American Industry Picks Up Steam

American manufacturing has picked up pace over the last 12 months thanks to steady global economic growth, a rise in energy and other commodity prices, and increased business confidence.
 Although progress isn't being felt by all industries, makers of items ranging from bulldozers to semiconductors to food products are on the upswing as various measures of spending, sentiment and employment have climbed, while stock markets hit record highs.

Chip Firms Flock to AI's Promise

Nvidia, Intel and AMD take steps to counter slowdown in sales of PCs and smartphones

 Chip makers are racing to develop artificial-intelligence products to fuel growth as sales of smartphones and personal computers cool.
 Nvidia Corp., Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and a raft of startups are crafting new processors to tap into a broader market for AI hardware and software that is growing 50% a

Mattress Maker Reads You to Sleep

Mattress brand Casper is launching a print magazine and shuttering Van Winkle's, the sleep-focused online publication it launched in 2015.
 The company said its new magazine, titled Woolly, will be published multiple times a year and focus on themes including comfort, wellness and modern life. It will be bundled free with some Casper products and available for $12 an issue from Casper's retail stores and website.

Task Force Seeks to Boost Apprenticeships

The Labor Department is enlisting the help of corporate executives, labor unions and governors to develop its policy of expanding the use of apprenticeships in the U.S.
 The department announced 23 members of the president's apprenticeship task force on Monday, charging them with crafting a plan to expand use of the training strategy that is popular