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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Surge To Record High

August 26, 2014 | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell. Orders for durable goods ...

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ADM Selling Chocolate Business To Cargill

September 2, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

 Archer Daniels Midland Co. is selling its global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million. The agribusiness company said Tuesday that the sale will give it the opportunity to redeploy capital to other areas and improve its returns. Cargill said that ADM's chocolate operations are...

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Dominion Resources and Duke Energy Propose $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because...

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Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 1, 2014 5:30 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union...

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Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 1, 2014 2:29 pm | by Ron Bartizek - (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader - Associated Press | Comments

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills and work habits they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained...

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China Manufacturing Growth Slowed In August

August 31, 2014 11:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two surveys show China's manufacturing growth decelerated in August due to weaker global demand and a slowdown in domestic investment. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers index fell to 50.2 from July's 18-month high of 51.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show...

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Incentives States Can Offer To Get Tesla Factory

August 31, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine ...

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Tesla Motors Dealing As States Play Factory Poker

August 31, 2014 1:30 pm | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press | Comments

From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It is not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs, but rather it is how Tesla is deciding...

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VA Facility Processes Crab Blood For Med Tests

August 31, 2014 11:33 am | by Connie Morrison - Eastern Shore News - Associated Press | Comments

The Port of Cape Charles is a study in contrasts: A major manufacturer of concrete construction components is located next to a natural area that protects habitat of a small beetle. A new mega-yacht service facility is juxtaposed with work boats laden with commercial crab pots. But nowhere are...

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Detroit Raced Toward This Week's Bankruptcy Trial

August 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Corey Williams - Associated Press | Comments

It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance, and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. After some delays, the confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in...

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Agriculture Equipment Sales Decline In 2014

August 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Regina Garcia Cano - Associated Press | Comments

Agricultural equipment manufacturers and farmers say machinery sales have fallen recently because of lower commodity prices and changes to a federal tax break. Shawn Berry said at a sales event in South Dakota that the Ohio-based company he represents could ...

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California Lawmakers Pass First US Plastic Bag Ban

August 30, 2014 3:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote on Friday, and it was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. Senators who had previously opposed the bill, including...

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China Military Shows Off Newest Helicopters, Tanks

August 29, 2014 5:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north. State media said ...  

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Newton Council OKs Financing For $6.5M Project

August 29, 2014 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The City Council in Newton has approved financing for a company that plans to build a chemical manufacturing plant at the city's airport. The estimate for Wichita-based ABI Group's project is $6.5 million, which would fund ...    

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Tesla, Chinese Firm Plan 400 Charging Stations

August 29, 2014 5:30 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide ...

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Automotive Parts Maker Expanding Smyrna Facility

August 29, 2014 4:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its distribution facility in Smyrna and is expected to create more than 130 additional jobs in Rutherford County. Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty say Federal-Mogul is investing more than $6 million to expand. As...

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Airgas Opens New Location In North Dakota

August 28, 2014 4:16 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its ...   

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MAPI Addresses Challenges Ahead for Global Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 4:12 pm | by MAPI Media | Comments

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation economists offer insights and manufacturing forecasts for key global regions - United States, Eurozone, China, India, and Latin America - in this round table discussion ... 

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Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner. Valero Renewable Fuels said the plant ...        

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Americans' Pessimism On Economy Has Grown

August 28, 2014 3:45 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer | Comments

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think ... 

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Solomon Associates Launches 2014 Reliability and Maintenance Study

August 28, 2014 3:42 pm | by Solomon Associates | Comments

Solomon Associates, a performance improvement company for the energy and petrochemicals industries, has announced the launch of its International Study of Plant Reliability and Maintenance Effectiveness (RAM Study) for operating year 2014. This study of refineries, chemical plants, and other industrial facilities provides ...

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