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Bangladesh To Raise Garment Workers' Minimum Wage

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.

U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

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

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output.

Wal-Mart Announces Plans For Georgia Shoe Plant

November 1, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state. The retailer on Thursday announced plans for the facility in Hazelhurst, about 100 miles west of Savannah.

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Fewer Americans Seek Unemployment Aid For 3rd Week

October 31, 2013 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very fewer workers.     

Manufacturing Business Sees Opportunity In Detroit

October 31, 2013 9:46 am | by Jeff Glor, CBS | Videos | Comments

Watch manufacturer Shinola is investing in Detroit by hiring and training local workers. CEO Steve Bock hopes to help bring back American manufacturing by investing in what was once America's manufacturing powerhouse. 

U.S. Steel To Partially Shut Ontario Mill

October 30, 2013 2:03 pm | by Allison Martell | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp said on Tuesday it will permanently shut down iron and steelmaking operations at its Hamilton, Ontario, mill at the end of this year.  The decision is a blow to Hamilton, long the center of Canada's steel industry, which has been hit hard by plant closures over the last decade.

Nestle Relocating Pizza Division To Ohio

October 30, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle USA says it's relocating its frozen pizza division from Illinois to the Cleveland suburb of Solon, joining its other businesses and an expanding research center there.  The world's largest food company expects about 250 jobs eventually to come from the move.

Siemens Energy Adds 40 Jobs In Central Mississippi

October 30, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens Energy, Inc. has added 40 new jobs at the central Mississippi plant where it makes high-voltage transmission equipment.  Employment is now about 400 at the plant in Richland, just south of Jackson.     

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Anheuser-Busch InBev, Teamsters To Start Talks

October 30, 2013 1:21 pm | by Jim Salter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev and the Teamsters union are about to begin contract talks for the first time since the Belgian brewer InBev purchased the maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers five years ago.             

CAT To Close Texas Plant, Idling 100

October 30, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will close an East Texas plant and move the work elsewhere, putting about 100 employees out of work.The announcement to close the dippers plant in Kilgore comes a week after the Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment maker revealed third-quarter earnings fell 44 percent.

Jobs Top Issue In Pratt & Whitney-Machinists Talks

October 29, 2013 2:02 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations on Thursday for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs.          

Senators Launch Effort To Put Focus On Manufacturing Jobs

October 29, 2013 1:36 pm | by Manufacturing Jobs for America | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative aims to build bipartisan support for legislation that will modernize America’s manufacturing sector, help American manufacturers grow and create jobs, and assist American workers in getting the skills to succeed in the next generation of manufacturing jobs.

Owens Corning To Construct Manufacturing And R&D facility In Gastonia

October 29, 2013 10:03 am | by Gaston County Economic Development Commission | News | Comments

The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Owens Corning will construct an advanced manufacturing plant in theGastonia Technology Park (GTP). The initial investment will be $120 million and at full operations the company will employ up to 110 persons.

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U.S. Manufacturing In Position To Regain Millions Of Jobs By 2020

October 29, 2013 9:12 am | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists | Blogs | Comments

Although no prosperity is guaranteed for the years ahead, the market seems to indicate that we’re on the verge of a strong boom period when it comes to job creation for the manufacturing industry.               

U.S. Factory Output Rises Just 0.1 Pct. In September

October 28, 2013 2:36 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Automakers boosted their output in September, but the gain was offset by declines at makers of computers, furniture and appliances.                     

Gov Criticized Over Layoffs At Ohio Aluminum Plant

October 28, 2013 9:22 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Republican Gov. John Kasich is facing criticism over the indefinite shuttering of Ormet Corp., an aluminum smelting giant along the Ohio River and the onetime largest customer of American Electric Power. About 1,000 workers — mostly unionized steelworkers — are out of work.

Five Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding The WARN Act

October 28, 2013 9:06 am | by Michael Groebe, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

While the economy appears to be turning around, employers across the country continue to make difficult decisions concerning mass layoffs and plant closings. Employers that forget about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) and applicable state “baby” WARN Acts do so at their peril.

Truck Maker Volvo To Slash 2,000 Jobs

October 25, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Truck maker AB Volvo says its earnings dipped on lower sales in the third quarter and that it will slash 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.                 

Will U.S. Hiring Accelerate If Economy Doesn't?

October 23, 2013 9:31 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren't going away.                     

United Tech 3Q Profit Up 1 Pct., Trims Sales View

October 22, 2013 1:01 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp.'s third-quarter profit rose just 1 percent, and the aerospace and building systems conglomerate warned Tuesday that weak military aerospace sales are expected to cut into revenue this year.       

Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.2 Pct.

October 22, 2013 12:58 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A tight job market has discouraged many Americans from looking for work. The percentage of Americans working or looking for work remained at a 35-year low last month.              

Forecast: Business Jet Demand Expected To Grow

October 22, 2013 12:54 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Demand will be spurred by new products and innovations, Honeywell said in a report released Sunday in Las Vegas before Tuesday's opening of the National Business Aviation Association's trade show.          

Pritzker: How To Create Better Jobs

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tells the audience at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit that investments in infrastructure and education will create better jobs.

PwC: Manufacturing Hiring Plans Hit 5-Year High

October 18, 2013 12:39 pm | by PwC | News | Comments

Optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the global economic outlook reached the highest level since the first quarter of 2012.                   

Booming Oil Towns Prepare For Inevitable Bust

October 16, 2013 1:45 pm | by James MacPherson and Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the oil fields of Texas and North Dakota, communities that are enjoying the most prosperous economic boom in a generation are increasingly thinking about the days after the surge in drilling is over.           

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