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Labor Dept. Approves Help For Displaced Vt. IBM Workers

December 27, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor authorized former employees of the Williston IBM plant and some other businesses involved in memory design services in that town to participate in a program designed to help workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition, state officials said Thursday.

Cambodian Garment Workers Block Traffic Over Pay

December 27, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Striking workers making shoes and clothes for Western brands have blocked roads and briefly scuffled with police in Cambodia.                                    

$40 Million Fund Created For Bangladesh Victims

December 26, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund, estimated at $40 million, would compensate injured workers and dependents of those of who died, according to a statement by the organizers of the fund.                          

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Wash. Governor Met With Airbus Executive

December 26, 2013 9:18 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The private gathering occurred in October during an aerospace conference in Seattle, Inslee spokesman David Postman said on Monday after The Associated Press identified the meeting in records obtained under public records law. Postman said the governor talked with Barry Eccleston, the president and CEO of Airbus Americas, for about 20 minutes.

Steyr Arms Moving To HQ Near Birmingham, Ala.

December 23, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading firearms company is moving into new headquarters west of Birmingham.  Steyr Arms says it will be up and running in its 33,000-square-foot complex in Bessemer on Jan. 2.  The company has been operating in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville.

Electrolux To Expand At North American HQ In N.C.

December 23, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Appliance maker Electrolux announced plans Friday to create more than 800 additional jobs over the next four years in Charlotte as it expands next to its North American headquarters.                    

Machinists Union Sets Boeing Vote For Jan. 3

December 23, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

National union leadership said Sunday that the vote will be Jan. 3. In a statement, IAM leaders said the latest proposal contains "significant improvements" over an offer rejected by Machinists in November.             

A ‘Monster’ Look At Manufacturing Jobs

December 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, Monster.com, the well-known online job marketplace, conducted a comprehensive survey (see infographic below) on the state of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and came to some compelling, if not worrying, results.        

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Unemployment Rates Fall In Nearly All U.S. States

December 23, 2013 8:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added jobs in 43 states and cut jobs in just seven. California, Texas and Indiana reported the largest job gains.  The lower state unemployment rates are due in part to robust hiring nationwide over the past four months.

ADM Stays In Illinois Despite Lack Of Tax Breaks

December 23, 2013 8:07 am | by David Mercer and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ADM's announcement to stay in Illinois likely will give ammunition to both sides over whether states should play ball when companies make demands, though some incentives skeptics warned not to read too much into one company's decision. Chicago, with its two international airports in the heart of Midwestern farm country, was the best place for ADM's new headquarters, CEO Patricia Woertz said Wednesday.

U.S. Economy Expands At 4.1 Percent Rate

December 20, 2013 1:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department's final look at growth in the summer was up from a previous estimate of 3.6 percent. Four-fifths of the revision came from stronger consumer spending, primarily in the area of health care.            

Whirlpool Reshoring Some Production To Ohio Plant

December 20, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said Friday that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation.

Financing Deal Set On $1B Ind. Fertilizer Plant

December 20, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A businessman says he has reached a deal with a Chinese company to finance a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant that could cost nearly $1 billion to build.  Ohio Valley Resources president Doug Wilson of Fairfield, Ill., announced Thursday that the Chinese company will provide equity financing for the construction while his company will manage the project near the Ohio River town of Rockport.

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2 Companies To Invest $28.6M, Add Jobs In Michigan

December 20, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Circuit Controls Corp. and North American Lighting Inc. are getting incentives approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.  According to the state, the expansions could mean 112 new Michigan jobs.

Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

Boeing Machinists Debate Each Other At Union Hall

December 19, 2013 11:11 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chanting "give us a vote" and holding signs, about three dozen people marched from Boeing Co.'s campus to the local union hall in Everett. The rally came six days after local union leaders said the company's offer was too similar to one that workers rejected last month.

Manufacturing: Moving Into The Middle Class

December 19, 2013 9:28 am | by cafwd.org | Videos | Comments

There's no arguing the facts: Manufacturing, in California, is a huge element of the state's economy.  According to the state's Employment Development Department, there are more than 1.2 million people working in the industry.     

American Energy And Manufacturing Competitiveness

December 19, 2013 9:20 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs, and a strong technology infrastructure.

Experts: Boeing Plant Move Unlikely For Illinois

December 18, 2013 1:53 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing asked for proposals from interested states after union workers in Washington state rejected a new contract offer. At least 22 states responded, hoping to land a plant that would employ up to 8,500 people. Illinois economic development officials sent the proposal last week. 

Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules

December 18, 2013 1:49 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent business group is challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. The National Association of Manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that asserts the Labor Department regulations violate the free speech rights of employers.

Novelis Invests Add'l $205M To Meet Global Auto Demand

December 18, 2013 9:56 am | by Novelis Inc. | News | Comments

Novelis announced it will invest an additional $205 million to further expand its global manufacturing operations serving the rapidly growing automotive market. The company will build new finishing lines at its plants in Oswego, N.Y. and Nachterstedt, Germany, dedicated to the production of aluminum automotive sheet.

Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County.  About 600 contractors and service providers will work in the 900,000-square-foot building. They will be responsible for handling almost 3 million parts a day.

Congress Report Shows Manufacturing Revitalization, Urges Legislative Support

December 17, 2013 1:27 pm | by U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, today released a new report detailing the revitalization in U.S. manufacturing, showing it has added over 500,000 jobs since February 2010 and exceeded its pre-recession peak for exports, up 38 percent since 2009.

Gov. Cuomo Announces Fuzehub Initiative For Manufacturers

December 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

New York Governor Cuomo last weekend announced the FuzeHub, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) with state resources, such as the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, economic development agencies and more.

Machinists Plan March To Push Contract Vote

December 16, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many workers want a chance to vote on Boeing's latest offer, even though union leaders have said the contract is too similar to one rejected last month, Fritzler said. Federal, state and local political leaders also have called for a vote.   

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