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‘Car of the Future’ Is Here

June 30, 2014 9:25 am

Unveiled last week at a press conference in Japan, the zero-emission hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will be available for sale to customers in California in summer 2015.                       

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Steady Job Growth Lifts Consumer Confidence

June 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Strong job growth lifted U.S. consumer confidence this month, as Americans looked past the economy's dismal first quarter performance.                    

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Daimler, Renault-Nissan Building $1.4B Plant In Mexico

June 27, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Automakers Daimler and Renault-Nissan say they will build a $1.36 billion plant to manufacture Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brand compact vehicles.                  

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Five Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against.

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Volvo Trucks Plans To Invest $69M In Va. Plant

June 27, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Volvo Trucks North America says it will invest $69 million in improvements at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia.                     

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Maker Of Old Bay May Move Out Of Maryland

June 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jonathan O'Connel, The Washington Post

The question is how big of an ingredient the product will remain in Maryland's economy as its owner, McCormick & Co., considers relocating.                  

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Analysts Expect Slower June Sales For GM

June 27, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.          

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Whirlpool Gets Extension For Testing Devices

June 27, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.             

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Sikorsky Receives $1.28B Rescue Helicopter Contract

June 27, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

Aircraft maker Sikorsky said Thursday it received a $1.28 billion contract to build a new combat rescue helicopter for the Air Force.                    

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Court: Czech Brewer Gets Budweiser Trademark In Portugal

June 27, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country.           

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West Coast Port Shutdown Could Cost $2.5B Per Day

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new study shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs. 

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Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Worldwatch Institute

Five countries account for the production of 60 percent of all light vehicles worldwide. China produced a stunning 20.9 million vehicles in 2013.                                

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Indiana Developer Turns Manure Into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jeff Parrott, The Elkhart Truth

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms and helping the nation's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

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Survey: Industrial Sector Plans To Add Jobs Amid Growing Optimism

June 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by McGladrey

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period.                   

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NSA Fears Prompt Germany To End Verizon Contract

June 26, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.                   

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Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.             

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Boehner: House Planning To Sue Obama

June 26, 2014 10:01 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.                        

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Acne Products May Cause Potentially Deadly Reactions

June 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.               

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Obama Claims Progress on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said Wednesday that new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad.   

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U.S.: China's Behavior Hurts International Standing

June 26, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

A senior U.S. official says China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing.                     

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