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Walmart's Plan Sells 'American Made'

August 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Walmart SVP Michelle Gloeckler explains her company's $50 billion effort to sell more American made goods over the next ten years. Even if Walmart is successful in getting key retailers and suppliers on board, experts say it won't rejuvenate the U.S. manufacturing industry. But the movement could help stem the tide of jobs flowing to China and elsewhere that has been occurring in the last two decades.

Ford Fusion Now Made In U.S.

August 29, 2013 12:28 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

For the first time, Ford Fusion vehicles are being built just outside Detroit, a positive sign that the automotive industry is bringing production back to the United States. The company's Flat Rock, Mich., plant near Detroit will start making the Fusion Thursday. Ford hired a second shift of 1,400 new workers to make the Fusion at the plant, which also makes the Mustang sports car.

Advice For Small Biz: Take Stock, Take Risks

August 28, 2013 2:26 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The economy is showing signs of life and that makes it a good time for small business owners to re-evaluate how they are running their companies. Now that crisis mode has passed, owners need to make sure they're ready to take advantage of growth opportunities on the horizon. Experts say it's time for owners to think about taking some risks and to make sure that they are taking care of employees.

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$1.5B Fertilizer Plant In ND On Course

August 28, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group planning a $1.5 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant in northeastern North Dakota has secured a supply of natural gas and is in the process of buying a site. Northern Plains Nitrogen Chairman Darin Anderson said the company is buying land next to Grand Forks' municipal sewage lagoons north of the city and east of Interstate 29, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

Expanding IL Tire Plant Gets New Rail Spur

August 28, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of southern Illinois' biggest employers now has a new railroad spur as it presses ahead with a $129-million expansion it says will add 100 jobs by mid-2015. The $1.1 million spur paid for by Illinois taxpayers was unveiled Tuesday at the 3,000-worker Continental Tire the Americas site that produces more than 14 million tires a year in Mount Vernon.

Labor Rules To Boost Employment For Vets, Disabled

August 28, 2013 10:09 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations. The rules will require most government contractors to set a goal of having disabled workers make up 7 percent of their employees. 

Dow Plans $1B Investment In Plaquemine

August 28, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical Co. says it will invest $1.06 billion to build two new polyolefins plants and upgrade its ethylene capacity at the company's 3,300-acre site in Plaquemine. The company says the move will create 71 new jobs at the facility and an additional 470 indirect jobs.

Poor Supervision Cited At NY-Run Steam Plant

August 27, 2013 10:18 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor supervision at the steam plant serving the state government complex in Albany led to misbehavior by workers that included watching "Dancing With the Stars," being drunk on the job, and leaving bedrolls and beer cans in the facility, New York's inspector general reported Monday.

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Aluminum Products Maker To Expand VA Plant

August 27, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aluminum products maker Service Center Metals is marking its 10th year in business with an expansion of its plant in Prince George County. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the company has started construction on an 80,000-square-foot building adjacent to its plant.

5 Quick Questions: Attracting & Retaining Quality Manufacturing Workers

August 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. In looking to fill this skills gap, Brian Binke, the President & CEO of The Birmingham Group, an affiliate of MRINetwork and one of the world’s largest recruitment organizations, feels that organizations need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.

New 'Green Energy' Plants Planned For LA

August 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. 

Gary, IN Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 26, 2013 12:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Gary, Indiana is far from its glory days when it was a thriving steel town. The official unemployment number is close to 10 percent, but today, the mayor of this rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing it. 

CA Vies For New Space Industry

August 26, 2013 10:11 am | by Mihir Zaveri, Associated Press | News | Comments

As new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. 

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Jim Tompkins: When Considering Reshoring

August 26, 2013 8:01 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International | Blogs | Comments

Is manufacturing coming back to the U.S.? Some may be returning, but the single best answer is “No”. No, there is not a mass movement to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. No, we are not moving away from global supply chains. No, the U.S. does not have a large workforce waiting to take low paying jobs.

TV Plant To Bring 500 Jobs To SC

August 23, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes televisions is moving a plant from China to South Carolina, bringing 500 new jobs. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced the $7.5 million Element Electronics plant Thursday. The plant will be located in Winnsboro inside a building that's been vacant for several years. Production should start in December.

GE Adds Jobs In IL, OH Lighting Plants

August 23, 2013 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it will add more than 150 jobs at three factories in Illinois and Ohio to meet what the company says is increased demand for alternatives to traditional incandescent light bulbs. Part of that includes a new deal with Walmart.

PA Shale Drillers Says More Help Wanted

August 23, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies operating in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions say it has been a challenge to fill openings in engineering, geology, environmental health and other professional fields. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, a gas drilling industry trade group, on Wednesday released a workforce survey of more than 100 of its members.

Jack Daniel's Prepares For Its Largest Expansion

August 22, 2013 2:20 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Daniel's is being served a $100 million-plus expansion of its rural Tennessee distillery to flex more muscle in the growing whiskey market. The investment amounts to the largest single production expansion in the brand's long history.

Workers Approve Contract With OH-Based Goodyear

August 22, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers approved a four-year labor contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that affects about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants and protects against closures at those facilities, union officials said Thursday. United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard said the contract "improves income, retirement and job security" for workers.

Toshiba Mulls Shutting Down TV Factory In Poland

August 22, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. is considering shutting down its television manufacturing plant in Poland as part of measures to restructure its struggling television business, sources close to the matter said Thursday. But Toshiba will sell the plant if it finds a buyer, the sources said.

The Million American Jobs Project

August 22, 2013 8:03 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Videos | Comments

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys U.S.-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave. Watch the video, and then share it. Boom, you just helped make a million new jobs. 

Iraq Vets Join Ranks Of VA's Rising Craft Beer Biz

August 21, 2013 2:23 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Two Iraq War veterans eager to slake a growing American thirst for craft beer are setting up a brewery less than a mile from the main runway for the Navy's East Coast master jet base. Their beers have names like "Jet Noise Double IPA and "Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen." And their motto strikes a military chord: "Brewing With the Freedom We Fought For."

Wayne State Boosts Studies In Nanotechnology

August 21, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wayne State University is going smaller in a bigger way. The Detroit university is using a $200,000 federal grant to develop an undergraduate program in nanoengineering. The field is a branch of nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter at the molecular level.

Unilever To Expand KS Margarine Plant

August 21, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global consumer products maker Unilever is planning a $152 million expansion of its margarine and spreads plant in northeast Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports the project announced Tuesday will double the size of the plant at the New Century AirCenter industrial park in Olathe.

Steel Fab Plans VA Operation, 50 Jobs

August 20, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel Fab plans to open a pressure tank manufacturing facility in Russell County that will create 50 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that Steel Fab will invest $1.5 million in the operation, which will be located in Lebanon.

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