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Groundbreaking For New Ammonia Plant In LA

August 6, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday in Waggaman marked the start of an ammonia plant for explosives maker Dyno Nobel International. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said Dyno Nobel plans to begin ammonia production in mid-to-late 2016, with Cornerstone Chemical Company completing six years of maintenance and infrastructure work that will help support the ammonia plant.

Ohio Veterans See Success With MSSC CPT Certificate

August 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications are creating real opportunities for veterans to get the skills they need to access in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs.MSSC is a participant in The Get Skills to Work Coalition launched in late 2012 under the leadership of GE, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

ISM: Manufacturing Surges Ahead

August 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“It’s a great way to start the second half of 2013,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee.  “I think it’s a very positive and well-balanced report in terms of all of the underlying metrics. Things are pointing in a very favorable direction right now.”

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Hardface Technologies Expands Sales Force

August 5, 2013 4:44 pm | by Hardface Technologies | News | Comments

Hardface Technologies, a business unit of Postle Industries, has just announced the addition of several new employees to its sales force.  Russ Speese recently joined the company in the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Speese, a graduate of Ferris State University with over 30 years of experience in the welding industry, will head the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North America.

New Jobs Disproportionately Low-Pay Or Part-Time

August 5, 2013 2:25 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July's job gain.

Unions Get Creative To Halt Membership Decline

August 5, 2013 10:23 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative — and some say more desperate — to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout. Labor leaders say unions must create new models and new ways to represent workers to reverse a steady slide in the union ranks.

Solid U.S. Job Gains Could Bolster 2nd-Half Growth

August 5, 2013 10:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Robust hiring in July would mark a fourth straight month of solid gains, an encouraging sign for a U.S. economy that is still struggling with high unemployment. Economists predict that employers added 183,000 jobs — a figure that would show that businesses are growing more confident despite weak economic growth.

Towing Equipment Company Expanding In TN

August 1, 2013 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Towing equipment manufacturer Miller Industries is expanding in Greeneville, Tenn. and adding 58 jobs. The announcement Thursday by the company and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said Miller will add a new product line that includes building and refurbishing over-the-road trailers that haul cars to dealerships.

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U.S. Economy May Need Continued Fed Support

August 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A key government report and a statement from the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that the U.S. economy still needs help. The economy grew at a lackluster 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said. That was better than a revised 1.1 percent rate for the first quarter but still far too sluggish to quickly reduce unemployment.

Ford's Simulated Factory

August 1, 2013 8:01 am | by fordvideo1 | Videos | Comments

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the U.S. and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.

Auto Supplier To Expand, Create Jobs In NC

July 31, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A worldwide supplier of automotive parts says it's expanding its manufacturing facility in Henderson County. Continental Automotive Systems said Wednesday it plans to create 40 jobs and invest more than $35 million over the next five years in Fletcher.

Report: U.S. Economic Growth Stronger In 2012

July 31, 2013 10:14 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The government says the U.S. economy grew at a much faster pace last year than previously estimated. The revised growth figures signal a more sustainable economic recovery and help explain why job growth has accelerated this year. The economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate in 2012, up from a previous estimate of 2.2 percent.

EPA Chief: Climate Controls Will Help Economy

July 30, 2013 2:39 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

In her first speech as the head of EPA, Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will spark business innovation, grow jobs and strengthen the economy. The message was classic Obama, who has long said that the environment and the economy aren't in conflict and has sold ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gases as a means to jumpstart a clean energy economy.

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Unemployment Rates Rise In 90 Pct. Of U.S. Cities

July 30, 2013 2:37 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month. They fell in 12 and were unchanged in 13. In May, rates fell in 109 cities and rose in 243.

Valeant To Cut Jobs, Move Bausch + Lomb HQ

July 30, 2013 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In a letter to its own and Bausch + Lomb workers, Valeant said that after the deal closes, it will eliminate between 10 percent and 15 percent of positions company wide. That works out to between 1,850 and 2,775 people and is expected to include both Valeant and Bausch + Lomb workers.

Obama Proposes 'Grand Bargain' For Jobs

July 30, 2013 10:16 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is extending a new proposal to Republicans that he hopes will break the political gridlock on budget negotiations, offering to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for job investments. White House officials say just because they're at an impasse with congressional Republicans over a grand bargain on reducing the deficit doesn't mean they shouldn't look for other areas of agreement.

Signs Of Declining Economic Security

July 29, 2013 2:29 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

Toyota To Add 200 Jobs At IN Factory In 2014

July 29, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it will boost production of the Highlander SUV at its southwestern Indiana plant and add 200 jobs there next year. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. announced Friday that it's increasing Highlander production by 15,000 units at its Princeton plant as part of a $30 million investment.

Bringing Women Back To Manufacturing

July 29, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos | Comments

Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota explains that while there are more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. after the economic recovery, a low percentage of woman are taking work in factories.                                          

Group Accuses Apple Supplier Of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

Steelworkers Reach Agreement With Firestone

July 29, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Work will continue at Firestone's tire manufacturing plants in Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee thanks to a tentative contract agreement the company reached with its steelworkers union. Steelworkers at the Des Moines Firestone tire manufacturing plant tentatively agreed to a contract Friday, averting a strike, The Des Moines Register reported.

No More Detroits

July 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The city of Detroit's bankruptcy is an American tragedy and an entirely preventable one. The downward spiral began decades ago when deindustrialization led to depopulation, crime and declining public revenues. Corruption and mismanagement may have exacerbated the problem, but they weren't the root cause.

Noranda Plans Upgrade At MO Plant

July 26, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. is expanding its plant in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid, an expansion expected to create 29 jobs. Gov. Jay Nixon joined Noranda officials on Friday in New Madrid for the announcement. Noranda will spend $45 million on the expansion.

Spirit AeroSystems Announces 360 Layoffs

July 25, 2013 2:07 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirit AeroSystems announced Thursday it is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities. The Wichita-based aircraft parts maker said it remains strong with a "robust backlog" of orders worth about $36 billion.

Obama: Washington Took Its Eye Off Economic Ball

July 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Washington has "taken its eye off the ball" as he pledged a stronger second-term commitment to tackling the economic woes that strain many in the middle class nearly five years after the country plunged into a recession.

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