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Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result.                                     

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Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.                      

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Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                         

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Are Workplace Injuries Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 3:24 pm | by UL Workplace Health & Safety

Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry for employees. UL Workplace Health & Safety, provider of workplace health and safety solutions, developed infographics highlighting stats and figures for chemical manufacturing, metal manufacturing and machine manufacturing. 

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General Dynamics Secures $5.8B Contract

September 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

General Dynamics, a Virginia based company, has landed a $5.76 billion contract to make armored vehicles for Britain.                                      

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Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                          

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Ford's U.S. Sales Flat in August

September 3, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.                                           

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Audi Achieves Record Sales

September 3, 2014 12:14 pm | by Audi of America News Channel

Audi achieved the best month ever in Audi sales history in August 2014. This month’s record sales increased to 22.1 percent to 17,101 vehicles, a total that stands as the 44th consecutive month of record monthly U.S. sales for the brand.   

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Aircraft Orders Set To Create New Jobs

September 3, 2014 10:53 am | by The Gloucestershire Echo

Jobs could be created as figures reveal there has been a surge in demand for new aircraft and engines.                                           

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U.S. Factory Orders Up Record 10.5 Percent

September 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

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Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage on Monday in a buoyant account of the economy's "revving" performance.                             

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Chrysler Reports Best August Sales Since 2002

September 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC reported U.S. sales of 198,379 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in August 2013 (165,552 units), and the group’s best August sales since 2002.                     

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Halliburton Reaches $1B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                         

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Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

Starting Tuesday, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city's billions of dollars in debt should be approved.                

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Some Fear The Auto Industry is Returning to Bad Habits

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Auto Writer

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.                        

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U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in 3.5 Years

September 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.                                 

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Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown Holdings Inc.

September 2, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.                         

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North Carolina offers $100M for Toyota

September 2, 2014 10:16 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press Business Writer

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest car maker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb.             

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Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

September 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.        

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Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight

September 2, 2014 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer

As labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize fast-food industry workers, McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants expect to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests.  

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