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Productivity growth slows

November 5, 2004

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary productivity data for the third quarter of 2004 shows a 1.9 percent growth—down from the second quarter's 3.9 percent and...

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NAM: Election bodes well for pro-growth policy-making

November 3, 2004

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Sen. John Kerry's concession to President Bush and final votes in congressional races bode well for a new era of pro-growth...

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Employee confidence near annual high

November 3, 2004

The Hudson Employment Index, a measurement of the U.S. workforce's confidence in the employment market, rebounded 1.6 points in October as hiring expectations among U.S. workers strengthened and...

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ISM: Orders, production, employment grew in October

November 1, 2004

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in October for the 17th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 36th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the...

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Durable-goods orders increase slightly in September

October 27, 2004

U.S. factory orders for durable goods—items meant to last at least three years—rose 0.2 percent in September. The gain was less than the 0.5 percent increase predicted by...

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President Bush signs American Jobs Creation Act of 2004

October 22, 2004

On October 22, 2004, President Bush signed into law H.R. 4520, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.The law repeals the extraterritorial income exclusion in the current tax law; provides domestic...

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Harris economist: U.S. moving toward full employment

October 21, 2004

According to the Outlook 2005 report released by Harris Bank's chief economist, the U.S. recovery train remains on track toward its destination of full employment, despite losing some steam amid...

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AK Steel announces November surcharges

October 19, 2004

AK Steel has advised its flat-rolled carbon steel customers that a $149 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for products shipped in November, a decrease of $8 from October's surcharge of $157...

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Lincoln Electric elects board chairman

October 18, 2004

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that its board of directors has elected John M. Stropki as chairman of the board. Stropki, named president and CEO in June, succeeds Anthony A. Massaro,...

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Manzullo votes to help keep jobs in the U.S.

October 14, 2004

House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) is voting October 7 for legislation to help U.S. manufacturers grow and create jobs by providing tax relief for the work they do in the...

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U.S. manufacturers should profit from new opportunities

October 13, 2004

The passage of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 will create new opportunities for manufacturers, according to the marketing firm Provident Partners.Manufacturers should be planning to act on...

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Senior VP joins Motoman

October 12, 2004

Motoman Inc., a manufacturer of robotic systems in West Carrollton, Ohio, has named Kazumasa (Kazu) Okabe as senior vice president.Okabe has more than 30 years of experience at Yaskawa Electric Corp....

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Wolf Robotics undergoes management change

October 12, 2004

Rimrock Automation has promoted Doug Rhoda to vice president and general manager of Wolf Robotics, the company's Fort Collins, Colo.-based division. Rhoda replaces Dave Prosser, who served in that...

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Guidelines for installing steel conduit/tubing available

October 12, 2004

The Conduit Committee of the Steel Tube Institute of North America (STI) has announced the availability of a new edition of its "Guidelines for Installing Steel Conduit/Tubing," which was developed to...

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Pullmax redesigns, updates Web site

October 12, 2004

Pullmax Inc. has redesigned and updated its Web site. The new site features machine specifications and videos of the company's CNC punching systems.The site is designed to be a sales tool for the...

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