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Habitat nonprofit given $12K award

Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Judith Lucero this week accepted the Colors for our Community Award in the amount of $12,000.

The annual award is given by Golden Equipment Co., provider of rental and purchasing solutions for a variety of building, paving and other equipment needs for Albuquerque and surrounding communities.

The award ceremony took place at 4900 Menaul NE, the new location of the GAHH ReStore and administrative offices.

They will relocate from the present San Mateo SE location to the new location on Menaul next month.

Next Gobs of Jobs fair to be Aug. 20

The next Gobs of Jobs Career Fair will be Aug. 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco NE, in Albuquerque.

Some of the employers include Alliance Data, Albuquerque Police Department, Rio Grande (The Bell Group), Sandia National Laboratories, Verizon, Aflac, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Comcast Cable Communications, Cumulus Media KKOB-AM, Sparkle Maintenance Inc. and T-Mobile.

For additional information, visit www.nmgobsofjobs.com.

HireLive to host job fair Aug. 21

HireLive, a national career service company specializing in sales, retail and management career fairs, is hosting a job fair Aug. 21 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque, 1000 Woodward NE.

HireLive, in a news release, said it has more than a decade of experience in staging the largest sales-specific career fairs on the West Coast.

The event will offer job-seekers an opportunity to meet with more than 15 of the nation’s leading companies.

HireLive encourages all experienced sales, retail and management professionals, as well as recent college graduates, to attend.

Investor urges new Penney board chief

NEW YORK – Activist investor Bill Ackman says he has lost confidence in J.C. Penney’s board and its chairman should be replaced.

In the letter, Ackman says Chairman Thomas Engibous should be removed from his position. He is suggesting former CEO Allen Questrom to replace him.

Greeting card firm again family-owned

NEW YORK – The card company American Greeting is no longer trading on the New York Stock Exchange after being taken private by the family that has run the company for more than a century.

The Weiss family said it would acquire the Cleveland company in April, along with a group of investors.

The deal, which closed Friday, values the company at about $580 million, or $878 million including assumed debt and the settlement of stock options.

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Weiss says the family is excited to return the company to its roots as a family-owned business.

Tacomas recalled over seat belts

DETROIT – Toyota is recalling 342,000 Tacoma midsize pickup trucks because the front seat belts can malfunction.

The recall affects 2004 to 2011 Access Cab models with a small door to the rear passenger compartment.

Toyota says screws that attach part of the seat belts to the mechanism that retracts the belts can come loose if the rear door is closed repeatedly and forcefully. If that happens, the belts may not work properly for the driver or front passenger.

Toyota says no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.

The company will notify owners of the pickups by mail and dealers will fix them free of charge.

Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331.

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