A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Made in China
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Much of the clothing Americans buy is made overseas in developing nations, where workers often toil long hours in unsafe factories, risking their health and sometimes their lives for a few dollars a day.
By some measures, chemical plants like the sites of separate fatal explosions this week in Louisiana are among the safest manufacturing workplaces in America. That doesn't stop residents and emergency responders from keeping wary eyes on the hundreds of facilities stretched along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
It wasn't a lightbulb that inspired Aaron McWilliams and his wife Sara, but a candle in a wine bottle. They've developed a candle that channels dripping wax so it can be reused to stretch the burn time. And they'v managed to mass produce the thing at their new factory.
Federal safety regulators have begun investigating buses made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. over the past 20 years because the drive shafts can fall out and cause drivers to lose control. Schaumburg, Ill.-based MCI, which says it's the leading maker of intercity buses in the U.S. and Canada, has an assembly plant in Pembina, N.D.
General Motors earned its largest profit ever in 2011, two years after it nearly collapsed. Strong sales in the U.S. and China helped the carmaker turn a profit of $7.6 billion, beating its old record of $6.7 billion in 1997 during the pickup and SUV boom.
President Barack Obama called Wednesday for tax cuts for American manufacturers and higher taxes for companies that move overseas, pressing what he hopes will be a winning campaign issue. Appearing at a Milwaukee padlock plant, Obama said the U.S. must do everything it can to make it more attractive for American businesses to stay put and grow here home, "and the place to start is our tax code."
President Barack Obama wears his decision to rescue General Motors and Chrysler three years ago as a badge of honor, a move to save jobs in an industry that helped create the backbone of the middle class more than a half-century ago. If Mitt Romney, the son of a Detroit auto executive who later served as Michigan governor, wins the GOP nomination, expect to hear a lot about the car industry.
Vilified by the Republicans who want his job, President Barack Obama says he will stand before the nation Tuesday night determined to frame the election-year debate on his terms, promising that his State of the Union address will offer an economic blueprint that will "work for everyone, not just a wealthy few."
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