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Guardian job fair set in Auburn

Guardian Automotive Products in Auburn will have job fair from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The company wants to fill 63 production positions at its location, 1900 S. Center St. The jobs start at $12.50 an hour, but can increase to $14 an hour after a year. The majority of the positions will be daytime 12-hour shifts.

Medical, dental, prescription and 401(k) benefits are available after 90 days of employment. Ideal candidates will have a high school diploma or the equivalent and some manufacturing experience.

Guardian Automotive is a division of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries, which manufactures windshields for the automotive industry. It employs 430 people in Auburn.

Construction spending shows gains in April

U.S. construction spending posted modest gains in April, driven by an uptick in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years.

Construction spending rose 0.2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $953.5 billion, the strongest performance since March 2009, the Commerce Department said Monday. The April increase was lower than economists had expected. But the government revised March activity higher to a 0.6 percent gain, up from an initial estimate of a 0.2 percent increase.

The small April improvement, combined with the strong gain in March, suggest that the construction industry is recovering from the harsh winter and will provide a boost to growth in the months ahead.

U.S. probes Chrysler recall effectiveness

Safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working properly.

The company recalled older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys in 2012 because the air bags could inflate without a crash, causing injuries.

Chrysler installed an electrical filter to eliminate electrical spikes on air bag circuits and thought that would solve the problem.

But since the recall, the company has received six reports of air bags inflating without a crash on SUVs that had the recall repairs.

No crashes were reported, but owners said there were some cuts and burns, according to documents posted Monday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Chrysler says it’s cooperating but hasn’t determined whether the recall is working. The investigation affects Libertys from the 2002 and 2003 model years and Grand Cherokees from 2002 to 2004.

Foreign banks, others to share info with IRS

It will soon get a lot harder to use overseas accounts to hide income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service.

More than 77,000 foreign banks, investment funds and other financial institutions have agreed to share information about U.S. account holders with the IRS as part of a crackdown on offshore tax evasion, the Treasury Department announced Monday.

Nearly 70 countries have agreed to share information from their banks as part of a U.S. law that targets Americans hiding assets overseas. Participating countries include the world’s financial giants, as well as many places where Americans have traditionally hid assets, including Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.

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