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Yellen: Job Market Makes Fed Hesitant on Rate Hikes

August 22, 2014 11:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.                 

Deere To Lay Off 460 From Iowa Plant

August 22, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.                            

Women Starting Businesses Hit Record High Despite Gender Setbacks

August 21, 2014 1:54 pm | by CBS | Videos | Comments

A new report says close to 1,300 women are starting businesses every day, but unlike their male counterparts, women often have to rely on their own money to get off the ground. Vinita Nair reports.               

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Hostess Closing Bakery That Created the Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

Pet Food Factory Opens in Joplin

August 21, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 415,000-square-foot production plant will slowly begin operating. It is expected to be near full production by April.                                      

Increasing Manufacturing Employee Numbers in the U.S.

August 21, 2014 9:55 am | by The Aspen Institute | Videos | Comments

Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk talks about growing the number of manufacturing employees in the U.S.                                    

How Much Do Fantasy Football and Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With fantasy football, social media and other timewasters more popular than ever, let's take a look at how much money employers are actually losing because of them.                         

Animal Health Company To Open Plant in Missouri

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that handles animal medicines plans to open a massive new warehouse and packaging plant in St. Joseph next week.                                      

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GE Ramps Up Industrial Base, Looks To Sell Appliance Unit

August 20, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

For more than 100 years, General Electric has been a staple consumer appliance brand in American homes. Necessities like the electric toaster, refrigerator, and washer & dryer, helped make GE the conglomerate it is today.        

What Happens When the Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?              

Man Killed in Accident at New York Plant

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                              

Remington Laying Off Workers in New York

August 19, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama.                

Michigan Recovery Among Top in Nation

August 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

An expansive survey of economic activity across the U.S. offers an endorsement of the strength of the Michigan recovery and a boost for the promising prospects for the state’s continual business growth.                

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Mattress Maker Bringing 300 Jobs to Indiana

August 15, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. will locate a new manufacturing plant and distribution facility near Plainfield, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2015.                    

Deere Announces Factory Layoffs

August 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Deere & Company | News | Comments

The action will place more than 600 employees at four locations on indefinite layoff. In addition, Deere is implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at several of the affected factories.          

Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

August 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                           

GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility in Lansing

August 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says the new facility will create or retain about 145 jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.                                         

Bipartisan Bill to Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers.                      

Record Imports Expected as West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.          

Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by American Psychological Association | Articles | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons.             

U.S. Job Openings Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.                                        

CEO: Glass-Making Plant for Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                            

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