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Taking Success Full-Time

August 12, 2013 2:59 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As the rise in temporary workers continues to affect our industry, it’s important that plant managers have a strategy for managing this new crop of personnel. Many plant-wide initiatives, like a strong safety culture, for example, are grassroots efforts that come from the ground up. They succeed through repetition and camaraderie; through consistent training and knowledge of and respect for the equipment in use.

Honda Supplier Plans New Plant In Pell City

August 12, 2013 1:56 pm | by Honda, supplier, reusable, containers, Alabama, Pell, City, AL, build, plant, Trinity Design Group | News | Comments

A company that provides reusable containers for parts at Honda's factory in Alabama says it has plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Pell City. AL.com reported Friday that Trinity Design Group LLC's nearly $1 million facility will initially employ 35 people with plans to increase to more than 70. The company focuses on sustainable packaging and the new facility will cover 32,000 square feet.

Car Company's Big Plans Haven't Come To Fruition

August 12, 2013 10:21 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

It seemed like a win for everyone when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in Mississippi. GreenTech Automotive announced in 2009 production would start in three years and foreign investors who plunked down at least $500,000 for the venture would get the opportunity to live in the U.S. while an impoverished area of Mississippi would get jobs and tax revenues.

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Pace Of Layoffs At Paducah Plant Increasing

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

About 100 employees at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant have been sent layoff notices as the facility moves toward a shutdown. The United States Enrichment Corp., issued the notices Friday. The latest round of notices are separate from the roughly 160 employees whose jobs will be cut Aug. 16. Workers notified on Friday were told their jobs would end between Oct. 14 and Oct. 25.

U.S. Jobless Claims At 6-Year Low

August 9, 2013 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

Americans who have a job may take comfort in knowing that companies are laying off fewer people than at any time since before the Great Recession. The government said Thursday that weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits have averaged 335,500 over the past month. That's the lowest level since November 2007, which was one month before the recession began.

Remington Breaks Ground On AR Plant Expansion

August 9, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Remington Arms Company broke ground Thursday on an expansion to its ammunition plant in Arkansas, adding between 50 and 100 jobs in a project that the company says will help meet a growing demand by gun owners around the country. Officials with the North Carolina-based firm said they expected to complete work by June 2014 on the 35,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing plant in Lonoke.

Great Falls Refinery Hit With OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

Nissan Breaks Ground On MS Supplier Park

August 8, 2013 8:01 am | by Nissan Canton | Videos | Comments

Nissan expanded its United States manufacturing footprint last week with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant joining Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park at the company's Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant.           

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Chrysler To Spend $52M At MI Plants, Create 300 Jobs

August 7, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is investing $52 million at two Michigan plants to build more four-cylinder engines in anticipation of increased demand. The money is going into factories in Trenton and Dundee, Mich., south of Detroit. Almost 300 new jobs will be created at the Trenton North factory.

Honda To Invest In Engine Plant, Training Centers

August 7, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it will spend $215 million to expand an engine plant and build two training centers in Ohio. The investment will add about 60 jobs in the state, although 50 of them will come from other Honda operations in North America.    

Why Google Is Assembling Phones In The U.S.

August 7, 2013 12:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside talk about why they decided to assemble the Moto X smartphone in Texas. The Moto X will be assembled at a plant in Texas, which employs about 2,000 workers.        

GE Scraps Nation's Largest Solar Panel Plant

August 7, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is permanently scrapping plans to build the largest solar factory in the U.S. near Denver. GE blamed the cancellation on a glut of solar panels on the market and falling prices, The Denver Post reported Tuesday. GE put the project on hold last month.

GM To Invest $167M More At TN Factory

August 6, 2013 2:14 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors plans to spend another $167 million at its Tennessee factory so it can build two new midsize vehicles. The investment disclosed Tuesday is on top of a previously announced $183 million investment. The spending is expected to create or keep 1,800 jobs, but GM wouldn't say how many new people would be hired.

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U.S. Job Openings Rise In June, But Hiring Falls

August 6, 2013 2:11 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most jobs in five years but hired fewer workers, a mixed sign for the recovering job market. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 29,000 in June from May to 3.94 million. That's the most since May 2008.

Groundbreaking For New Ammonia Plant In LA

August 6, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday in Waggaman marked the start of an ammonia plant for explosives maker Dyno Nobel International. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said Dyno Nobel plans to begin ammonia production in mid-to-late 2016, with Cornerstone Chemical Company completing six years of maintenance and infrastructure work that will help support the ammonia plant.

Ohio Veterans See Success With MSSC CPT Certificate

August 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications are creating real opportunities for veterans to get the skills they need to access in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs.MSSC is a participant in The Get Skills to Work Coalition launched in late 2012 under the leadership of GE, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

ISM: Manufacturing Surges Ahead

August 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“It’s a great way to start the second half of 2013,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee.  “I think it’s a very positive and well-balanced report in terms of all of the underlying metrics. Things are pointing in a very favorable direction right now.”

Hardface Technologies Expands Sales Force

August 5, 2013 4:44 pm | by Hardface Technologies | News | Comments

Hardface Technologies, a business unit of Postle Industries, has just announced the addition of several new employees to its sales force.  Russ Speese recently joined the company in the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Speese, a graduate of Ferris State University with over 30 years of experience in the welding industry, will head the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North America.

New Jobs Disproportionately Low-Pay Or Part-Time

August 5, 2013 2:25 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July's job gain.

Unions Get Creative To Halt Membership Decline

August 5, 2013 10:23 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative — and some say more desperate — to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout. Labor leaders say unions must create new models and new ways to represent workers to reverse a steady slide in the union ranks.

Solid U.S. Job Gains Could Bolster 2nd-Half Growth

August 5, 2013 10:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Robust hiring in July would mark a fourth straight month of solid gains, an encouraging sign for a U.S. economy that is still struggling with high unemployment. Economists predict that employers added 183,000 jobs — a figure that would show that businesses are growing more confident despite weak economic growth.

Towing Equipment Company Expanding In TN

August 1, 2013 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Towing equipment manufacturer Miller Industries is expanding in Greeneville, Tenn. and adding 58 jobs. The announcement Thursday by the company and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said Miller will add a new product line that includes building and refurbishing over-the-road trailers that haul cars to dealerships.

U.S. Economy May Need Continued Fed Support

August 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A key government report and a statement from the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that the U.S. economy still needs help. The economy grew at a lackluster 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said. That was better than a revised 1.1 percent rate for the first quarter but still far too sluggish to quickly reduce unemployment.

Ford's Simulated Factory

August 1, 2013 8:01 am | by fordvideo1 | Videos | Comments

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the U.S. and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.

Auto Supplier To Expand, Create Jobs In NC

July 31, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A worldwide supplier of automotive parts says it's expanding its manufacturing facility in Henderson County. Continental Automotive Systems said Wednesday it plans to create 40 jobs and invest more than $35 million over the next five years in Fletcher.

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