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5 Quick Questions: Attracting & Retaining Quality Manufacturing Workers

August 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. In looking to fill this skills gap, Brian Binke, the President & CEO of The Birmingham Group, an affiliate of MRINetwork and one of the world’s largest recruitment organizations, feels that organizations need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.

New 'Green Energy' Plants Planned For LA

August 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. 

Gary, IN Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 26, 2013 12:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Gary, Indiana is far from its glory days when it was a thriving steel town. The official unemployment number is close to 10 percent, but today, the mayor of this rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing it. 

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CA Vies For New Space Industry

August 26, 2013 10:11 am | by Mihir Zaveri, Associated Press | News | Comments

As new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. 

Jim Tompkins: When Considering Reshoring

August 26, 2013 8:01 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International | Blogs | Comments

Is manufacturing coming back to the U.S.? Some may be returning, but the single best answer is “No”. No, there is not a mass movement to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. No, we are not moving away from global supply chains. No, the U.S. does not have a large workforce waiting to take low paying jobs.

TV Plant To Bring 500 Jobs To SC

August 23, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes televisions is moving a plant from China to South Carolina, bringing 500 new jobs. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced the $7.5 million Element Electronics plant Thursday. The plant will be located in Winnsboro inside a building that's been vacant for several years. Production should start in December.

GE Adds Jobs In IL, OH Lighting Plants

August 23, 2013 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it will add more than 150 jobs at three factories in Illinois and Ohio to meet what the company says is increased demand for alternatives to traditional incandescent light bulbs. Part of that includes a new deal with Walmart.

PA Shale Drillers Says More Help Wanted

August 23, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies operating in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions say it has been a challenge to fill openings in engineering, geology, environmental health and other professional fields. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, a gas drilling industry trade group, on Wednesday released a workforce survey of more than 100 of its members.

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Jack Daniel's Prepares For Its Largest Expansion

August 22, 2013 2:20 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Daniel's is being served a $100 million-plus expansion of its rural Tennessee distillery to flex more muscle in the growing whiskey market. The investment amounts to the largest single production expansion in the brand's long history.

Workers Approve Contract With OH-Based Goodyear

August 22, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers approved a four-year labor contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that affects about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants and protects against closures at those facilities, union officials said Thursday. United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard said the contract "improves income, retirement and job security" for workers.

Toshiba Mulls Shutting Down TV Factory In Poland

August 22, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. is considering shutting down its television manufacturing plant in Poland as part of measures to restructure its struggling television business, sources close to the matter said Thursday. But Toshiba will sell the plant if it finds a buyer, the sources said.

The Million American Jobs Project

August 22, 2013 8:03 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Videos | Comments

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys U.S.-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave. Watch the video, and then share it. Boom, you just helped make a million new jobs. 

Iraq Vets Join Ranks Of VA's Rising Craft Beer Biz

August 21, 2013 2:23 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Two Iraq War veterans eager to slake a growing American thirst for craft beer are setting up a brewery less than a mile from the main runway for the Navy's East Coast master jet base. Their beers have names like "Jet Noise Double IPA and "Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen." And their motto strikes a military chord: "Brewing With the Freedom We Fought For."

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Wayne State Boosts Studies In Nanotechnology

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

Wayne State University is going smaller in a bigger way. The Detroit university is using a $200,000 federal grant to develop an undergraduate program in nanoengineering. The field is a branch of nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter at the molecular level.

Unilever To Expand KS Margarine Plant

August 21, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global consumer products maker Unilever is planning a $152 million expansion of its margarine and spreads plant in northeast Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports the project announced Tuesday will double the size of the plant at the New Century AirCenter industrial park in Olathe.

Steel Fab Plans VA Operation, 50 Jobs

August 20, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel Fab plans to open a pressure tank manufacturing facility in Russell County that will create 50 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that Steel Fab will invest $1.5 million in the operation, which will be located in Lebanon.

Hyundai Labor Union To Strike For 4 Hours

August 20, 2013 10:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai's labor union said 46,000 workers will stage a four-hour strike over two days this week as the union increases pressure on the automaker for higher wages and benefits. Union spokesman Kwon Oh-il said Tuesday that talks with Hyundai Motor Co. management had made little progress.

Creditors File Objections To Detroit Bankruptcy

August 20, 2013 10:14 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city's biggest employee union, retirees and even a few dozen residents filed objections Monday to Detroit's request for bankruptcy protection, the largest municipal filing in U.S. history and a move aimed at wiping away billions of dollars in debt.

Kawasaki Heavy To Build Factory For 787 Fuselage

August 20, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. will construct a new factory to produce larger fuselages for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, its officials said Tuesday. The heavy machinery and engineering company will begin construction in 2014 on land adjacent to its existing facilities in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, and plans to start production as early as in 2015.

KY Catalytic Converter Plant To Bring 50 Jobs

August 20, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsui Kinzoku Catalysts America Inc. will locate a plant in Frankfort making catalytic converters and creating 50 full-time jobs. The company expects to invest $19.5 million in the project and wants to begin operations within two years.

Standards Boost Business

August 20, 2013 8:01 am | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO, American National Standards Institute | Articles | Comments

From the corner offices across America to the halls of Capitol Hill, leaders in the public and private sectors are sounding the call for economic reform and job creation. As the U.S. looks to forge a path for sustainable economic growth for the nation, there is a powerful business tool that can help U.S. industry to fuel business performance and drive growth.

Trade Dispute Threatens WA Industry

August 19, 2013 2:48 pm | by Amy Martinez, The Seattle Times | News | Comments

REC Silicon, with 500 workers in this Central Washington town, annually produces enough solar-grade polysilicon to power more than 2 million homes. But a global trade battle over solar panels threatens to plunge REC and its local workforce into financial crisis.

Unemployment Rates Rise In July

August 19, 2013 2:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January.

KY Plant Closure Disrupts Workers' Lives

August 19, 2013 2:41 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jim Rodgers assumed his job as an electrician at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant would take him all the way to retirement. After all, for six decades the government-owned uranium-enrichment plant was synonymous with job security and some of the region's best wages. 

French Government Predicts A Rosy Future

August 19, 2013 2:39 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Full employment, plenty of cheap housing, a new Industrial Revolution and Police 3.0. Those are the French government's predictions for the year 2025. Leaders in the Socialist administration, who are under criticism for the struggling economy and rising joblessness, met Monday to discuss the way forward.

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