To satisfy demand, manufacturers are on a capital-goods spending spree

Oct 27, 2021
Sales of things like drill presses, electrical equipment and metalworking tools were up for the seventh-straight month in September.
Orders for durable goods hit a record high in September as manufacturers aim to boost production. Above, a manufacturer operates a lathe in Roscoe, Illinois, in 2019.
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What does the future hold for the country's last gumball maker?

Oct 9, 2018
Coin-operated gumball machines aren’t as common as they used to be. With sales slowly dwindling over the years and high domestic sugar prices, America’s sole remaining gumball maker has been branching out to stay afloat.   Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
Mmm. Gumballs. 
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What’s driving the global steel glut?

Jun 4, 2018
For all the current disagreements on trade between the U.S. and China, there’s one thing that everyone agrees on. The world is producing too much steel. There’s overcapacity. So, why are we awash with steel? And what can be done about it? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

U.S. factories kick into a higher gear

Mar 15, 2013
U.S. industrial production rose 0.7 percent last month. The growth, the greatest in three months, was led by strong manufacturing output.