Robots and happy workers: Productivity surge helps explain U.S. economy’s surprising resilience

AS REETA Engineering and Machine Works CEO Grady Cope looks on, a worker prepares a Hexagon machine to confirm that parts meet customers' standards, in Englewood, Colo. At Reata, which makes parts for aircraft and medical device manufacturers, "efficiency was kind of forced on us,'' Cope said. / ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO / DAVID ZALUBOWSKU

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year. It wasn’t easy. Attracting factory workers to a community of 7,300 in the Indiana countryside was a tough sell, especially having to compete with big-name manufacturers nearby like Honda and Cummins Engine. Job

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