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SC Senate Approves $120M In Incentives For Boeing

April 11, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State incentives for Boeing Co.'s expansion plans in North Charleston are clearly ready for takeoff. The Senate voted 37-6 vote on Wednesday to approve $120 million for upfront expansion costs such as utilities and site preparation. Approval of the bill borrowing the money comes a day after Boeing Co. announced it's investing another $1 billion and creating 2,000 new jobs over eight years

Employers Eager For New Foreign Worker Program

April 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new W visa program would admit 20,000 low-skilled foreign workers starting in 2015 and could gradually grow up to a cap of 200,000 after five years. The number of visas would fluctuate, depending on unemployment rates, job openings, employer demand and other data.

Discouraging Jobs Report Raises Fear Of Slowing Recovery

April 9, 2013 4:33 pm | by PBSNewsHour | Videos | Comments

A disappointing jobs report has sparked fears of a slowing recovery. Although the unemployment rate dipped slightly, that reduction was attributed to people retiring or who had stopped looking for work. PBS' Judy Woodruff reports on why the job market in March took a sharp decline from the past two months.

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Boeing Planning $1B Expansion In SC

April 9, 2013 2:15 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. is expanding in South Carolina and will invest another $1 billion, creating 2,000 new jobs during the next eight years, the aerospace giant announced Tuesday. Company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the company that operates a 787 assembly plant in North Charleston will expand its operations. The first of the new 787s made in South Carolina rolled off the assembly line about a year ago.

Airbus Breaks Ground On AL Plant

April 8, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus broke ground on its first U.S. airplane assembly plant Monday with a ceremony marking the start of a project that could help transform Alabama's coast into an aerospace center. Top company executives and state leaders were in the port city for the event, held at the Airbus site at Brookley Aeroplex. A jetliner parked behind the stage provided a backdrop for the occasion.

Judge Deals Blow To High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 8, 2013 2:17 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers during a multiyear conspiracy broken up by government regulators.

Fisker's 80 Percent Staff Cut May Send Luxury Co. Under

April 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Fisker Automotive, a maker of luxury plug-in cars seeking investors to fund operations, said it's firing about 80 percent of its workforce after failing to secure a deal with an automotive partner. Cory Johnson reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West.

North Korea Recalls Workers From Jointly Run Factory

April 8, 2013 10:09 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea said Monday it will suspend operations at a factory complex it has jointly run with South Korea, pulling out more than 53,000 North Korean workers and moving closer to severing its last economic link with its rival as tensions escalate.

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DE Governor Notified Of Fisker Layoffs

April 8, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's office says Fisker Automotive has notified the state of plans to lay off most of its remaining work force. Markell spokeswoman Cathy Rossi said in an email Friday that Delaware officials were disheartened to learn of the company's plans.

How To Develop A Welder

April 5, 2013 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

According to a 2011 article in Welding & Gases Today , the welding industry is poised for significant growth over the next decade. But with well over 200,000 available welding jobs predicted, the industry is not exactly jumping for joy. In fact, this key area of metalworking has long been known for the skill gap it consistently faces. So what’s the problem, who will solve it, and – perhaps most importantly – how?

Manufacturing American Efficiency

April 5, 2013 2:35 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The majority of today’s LED solutions are not produced in America. And for the first five years of doing business, that was true for NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group as well. Headquartered in Houston, NEUTEX has become one of a list of companies that have recently moved operations to the U.S. from overseas. Today, the company is developing its Houston presence as it positions itself as a leading manufacturer of LED lighting.

CAT To Lay Off Over 400 At IL Plant

April 5, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. says it plans to lay off more than 460 employees this June at its plant in Decatur. Rachel Potts is a spokeswoman for the Peoria-based company. She said Friday that Caterpillar is laying off the employees as part of an ongoing series of production cuts.

GM To Invest Nearly $30M In Bedford Plant

April 5, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it plans to invest nearly $30 million for the production of two new engines and other auto parts at its Bedford Castings plant in southern Indiana. GM said Thursday the Bedford plant will receive $19 million to produce components for a small gas engine and $10.4 million to produce components for a new 8-speed and existing 6-speed transmissions.

