PUBLISHING

Plastics magazine to launch

A new plastics processing industry trade publication, Plastics Machinery Magazine, will begin publishing in print and digital formats in January.

Publisher is Peninsula Publishing LLC, a new employee-owned publishing company at 6138 Riverview Road, Peninsula, and the official publishing arm of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Its website is www.plasticsmachinerymagazine.com.

President is J.A. Lewellen and publisher is Tony Eagan; both are plastics industry publishing veterans. Co-owner and advisor is T. Peter Sullivan.

TRAVEL

Free Wi-Fi at NYC airports

Travelers at four New York City-area airports, which serve more than 100 million passengers a year, will get 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi, under a deal approved by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The service will be available to fliers at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Stewart International airports, after the authority voted this week to revise its contract with a subsidiary of Los Angeles- based Boingo Wireless Inc.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Verizon outage spreads

Verizon Wireless customers in the Akron area and other parts of the nation have been experiencing a significant outage preventing many from upgrading phones and paying bills. Customers could use their phones for calling, texting and going online.

USA Today reported that Verizon spokeswoman Laura Merritt said customers in the Northeast, Midwest and some southern states were affected and that the company was working to fix the issue.

AUTOS

Car makers to build plant

Automakers Daimler and Renault-Nissan say they will build a $1.36 billion plant in Mexico to manufacture Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brand compact vehicles.

The companies said Friday that construction would begin in 2015. They called it the most ambitious project to date for the joint venture they launched in 2010.

They said it would employ 5,700 workers and produce up to 300,000 cars a year, with Infiniti production beginning in 2017 and Mercedes in 2018.

Automakers increasingly are moving car manufacturing to Mexico because of its access to the U.S., low labor costs and free-trade deals with more than 30 countries.

More recalls from GM

General Motors says itís recalling another 474,000 vehicles worldwide including new pickup trucks and SUVs for a transmission problem.

The action brings the number of recalls for GM to 48 so far this year, covering more than 20 million vehicles.

GM announced three recalls late Friday. The largest covers almost 467,000 four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, as well as GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.

For more details, go to www.GM.com.

Compiled from staff, wire reports