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United Tech 3Q Profit Up 1 Pct., Trims Sales View

October 22, 2013 1:01 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

United Technologies Corp.'s third-quarter profit rose just 1 percent, and the aerospace and building systems conglomerate warned Tuesday that weak military aerospace sales are expected to cut into revenue this year.       

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Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.2 Pct.

October 22, 2013 12:58 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A tight job market has discouraged many Americans from looking for work. The percentage of Americans working or looking for work remained at a 35-year low last month.              

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Chrysler Finally Starts Shipping Jeep Cherokees

October 22, 2013 12:56 pm | by AP

Distribution of the Cherokees had been delayed while the company tinkered with the new nine-speed automatic transmissions to make them shift more smoothly.                

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Forecast: Business Jet Demand Expected To Grow

October 22, 2013 12:54 pm | by AP

Demand will be spurred by new products and innovations, Honeywell said in a report released Sunday in Las Vegas before Tuesday's opening of the National Business Aviation Association's trade show.          

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Seating Business To Bring 510 Jobs To Tenn.

October 22, 2013 10:03 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press

Ergonomic office chair producer 9to5 Seating is moving its manufacturing operations from China to Union City in West Tennessee, bringing 510 jobs to a region that sorely needs them, officials said Monday.        

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OSHA Proposes $280K In Fines Over NH Power Plant

October 22, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Labor Department's OSHA has proposed more than $280,000 in fines against contractors working on a power plant in Berlin, N.H.                    

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Tentative Deal In Suit Against Neb. Manufacturer

October 22, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Twelve former employees have reached a tentative agreement in their lawsuit against Dempster Industries and CEO Wallace Davis.                     

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U.S. To Probe 7 Manufacturers Over Optical Drive Patent

October 22, 2013 9:58 am

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it will launch a probe into three Japanese and four other Asian manufacturers and their local arms for alleged patent violations over optical disc drives for computers, DVDs, game condoles and other products.

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Beijing Adopts New Smog Emergency Measures

October 22, 2013 9:56 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.          

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Intelligrated's Subsidiary Knighted Relocates Headquarters

October 22, 2013 9:53 am | by Intelligrated

Intelligrated®, a North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the relocation of its software subsidiary company, Knighted® to a new, larger facility in Elmsford, N.Y.        

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Super Smog Hits North China City

October 21, 2013 2:51 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.        

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RuMo Group Announces Acquisition Of CECOR

October 21, 2013 2:48 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

CECOR will continue to be headquartered in Verona, Wisconsin and do business under the CECOR brand.                             

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Carlisle Selling Transportation Unit For $375M

October 21, 2013 2:46 pm | by AP

 Carlisle Transportation Products makes and distributes bias-ply and radial tires, stamped and roll-formed steel wheels, and tire and wheel assemblies to non-automotive customers.               

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Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

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Utah Utility To Retire Coal-Fired Power Plant

October 21, 2013 2:38 pm | by AP

The Carbon Power Plant near Helper, UT is being slated for early retirement after 60 years because of new federal limits on mercury emissions.                       

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KMG to Close Fremont, CA Site

October 21, 2013 2:36 pm | by AP

As part of a global restructuring of its Electronic Chemicals operations, the company will close its Fremont, California manufacturing site and shift production primarily to the company’s Hollister, California and Pueblo, Colorado facilities.  

Survey: U.S. Economists Upbeat On Economic Growth

October 21, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Despite uncertainty in Washington and rising oil prices and interest rates, companies are upbeat on the prospects for economic growth in the next year, according to a quarterly survey of business economists.       

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Marketing Of Detroit Heats Up Despite Bankruptcy

October 21, 2013 9:43 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

Convincing top executives that Detroit is a comeback city where they should hold company meetings and conventions could only be characterized as the most monumental of pitches or the slickest of con jobs.        

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Argentines Worry Agrochemicals Are Killing Them

October 21, 2013 9:40 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press

Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996.                     

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Seafood Processor Plans 120 Jobs At N.C. Plant

October 21, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

A seafood processor plans a new North Carolina operation employing 120 in about four years, and expects to benefit from millions in state and local incentives to open near Wilmington.           

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