Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is optimistic that information technology will help boost overall productivity and hiring. Here, he speaks from the Imagine Cup Challenge, held by Microsoft in New York City. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Job Service analysis shows that North Dakota ended the decade with more than 430,000 workers. That's up more than 61,000 since the year 2000 and an increase equal to the population of Bismarck, the state's second-biggest city. Job Service says about 15,000 jobs remain unfilled in the state that's enjoying a robust economy led by its booming oil patch and healthy agriculture markets.
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area company that makes batteries for electric vehicles is celebrating its latest milestone with some high-profile people. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and some Michigan members of Congress have been invited to A123 Systems in Romulus on Monday.
CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Allen Family Foods will lay off 28 employees at its processing plant in Cordova, Md., according to an official from Maryland's Talbot County. Paige Bethke, director of economic development for Talbot County, says the layoffs Friday were related to market conditions and not to the company's ongoing bankruptcy reorganization.
NEW YORK (AP) — Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. said it believes it has a strong case for an appeal of a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that HTC violated two Apple Inc. patents. HTC said it does not yet have the full ruling and analysis to determine the details of the findings, but General Counsel Grace Lei said, "We are highly confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible," in a release dated Saturday.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Companies that provide ignition-locking devices for vehicles are preparing for a surge in business after a new state law requiring more drivers to use them went into effect on July 1. The demand for ignition interlock systems began even before Kansas enacted the law that requires more people to install the devices after being convicted of drunken driving, The Salina Journal reported Monday.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors plans to spend $328 million to update a factory in Flint, Mich., to build the next generation of full-size pickup trucks. The investment will pay for equipment to build the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, which are due in showrooms early in 2013.
When electronic devices refuse to work, you rarely find the solution in the manual. Technicians often face similar problems with industrial machines, and companies end up flying in experts from the manufacturer to get things running again. A new system aims to help manufacturers lend a hand regardless of how far away they are located.
Charles Yuska, President, PMMI PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will be held September 26–28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Food Manufacturing spoke with Charles Yuska of PMMI about the event and about food processors’ top-of-mind concerns regarding food packaging applications.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into a warehouse accident in which a worker was killed when she was pinned under a 1,500-pound crate. The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were dispatched to Con-Way Freight after 49-year-old Marissa Garcia was killed.
NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A Colorado company that has developed a new kind of wind energy turbine will build its first manufacturing plant in south-central Kansas. Executives of New Millennium Wind Energy joined Gov. Sam Brownback and other officials in the city of Newton on Friday to announce the development.
AMANA, Iowa (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. is laying off 350 workers from its refrigerator plant in Iowa. Kristine Vernier, spokeswoman for the Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company, told KGAN-TV that 300 permanent workers and 50 summer workers are losing their jobs. Workers were told of the layoffs on Friday.
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — The Central California city of Merced will pay a $1.5 million settlement after a federal jury found that thousands of residents of a subdivision were potentially exposed to a cancer-causing chemical, a newspaper reported Friday. In March, the jury found that hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium had leaked from a manufacturing plant in Merced's Beachwood subdivision and spread into the air and water.
MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania ceilings plant has locked out its 260 unionized employees, saying they failed to vote on the latest contract proposal by the company's deadline. Armstrong World Industries spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson told the (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that Sunday's decision regarding workers at the Marietta plant was taken "very reluctantly.
NEW YORK (AP) — Economists increasingly see hiring picking up through the rest of 2011, even as they predict slower overall growth. The National Association for Business Economists quarterly survey found 43 percent of respondents say their firms will likely increase employment in the next six months, the highest number in a year.
Geert Follens, President of Atlas Copco Portable Energy, and Luis San Gil, former President of Gesan. Stockholm, Sweden: Atlas Copco SAE has acquired Grupo Electrógenos GESAN S.A. of Spain, a manufacturer of diesel and petrol generators sold through a global distributor network.
BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, has opened a new branch in Easton, Maine. BDI Branch #20 is located at 104 Presque Isle Rd., Mars Hill, ME 04758. Overseeing the new Easton branch is Operations Manager Kevin P. Mitchell. “Our new Easton location supports a key existing customer in that market and also will enable BDI to expand its presence in Eastern Maine,” according to John Ruth, President, BDI-USA.
Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have completed their negotiations and signed agreements on the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture for electric motors. These agreements are still subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities. The new company, which is to be set up under the name EM-motive GmbH, will develop and produce innovative electric motors – also known as traction motors – for electric vehicles.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — Unilever, which makes household products such as Dove soaps, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, is shutting a Connecticut plant and laying off nearly 200 workers. WTNH-TV reported Thursday that the company said it will shut its Clinton plant by the end of next year and lay off 49 salaried workers and 135 hourly employees.
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that makes brass hardware is closing its doors after more than 50 years. About 160 people will lose their jobs with the closure of the Baldwin Hardware plant by the end of next year. Stanley Black & Decker has owned the Baldwin Hardware brand since 2003.