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Survey of Execs: U.S. Pay Likely To Stagnate

September 8, 2014 11:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

According to a survey by Harvard Business School alumni, U.S. workers face a dim future, with stagnant or falling pay and fewer openings for full-time jobs.                           

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls for Younger Workers

September 8, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Though U.S. job growth slowed last month, the unemployment rate fell, especially for younger demographic groups.                                        

Mercedes To Build New SUV at Alabama Plant

September 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes has announced plans to start building a fifth model, the ML Coupe, at its Alabama plant next year.                                         

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Noranda Aluminum Lays Off 200 Employees And Suspends Expansion

September 5, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates.            

Meat and Cheese Maker To Build New Castle Plant

September 5, 2014 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boar's Head Brand plans to build a meat processing plant in central Indiana that company executives say will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.                         

Infographic: Where Are All The Women In STEM?

September 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all. 

U.S. Employers Add 142K Jobs

September 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.                             

Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.        

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Targeted News Service LLC | News | Comments

Governor Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. 

Hoeven Celebrates Grand Opening Of Bobcat's $28M Acceleration Center

September 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Targeted News Service LLC | News | Comments

Senator John Hoeven announced the grand opening of the new $28 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility.                

Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

September 3, 2014 4:41 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.                               

Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result.                                     

Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                         

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General Dynamics Secures $5.8B Contract

September 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Dynamics, a Virginia based company, has landed a $5.76 billion contract to make armored vehicles for Britain.                                      

Aircraft Orders Set To Create New Jobs

September 3, 2014 10:53 am | by The Gloucestershire Echo | News | Comments

Jobs could be created as figures reveal there has been a surge in demand for new aircraft and engines.                                           

Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage on Monday in a buoyant account of the economy's "revving" performance.                             

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown Holdings Inc.

September 2, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.                         

Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight

September 2, 2014 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize fast-food industry workers, McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants expect to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests.  

Airgas Opens New Location in North Dakota

August 28, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

One of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region.

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                           

Lafayette Plant to Build Helicopters by 2016

August 28, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bell Helicopter is expected to begin assembly operations by 2016 at a new $26.3 million facility at the Lafayette Regional Airport.                                  

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 28, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                         

Labor Day Infographic: Beer Puts People to Work

August 27, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Beer Institute | News | Comments

A new analysis and infographic from the Beer Institute demonstrates how one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside.                                   

State Grant Spurs Toyota Expansion In Michigan

August 27, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. says it's expanding its technical center in Michigan and moving 250 jobs from Kentucky.                                          

GM Moves Cadillac SRX Production to Tennessee

August 27, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union says General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to Spring Hill, Tennessee.                          

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