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GE Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, SC to expand the company's advanced manufacturing capabilities.                                  

Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional | Blogs | Comments

The baby boomer generation occupies a major section of the working demographic, and while many are retired or retiring, a surprisingly large cohort will be working well into their later years.                 

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Where Have All the Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.                   

Survey: Growth To Pick Up, Hiring To Remain Steady

June 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists.                       

CAT Closing 3 Illinois Plants

June 9, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to close three production facilities in Illinois and move the work to a plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.                              

AME Debuts Job Board, Connecting Workers With Manufacturing Jobs

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced the debut of the AME Manufacturing Job Board, a valuable resource for both job seekers and manufacturing companies across the country.               

Walmart Under Scrutiny at Annual Meeting

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The annual Walmart shareholder's meeting on Friday drew about 14,000 people. The company is under scrutiny on all fronts, as it faces stiff drops in revenue, a reduction in customers and ongoing labor disputes.             

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BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                     

What Makes a Honda Is Who Makes a Honda

June 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Honda | Videos | Comments

This seven-year veteran of Honda has been primarily focused on the durability, repeatability and quality of Acura products and is also part of the team working on the new Acura NSX.                    

UAW Names Williams as New President

June 5, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dennis Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer. He'll replace the retiring president, Bob King.                                         

Survey: Companies Added 179,000 Jobs in May

June 4, 2014 9:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months, a private survey showed.                                         

UAW Raising Dues for 1st Time in 47 Years

June 4, 2014 9:38 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.                             

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Chobani Laying Off Workers at Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness tells The Times-News the layoffs include temporary workers as well as some regular workers.                                 

Nissan Creating 500 Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi

June 3, 2014 1:42 pm | by AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Nissan North America will create 500 new jobs for the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi with the production of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover later this fall.                      

As Seattle Raises Minimum Wage, Will Others Follow?

June 3, 2014 1:37 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation.                                     

Food Company To Bring 500 Jobs to S.C.

June 3, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.                              

Seattle Council Expected To Approve $15 Minimum Wage

June 2, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.                                 

S.C. Announces 300 New Jobs, $38M Investment

June 2, 2014 12:12 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

During the ceremony, which was held in Allendale, the governor announced that six counties would be targeted by these investments.                                   

Motorola Closing Only U.S. Smartphone Factory

June 2, 2014 9:57 am | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit has announced it will close its Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened as the first smartphone factory in the U.S.                   

Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                        

Alcoa Building Plant for Jet Engine Parts

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

While today's event is meant to celebrate the plant's successes, it will also be bittersweet for some employees. In late April, the company announced that it would close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky.       

Applications for Jobless Aid Near 7-Year Low

May 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.                               

Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                            

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