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Chrysler Recalling 142,000 Pickups, SUVs

October 3, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.

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German Company To Build Plant In KY

October 3, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

A Germany-based automotive supplier is planning to build a new production plant in Kentucky. The $120 million facility will be called Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel and will employ 90 workers. The company says it is building the 150,000-square-foot facility to better serve its North American auto industry customers.

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Berkshire Community College Kicks Off Manufacturing Month

October 2, 2013 5:33 pm | by Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College (BCC) today unveiled a new state-of-the-art lab containing advanced manufacturing equipment housed at Taconic High School (THS) that will provide both BCC and high school students with the advanced technical skills needed to succeed in the new manufacturing workplace.

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U.S. Companies Add 166,000 Jobs In September

October 2, 2013 2:23 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. businesses added just 166,000 jobs in September, only slightly more than the previous two months. The lack of improvement in hiring, along with the threat of a prolonged government shutdown, could help persuade the Federal Reserve to delay scaling back its stimulus.

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GE To Lay Off Up To 200 Workers In NY

October 2, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year. Local media report that GE officials say the Fairfield, Conn.-based company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive. Officials wouldn't divulge the exact number of employees to be laid off.

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Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

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Coroplast To Put First U.S. Plant In SC

October 2, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Coroplast Tape Corp. is planning to put its first U.S. production plant in South Carolina, creating 150 jobs. The German company announced Wednesday plans to invest $12 million in a York County Spec Building off Interstate 77. The facility will make a range of adhesive and insulating tapes for the automotive industry.

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UK Charges 6 With Multimillion Dollar Carbon Fraud

October 2, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

British prosecutors say six men have been charged over a massive pollution credit fraud scheme that cost the British government millions of dollars. The Crown Prosecution Service says the men created a string of dummy companies that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide in return for money paid to companies that fight climate change.

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Canadian Solar Completes Sale Of 2 Plants

October 2, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Canadian Solar has closed on the sale of two of its solar power plants to energy infrastructure company TransCanada Corp. The solar company said Wednesday that the two Canadian plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, are valued at more than $92.2 million.

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OSHA Unveils Top 10 Safety Violations

October 2, 2013 2:01 pm | by National Safety Council

Once again, Fall Protection tops the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most-cited workplace safety violations. The presentation of the Top 10 was given before a crowded group of spectators today on the Expo floor at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

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AETI Expands To Meet Increased Demand

October 2, 2013 12:04 pm | by American Electric Technologies, Inc.

American Electric Technologies, Inc., a provider of power delivery solutions for the global energy industry, announced today the expansion of its primary power delivery manufacturing plant in Beaumont, Texas. The expansion of the M&I Beaumont facility is designed to meet growing customer demand for the company’s offerings and provide additional capacity to support the next phase of growth.  

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TPC Wire & Cable Corp. Inducted Into Innovation In Business Class Of 2013

October 2, 2013 11:46 am | by TPC Wire & Cable Corp.

TPC Wire & Cable Corp., a leading supplier of wire, cable and connectors used in harsh industrial environments, was honored as a VISIONARY at the 2013 Innovation in Business Conference & Awards in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. 

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Hyundai To Defer Payments For Federal Workers

October 2, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

Hyundai is offering to defer new-car payments for 800,000 workers who have been furloughed due to the partial U.S. government shutdown. The company says workers who buy or lease cars this month won't have to make payments until January. Those who already own a Hyundai financed through the company won't have to make payments until they go back to work.

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

October 2, 2013 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

US factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2 ½ years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose in September to 56.2, the highest since April 2011.

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U.S. Businesses Worry About A Prolonged Shutdown

October 2, 2013 10:06 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writers

As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

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BlackBerry Says Rework Costs Have Quadrupled

October 2, 2013 10:04 am | by David Friend, The Canadian Press

BlackBerry says the cost of reworking its operations will likely be four times as much as it estimated earlier this year and may turn out to be even be higher than that. According to financial report documents filed with regulators, the smartphone maker expects to book US$400 million in charges from a variety of factors before the end of May 2014.

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Mercedes-Benz To Build New Factory In Brazil

October 2, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz says it will build a new plant in Brazil to produce its C-class sedan and GLA compact sport-utility vehicle. The German automaker says in a Tuesday statement that the company will make an initial investment of 500 million reals ($224 million) to build the plant in the city of Iracemapolis in Sao Paulo state.

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BP Executive Defends Spill Response Tactics

October 2, 2013 10:00 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A BP executive who led the company's efforts to halt its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico testified Tuesday that his decisions were guided by the principle that they shouldn't do anything that could make the crisis even worse. James Dupree, BP's first witness for the second phase of a trial over the deadly disaster, said his teams worked simultaneously on several strategies for killing the well that blew out in April 2010.

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New Report: U.S. Trade Deficit With China Costing $37B In Lost Wages Annually

October 1, 2013 3:30 pm

A new study by the Economic Policy Institute finds that a growing trade deficit with China has cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost wages. In 2011 alone, unbalanced trade with the People’s Republic resulted in lost U.S. wages of $37.0 billion. The EPI study cites 2.7 million U.S. jobs lost between 2001 and 2011 due to the trade gap with China, and over 2.1 million of those jobs were in the manufacturing sector. 

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Toyota Acceleration Trial Draws To A Close

October 1, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

A jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday to determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.  

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