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Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Fastest Pace in 13 Years

Employees pour molten magnesium out of a crucible and into a mold at the Lite Metals Co. foundry in Ravenna, Ohio, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The Lite Metals Co. is a magnesium and aluminum foundry, producing sand castings primarily for the helicopter and racing industries.
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American manufacturing expanded last month at the fastest pace in 13 years, in part because of effects from two major hurricanes, figures from the Institute for Supply Management showed Monday.

The strength of the advances in the ISM’s gauges partly reflects impacts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Harvey forced the shutdowns of Houston-area refineries and chemical plants. Many retail establishments, including car dealerships, were flooded in the storms and merchandise was destroyed.