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In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, photo, Jack Knox positions a hot spindle being shape at Solmet Technologies in Canton, Ohio. U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders in September. The increase was a hopeful sign that the economy is improving.

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US manufacturing grows for 1st time in 4 months

U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The increase is a hopeful sign that the economy may be improving after a weak stretch.

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