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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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HJ Heinz To Make Jarred Baby Food In PA

September 17, 2014 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods. Heinz officials say they're scheduled to begin making jarred baby food. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports...

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Fire Damage To Mill Another Blow To Weed, CA

September 17, 2014 3:43 am | by Jeff Barnard- Associated Press | Comments

Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time. With a maintenance shed reduced to...

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Shell And Motiva To Pay Nearly $4.5M In Overtime Back Wages

September 16, 2014 5:23 pm | by United States Department Of Labor | Comments

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of...

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Business Roundtable Says U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter. The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that its CEO outlook index fell to 86.4 in the third quarter, down from 95.4 in the April-June period. Fewer CEOs expect to...

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Boat Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds Jobs In GA

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A boat manufacturing company is planning to expand its facility in south Georgia and is looking to create 50 new jobs in the process. Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced Tuesday that Chaparral Boats is expanding its facility in Berrien County. Officials say the company employs...

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Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 16, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America announced today that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly...

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations For 2014 Announced

September 16, 2014 3:16 pm | by National Safety Council News Release | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the...

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Central Glass Announces Plans To Expand Carlex Operations

September 16, 2014 2:22 pm | Comments

Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex Glass Company, announced that it has resolved to conclude a share transfer agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of two subsidiaries of Guardian Industries Corp.: Guardian Automotive Products, Inc. (GAPI), headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and...

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GM To Add 750 Jobs To Missouri Factory

September 16, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors is adding 750 workers to a Missouri factory in anticipation of high demand for two new small pickup trucks.GM wants to add a third shift to its plant in Wentzville near St. Louis by the end of March. The factory now... 

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RAMI Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by IPC News Release | Comments

On September 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs, the RAMI Act focuses efforts to...

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Audi Receives First Autonomous Driving Permit In CA

September 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Audi USA News | Comments

Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. A range of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads take effect today. Audi has conducted research over...

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Accuride Receives 2014 AME Manufacturing Excellence Award

September 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Accuride Corporation | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is proud to bestow upon Accuride's Henderson Operations steel wheel manufacturing facility in Henderson, Kentucky a 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award. An AME representative will visit the Accuride plant on Sept. 18 to present the award. The company will...

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Stratasys To Acquire GrabCAD

September 16, 2014 9:58 am | by Stratasys | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GrabCAD, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to...

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Tesla Q&A On Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | Comments

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected to open in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to...

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TorqTek Design And Manufacturing Plans $12M Expansion

September 15, 2014 5:23 pm | by State News Service | Comments

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility. The $12 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs.Founded in 1995 as...   

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Hundreds Of Workers On Strike At Lear Plant

September 15, 2014 5:14 pm | by Charles D. Wilson, The Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling "fast-food-like" wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago. The plant, about 28 miles southeast of...

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Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How To Use It

September 15, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Economist Intelligence Unit | Comments

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it. Manufacturing and the data conundrum: Too much? Too little? Or just right?, commissioned by Wipro, examines...

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AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 15, 2014 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion late Sunday afternoon, blowing out metal doors at the front of...

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When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About It?

September 15, 2014 4:16 pm | by Dr. David Michaels | Comments

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also...

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United Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Fly New, Longer Dreamliner

September 15, 2014 3:51 pm | by GE Report | Comments

The Dreamliner is growing up. A new, longer version of the plane powered by a pair of GEnx jet engines recently landed an FAA certification. In September, Boeing delivered the bigger jet to United Airlines, the first carrier to...  

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