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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.                              

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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.                                   

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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.                            

Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies.              

Why Small Businesses Won't Hire

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Many small business owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys.                                             

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Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include Walker-based automotive supplier Challenge Mfg. Co. expanding into Pontiac.                                

Manufacturing & the Decline of the Middle Class, Part One

May 27, 2014 3:39 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

For all practical purposes, we are now in the post-industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has become a crisis of the middle class.                              

GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                                

WSU, Beechcraft Team Up to 'Insource' Manufacturing Jobs

May 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle | News | Comments

The idea they devised was unusual: Take a bunch of WSU engineering undergraduates. Train them intensely. Then integrate them as full team members on real projects at Beechcraft.                      

Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                             

HP to Cut up to 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 9:02 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday that it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial to Merge

May 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.                             

Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

Making It Real

May 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

According to a February, 2014 article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent.             

Temporary Jobs on the Rise as Economy Shifts

May 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead.              

EEIA: Shale Gas Supply Chains Supporting 450,000 U.S. Jobs

May 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) | News | Comments

America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations.             

Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots in Vietnam

May 20, 2014 9:31 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watched over by riot police, more than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.        

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