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This spring’s tornadoes and severe storms have given a boost to several companies that sell storm shelters, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.

Pyles Concrete in Columbia has been manufacturing pre-cast concrete storm shelters for 20 years. When the tornadoes came through, requests for them went up.

Other dealers said the same, the paper says.

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Some 2013 Escape Sport Utility Vehicles produced at the Louisville Assembly Plant are being recalled by Ford Motor Co. for replacement of carpet that could interfere with braking, according to a notice filed with the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Ford Motor Co. filed the notice July 2 affecting 8,266 Escapes manufactured at the Fern Valley Road plant between March 8 and June 7. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said it also affected about 2,000 vehicles in Canada and a couple of hundred in Mexico, the paper says.



Americans cut their spending at retail businesses for a third consecutive month, as a weak job market has made consumers more cautious, the Associated Press reports.

Retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Consumers spent less on autos, furniture, appliances and building and garden supplies and at department stores.

Retail sales haven’t fallen for three straight months since the fall of 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, the AP says.



Energy conservation is rising into vogue in the state and across the nation as slowly comes the sunset of the long days of dirt cheap electric bills.

The 2nd Annual Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ Energy Conference held June 13-14 in Louisville, underscored the continued tightening of resources by highlighting a cry for energy efficiency throughout the manufacturing sector.

“The message to Frankfort is that rates are only going up. Where are the continuing tax incentives to keep manufacturing facilities here through conservation?” said Tom Abele, vice president of business development at Harshaw Trane.