Business briefs

Goodwill will add Grovetown drop-off


Goodwill Industries is expanding into Grovetown.

A new donation truck and attendant will be in the Grovetown Walmart parking lot every Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.

Goodwill’s communications director, Susan Everitt, said the truck will serve as a way for Grovetown residents to make donations but also will gauge interest and demand for a Grovetown retail store.

“It’s the first step in seeing if it’s a good fit, and we think it will be,” she said.

MAU, Domino’s job fairs today, Friday

• MAU Workforce Solu­tions will hold a job fair today to fill open­ings paying up to $15 an hour.

The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jameson Suites at 1062 Claussen Road, Augusta.

Companies with openings include Hubbell Power Systems, Autoneum, E-Z-Go, Pactiv and Kimberly-Clark.

• Goodwill of the CSRA will hold a job fair for Domino’s Pizza on Friday at Job Connection in Aiken.

Managers from Domino’s in Aiken, Warren­ville, North Augusta and Augusta will conduct on-the-spot inter­views for assistant managers and drivers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Before the fair, applicants should go to the Job Connection to complete an online application.

Citigroup will cut jobs, take charge

NEW YORK — Citigroup Inc. is eliminating 4,500 jobs in its latest effort to reduce its costs.

The bank will take a $400 million charge in the fourth quarter as a result.

Citigroup’s CEO, Vikram Pandit, disclosed the job cuts at an investor conference Tuesday.

The cuts represent about 1.5 percent of its global workforce of 267,000.

Pandit said the cuts would be made over the next few quarters.

Other banks have also been cutting staff. Last month, Swiss lender UBS told investors it is downsizing its investment bank to 16,000 people by 2016 from the current 18,000 as the bank tries to reduce its exposure to risk.

In September, Bank of America Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C., said it would cut 30,000 jobs over the next few years.

Verizon blocks Google Wallet

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless is blocking Google’s new flagship phone from supporting Google’s attempt to make the smartphone the credit card of the future.

In blocking the Google Wallet software from running on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it was waiting to provide a wallet application until it can offer “the best security and user experience.” Verizon and rivals AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA are part of a consortium called ISIS that is planning its own payment system.

Google confirmed that Verizon had asked it not to include the wallet function in the Galaxy Nexus phone, due out soon.

Mine firm will pay millions in disaster

BEAVER, W.VA. — In the biggest settlement ever reached in a U.S. mining disaster, the new owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men were killed in an explosion agreed Tuesday to pay $210 million over a tragedy the government blamed on the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety.

The money will go to compensate the grieving families, bankroll cutting-edge safety improvements and pay for years of violations by Massey Energy, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine at the time of the April 2010 blast.

Under the deal, Alpha Natural Resources – which bought Massey earlier this year – will face no criminal charges in the explosion as long as it abides by the settlement, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

– From staff and wire reports