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Stillwater Recovers Without GM’s Business

Stillwater Mining Company previously warned of possible layoffs after General Motors Co. canceled a major contract, but higher platinum and palladium prices have made up for the lost business.

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The Pay Streak: Redefined With Metal Detectors


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MMAC Update


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