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Hostess Closing Bakery That Created the Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

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Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.                                      

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Pet Food Factory Opens in Joplin

August 21, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

The 415,000-square-foot production plant will slowly begin operating. It is expected to be near full production by April.                                      

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Growth in China's Manufacturing Weakens in August

August 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world's No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.                  

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Animal Health Company To Open Plant in Missouri

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

A company that handles animal medicines plans to open a massive new warehouse and packaging plant in St. Joseph next week.                                      

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Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:11 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others.                                 

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Women Small Business Owners Struggle To Get Loans

August 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.                                    

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Fortune Brands To Sell Window Business for $130M

August 20, 2014 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Fortune Brands, which makes Master Lock padlocks, Kemper kitchen cabinets and Moen water faucets, said it is selling its window business to focus on its Therma-Tru door business and Fypon home trim business.             

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Apple's Stock Bounces Back To Hit a New High

August 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.              

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Safety Agency Offers Online Recall Service

August 20, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.                                  

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Grand Opening Set for First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 20, 2014 9:54 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.                               

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China Fines 12 Japanese Firms in Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.                 

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Peanut, Almond Butter Recalled for Salmonella Risk

August 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters.        

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Officials Detail $40M Rockford Jet Repair Facility

August 19, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

A planned 200,000 square foot jet-repair and maintenance center will run 24 hours a day when it opens in Rockford, a move that'll create up to 500 jobs in the northern Illinois region that's become a hub for aerospace-related business, officials said Monday.

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Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Sanderson Farms has not formally committed to build the plant proposed for an industrial park east of Interstate 95. The company says the plant would create about 1,000 jobs.                      

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Google's IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

August 19, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.                              

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

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What Happens When the Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Adecco

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?              

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4 at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:03 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.    

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Man Killed in Accident at New York Plant

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                              

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