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U.S. Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The Labor Department said that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.                 

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VW Surpasses GM in Global Sales

October 15, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year.                                   

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Alcoa Sells Stake in Jamalco

October 15, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire

Alcoa and Noble Group Ltd announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100 percent of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture.    

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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles starts up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.                 

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Whole Foods is Creating Produce Rankings

October 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.                            

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MAPI: Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                          

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New York Factory Growth at Six Month Low

October 15, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise.                                       

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 14, 2014 2:19 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press

Mayor, D. Michael Collins, along with state officials, met with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne last week to begin talks about the future of the Wrangler and the factory that builds it.                 

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Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                     

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs for Air Bag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.                                   

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GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money in Oregon

October 14, 2014 11:47 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money.                                         

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McDonald's Invites Questions About its Food

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood.                            

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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break for Upgrade

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors' Fort Wayne truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said.                         

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Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But, the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat.

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SME Education Foundation Announces Two Manufacturing Scholarships

October 14, 2014 9:32 am | by The SME Education Foundation

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or a closely related field.          

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Michelin Truck Tire Failure Under Investigation

October 13, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associate Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes.                                       

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Boeing Announces Garuda Order for 50 Planes

October 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. says that Garuda Indonesia placed an order for 50 jets with a total sticker price of $4.9 billion.                                         

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Frenchman Wins Nobel for Industry Regulations

October 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.                     

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Ford Hiring Workers for New Truck

October 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150, launching in a matter of weeks.

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