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Maker's Mark Expanding Distillery

February 28, 2014 10:09 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

The $67 million expansion comes barely a year after the brand created a backlash by saying it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch its whiskey supplies. Producers quickly scrapped the idea.            

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After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                          

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Gov. Beshear Praises Tobacco Plant Expansion

February 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

The approximately $118 million investment by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will create 42 more jobs at its Hopkinsville plant, which now employs 90 full-time workers. The company plans to build a new processing facility and add on to its existing plant there.

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Wyoming Is Worst State For CO2 Emissions Per Person

February 28, 2014 9:55 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press

Regulating greenhouse gases is a touchy subject in the least-populated state, which just recently received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval to do so. Wyoming also is the top coal-mining state by far, producing almost 40 percent of the nation's coal.

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Subaru Moving On With Lafayette Factory Plans

February 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to prepare its Lafayette factory for production of a new vehicle while significantly scaling back the expectations for additional jobs.            

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Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 348K

February 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department says the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.            

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Durable Goods Orders Fall In January

February 27, 2014 2:13 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

American businesses ordered fewer durable manufactured goods in January, cutting demand for planes, autos, and machines. But a key category that reflects business investment rebounded on the strength of demand for electronics and fabricated metals.

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Airbus To Boost Production, Profits Up

February 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Europe's largest aerospace group, previously known as EADS, said it would increase production of its best-selling A320 jet family to 46 aircraft a month by the second quarter of 2016 from the current 42, echoing plans by rival Boeing to reach towards 47 a month.

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Honda Recalls Over 40,000 Motorcycles

February 27, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall a total of 40,672 units of two motorcycle models commonly used for mail delivery in Japan over concerns about potential brake malfunction.                    

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Hot Sauce Factory Topic Of Firey Meeting

February 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

The Irwindale City Council scheduled a public hearing and a vote on whether to declare the Sriracha plant a public nuisance. Such a declaration could potentially lead to a shutdown order.                  

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Drug Firms Argue Over $1.2B Arkansas Judgment

February 27, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

A lawyer for two drug companies told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the state improperly relied on federal regulations in a lawsuit that resulted in a $1.2 billion award over the companies' marketing of an antipsychotics drug.       

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VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

The company says 589,000 Caddy vehicles may be fitted with a damaged pin that holds on the gas-pressure dampers that slow the closing of the rear hatch-type door. If the pin becomes detached, the company says the door can fall unexpectedly.    

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Boeing Developing A Self-Destructing Spy Phone

February 27, 2014 10:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A company best-known for developing a healthy share of the aircraft civilians use to jet around the globe, and military pilots use to blaze toward their objectives, is now developing an Android-based smartphone that will self-destruct if a third party attempts to break in and extract its secrets.

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Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                          

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New Nutrition Labels Could Cost Companies $2B

February 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes being proposed by the Obama administration. Serving sizes would be updated to make them more realistic.   

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Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs

February 27, 2014 9:48 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)

The United States could create up to 5.8 million new jobs if it acted to end global currency manipulation, according to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.

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Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                          

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MAPI: China’s Economic Reforms Offer Both Challenges And Opportunities

February 26, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Despite being comprehensive and ambitious, China’s new economic reform agenda is criticized for being vague and not overwhelmingly innovative. According to a new report, however, what is encouraging this time is that China’s leaders have demonstrated a stronger will to ensure successful implementation.

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Va. Governor Signs Repeal Of Hybrid Vehicle Tax

February 26, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has added his signature to legislation to repeal the state's $64 annual fee on hybrid vehicles. He said the repeal is effective July 1 and will affect the 75,000 hybrid vehicles in Virginia.         

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EU Lawmakers Back Tough New Anti-Smoking Rules

February 26, 2014 2:01 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for tougher anti-smoking rules that will make health warnings on cigarette packs larger and include mandatory pictures of rotting teeth or cancer-infested lungs.              

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