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Wal-Mart Pushes 'Made In America' At Summit

August 22, 2013 2:23 pm | by Anne D'nnocenzio, Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping for a groundswell "made-in-America" movement. The world's largest retailer hosted its first two-day summit Thursday bringing together retailers, suppliers and government officials that it hopes will build on its recent commitment to drive more manufacturing in the U.S.

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Jack Daniel's Prepares For Its Largest Expansion

August 22, 2013 2:20 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's is being served a $100 million-plus expansion of its rural Tennessee distillery to flex more muscle in the growing whiskey market. The investment amounts to the largest single production expansion in the brand's long history.

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Survey: China Manufacturing Slump Stabilizing

August 22, 2013 2:18 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing slowdown stabilized in August in another possible sign the world's second-largest economy is improving, a survey showed Thursday. HSBC Corp. said the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers index rose to 50.1 from July's 47.7 on a 100-point scale. Numbers above 50 indicate an expansion in activity.

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Workers Approve Contract With OH-Based Goodyear

August 22, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Workers approved a four-year labor contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that affects about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants and protects against closures at those facilities, union officials said Thursday. United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard said the contract "improves income, retirement and job security" for workers.

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Death Toll In Mexico Ammonia Leak Rises

August 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

The death toll from an ammonia leak in southern Mexico has risen to seven after four more people died of their injuries. The state-owned oil company Pemex said Wednesday at least three other people are still being treated for injuries suffered in the blast. Forty others suffered from inhaling ammonia.

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Toshiba Mulls Shutting Down TV Factory In Poland

August 22, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Toshiba Corp. is considering shutting down its television manufacturing plant in Poland as part of measures to restructure its struggling television business, sources close to the matter said Thursday. But Toshiba will sell the plant if it finds a buyer, the sources said.

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Court: Apartheid Suits Vs. Companies In U.S. Barred

August 21, 2013 2:36 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

Two automakers and a technology company cannot be held liable in the U.S. for abuses committed by South Africa's government, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in a blow to class-action lawsuits that had tried to hold American, Canadian and European companies liable for the claims of millions of people who say they suffered under apartheid.

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Contractor Sues Over Failed $700M Plant

August 21, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

A Washington state-based contractor is suing the Chinese parent company of a defunct polysilicon maker over a failed $700 million plant in eastern Idaho that had been expected to supply the solar energy industry but never produced anything.

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Facebook Aims To Get More Of World's People Online

August 21, 2013 2:29 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press

Facebook wants to get more of the world's more than 7 billion people — all of them, actually — online through a partnership with some of the world's largest mobile technology companies. In addition to the world's biggest online social network, the group includes South Korean electronics giant Samsung, Finnish handset maker Nokia and wireless chip maker Qualcomm Inc.

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Pointe Coupee Fertilizer Plants Move Forward

August 21, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

A Florida company that plans to build five fertilizer plants in Pointe Coupee Parish said the project has taken another step forward with the Louisiana Attorney General's approval of a $1.25 billion tax-exempt bond issue that will help pay for the project.

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Iraq Vets Join Ranks Of VA's Rising Craft Beer Biz

August 21, 2013 2:23 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer

Two Iraq War veterans eager to slake a growing American thirst for craft beer are setting up a brewery less than a mile from the main runway for the Navy's East Coast master jet base. Their beers have names like "Jet Noise Double IPA and "Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen." And their motto strikes a military chord: "Brewing With the Freedom We Fought For."

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Wayne State Boosts Studies In Nanotechnology

August 21, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Wayne State University is going smaller in a bigger way. The Detroit university is using a $200,000 federal grant to develop an undergraduate program in nanoengineering. The field is a branch of nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter at the molecular level.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Up

August 21, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

The Foundation has released the August 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $725B equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 61.0, an increase from the July index.

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3 Dead, 10 Injured By Ammonia Leak In Mexico

August 21, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

Three people are dead and 10 others are injured following an ammonia leak in southern Mexico. The government of the southern state of Oaxaca says the leak occurred after construction machinery operated by a private company hit a pipeline that carries ammonia to a petrochemical plant.

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Beechcraft's Light Attack Aircraft Takes Flight

August 21, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Beechcraft celebrated Tuesday the inaugural flight of its first production AT-6 light attack aircraft, trying to move on after the bitter loss of a high-stakes U.S. contract for which it had initially designed the plane. The Wichita-based aircraft maker unveiled the plane at its headquarters as it tries to market its new military plane to U.S. partner nations.

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Kia Recalls Some SUVs

August 21, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Kia is recalling more than 9,700 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the front axle can fail and the vehicles can lose power. The recall affects 2014 Sorento SUVs with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive. They were built from Jan. 7 through March 12 of this year.

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Judge Approves Kodak Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

August 21, 2013 10:05 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer

Kodak doesn't look a whole lot like it did when it filed for bankruptcy protection last year, but its executives and investors are hoping for a picture-perfect future. Many of its products and services are gone, including the camera-making business that made it famous more than a century ago. Also gone are scores of workers, manufacturing facilities, supply contracts and millions of dollars in investments.

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Unilever To Expand KS Margarine Plant

August 21, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Global consumer products maker Unilever is planning a $152 million expansion of its margarine and spreads plant in northeast Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports the project announced Tuesday will double the size of the plant at the New Century AirCenter industrial park in Olathe.

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Caterpillar Says 3 VPs To Retire

August 21, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc., which makes construction and mining equipment, said Tuesday that three of its long-time vice presidents have decided to retire in February. Caterpillar also said that it is reorganizing several of its divisions to better align with its strategy and appointed four new vice presidents to add depth to its leadership ranks.

Photo Of The Day: Vintage Chevy Auction

August 20, 2013 2:35 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press

The two-day auction will feature mostly unsold Chevrolets that have sat untouched for decades. They'll go on the block in as-is condition. About 50 have fewer than 20 miles on the odometer, and some are so rare that no one has established a price. 

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