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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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Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit annual growth, at least 100 manufacturing plants and some 300,000 jobs.                         

Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract.           

State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 11, 2014 9:59 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economists are dismissing the complaint as overblown.

How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 8, 2014 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation.                          

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Company To Shutter 2 Manufacturing Plants in New York

August 7, 2014 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work.                     

A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 5, 2014 10:11 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report released Friday.                   

Ind. Man Laid Off Twice Finds New Purpose at 52

August 5, 2014 9:49 am | by Tim Vandenack, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

The Great Recession battered Elkhart County and, in some ways, many are still feeling the aftershocks of the downturn, five years after it ended. But it's made others leaner, forcing them to improvise and forge a new trail lest they wither on the vine.

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GM Canada Agrees To Restore Retirement Benefits

August 5, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees and restore most of their post-retirement benefits to pre-financial crisis levels, the Toronto Star reports.          

Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                          

Death Toll Rises To 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.          

Nevada No Lock for Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 9:46 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

Unemployment Insurance Tax Stokes Complaints

July 31, 2014 4:12 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.       

NC Weighs Offering Upfront Money for Promised Jobs

July 31, 2014 10:18 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the state.             

Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.                  

Century-old Pipe Break Points to National Problem

July 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Age inevitably takes a toll. There are 240,000 breaks a year, according to the National Association of Water Companies, a problem compounded by stress from an increasing population and budget crunches that slow the pace of replacement.     

Cargill To Close Beef Plant, Cites Cattle Shortage

July 30, 2014 4:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                     

Kellogg Plans To Close Georgia Plant

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. officials announced Monday that they're closing a plant in Columbus as part of a restructuring process. The move is expected to eliminate 325 jobs.                           

Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source.                              

GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.                                    

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