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Automakers Report January U.S. Sales Jumps, Led by GM, Toyota

February 3, 2015 1:56 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, a sign that car sales didn't spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast.                           

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More Oil Industry Layoffs Hit Texas

February 3, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

In recent days, a trio of oil companies informed state officials they plan to lay off hundreds of employees.                                         

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Hundreds Express Opposition to Sanderson Farms' NC Poultry Plant

February 3, 2015 11:16 am | by The Associated Press

Sanderson Farms says it is no longer planning to build a $95 million poultry processing plant in Cumberland County, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from turning out for a public hearing in which most speakers opposed the project.   

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Number of Union Jobs Varies in Recent Right-to-Work States

February 3, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

In Michigan, the number of employees represented by unions fell by 25,000 last year, dropping from 656,000 in 2013 down to 631,000 according to recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of union members, meanwhile, fell by a larger number, from 633,000 to 585,000 over that span.

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Report: Offshoring, Federal Policy Have Taken Toll on U.S. Industry

February 3, 2015 9:57 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A new report says the U.S. has the most productive advanced industrial sector in the world, but warns the country is losing ground relative to other nations.                           

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Russian Pipe Maker OAO TMK Laying Off at Pennsylvania Plants

February 2, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press

A Russian-based pipe manufacturer says the falling price of gasoline is fueling its decision to lay off 10 percent of its workers at two western Pennsylvania plants.                         

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How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016, Agency by Agency

February 2, 2015 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Here's an agency-by-agency look at how President Barack Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1.                                 

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How Much Does Your State Rely on Durable Goods Manufacturing?

February 2, 2015 4:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net

Manufacturing of durable goods accounted for just more than 5.5 percent of the nation's overall non-farm employment in December.                                   

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Jeep Recalls 228K Cherokees for Air Bag Problem

February 2, 2015 4:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Jeep is recalling more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a software problem that can cause side air bags to inflate for no reason.                                  

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Hatfields, McCoys Make Moonshine Legally in Southern W.Va.

February 2, 2015 3:12 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

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Strikes Begin at Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 2:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday.                       

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U.S. Factories Grew Last Month at Slowest Pace in a Year

February 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015.           

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Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year.                           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 51

February 2, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press

At least 51 families will get payments from General Motors due to fatal crashes caused by faulty small-car ignition switches, and that number is almost certain to rise.                       

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Steel Industry Missing Out on Boom Cycle as Cuts Mount

February 2, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future.

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Fire at Plastics Factory Kills at Least 13

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

Officials say at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.           

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More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled a 2nd Time for Faulty Air Bags

February 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.                       

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Lost Steam in January

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

Two reports show that Chinese manufacturing was anemic in January, adding to pressure on the government to roll out measures to boost the world's No. 2 economy.                         

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Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

February 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade.  

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