WASHINGTON—Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation has shipped two lean assembly cells to an automotive electronics manufacturer. The cells include equipment for labeling, screwdriving and connector installation.
PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a vision-guided, dual-armed robot that can assemble a wooden birdhouse autonomously using a nail gun.
NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI—Automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen plans to spend more than $71 million to expand its technical center here and add 571 jobs. The project is intended to boost research and development on transmission, steering, axle and chassis components.