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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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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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5 Detained In Suspected Oil Theft Ring

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mexico says it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in a northeastern state. The Attorney General's office says the suspects include the head of a company that...

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Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announce the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California. The projects provide 16.2 MW of energy to Southern California Edison’s grid...

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General Mills Plans To Cut 700 To 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.The Minneapolis company that owns...

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U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs In September, 35K In Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 12:59 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that the pace of hiring by private employers was up slightly from 202,000 in...

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Nuclear Supplier Agrees To Changes After Cheating

October 1, 2014 11:46 am | by Ray Henry - Associated Press | Comments

A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. agreed in a settlement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory...

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Cisco Awards Celestica EMS Partner Of The Year

October 1, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Celestica Inc., a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced that it has received the 2014 EMS Partner of the Year Award from Cisco. This prestigious award recognizes Celestica for outstanding...

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New SunEdison Technology To Slash Cost Of Solar Power

October 1, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

SunEdison, Inc., a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that its most advanced polysilicon technology was now in production and on target to produce solar material at the...

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Truck Deals Help Boost U.S. Auto Sales In September

October 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

September sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong. Most predict sales rose around 10 percent from a year ago, fueled mainly by big discounts on pickup trucks. General Motors and...

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Mondelez To Build $90M Plant In Bahrain As Mideast, Africa Demand Grows

October 1, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's leading maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum, and candy, today mannounced plans to invest $90 million in building a biscuit plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet rising demand in the Middle East and Africa for beloved...

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Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs In Canada

October 1, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market. The automaker said Wednesday it also expects to increase...

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Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2014 9:28 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and...

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Fire At Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

September 30, 2014 8:43 pm | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire at the building began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Workers inside noticed smoke coming from a...

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Cutler Attacks LePage Over Great Northern Paper Deal

September 30, 2014 7:44 pm | by Patrick Whittle - Associated Press | Comments

Independent governor's race candidate Eliot Cutler accused Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday of leaving taxpayers on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years with a failed deal that aimed to save a pulp and paper manufacturer that recently filed for bankruptcy. Cutler said that LePage...

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A Look At CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their...

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Two Rivers Plant To Receive Cleanup

September 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is cleaning up environmental pollutants left behind by a manufactured gas plant it operated. Integrys Energy Group, Inc. is seeking regulatory closure for the Two Rivers plant that ceased operations almost seven decades ago, HTR Media (...

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Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion acquisition is ...

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