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Creating Better Jobs For Manufacturing’s Comeback

May 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Ray Attiyah, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Definity Partners | Articles | Comments

Scan through the business section of the news, and you’re likely to see stories about the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, about how companies are moving jobs back to the United States because of the rising cost of manufacturing in (and shipping to and from) China. Certainly good news for American manufacturers, but I would argue that this trend is not what the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing should be built on.

EU Looks To Small Business To Help Unemployment

May 28, 2013 1:29 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European leaders sounded the alarm on youth unemployment Tuesday and called for more help for businesses to help solve the problem that has left nearly one in four young people in Europe without a job. At a conference in Paris Tuesday, French, Italian and German ministers warned that if high youth unemployment is not addressed, young people will lose faith in their governments and the European Union.

N. Korea Relaxes Controls On Salaries

May 28, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea relaxed state control of salaries last month, a government economist said, outlining a change in policy intended to boost production by giving companies latitude to provide workers with financial incentives. Ri Ki Song, a professor at the Institute of Economics at North Korea's Academy of Social Sciences in Pyongyang, said enterprises are now allowed to use some of their earnings to pay workers more.

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Businesses Uncertain Of Future Without Plant

May 28, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Businesses in Paducah are bracing for uncertainty in the wake of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's expected closure at the end of the month. The shutdown will put more than 1,100 workers out of high-paying jobs with benefits. Kele Sports Depot shop owner Stephen Kelly said the plant has a trickle-down effect economically and the loss of jobs will be felt.

Auto Parts Maker To Expand IL Plant

May 28, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japan-based maker of auto components says its roughly $15 million planned expansion of a southern Illinois plant will add 80 jobs. Aisin Electronics Illinois joined regional officials in breaking ground this week on the 108-square-foot Marion project the company expects to be completed early next year.

Cheap Energy Will Bring Back U.S. Jobs

May 28, 2013 12:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing growth in parts of the U.S. is moving at the same rate or better than emerging markets growth, while some parts of the country are still struggling and possibly clouding the picture of growth. Analyst Meredith Whitney says that the flood of cheap, natural gas will ultimately bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

VW's German Workers Win Raises In Pay Deal

May 28, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen's German factory workers will get a two-stage raise under a new wage deal reached as the automaker grapples with slipping sales and profit. The company said Tuesday it agreed with the IG Metall union on increases of 3.4 percent from Sept. 1 and 2.2 percent from July 1 of next year through February 2015. The agreement covers 102,000 workers in six west German auto plants.

NHK Seating Expanding TN Facility

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee officials say that automotive seat manufacturer NHK Seating of America Inc. plans to expand its facility in Murfreesboro, adding 94 jobs in the process. Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said Thursday that the company's expansion represents a $6.8 million investment in Rutherford County.

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Auto Parts Supplier To Invest $40M In MI

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto industry parts supplier says it's investing $40 million to expand its Marysville facility and plans to add more than 350 jobs during the next three years. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the announcement was made Thursday by SMR Automotive Systems.

Some Unions Now Angry About Health Care Overhaul

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters. But some union leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

Ford To End Auto Production In Australia In 2016

May 23, 2013 12:14 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will close its two Australian auto plants, ending production in the country in 2016, amid soaring manufacturing costs and plummeting sales. The closure of the U.S. automaker's plants in the state of Victoria will mean the loss of 1,200 jobs and will transform the company into an import-only brand in Australia.

Learn From "Dirty Jobs"

May 23, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Mike Rowe discusses what he learned working at QVC, his grandfather's influence, and what "Dirty Jobs" accomplished. From selling lava lamps to hosting the hit "Dirty Jobs," Rowe talks about a necessary skill that allowed him to work in Hollywood.

German Co., Pepsi Open NY Yogurt Plant

May 22, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A second yogurt plant is about to open in a Genesee County business park. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Muller Quaker Dairy plant will have a grand opening on June 3. The $206 million dollar plant is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Germany's Theo Muller company.

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Indian Guest Workers Sue Company In MS, TX

May 22, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Auto Factories Cutting Back On Summer Downtime

May 22, 2013 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks. Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that 21 of its North American factories will shut for only one week this summer. That includes the Chicago plant that makes the Ford Explorer SUV and the Mexican plant that makes the Fusion sedan.

GM To Invest $44.5M In MI Cadillac Factory

May 21, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will invest $44.5 million at a Lansing, Mich., factory, creating 200 new jobs. The automaker says it will build a 400,000-square-foot building next to the Lansing Grand River plant to assemble parts and put them in the right order for manufacturing.

Remington Plans $32M AR Expansion

May 21, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Remington Arms Company LLC says it will spend $32 million to expand the company's ammunition plant in Lonoke, Ark. Remington says the expansion will include the construction of a new building. Work is expected to begin later this year and finish up by next spring.

Does France Have The Right Plan To Revive Its Economy?

May 21, 2013 10:14 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The man charged with reviving France's shrinking economy and attracting businesses to invest there is gaining a reputation for doing the opposite. As the country's first-ever minister for industrial renewal, Montebourg told the world's largest steelmaker it is not welcome in France and exchanged angry letters with the head of an American tire company he was supposedly wooing.

GM Giving Paid Internships To 110 HS Students

May 21, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is kicking the tires on a unique new internship program for Detroit-area high school students. GM has hired 110 students for paid summer internships, the automaker said Monday in announcing the formation of the GM Student Corps, a program that combines service, education and mentoring.

Nebraska Company Reopens Iowa Manufacturer

May 21, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after a northwest Iowa manufacturer shut down its factory, the laid-off workers were back on the job Monday thanks to a Nebraska company that stepped in and bought the business. Thurston Manufacturing Co. of Thurston, Neb., moved swiftly to complete its purchase of Simonsen Iron Works of Spencer, Iowa, so it could rehire workers and keep the plant operating, Thurston co-owner Nick Jenson said.

GE Healthcare To Invest $17M In New SC Plant

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

GE Healthcare is investing $17 million in a Florence plant that will turn helium gas into supercool liquid needed for medical imaging. The company announced Monday it's building a 5,000-square-foot facility next to its existing magnetic resonance plant. GE expects 10 of the 50 jobs created to be permanent.

Manufacturing Gangnam Style

May 20, 2013 8:05 am | by Stacey Wagner, Manager, Workforce Systems Development, NIST MEP | Blogs | Comments

Baxter’s ability to work side by side with human counterparts has many people worried.  What if he and his robotic buddies stop dancing and take over all the manufacturing jobs?  What if people – and the wonderful human qualities they bring to manufacturing – become passé?

Problems Surface Over AZ's 2007 Immigration Law

May 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press | News | Comments

The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation's border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Is It Possible to Bring Manufacturing Back to the U.S.?

May 17, 2013 12:33 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

In the press, “reshoring” is defined as the repatriation of manufacturing operations from a low-cost country, back to the home country. In Washington, it stands as the repatriation of manufacturing operations from China, back to the U.S. But in reality, according to Young, it is the transfer of “some manufacturing production from a low-cost country back to the home country or to another country, low-cost or not.”

Building U.S. Manufacturing Strength

May 17, 2013 11:19 am | Articles | Comments

Douglas K. Woods, President of The Association For Manufacturing Technology, discusses the state of U.S. manufacturing, job development, and what the industry can expect going forward. While today’s manufacturing industry is more sophisticated and high tech than ever before, he says, the industry still needs to address some critical issues to be successful in the future.

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