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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.

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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.

Lockheed Martin Cutting 4,000 Jobs, Closing Plants

November 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.                     

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Boeing Workers Reject Plan Linked To 777X In Wash.

November 14, 2013 11:41 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite warnings that production of Boeing's next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.   

Why Women Belong In Manufacturing

November 14, 2013 9:11 am | by CBIA Education Foundation | Videos | Comments

Women can make a critical difference in an industry in dire need of qualified skilled workers -- and they have the same opportunities as men to succeed and excel in the new world of manufacturing.                  

Labor Sec. Responds To Low-Wage Job Growth

November 13, 2013 1:30 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says job growth is more robust than in just low-wage sectors, but still believes the minimum wage should be raised across the nation.                       

Glass Manufacturer Announces Shreveport Plans

November 13, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass manufacturer Libbey Inc. plans to spend $20 million on new technology, research and development at its factory in Shreveport.  The Louisiana Economic Development department announced Tuesday that Libbey expects to create 70 jobs.    

Boeing Breaks Ground On SC Propulsion Plant

November 12, 2013 1:53 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Company officials broke ground on Tuesday for a new propulsion facility in North Charleston that will make engine air intakes for the company's new 737 Max aircraft. The location is several miles from Boeing's existing plant that assembles the 787 Dreamliner.

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Sogefi To Expand W.Va. Plant

November 12, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sogefi Group plans to expand its auto parts plant in Wayne County and create 250 new jobs.  The governor says in a news release that the expansion project is scheduled to begin in January.                 

Cambodian Police Open Fire On Protesters

November 12, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. factory clashed with hundreds of riot police sent to block a march from the factory to the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to two human rights groups.      

Laid-Off Steelworkers Target OH Governor

November 12, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor union seeking the reopening of Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio is launching a multimedia campaign aimed at Ohio Gov. John Kasich.                            

Detroit Tries To Rise Again

November 12, 2013 11:29 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

After decades of decline, Detroit tries to figure out how it will emerge from bankruptcy with a stronger economy including more innovative and creative companies.                          

Raytheon Adds Jobs, Expands In Miss.

November 12, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor Raytheon Co. has announced an expansion in Forest that will bring 150 new jobs to the area.  The Mississippi Development Authority is giving the company $6 million to pay for renovation and infrastructure, as well as for the construction of the 20,000-square-foot addition. 

China Leaders Promise Bigger Role For Free Market

November 12, 2013 9:31 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's leaders finished a closely watched policy meeting Tuesday with a promise to give market forces a bigger role in the country's state-dominated economy but failed to produce dramatic reforms to overhaul a worn-out growth model.      

N.C. Drug Manufacturing Plant Closing

November 12, 2013 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Lincoln County pharmaceutical plant will be closing, putting about 310 people out of work.  Actavis PLC said Monday it will take until the middle of 2015 to close the plant, which makes creams and ointments.           

Manufacturing Industry Weighs In On New Bayer Survey

November 12, 2013 8:06 am | by Bayer Corporation | Articles | Comments

The infographics below are in response to the Bayer Facts of Science Education survey, which gauges the public’s opinion on the state of science education in the United States, support for reform, and the recognition of the roles that science and science literacy play in everyday life.

Washington Governor Signs Boeing Incentive Bills

November 11, 2013 2:25 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers approved the legislation in just three days last week after Inslee called the Legislature back to Olympia for a special session dedicated to Boeing. The bill extends Boeing's tax incentives all the way to 2040, and the benefits have a projected value of $9 billion.

Wage Protest Closes Bangladesh Garment Factories

November 11, 2013 9:08 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of workers demanding higher pay hurled rocks and sticks at clothing factories and clashed with police who used tear gas against them Monday, bringing fresh scrutiny to working conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry. At least 30 people were reported wounded.

Obama To Pitch U.S. Exports At New Orleans Port

November 8, 2013 2:28 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pushing his case for how to increase jobs, President Barack Obama headed to the Gulf Coast where he was to use the backdrop of the Port of New Orleans to press for more government spending on infrastructure projects that can have ripple effects on employment.  

US Added Unexpectedly Strong 204,000 Jobs In Oct.

November 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A burst of hiring in October added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs to the economy in a month when the government was partly shut down for 16 days. And employers added far more jobs in August and September than previously thought.     

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