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Businesses Ramp Up Job Searches in April

June 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.                              

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Cargill To Change Hog Production Facilities

June 10, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Spurred by pressure from animal-rights groups, Cargill Pork has announced plans to change how it houses sows.                                         

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Kohler Brings Artists to Factory To Inspire

June 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press

The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired.            

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GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.                            

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Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by Erica Werner, Associated Press

Some of the nation's leading businesses are prodding lawmakers to act on immigration legislation as the issue enters a critical phase on Capitol Hill.                              

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Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.         

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Crown Equipment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Crown Equipment Corporation

According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day serves “as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training. This day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices.”

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

An engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.                       

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Walmart: Truck in Morgan Crash Had Crash Prevention System

June 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Walmart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead.          

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Auto Parts Maker Expanding Ohio Headquarters

June 10, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Dana Corp. says the project is estimated to cost $7 to $10 million and will allow the company to move about 200 employees into its main office.                               

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Nissan Launching Datsun-Brand Hatchback in South Africa

June 10, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it will launch a Datsun-brand hatchback in South Africa later this year.                                           

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Silicon Valley Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

June 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.              

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B/E Aerospace To Separate Into 2 Businesses

June 10, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

B/E Aerospace, which makes products for commercial aircraft and business jets, is planning to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies.                             

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GE Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by General Electric

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, SC to expand the company's advanced manufacturing capabilities.                                  

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Judge To Hear Suits Alleging GM Cars Lost Value

June 10, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press

Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.                                 

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Auto Industry Tries to Lighten Up

June 9, 2014 2:31 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

To meet the U.S. government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg (19 kpl) by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.                                 

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MAPI Economic Forecast: Investment Spending Will Drive Growth

June 9, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will expand 2.5 percent in 2014 and 3.2 percent in 2015. The former is a decrease from 2.8 percent and the latter equal to the 3.2 percent from MAPI’s March 2014 report.

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Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

June 9, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $391.53 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).                                   

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Chinese Exports Rise, Imports Slip

June 9, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press

China says its export growth accelerated in May but imports dipped in a mixed sign for the world's second-biggest economy.                                      

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