US factories closed out 2017 with a boom

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, recycled plastic chips destined to be made in to thread are shown at the Repreve Bottle Processing Center, part of the Unifi textile company in Reidsville, N.C. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for December. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

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