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Quartz Manufacturing Company To Build Plant In Ga.

November 6, 2013 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Caesarstone is planning to invest between $70 million and $100 million in the new plant in Richmond Hill — about 20 miles southwest of Savannah. Deal says the company will import raw materials to make new countertops, and will export the finished products from Georgia's ports.

Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturer Expanding Va. Plant

November 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiber-optic cable manufacturer is planning to expand its Culpeper operations, creating 30 jobs.  Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million in the expansion.          

Mich. PMI Shows Sharp Upswing, Continued Growth

November 6, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for Oct. is 63.1, up from 59.9 in Sept., raising the three-month average for the economy to a robust 61.1. A PMI value above 50 generally suggests economic growth.         

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Unions Ramp Up Push For Immigration Overhaul

November 6, 2013 2:00 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor unions are spending more than $1 million on new television ads criticizing House Republicans for refusing to back comprehensive immigration reform.                             

BAE Announces Hundreds Of Shipyard Cuts

November 6, 2013 10:10 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

British defense contractor BAE Systems announced plans to cut some 1,775 jobs at three shipyards Wednesday, ending the building of warships in England for the first time in hundreds of years.                  

Crest Industries Expanding Its Louisiana Presence

November 6, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crest Industries is expanding its Louisiana presence into Tangipahoa Parish.  The company, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries.

Inslee Calls Special Session To Keep 777X In Wash.

November 6, 2013 9:47 am | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inslee, surrounded by key lawmakers, and officials from Boeing Co. and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said he wants lawmakers to return to Olympia on Thursday and approve the measures — which would likely include tax breaks for Boeing but possibly higher taxes for drivers — in just one week.

CAT To Close W.Va. Highwall Miner Plant

November 5, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is closing a highwall miner plant in southern West Virginia and moving production to a facility in Pennsylvania.  Caterpillar says its plant in Beckley will close by mid-2014.               

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Apple To Open Phoenix-Area Plant, Employ 700

November 5, 2013 9:41 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech giant Apple Inc. on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

Employers' Wariness Thwarts Many Blind Jobseekers

November 4, 2013 2:19 pm | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Blind people remain largely unwanted in the U.S. workplace, despite technological advances that dramatically boost their capabilities. Only about 24 percent of working-age Americans with visual disabilities had full-time jobs as of 2011, according to Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute.

Kellogg To Cut Jobs, Lowers Outlook

November 4, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg says it plans to trim its global workforce by 7 percent, with the breakfast foods maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.  According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.

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.

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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.

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.     

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.

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.               

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