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U.S. Consumer Confidence Decreases in September

September 30, 2014 | by Martin Crutsinger | Comments

U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.

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Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant in IN

October 2, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, today is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. 

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Drops to 287K

October 2, 2014 9:44 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.              

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Pace of U.S. Manufacturing Slipped in September

October 2, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels.                                 

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Volvo Announces Increased September Sales

October 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Volvo Cars of North America

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, reported U.S. sales of 4,667 units for the month of September, an 11.4 percent increase month-over-month.                                

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Advanced Robotics To Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

October 2, 2014 9:16 am | by PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability, industrial manufacturers across industries are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage.

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Amazon Closing Distribution Plant in Kansas

October 1, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that is expected to affect hundreds of workers.                                 

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GM Announces Parts are Ready To Fix Small Recalled Cars

October 1, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide earlier this year to fix faulty ignition switches that are now blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. Barra said suppliers have made enough parts to fix all of the switches, but only 1.1 million small cars have had the repairs so far.

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A Look at CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

October 1, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

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Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announced the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California.                          

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Fire at Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

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

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.                   

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Nuclear Supplier Agrees To Changes After Cheating

October 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press

A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago.             

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U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs in September, 35K in Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.                                   

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Truck Deals Help Boost U.S. Auto Sales

October 1, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

September auto sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong.                                  

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Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River.                         

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Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

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Lawsuit Against Templeton Rye Allowed to Proceed

September 30, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press

A lawsuit alleging Iowa-based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office.                                 

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Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Interfax News Agency

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said.               

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EU Investigating Illegal Apple Tax Benefits

September 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press

Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.              

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China Manufacturing Growth Low in September

September 30, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday.                    

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Ford Lowers European Outlook, Shares Drop

September 30, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford shares tumbled Monday after the automaker said it will fall short of its full-year profit goals.                                           

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