Business in brief, 6/17: GM announces two more plant improvements

General Motors says it will invest $65 million in two plants and create or retain 163 jobs at those sites so it can make more four-cylinder engines. GM will add capacity at its Tonawanda, N.Y., plant to make engines for its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers. It will invest $33 million there and create or retain 100 jobs. GM will add capacity to build engines for its 2013 Malibu sedan at its plant in Spring Hill, Tenn

Summer day camps may qualify for federal tax credits

The IRS sent out some helpful tax info today for working parents who are using summer day camps for child care. Overnight camps do not qualify, but day camps that specialize in a particular activity, such as computers or soccer, may qualify for a federal Child and Dependent Care tax credit. Up to $3,000 of unreimbursed expenses paid for one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals can be used to figure the credit, the IRS said. The rules include: * Your dependent child must be age 12 or younger when the care was provided. * Your spouse and certain other individuals who are physically or mentally incapable of self-care may also be qualifying persons

Missouri and Kansas job markets show improvement over a year ago

Compared to April, there wasn't much to say about changes in the May job market in Missouri or Kansas. But, compared to May 2010, there are some positives, as reported today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A year ago, according to seasonally adjusted employment and unemployment figures, the jobless rate in Missouri was 9.5 percent

Greenies KCK pet food plant sold, 25 employees idled

An Omaha company has bought the Kansas City, Kan., facility that once made Greenies pet treats, idling 25 employees at the plant. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. paid Atchison, Kan.-based MGP Ingredients Inc. $3.6 million for the plant at 16 Kansas Ave. The deal included equipment MGP used to make other pet treats but not equipment it used to make a texture protein meat extender and substitute. read more