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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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Tesla's Elon Musk Hints at New Technology

October 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week.                                

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Samsung Supplier Sues U.S. Labor Watchdog

October 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press

A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.             

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Russia Dims Hopes for European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound.                         

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GM Looks to New Vehicles, China To Boost Profits

October 2, 2014 12:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of older small cars.

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Boeing Plans To Move Defense Work Out of Washington State

October 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by American Daily Stock Report

The Boeing Company announced that it will relocate a major part of its defense and support-related services under the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division to other cities of the U.S. from Washington.            

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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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