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Factory orders up 1.1 percent in December

Orders to U.S. factories rose in December, supported by a rebound in business investment in capital goods such as heavy machinery. The results cap off another strong year for U.S. manufacturing. Combined with strong figures released Thursday on job growth in January, they signal the economic recovery is gathering strength. Factory orders rose 1.1 percent… Continue Reading Factory orders up 1.1 percent in December

Colorado gets a D for manufacturing economy

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Researchers at Ball State University graded all 50 states on their manufacturing efforts – and Colorado just barely passed. The research gave the state a D+ for manufacturing, despite news that the sector is rebounding from the recession, said Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research. While production will have a… Continue Reading Colorado gets a D for manufacturing economy

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March Madness: threat or therapy?

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In years past, employers looked at March Madness with disdain – a time of reduced productivity and distracted employees. But, this year, some analysts say companies should welcome – even encourage – sports distractions. “In this economy, employees are disinclined to do anything that might put their jobs at higher risk than they already are,” said… Continue Reading March Madness: threat or therapy?

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