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Senators Launch Effort To Put Focus On Manufacturing Jobs

October 29, 2013 1:36 pm | by Manufacturing Jobs for America

The Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative aims to build bipartisan support for legislation that will modernize America’s manufacturing sector, help American manufacturers grow and create jobs, and assist American workers in getting the skills to succeed in the next generation of manufacturing jobs.

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Businesses Boosted Stockpiles 0.3% In August

October 29, 2013 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in August, a sign that they expected stronger demand for their products. Stockpiles rose 0.3 percent in August compared with July, when they had risen 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. 

Henry Repeating Arms To Manufacture Rifles In Wisconsin

October 29, 2013 1:25 pm | by Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms, the leading lever action rifle manufacturer headquartered in Bayonne NJ, will begin manufacturing their steel centerfire rifles in their Rice Lake, Wisconsin facility in 2014.           

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Honeywell To Build New Production Facility In China

October 29, 2013 1:11 pm | by Honeywell

Honeywell announced today it will establish a new manufacturing campus in Zhangjiagang, China, to support growing demand in Asia for energy technology and advanced materials.                 

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Owens Corning To Construct Manufacturing And R&D facility In Gastonia

October 29, 2013 10:03 am | by Gaston County Economic Development Commission

The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Owens Corning will construct an advanced manufacturing plant in theGastonia Technology Park (GTP). The initial investment will be $120 million and at full operations the company will employ up to 110 persons.

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Judge Approves Settlement With Wis. Manufacturer

October 29, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge has approved a $4.6 million settlement of an environmental lawsuit against a Madison manufacturer by a group of its neighbors. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb approved the settlement Monday against Madison-Kipp. Under the settlement reached in July, the 32 homes will receive money and pollution control equipment.

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Fall In Auto Sales Lowers U.S. Retail Spending

October 29, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans boosted their spending on most other goods, suggesting confidence in the economy ahead of the government shutdown.     

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Apple's Earnings Fall Despite Rising iPhone Sales

October 29, 2013 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

 Apple's quarterly earnings are still sagging even as sales of its iPhones are rising, a vexing phenomenon feeding investor worries about whether stiffer competition in the mobile device market will continue to undercut the company's prosperity.

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DuPont To Pay $800K In EPA Agreement In W.Va.

October 29, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

DuPont Co. has reached a proposed agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg.                                  

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MSC Adds 3K Safety Products

October 29, 2013 9:35 am | by MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

MSC Industrial Supply Co. has added more than 3,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) and facility safety products to its safety portfolio.                             

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Deere Sells Stake In Landscape Business For $300M

October 28, 2013 2:39 pm | by AP

Farm and construction gear maker Deere & Co. says it reached a deal to sell a majority interest in its landscapes business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, for $300 million.             

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U.S. Factory Output Rises Just 0.1 Pct. In September

October 28, 2013 2:36 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Automakers boosted their output in September, but the gain was offset by declines at makers of computers, furniture and appliances.                     

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Winning Packard Plant Bidder To Make Modular Homes

October 28, 2013 2:34 pm | by AP

A Texas woman who placed the winning bid for a sprawling former Detroit car plant says she wants to build modular homes and offices at the site that's become a symbol of the city's economic decline.            

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Audi, GMC, Volvo Crack Reliability Survey Top 10

October 28, 2013 2:31 pm | by AP

Three Japanese brands — Lexus, Toyota and Acura — took the top spots in this year's survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese. But three non-Japanese brands — Audi, Volvo and GMC — cracked the top ten.         

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Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 

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DuPont Sued Over Cancer

October 28, 2013 2:26 pm | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press

The recent litigation is the latest in a years-long battle between DuPont and residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley, in the heart of Appalachia along the Ohio River.               

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Beechcraft Negotiating Over Some Assets

October 28, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Beechcraft Corp. CEO Bill Boisture says the company is "dangerously" close to reaching a deal with a potential buyer for its Hawker 4000 and Premier business jet assets.              

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Officials Investigating Death At Wrigley Plant

October 28, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

Occupational safety officials are investigating Chattanooga's Wrigley Manufacturing plant after a 34-year-old woman died there.                     

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Philips Scraps Deal To Sell Audio Equipment Unit

October 28, 2013 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

Royal Philips NV said Friday it is terminating a deal to sell its home audio equipment unit to Japan's Funai Electric Co. due to what is said was Funai's breach of contract.             

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Gov Criticized Over Layoffs At Ohio Aluminum Plant

October 28, 2013 9:22 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent

Republican Gov. John Kasich is facing criticism over the indefinite shuttering of Ormet Corp., an aluminum smelting giant along the Ohio River and the onetime largest customer of American Electric Power. About 1,000 workers — mostly unionized steelworkers — are out of work.

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