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W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.

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AAM On SOTU: Rosy Picture, Slow Progress On Manufacturing

January 29, 2014 10:16 am | by The Alliance For American Manufacturing (AAM)

"This is the third consecutive State of the Union in which there has been a strong rhetorical focus on manufacturing, and that’s welcome. But the progress, despite the rosy picture painted by the President, has been painfully slow. And in some cases, such as the trade deficit with China, we’ve seen backsliding."

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Republicans Unimpressed With Obama's Speech

January 29, 2014 9:54 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

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ITIF On SOTU: Good News On Institutes, More Tax Change Needed

January 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), responded to the 2014 State of the Union address by praising the announcement of six new manufacturing innovation institutes as well as the President’s call to roll back sequestration cuts to federal research and development.

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Chrysler, Fiat Move Forward As Single Company With New Name

January 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Fiat's board of directors agreed on the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.

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Demand For Planes Boosts Boeing 4Q Profit

January 29, 2014 9:39 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

Boeing's fourth-quarter profit rose 26 percent as it delivered more commercial airplanes — a speedup that it says will continue this year. Boeing says it will deliver 715 to 725 planes this year, a boost of at least 10 percent from last year.   

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State Of The U.S. Economy: Strongest Since Recession

January 29, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy is showing more strength than at any time since the Great Recession began six years ago. Employers are hiring. Home prices, sales, and construction have surged. Corporate profits and stocks have hit records. And consumers have picked up their spending.

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Suzuki To Set Up New Car Assembly Plant In India

January 28, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a new car assembly plant in India's western state of Gujarat to supply cars to Maruti Suzuki India Corp., Suzuki's subsidiary in India. Suzuki said it will invest 50 billion yen (about $488 million) for the project, and production is expected to start in 2017.

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Ohio Magnet Maker Attracts Customers Selling Scrap

January 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch

Walker Magnetics, with a plant near Rickenbacker Airport, is the country's leading manufacturer of magnets for the steel industry. Inside the walls of a nondescript building, workers fabricate magnets capable of lifting more than 100 tons.   

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Farmers Get Probation In Fatal Listeria Outbreak

January 28, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 have been sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention.              

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 39 States Last Month

January 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Unemployment rates fell in four-fifths of US states in December and rose in just two, though most of the improvement stemmed from unemployed Americans giving up on their job searches.                    

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MAPI: Despite Durable Goods Setback, Still Optimistic

January 28, 2014 1:37 pm | by MAPI - Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

The reduction in orders was led by very large percentage declines in defense capital goods, civilian aircraft, computers and electronic products, and motor vehicle orders. Government austerity led to lower military equipment spending last month (which was not new), and defense capital goods orders fell 20 percent in 2013 as a whole.

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GE Plans Shutdown Of Last Fort Wayne Facilities

January 28, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric Corp. is planning to shut down the last of its Fort Wayne facilities after more than a century in the city where it once had thousands of workers. GE announced Monday it expected to close its motor testing lab and executive center in a year, eliminating nearly 90 jobs as it moves the work to Monterrey, Mexico.

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Honda Becomes Net Exporter In The U.S.

January 28, 2014 1:13 pm

American Honda recently announced that it ships more American-made cars out of the country than it imports in from Japan. Throughout 2013, the company exported 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles while importing 88,537.       

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Senator Coons: Manufacturing Jobs Must Be A Focus Of State Of The Union

January 28, 2014 1:01 pm

On the eve of President Obama’s fourth State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) urged the President to prioritize investments that will help American manufacturers grow and create jobs, saying it was premature to give up on American manufacturers and the workers they employ.

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India Lifts Ban On World's Largest Passenger Plane

January 28, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Despite ever-growing passenger numbers, India restricted Airbus A380 flights in 2008 in an effort to help struggling domestic carriers cope with global competition. Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said that lifting the restrictions would help bring more revenue to airports and boost India's international reputation as a flight destination.

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Suicide Suspected In Death Of Bangladesh Survivor

January 28, 2014 10:01 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press

A 27-year-old seamstress who was among those pulled alive last year from the rubble of a horrific Bangladesh factory collapse has died, officials said Monday. Police are investigating the case as a possible suicide. Salma was rescued several days after the illegally constructed, eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,129 people.

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Siemens Net Profit Rises 20 Pct.

January 28, 2014 9:52 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

Industrial equipment maker Siemens AG said quarterly net profit rose 20 percent as the company moved past one-time charges for delays delivering high-speed trains. Net profit rose to 1.46 billion euros ($2 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2013, the company's fiscal first. That was up from 1.21 billion euros a year ago.

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Ford Beats 4Q Profit Forecasts, Braces For Weaker 2014

January 28, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. enjoyed one of the best years in its history in 2013, but the celebration won't last long. Ford has already warned that profits will be down this year as it launches a record 23 vehicles and builds seven plants around the world.  

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Ford To Use Rotating Shifts To Avoid Ohio Layoffs

January 28, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. will use rotating shifts — two weeks on, two weeks off — to avoid indefinite layoffs at its assembly plant, located west of Cleveland. Ford said Monday that rotating shifts for 1,000 workers at its Avon Lake plant will begin in August and continue until a new product launch in 2015.

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