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Survey: More Business Owners Ready To Hire

April 3, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

The survey taken in January and February finds that 37 percent of owners are optimistic about their companies' prospects for the next six months, up sharply from 22 percent in a survey last fall.           

Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 8:16 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities said the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.           

Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?              

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Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 7:52 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.            

Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 7:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that making a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality" about the political landscape in Tennessee.  

Mid-Sized Manufacturers Continue Growth Expectations In 2014

April 2, 2014 2:51 pm | by Prime Advantage | News | Comments

CFOs predict increasing revenues, capital investments and hiring while expressing concern about health care costs, maintaining margins and the competition for skilled labor.                       

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.  

Ford's Russian Joint Venture Cutting 950 Jobs

April 2, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                       

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W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 11:22 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                

German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.             

U.S. Factory Orders Rebound In February

April 2, 2014 10:26 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.6 percent in February, the most in five months, following declines of 1 percent in January and 2 percent in December.                  

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                 

EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                

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GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 8:08 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Documents submitted by GM ahead of a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday show that cost was a major consideration when the company declined a decade ago to implement fixes to an ignition switch used in small cars.        

Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                     

Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 1, 2014 3:35 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?          

Actavis Plans To Spend $100M On Generic Drug Maker

April 1, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

Drug maker Actavis Plc plans to expand its reach into Southeast Asia by spending about $100 million to buy Silom Medical Co., a generic pharmaceutical company focused on Thailand.              

U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                       

Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.               

Tests Show More Workers Contaminated At Nuke Dump

April 1, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.              

Manufacturing Grows At Faster Pace In March

April 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers also received more orders, suggesting that production could strengthen further in the months ahead.                       

Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 8:29 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.           

Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents.      

Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 7:44 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.             

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in the eastern Washington town of Plymouth.              

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