italian restaurant chain will launch an ad campaign Sunday night as it looks to freshen up its image and boost struggling sales. “Go Olive Garden” ads will be voiced over by actress Julie Bowen, who plays a neurotic mom on “Modern Family.”