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US Manufacturing Sputters Under Strong Dollar
The PMI drops again to 50.1, its fourth straight decline and its lowest point in almost two and a half years, though analysts remain optimistic about modest growth in 2016 and 2017.
VW to Go Ahead With Chattanooga Expansion, Despite Scandal
Volkswagen plans, all told, to invest $900 million and create 2,100 jobs in the production of a new midsize, seven-passenger SUV for the U.S. market.
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Walmart Eyes Drone Home Deliveries
The big box giant is just the latest in a line of companies diving into drone delivery — and more will follow the lead of Amazon and Google.
Snee is New President at Hormel Foods
James Snee, who had led Hormel Foods' international operations, becomes president and COO of the multinational food manufacturer.
On Second Go-Round, FCA Workers Ratify UAW Contract
The new pact includes higher wages and bonuses and a direct path to seniority and better pay for workers hired after 2007.
US Auto Industry Gets a Boost, But for How Long?
Economic indicators show U.S. motor vehicle output staying flat in 2016, then declining slightly in 2017 and 2018.
GM, GE and Dell and Others Sign Climate Pledge Ahead of Paris Summit
The announcement comes six weeks ahead of the Paris summit to negotiate a climate change agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
US Industrial Output Falls Again in September
‘The headwinds in manufacturing — rising trade deficits, a decline in the supply chain of oil country goods, and high inventories — are at their worst now, so the good news is that the restraints in 2015 will ease going into 2016.’
Workers Reject Fiat Chrysler Contract Offer

Workers at the U.S. arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have rejected a proposed four-year contract that would have provided broad raises, the United Auto Workers union said Thursday.

Sixty-five percent of the 40,000 Fiat Chrysler employees represented by the UAW who voted on the new contract offer rejected it, the union said in a statement.

WTO Lowers Trade Growth Estimate
The World Trade Organization lowers its forecast for trade growth as slowing economies in China, Brazil and other emerging nations, lower oil prices and exchange rate fluctuations drag on the global economy.
Porsche CEO Will Helm Volkswagen; VW Restructures North America Operations
"Under my leadership, Volkswagen will do everything it can to develop and implement the most stringent compliance and governance standards in our industry," said Matthias Müller.
Mercedes to Invest $1.3 Billion, Add 300 Jobs in Alabama
The company said the improved facility in Tuscaloosa would support 300 new jobs and have end-to-end digitization of production processes as part of a "smart factory approach."
Smart Manufacturing the Focus of New NNMI Facility
The Department of Energy is currently accepting proposals for the new institute, which will focus on advanced sensors, controls, platforms and modeling.
Carmakers Say 'Go' to Standardizing Automated Brakes 1
The 10 companies supporting the federal mandate--including Ford, GM, and Toyota--represent 57% of the U.S. auto market
UAW Effort Underway at Honda Plant in Alabama 1
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama mentioned the union activity in a letter mailed to its 4,000 employees last week.
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