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Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapses, Kills 2

May 16, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapsed on workers early Thursday, killing two people and injuring seven, in the latest accident spotlighting the often lethal safety conditions faced by those toiling in the global garment industry.

North Dakota Pasta Plant To Restart Production

May 15, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Noodles by Leonardo plant in Cando will start producing pasta again next week after six months of closed doors. The facility is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors.

U.S. Factory Output Falls In April

May 15, 2013 10:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries reduced output. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that manufacturing output dropped 0.4 percent in April from March. It was the third decline in four months and the biggest since October.

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Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp To Cut 3,000 Office Jobs

May 15, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel and elevator maker ThyssenKrupp says it will cut 3,000 of its 15,000 office jobs over the next three years to streamline the company's administration. The company says the move is part of an effort to make its business structure more efficient and transparent.

Judge Slashes $240M EEOC Verdict To $1.6M

May 15, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has slashed a landmark $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle entered judgment Tuesday against Henry's Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Texas. Wolle says he must limit the judgment to $50,000 per employee, the cap included in the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses with fewer than 101 workers.

France Approves Major Labor Reform Package

May 14, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

France's parliament has passed a package of significant labor reforms Tuesday that the government hopes will help halt rising unemployment and jumpstart the country's stagnant economy. The bill is one of President Francois Hollande's signature pieces of legislation designed to overhaul the country's notoriously hidebound labor market.

Honda To Produce New Acura NSX In U.S.

May 14, 2013 2:23 pm | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's new version of its Acura NSX sports car will be produced at a new plant inside one of the automaker's former facilities in central Ohio, Honda said Tuesday. The new $70 million plant, called the Performance Manufacturing Center, will be inside the former North American Logistics facility and adjacent to Honda's existing factory in Marysville.

Automotive Supplier Breaks Ground In AL

May 14, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An automotive company is investing $12 million in an expansion that will lead to about 100 new jobs in southeast Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials were on hand Monday as HS Automotive Alabama Inc. broke ground for a new facility in Enterprise.

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Bobcat Breaks Ground On $20M ND Facility

May 13, 2013 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bobcat Co. is investing $35 million in an expansion and renovations in Bismarck, about 3 ½ years after closing its manufacturing plant and laying off nearly 500 workers. The compact construction equipment maker broke ground Monday on a $20 million research-and-development facility at its existing site at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre.

Grainger CEO Talks Tools for Tomorrow

May 10, 2013 4:04 pm | Articles | Comments

As the required skill set for advanced manufacturing continues to evolve, many resources emerge to address workforce development needs in the industry. James Ryan, CEO of industrial distribution leader, Grainger, sat down with IMPO to discuss ways in which technical education has been a continued priority for his business — and why the skilled trades have more to offer than many people realize.

Don’t Wait ... Automate!

May 10, 2013 3:02 pm | by By Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3) | Articles | Comments

Recently, there has been a large amount of media coverage on the issue of automation technologies taking jobs, especially in manufacturing. Though we appreciated the focus on how technological advances in automation and robotics are revolutionizing the workplace, we were very disappointed in how they characterized the segment as “robots taking jobs” in America.

Homebuilders Can't Find Enough Qualified Workers

May 10, 2013 1:59 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Real Estate Writer | News | Comments

U.S. builders and the subcontractors they depend on are struggling to hire fast enough to meet rising demand for new homes. Builders would be starting work on more homes — and contributing more to the economy — if they could fill more job openings. In the meantime, workers in the right locations with the right skills are commanding higher pay.

Deal: Dubai Company Plans To Build GA Plant

May 10, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal says a company based in Dubai plans to build a manufacturing plant in Murray County with the goal of creating 200 jobs over the next three years. Deal said Wednesday the expansion planned by Mattex "speaks to the continued revitalization of the floor covering industry in northwest Georgia."

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North Dakota Tops Nation In Rate Of Worker Deaths

May 10, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota has the highest rate of worker deaths in the nation, due in large part to the oil boom in the western part of the state in recent years, according to a new report from the AFL-CIO. There were 44 worker deaths in North Dakota in 2011, for a rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Van Maker Backed By Energy Dept. Shuts Down

May 9, 2013 2:13 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan company that received a $50 million federal loan to make vans for the disabled has stopped production and laid off its 100 workers. Vehicle Production Group, or VPG, suspended operations in February after its finances dipped below a minimum level required as a condition of the federal loan.

Japanese Auto Parts Maker To Add 200 NC Jobs

May 9, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer plans to add more assembly lines and hire another 200 workers at an existing North Carolina factory by the end of 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Wednesday that ASMO North America's Greenville plant already employs more than 530 people who produce parts for front wipers and for radiator fan motors.

Honeywell Closing York Plant, Idling Over 100

May 9, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honeywell plans to close a plant in eastern Pennsylvania by the first quarter of next year, idling more than 100 workers. The Honeywell Process Solutions plant in York makes products used in the natural gas industry. The company specializes in energy efficiency products.

Why Is U.S. Manufacturing Left Out Of The Recovery?

May 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Bloomberg TV | Videos | Comments

Scott Paul, executive director at Alliance For American Manufacturing and Bloomberg political analyst Matt Dowd discuss the current state of manufacturing in the United States. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

Appeals Court Strikes Down Union Poster Rule

May 8, 2013 10:11 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

In another blow to the nation's dwindling labor unions, an appeals court struck down a federal rule that would have required millions of businesses to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the NLRB violated employers' free speech rights in in trying to force them to display the posters or face charges of committing an unfair labor practice.

GM To Open Cadillac Plant In China

May 8, 2013 10:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. confirms that it's building a new Cadillac factory in China. GM will start building the $1.3 billion plant next month in Shanghai's Jinqiao zone. It will produce 150,000 vehicles per year. The auto maker recently received regulatory approval for the new plant.

Subaru Invests $400M In Indiana Plant

May 8, 2013 10:05 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Subaru said Wednesday it is investing $400 million to expand its Indiana factory and will add 900 workers to build the Impreza small car there in 2016. The plant now employs about 3,600 people and builds the Legacy and Outback cars and the Tribeca SUV. It also builds the Camry midsize car under contract with Toyota Motor Corp., the top shareholder in Subaru with a 16.5 percent stake.

Siemens Launches Job Training Program For U.S. Vets

May 8, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A job training initiative is being offered in the Detroit area to help military veterans with engineering and manufacturing backgrounds transition to the civilian workforce. Siemens Corp. says the program was launched by Siemens' product lifecycle management software business in 22 cities across the country.

U.S. Job Postings Fell In March; Hiring Slowed

May 7, 2013 2:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings fell 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million jobs. Total hiring declined 4.3 percent to 4.3 million.

Lawsuit: Intel Worker Subjected To 'Kick Me' Prank

May 7, 2013 2:31 pm | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel workers secretly taped a "Kick Me" sign to the back of a co-worker as a prank, then kicked the confused man a number of times as employees at the Rio Rancho Intel plant laughed hysterically at the episode, according to a federal lawsuit.

HK Dockworkers Accept Offer, End 40-Day Strike

May 6, 2013 2:19 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hong Kong dockworkers have accepted a 9.8 percent pay increase, ending a 40-day strike that slowed traffic at one of the world's busiest ports. About 90 percent of the workers voted late Monday in favor of the offer from four middleman contractors that provide staff to a container terminal operator controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing.

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