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Fisker To Cut Workers At Headquarters

April 5, 2013 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Troubled electric car maker Fisker Automotive plans to lay off a large number of the workers at its California headquarters on Friday, a person briefed on the matter said. The person, who did not want to be identified because a formal announcement hasn't been made, said the layoffs will be effective at 8 p.m. Pacific time. The exact number was unknown.

Innovation Brings Jobs To WI

April 5, 2013 1:45 pm | by WISC-TV | Videos | Comments

An innovation in Rock County could lead to about 100 new manufacturing jobs. Monterey Mills in Janesville is rolling out a new product, and it has 14 patents protecting its new collapsible paint roller. The new product won a prestigious award from the American Brush Manufacturers Association and is being hailed as the greatest innovation in the industry since 1946, when the paint roller was invented.

Is Re-Industrialization The Key?

April 5, 2013 8:00 am | by Dr. Tom McNamara, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Rennes School of Business | Blogs | Comments

Most economists agree that the “Great Recession” of 2008 ended sometime around August 2009, and while the economy has been slowly recovering, unemployment still appears to be a stubborn problem. The headline rate is just a shade under 8 percent, which translates into a little over 12 million Americans out of work.

Workers Seek Severance From Closed PA Solar Plant

April 4, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten workers who claim they're owed about $197,000 in severance pay want a federal judge in Pittsburgh to force a shuttered plant that makes solar energy mirrors into bankruptcy. The workers are among 60 who lost their jobs when the Flabeg Solar U.S. Corp. plant in Findlay Township shut down on March 28.

GE To Build Global Research Center In Oklahoma

April 4, 2013 2:12 pm | by Tim Talley, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. plans to spend $110 million on a new global research center in the Oklahoma City area that will create 125 new engineering jobs, Gov. Mary Fallin and GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said Wednesday. The center represents GE's longstanding commitment to technological innovation and will work toward advancements in the oil and natural gas fields that will help bring products to market faster, Immelt said.

Tech Firms Offer Perks To Recruit, Retain Talent

April 3, 2013 4:28 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Many Silicon Valley companies say extraordinary campuses are a necessity, to recruit and retain top talent. But some critics say the perks are a colossal waste of money, and only intended to encourage employees to put in too many hours.

Bills Spark Debate Over Paid Sick Time In MI

April 3, 2013 1:43 pm | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Michigan Republicans are pushing to ban local governments from requiring employers to provide paid sick leave as cities in other states move to enact such mandates. Legislation recently approved by committees in the Republican-controlled House and Senate would prohibit counties, townships and cities from adopting policies that requires employers to provide paid or unpaid leave not required under federal or state law.

Turkish Company Plans TX Steel Pipe Plant

April 3, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Turkish company has announced plans to build a $148 million steel pipe-making plant near Houston. Gov. Rick Perry says about 250 jobs are expected to be created at the facility planned for Baytown. Perry on Tuesday announced Borusan Mannesmann will receive $1.6 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund in support of the project.

Lilly To Spend $260M On Indianapolis Expansion

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

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. is planning to spend about $260 million to expand insulin production and make some other capital improvements to sites in its home city. The Indianapolis company said Tuesday it aims to spend about $180 million on some new construction, the addition of another insulin cartridge-filling line to an expansion it announced last fall and the installation of some new equipment.

Essex Expects To Create 215 Jobs In Marion

March 29, 2013 2:02 pm | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Essex Holdings Inc. says it's building a new plant in rural Marion, S.C. and creating 215 jobs. The Miami-based global producer and trader of commodities announced Wednesday it's investing $54.4 million in the facility expected to open this summer. Hiring should begin in May.

Auto Workers Union Membership Up Slightly In 2012

March 29, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union says its membership rose slightly last year as the U.S. manufacturing sector continued its recovery. The UAW said Thursday it had 382,513 members in 2012. That was an increase of nearly 1,800 workers — or less than 1 percent — from the previous year.

MI Now Right-To-Work; Effects Will Be Delayed

March 29, 2013 10:12 am | by David Eggert, Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

A right-to-work law is on the books in Michigan, a mainstay of organized labor, but those considering opting out of paying union dues will have to wait months or years to do so. The law, which lets workers choose not to pay to the unions that bargain on their behalf, applies to labor contracts that are extended or renewed starting Thursday.

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