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Alaska Airlines Orders 10 Boeing Jets for $990M

October 6, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Alaska Airlines said Monday that it has ordered 10 planes from Boeing for $990 million.                                               

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Reno Industrial Market Growing Even Before Tesla

October 6, 2014 1:48 pm | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press

Word that Tesla Motors was interested in locating its giant battery factory near Reno apparently jumpstarted a business migration to the region long before the electric car maker made the decision official.             

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Texas Company Recalls 91K Pounds of Beef

October 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.                         

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Town Creates 80 Percent of All Canned Pumpkin Consumed in U.S.

October 6, 2014 1:09 pm | by David Mercer, The Associated Press

Somewhere between 80 and 85 percent of all the canned pumpkin consumed in the United States comes from Libby's pumpkin cannery, owned by parent company Nestle USA.                         

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5 Killed in Blast at Illegal Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       

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Dayton Firm Will Redevelop Former GM Factory

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

A national design firm with local headquarters has signed on to redevelop a former Dayton-area General Motors factory into an 800-job automotive glass plant operated by a Chinese company.                    

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UAW Forming Alabama Branch Aimed at Mercedes Plant

October 6, 2014 9:29 am

The United Auto Workers union said Friday it is forming a local branch aimed at representing the Mercedes plant in Alabama in a move mirroring its efforts with fellow German automaker Volkswagen in Tennessee.              

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Magneti Marelli Announces New Exhaust Systems Plant

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire

The new plant strengthens Magneti Marelli's position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.           

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Feds Investigate Power Steering in Ford Midsize Cars

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                                   

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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said.  

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U.S. Employers Likely Stepped Up Hiring in September

October 3, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers may have produced 200,000-plus job growth in September, a potentially reassuring sign after a hiring slowdown in August.                                  

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Shrinking the Skills Gap – Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:38 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford

There are almost half a million skilled positions unfilled in manufacturing, a situation that will only worsen as baby boomers exit the industry, while fewer numbers of young people elect to enter it. We must change the perception of manufacturing as a desirable career — that’s why MFG Day matters.

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UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bit at Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama.                                      

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Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

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Obama Shines a Light on the Nation's Manufacturing

October 3, 2014 9:20 am | by Christopher Rugaber

Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $40.1B in August

October 3, 2014 9:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                             

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Workers Stunned by Closing of Verso Paper Mill

October 2, 2014 5:23 pm | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

Stunned workers at a shuttering paper mill in Bucksport said Thursday they're going to be scrambling for work and residents said they fear a huge tax increase when the long-standing Verso mill closes.               

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U.S. Factory Orders Posted Record Drop

October 2, 2014 5:07 pm | by martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.                           

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Airbus Predicts Soaring Demand in China

October 2, 2014 5:03 pm | by Bristol Post

The biggest growth in the aerospace sector will come from the Far East in years to come, with China set to become the number one market, according to the bosses at Airbus.                       

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