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Nissan Supplier Creates Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jenny Waddington, Coventry Evening Telegraph

German car company Brose, which has UK headquarters, has vowed to increase its workforce from nearly 500 to 800 after securing a massive contract win.                           

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GM Taking $400M Charge For Venezuelan Currency

April 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. says it will take a charge of $400 million pretax in the first quarter because of a change in the way it values Venezuela's currency.                            

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The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 12:16 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.               

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

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Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 9:44 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.                      

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                     

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

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MH370: What Do We Know?

April 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press

Not a single piece of wreckage from the lost plane has been found, not even after a new analysis led investigators to change the focus of their search yet again.                         

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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.                             

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BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.               

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Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                             

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Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan said Wednesday that it was "a little bit of a miracle" that no one was killed.                                     

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Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 10:07 am | by David Porter, Associated Press

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

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Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that tying a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen to labor talks that met the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a statement of reality.                         

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Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:24 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved.              

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Ford's Russian Venture Is Struggling

April 2, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                                     

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