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Jury Awards Mo. Worker $28M For Lung Damage

November 25, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the lawsuit, Philip Berger claimed he developed inflammation of the lung after breathing contaminants from a chemical used to cool cutting tools at Copeland Scroll Compressors, a firm owned by Ferguson-based Emerson Climate Technologies.   

General Electric To Close N.Y. Plant

November 22, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it will close a northern New York electrical capacitor plant that employs about 200 workers.The Fairfield, Conn.-based company announced Thursday that it will follow through on plans announced in September to close its Fort Edward plant and move operations to an existing manufacturing site in Clearwater, Fla.

U.S. Job Openings, Overall Hiring Reach 5-Year Highs

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday. That's the most since March 2008, just a few months after the Great Recession began. It's also close to the roughly 4 million job openings each month that are consistent with healthier job markets.

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Ford Motor To Upgrade Buffalo-Area Plant, Add Jobs

November 22, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $150 million to upgrade its Buffalo-are plant and add 350 jobs, which would push employment to just under 1,000.  The automaker has a stamping plant in the suburb of Hamburg, where pieces of metal called blanks are stamped into hoods, floor panels and other car parts.

Reopening Of Indiana Food Plant Pushed Back

November 21, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A food-processing company has pushed back the date for restarting a closed factory in eastern Indiana where it plans to eventually have 400 workers.  The company had planned to begin limited production at the plant in July 2014, but has delayed that until early 2015.

Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop To 323K

November 21, 2013 1:26 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.               

Automotive Parts Supplier To Bring 118 Jobs to Mo.

November 21, 2013 11:07 am | by The Missouri Partnership | News | Comments

Missouri’s resurgent automotive industry is bringing another leading automotive parts supplier and more jobs to the Kansas City region, Gov. Jay Nixon announced.  Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.

Launching A Tech Startup Behind Bars

November 21, 2013 9:34 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A tech incubator inside San Quentin is turning inmates into entrepreneurs and helping them find work at startups when they're released. Laurie Segall reports.                           

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Morton Manufacturing Tour

November 21, 2013 9:15 am | by City of Lancaster | Videos | Comments

In the past ten years, Morton Manufacturing has grown from approximately $40,000 a month in sales to more than $2,000,000 per month. This included sales to all of the largest jet engine builders in the world.           

Alabama Officials Wooing Boeing

November 20, 2013 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama officials are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.  Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.

Apple May Get $10M Ariz. Grant For New Plant

November 20, 2013 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. will qualify for a $10 million grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority if it opens its proposed new plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa and meets job creation and capital investment targets, the agency announced Tuesday.     

Pilgrim's Pride Closing Ala. Poultry Plant

November 20, 2013 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is closing a poultry plant that employs about 1,200 people in north Alabama, local officials said Tuesday, another blow to a region already dealing with job losses.  Mayor Tim Walker and state Sen. Clay Scofield said executives informed them of the decision during a meeting at the plant in Boaz, where Pilgrim's Pride is the largest employer.

CAT To Close Va. Plant, Lay Off 240

November 20, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is shutting down its mining equipment plant in Pulaski, laying off 240 workers.  The company said the production of underground mining equipment will move from Pulaski to Caterpillar's Houston, Pa., facility by the middle of next year.

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House Panel To Probe Unemployment Data

November 20, 2013 9:33 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A House panel plans to investigate allegations in a published report that workers in the Census Bureau fabricated data used to prepare monthly unemployment reports.  The probe comes in response to a report Monday in the New York Post that says census data was manipulated in advance of the 2012 presidential race.

NLRB Cracks Down On Walmart

November 19, 2013 1:54 pm | by National Labor Relations Board | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel has investigated charges alleging that Walmart violated the rights of its employees as a result of activities surrounding employee protests. The Office of the General Counsel found merit in some of the charges and no merit in others.

Toledo Plant Will Build Half-Million Jeeps In '14

November 19, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The manager of the Chrysler assembly plant in Toledo says the facility will build more than a half-million Jeeps next year — making it one of the highest-volume assembly plants in North America. That's according to plant manager Zach Leroux, who spoke to a rotary club in Toledo Monday.

Court Rules For Governor, Kia In Open Records Case

November 19, 2013 9:59 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who were among about 43,000 who applied for jobs at the Kia plant in West Point. The four say they were discriminated against because they had been affiliated with the United Auto Workers labor union.

Union, GE Fail To Reach Deal On N.Y. Plant

November 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Local media outlets report that leaders of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 held a news conference Sunday to announce that GE had rejected the union's offer to cut 10 percent of the workforce at the plant in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany.

Boeing Takes $100B In Orders From Gulf

November 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 342 orders represented more than twice the value of those seen by European rival Airbus, who said it took 142 orders worth some $40 billion. The massive commitments came from just four carriers in the tiny nations of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which are in a race to create more jobs for their own citizens and diversify their oil-dependent economies.

Folgers Investing $5M In New Orleans Expansion

November 18, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Folgers Coffee Co. plans a $5 million expansion in eastern New Orleans as parent J.M. Smucker Co. continues consolidating coffee production. A new $3 million administration building will have bigger offices, not more people, Smucker spokeswoman Maribeth Burns told New Orleans CityBusiness.

Miss. Group Points To Nissan's Positive Impact

November 15, 2013 2:16 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The group unveiled a report from a Mississippi State University professor on Wednesday that says Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton plant has created 16,000 jobs in surrounding areas since it opened in 2003. The report estimates that Nissan contributes $2.5 billion to the state's yearly economic output, which is about $100 billion overall.

Boeing Reaches Out To Utah About 777x Production

November 15, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. leaders have reached out to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert about the state's interest in bringing the production line of 777X airplanes to the state. Michael Sullivan, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says Herbert received the call Thursday afternoon and has begun preliminary discussions with Boeing leaders.

AP: U.S. Union Vote Won't Affect VW Plans

November 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico.

Heinz Closing 3 Plants, Cutting 1,350 Jobs

November 15, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associate Press | News | Comments

The food maker said Thursday that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months. The cuts total 200 jobs in Florence, South Carolina, 410 jobs in Pocatello, Idaho and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, in Canada.

U.S. Trade Deficit Widens 8 Pct In September

November 14, 2013 12:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Exports, which hit a record high in June, slipped for the third straight month, dipping 0.2 percent to $188.9 billion, with sales of commercial aircraft and autos both down. Imports rose 1.2 percent to $230.7 billion, the highest level since November.

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