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Since emerging from bankruptcy reorganization in mid-2009, General Motors has invested $3.4 billion and has added or saved more than 9,000 jobs. The U.S. automaker today announced an additional investment of $2 billion; an additional 4,000 jobs have been saved or created. The announcement was made by GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson during an event at the 54-year-old in Toledo, Ohio. "We are doing this because we are confident about demand for our vehicles and the economy," Akerson said. The company also released an animated clip (after the jump) about how GM's investment will help the economy

A Retail Resource from AHAM - Designs of the Times By Grant Clauser Time being in short supply for most people, a modern kitchen is designed for convenience and multi-tasking. Kitchen designers have approached this trend in contemporary lifestyle in a variety of ways—with open kitchens, appliances distributed throughout the home and non-kitchen appliances, such as PCs or TVs, now being incorporated into the kitchen layout. Certified kitchen and bath designer Mary Jo Peterson of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., Brookfield Connecticut, allows for multiple traffic patterns in a kitchen. "Kitchens are bigger and allow for more than one activity at once," she said.

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