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U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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Boeing To Move Defense Work Out Of WA

October 2, 2014 1:11 pm | by American Daily Stock Report | Comments

The Boeing Company announced that it will relocate a major part of its defense and support-related services under the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division to other cities of the U.S. from Washington. A significant portion of the work will be...

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McKee Foods To Expand VA Facility

October 2, 2014 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

McKee Foods Corporation is planning a $34 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in August County. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the expansion will create 54 jobs. The plant in Stuart Draft currently employs more than 1,000 workers. McAuliffe announced the project Thursday in a news release. ...

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Airbus Predicts China Will Become Aviation Hotspot

October 2, 2014 11:32 am | by Gavin Thompson, Associate Editor, Bristol Post | Comments

The biggest growth in the aerospace sector will come from China in years to come, with China set to become the number one market, according to the bosses at Airbus. One hundred years after the first plane for paying passengers took to the skies, the manufacturer has been...

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Magneti Marelli Inaugurates Automotive Exhaust Systems Plant In MI

October 2, 2014 11:10 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Magneti Marelli Holding USA announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, celebrated its official opening. "The inauguration of the Independence Township plant is a significant...

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U.S. Factory Orders Posted Record Drop

October 2, 2014 10:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders. A key category that tracks business investment plans posted a small increase, offering an...

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20-Cylinder Gas Engine Pumps Iron In Texas

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s appetite for electricity. No other state consumes more power, a whopping 10 percent of the national total. All that demand, however, is straining the local grid. Large power plant owners in Texas have...

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Russia Dims Hopes For European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Troubles in Russia's once-booming car market are dampening spirits at the Paris Motor Show. The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound as...

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NAM Congressional Voting Record Highlights Legislative Champions of Manufacturing

October 2, 2014 9:37 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Manufacturers today are highlighting more than 270 champions of manufacturing in the 113th Congress with the release of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) congressional Voting Record on manufacturing issues. The Voting Record reflects...

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BorgWarner Plant Receives LEED Certification

October 2, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BorgWarner's production facility and engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil, recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a first for an automotive supplier in Brazil. Developed by the U.S. Green Building...

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Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant

October 2, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. Aircraft manufacturers are increasingly turning to ...

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Baxter Breaks Ground On $300M Expansion

October 1, 2014 5:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Baxter International Inc., a company that produces medical equipment, has broken ground on a $300 million expansion project that's expected to create 200 jobs by 2016.The Opelika-Auburn News reports Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand Wednesday for the...

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Generac Acquires MAC, Inc.

October 1, 2014 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Generac Holdings Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of power generation equipment and other engine powered products, announced today the purchase of MAC, Inc. and its related entities. Established in 1983 and headquartered in...  

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GM Looks To New Vehicles, China To Boost Profits

October 1, 2014 5:14 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of...

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Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

October 1, 2014 4:55 pm | by Susan Montoya Brown - The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to... 

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Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

October 1, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton-based Epcor will own and operate the facility and Vancouver-based Ostara will...

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Verso Announces Closure Of Bucksport Paper Mill

October 1, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Verso Paper Corp. today announced plans to close its paper mill in Bucksport, Maine. The closure of the mill is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2014. The mill closure will reduce Verso's coated groundwood paper production capacity by...

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Drone Aviation Expands Government Distribution

October 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized lighter-than-air aerostats and tethered drones, today announced that the Blimp in a Box® ("BiB") aerostat system and the Winch Tethered Small Platform ("WASP") product of Drone Aviation Corp., its wholly owned subsidiary, have been included in the...

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Whirlpool Spotlights U.S. Investments In Support Of Manufacturing Day

October 1, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

In recognition of Manufacturing Day on October 3, Whirlpool Corporation reiterated the company's investment in American manufacturing and will salute its manufacturing employees for their hard work, dedication, and shared commitment. Whirlpool Corporation currently...

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Pace Of U.S. Manufacturing Slipped In September

October 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its...

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Feds Sue WI Plastics Manufacturer Over Wellness Program

October 1, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The federal government is suing a Wisconsin company over its wellness program, saying the business cannot require employees to participate and punish those who don't. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that it had filed suit against Flambeau, Inc., a plastics...

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