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Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The plant currently makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances, and Whirlpool said the investment is in response to more demand for those types of high-end cooking gadgets.                   

McDonald's Hit By Lawsuits Over Worker Pay

March 13, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several lawsuits being filed against McDonald's this week say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying workers what they're owed.                           

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Chemicals In iPhones Could Be Dangerous For Workers

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.          

Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                   

Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

Obama Expected To Increase Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

March 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                              

Jeep Plant To Hire 1,000 Part-Time Workers To Meet Demand

March 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                                  

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Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery, and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.               

Officials Having Trouble Collecting Disabled Workers' Judgment

March 10, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgment a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.                 

Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.                   

Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.         

Perry: Red States Leading U.S. Recovery

March 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions, and fewer jobs.                              

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AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.        

Southeast Manufacturing Jumps In Feb. To Highest In 21 Months

March 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased in February, driven by strong improvements in all areas except employment, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today.            

Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.                                    

U.S. Employers Added 175K Jobs In February

March 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year.                            

Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

Auto Parts Manufacturer Announces New Ohio Plant, Jobs

March 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts manufacturer says it will build a $50 million plant in southwest Ohio that is expected to result in 150 jobs.                                     

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                                   

Top Manufacturing Organizations Split On Budget

March 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.               

Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.                    

Airbus Helicopters To Build AStar In Columbus

March 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Eurocopter has changed its name to Airbus Helicopters Inc. and will begin manufacturing a new commercial helicopter in Columbus, Ohio.                                 

Lockheed Martin Will Build New Cruise Missile In Ala.

March 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin broke ground for its Pike County Operations' Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Alabama.                                  

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