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Perry: Red States Leading U.S. Recovery

March 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions, and fewer jobs.                              

AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.        

Southeast Manufacturing Jumps In Feb. To Highest In 21 Months

March 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased in February, driven by strong improvements in all areas except employment, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today.            

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Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.                                    

U.S. Employers Added 175K Jobs In February

March 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year.                            

Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

Auto Parts Manufacturer Announces New Ohio Plant, Jobs

March 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts manufacturer says it will build a $50 million plant in southwest Ohio that is expected to result in 150 jobs.                                     

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

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Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                                   

Top Manufacturing Organizations Split On Budget

March 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.               

Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.                    

Airbus Helicopters To Build AStar In Columbus

March 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Eurocopter has changed its name to Airbus Helicopters Inc. and will begin manufacturing a new commercial helicopter in Columbus, Ohio.                                 

Lockheed Martin Will Build New Cruise Missile In Ala.

March 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin broke ground for its Pike County Operations' Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Alabama.                                  

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Poor Dart Sales Lead To Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

March 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC confirmed the layoffs Monday, hours after releasing February sales figures showing a 37 percent decline for the Dart.                                 

Obama Challenges Congress To Help Create Manufacturing Jobs

March 3, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama points to the launch of two new high-tech manufacturing hubs and a competition to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, mass transit, ports, and railroads. He says Congress can help in both areas.  

Maker's Mark Expanding Distillery

February 28, 2014 10:09 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $67 million expansion comes barely a year after the brand created a backlash by saying it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch its whiskey supplies. Producers quickly scrapped the idea.            

After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                          

Gov. Beshear Praises Tobacco Plant Expansion

February 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately $118 million investment by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will create 42 more jobs at its Hopkinsville plant, which now employs 90 full-time workers. The company plans to build a new processing facility and add on to its existing plant there.

Subaru Moving On With Lafayette Factory Plans

February 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to prepare its Lafayette factory for production of a new vehicle while significantly scaling back the expectations for additional jobs.            

Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 348K

February 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.            

Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs

February 27, 2014 9:48 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

The United States could create up to 5.8 million new jobs if it acted to end global currency manipulation, according to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.

Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                          

Obama To Launch New Manufacturing Hubs

February 27, 2014 9:24 am | by CCTV | Videos | Comments

President Barack Obama announced two new research institutes to combine the expertise of universities and companies to create new manufacturing techniques and technologies.                       

Manufacturing The Comeback For The American Economy

February 25, 2014 2:39 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

NAM's President attributed manufacturing’s comeback to its dynamic workforce, innovation, and game-changing energy resources. However, he noted the critical need to implement policies supporting manufacturing to eliminate the stifling effect that overregulation, high taxes, rising health care costs, and a lack of trade agreements have on manufacturers’ competitiveness.

Chicago Lands New Digital And Design Manufacturing Hub

February 25, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

The President has announced the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), which will be headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and funded via a $70 million grant that state and private entities will match to the tune of $250 million.  

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