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Automotive Parts Supplier To Bring 118 Jobs to Mo.

November 21, 2013 11:07 am | by The Missouri Partnership | News | Comments

Missouri’s resurgent automotive industry is bringing another leading automotive parts supplier and more jobs to the Kansas City region, Gov. Jay Nixon announced.  Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.

Launching A Tech Startup Behind Bars

November 21, 2013 9:34 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A tech incubator inside San Quentin is turning inmates into entrepreneurs and helping them find work at startups when they're released. Laurie Segall reports.                           

Morton Manufacturing Tour

November 21, 2013 9:15 am | by City of Lancaster | Videos | Comments

In the past ten years, Morton Manufacturing has grown from approximately $40,000 a month in sales to more than $2,000,000 per month. This included sales to all of the largest jet engine builders in the world.           

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Alabama Officials Wooing Boeing

November 20, 2013 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama officials are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.  Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.

Apple May Get $10M Ariz. Grant For New Plant

November 20, 2013 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. will qualify for a $10 million grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority if it opens its proposed new plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa and meets job creation and capital investment targets, the agency announced Tuesday.     

Pilgrim's Pride Closing Ala. Poultry Plant

November 20, 2013 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is closing a poultry plant that employs about 1,200 people in north Alabama, local officials said Tuesday, another blow to a region already dealing with job losses.  Mayor Tim Walker and state Sen. Clay Scofield said executives informed them of the decision during a meeting at the plant in Boaz, where Pilgrim's Pride is the largest employer.

CAT To Close Va. Plant, Lay Off 240

November 20, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is shutting down its mining equipment plant in Pulaski, laying off 240 workers.  The company said the production of underground mining equipment will move from Pulaski to Caterpillar's Houston, Pa., facility by the middle of next year.

House Panel To Probe Unemployment Data

November 20, 2013 9:33 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A House panel plans to investigate allegations in a published report that workers in the Census Bureau fabricated data used to prepare monthly unemployment reports.  The probe comes in response to a report Monday in the New York Post that says census data was manipulated in advance of the 2012 presidential race.

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NLRB Cracks Down On Walmart

November 19, 2013 1:54 pm | by National Labor Relations Board | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel has investigated charges alleging that Walmart violated the rights of its employees as a result of activities surrounding employee protests. The Office of the General Counsel found merit in some of the charges and no merit in others.

Toledo Plant Will Build Half-Million Jeeps In '14

November 19, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The manager of the Chrysler assembly plant in Toledo says the facility will build more than a half-million Jeeps next year — making it one of the highest-volume assembly plants in North America. That's according to plant manager Zach Leroux, who spoke to a rotary club in Toledo Monday.

Court Rules For Governor, Kia In Open Records Case

November 19, 2013 9:59 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who were among about 43,000 who applied for jobs at the Kia plant in West Point. The four say they were discriminated against because they had been affiliated with the United Auto Workers labor union.

Union, GE Fail To Reach Deal On N.Y. Plant

November 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Local media outlets report that leaders of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 held a news conference Sunday to announce that GE had rejected the union's offer to cut 10 percent of the workforce at the plant in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany.

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.

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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.

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.                     

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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