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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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General Dynamics Secures $5.8B Contract

September 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

General Dynamics, a Virginia based company, has landed a $5.76 billion contract to make armored vehicles for Britain.                                      

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Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                          

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Ford's U.S. Sales Flat in August

September 3, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.                                           

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Audi Achieves Record Sales

September 3, 2014 12:14 pm | by Audi of America News Channel

Audi achieved the best month ever in Audi sales history in August 2014. This month’s record sales increased to 22.1 percent to 17,101 vehicles, a total that stands as the 44th consecutive month of record monthly U.S. sales for the brand.   

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Aircraft Orders Set To Create New Jobs

September 3, 2014 10:53 am | by The Gloucestershire Echo

Jobs could be created as figures reveal there has been a surge in demand for new aircraft and engines.                                           

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U.S. Factory Orders Up Record 10.5 Percent

September 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

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Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage on Monday in a buoyant account of the economy's "revving" performance.                             

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Chrysler Reports Best August Sales Since 2002

September 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC reported U.S. sales of 198,379 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in August 2013 (165,552 units), and the group’s best August sales since 2002.                     

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