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Kimberly-Clark plant will get expansion

The Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island is expanding to meet the needs of two coming product improvements.

A $2 million construction permit was filed last week for two building expansions as the company improves the Cottonelle and Scott brands’ flushable cleansing cloth products, corporate spokesman Eric Bruner said.

About 31,000 square feet will be added to existing structures on the site at 246 Old Jackson Highway. The expansion won’t require new hires, Bruner said.

Whole Foods to hold information sessions

Whole Foods will share information about the company and its hiring process to prospective employees in Augusta on Tuesday.

Question-and answer sessions will be held at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Georgia De­part­ment of La­bor office at 601 Greene St.

The company is looking to hire between 120 and 150 employees before its new Au­gusta store opens this fall on Washington Road near Interstate 20. Both full- and part-time positions will be available, with hourly wages starting at $11.

Those interested in attending must register by e-mailing their name and contact information to The deadline to register is Monday.

Boeing forecast for plane demand rises

CHICAGO — Boeing Co. raised its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 4 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia.

The Chicago company said Thursday that it expects deliveries of 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with total list prices valued at an estimated $5.2 trillion. That’s up from Boeing’s forecast last year that global airlines would need 35,280 jets worth $4.8 trillion over the next 20 years.

Low-cost carriers are fueling the fastest growing segment of the market – single-aisle airplanes. Those aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 and rival Airbus A320, make up 70 percent of all orders.

In other news

UNITED AUTO WORKERS leaders said Thursday they have reached a “consensus” with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company’s assembly plant in Tennessee.

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