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GM To Offer Car That Will Almost Drive Itself

September 8, 2014 9:18 am | by Tom Krishner, The Assoicated Press

General Motors says that in two years it will offer cars that talk to each other and can almost drive themselves at freeway speeds.                                  

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Electrolux To Buy GE Appliances in $3.3B Deal

September 8, 2014 9:11 am | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press

Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion and boosting its presence on the North American market.                             

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Southeast Manufacturing Activity Rallies For August

September 5, 2014 1:49 pm | by Paula Stanton, Kennesaw State University

Southeast manufacturing activity saw a rebound in August, reversing an 8.5-point slide in June and July, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center. 

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Chevron Fined $278,000 Over Richmond Plant

September 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Chevron has agreed to pay more than a quarter-million dollars for air-quality violations at its Richmond refinery.                                       

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Noranda Aluminum Lays Off 200 Employees And Suspends Expansion

September 5, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press

Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates.            

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Meat and Cheese Maker To Build New Castle Plant

September 5, 2014 11:29 am | by The Associated Press

Boar's Head Brand plans to build a meat processing plant in central Indiana that company executives say will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.                         

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Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.                           

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U.S. Employers Add 142K Jobs

September 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.                             

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Gigafactory Gets Tesla Closer To Electric Car For Masses

September 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Justin Pritchard & Scott Sonner, Associated Press

To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will transform an expanse of desert where pioneers passed on their way to the California Gold Rush and wild mustangs still roam the hillside.                  

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Fiat-Chrysler Merger Moves Forward, Insufficient Opposition

September 5, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat SpA says its merger with Chrsyler is going ahead since there isn't enough opposition to derail it.                                          

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Court Ruling Could Cost BP Added $18B

September 4, 2014 2:17 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

BP shares slumped 5 percent after a judge ruled that the oil giant's reckless conduct led to the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a decision that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion.           

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Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.        

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Targeted News Service LLC

Governor Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. 

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Hoeven Celebrates Grand Opening Of Bobcat's $28M Acceleration Center

September 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Targeted News Service LLC

Senator John Hoeven announced the grand opening of the new $28 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility.                

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Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

September 3, 2014 4:41 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner, The Associated Press

Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.                               

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How Manufacturers Are Adapting To Trends For The Urban Car

September 3, 2014 4:23 pm | by Chris Needes, Global Market Manager, Saint-Gobain

Much of the talk in the automotive industry in recent years has been about the rise of the urban car. Growing demand from consumers for these lightweight vehicles has been reported. As a result, car manufacturers worldwide are developing their own urban car models to tap into this burgeoning market. 

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Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result.                                     

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Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.                      

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Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                         

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Are Workplace Injuries Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 3:24 pm | by UL Workplace Health & Safety

Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry for employees. UL Workplace Health & Safety, provider of workplace health and safety solutions, developed infographics highlighting stats and figures for chemical manufacturing, metal manufacturing and machine manufacturing. 

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