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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

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Shoe Manufacturer CEO, Cash Vanish

September 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement Tuesday it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since the weekend.                     

New York Awards $55M in Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research.                               

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Lincoln Logs To Be Manufactured in the U.S. Again

September 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham Maine instead of China where the toys were previously manufactured.                       

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Lear Factory Investments Will Create 100+ Jobs

September 17, 2014 11:56 am | by Andy Richardson

U.S. automotive manufacturer Lear Corporation plans to create 100 jobs as part of a multi-million pound investment to more than double the size of one of its Sunderland factories.                     

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Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 17, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press

Mars Chocolate North America has announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

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H.J. Heinz To Make Baby Food in Pittsburgh

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press

The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods.                        

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Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips to $98.5B

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.             

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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by National Safety Council

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

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RAMI Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

September 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by IPC News Release

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The Act is viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs. 

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U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.                            

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GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

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U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged In August

September 16, 2014 12:01 pm

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.                                

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AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                           

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United Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Fly New, Longer Dreamliner

September 16, 2014 11:37 am | by GE Report

The Dreamliner is growing up. A new, longer version of the plane powered by a pair of GEnx jet engines recently landed an FAA certification.                                

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MAPI Quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook: Broad-Based Growth

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

U.S. manufacturing is poised for steady growth through 2016, according to the MAPI Foundation’s U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries.                     

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Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

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Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

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Nonprofit Files Lawsuit Notice for Kingsport Ammunition Plant

September 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water.                               

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