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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.

Report: U.S. Economic Growth Stronger In 2012

July 31, 2013 10:14 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The government says the U.S. economy grew at a much faster pace last year than previously estimated. The revised growth figures signal a more sustainable economic recovery and help explain why job growth has accelerated this year. The economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate in 2012, up from a previous estimate of 2.2 percent.

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EPA Chief: Climate Controls Will Help Economy

July 30, 2013 2:39 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

In her first speech as the head of EPA, Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will spark business innovation, grow jobs and strengthen the economy. The message was classic Obama, who has long said that the environment and the economy aren't in conflict and has sold ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gases as a means to jumpstart a clean energy economy.

Unemployment Rates Rise In 90 Pct. Of U.S. Cities

July 30, 2013 2:37 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month. They fell in 12 and were unchanged in 13. In May, rates fell in 109 cities and rose in 243.

Valeant To Cut Jobs, Move Bausch + Lomb HQ

July 30, 2013 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In a letter to its own and Bausch + Lomb workers, Valeant said that after the deal closes, it will eliminate between 10 percent and 15 percent of positions company wide. That works out to between 1,850 and 2,775 people and is expected to include both Valeant and Bausch + Lomb workers.

Obama Proposes 'Grand Bargain' For Jobs

July 30, 2013 10:16 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is extending a new proposal to Republicans that he hopes will break the political gridlock on budget negotiations, offering to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for job investments. White House officials say just because they're at an impasse with congressional Republicans over a grand bargain on reducing the deficit doesn't mean they shouldn't look for other areas of agreement.

Signs Of Declining Economic Security

July 29, 2013 2:29 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

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Toyota To Add 200 Jobs At IN Factory In 2014

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

Toyota says it will boost production of the Highlander SUV at its southwestern Indiana plant and add 200 jobs there next year. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. announced Friday that it's increasing Highlander production by 15,000 units at its Princeton plant as part of a $30 million investment.

Bringing Women Back To Manufacturing

July 29, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos | Comments

Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota explains that while there are more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. after the economic recovery, a low percentage of woman are taking work in factories.                                          

Group Accuses Apple Supplier Of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

Steelworkers Reach Agreement With Firestone

July 29, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Work will continue at Firestone's tire manufacturing plants in Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee thanks to a tentative contract agreement the company reached with its steelworkers union. Steelworkers at the Des Moines Firestone tire manufacturing plant tentatively agreed to a contract Friday, averting a strike, The Des Moines Register reported.

No More Detroits

July 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The city of Detroit's bankruptcy is an American tragedy and an entirely preventable one. The downward spiral began decades ago when deindustrialization led to depopulation, crime and declining public revenues. Corruption and mismanagement may have exacerbated the problem, but they weren't the root cause.

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Noranda Plans Upgrade At MO Plant

July 26, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. is expanding its plant in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid, an expansion expected to create 29 jobs. Gov. Jay Nixon joined Noranda officials on Friday in New Madrid for the announcement. Noranda will spend $45 million on the expansion.

Spirit AeroSystems Announces 360 Layoffs

July 25, 2013 2:07 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirit AeroSystems announced Thursday it is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities. The Wichita-based aircraft parts maker said it remains strong with a "robust backlog" of orders worth about $36 billion.

Obama: Washington Took Its Eye Off Economic Ball

July 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Washington has "taken its eye off the ball" as he pledged a stronger second-term commitment to tackling the economic woes that strain many in the middle class nearly five years after the country plunged into a recession.

Ford Hiring 800 More Salaried Workers In U.S.

July 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it's hiring 800 more engineers, computer specialists and other salaried workers in the U.S. Ford initially planned to hire 2,200 salaried workers this year, but says it will now hire 3,000 as demand for new vehicles grows. U.S. auto sales were up 8 percent to more than 7.8 million through June. Ford's sales rose 14 percent.

NLRB Picks Pledge Fairness, Despite Union History

July 23, 2013 2:31 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's newest picks for the National Labor Relations Board sought to assure Senate lawmakers Tuesday that they can be fair and impartial in resolving business-labor disputes, despite backgrounds that include advocating for unions.

Manufacturing Plant To Create Jobs In Virginia

July 23, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Atomized Products Group is planning to open a battery component manufacturing facility in Chesapeake, Va., creating 26 jobs. Governor Bob McDonnell's office said Monday that the company plans to invest $4.3 million for the facility. Officials say the operation will produce negative battery plate expanders for lead acid battery manufacturers.

American Tank Building $2M Facility In LA

July 23, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Tank Company Inc. is building a $2 million manufacturing plant in New Iberia, Louisiana. Company officials and Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the plans Monday, saying the plant will create 20 jobs averaging $32,000 a year plus benefits.

Work Sharing Solves Fiscal, Labor Challenges

July 23, 2013 8:01 am | by Kevin Prather, CPA, Baker Tilly | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers around the country have found themselves struggling to find the qualified workforce needed to meet demand. This problem is compounded by the ever present threat of economic downturn, making it difficult for employers to maintain their workforce and ensure that employees remain available for work as needed, despite layoffs and other challenges.

STEM Learning Vs. Pseudo Science

July 22, 2013 4:08 pm | by Mike Collins | Blogs | Comments

There is a continuous barrage of editorials, TV commentators, and published stories that denounce the current educational system as declining and inferior to other countries. In general, the blame is directed at students, teachers, school administrators, and their curriculums. Everyone seems to be searching for the magic key that will unlock the performance of kids and knock down the barriers to a good education.

Barriers To ReShoring: A Detailed Look

July 22, 2013 3:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, an article outlined some major reasons why reshoring, for all its business viability and value to the American economy, faces real problems with aging machinery and a workforce in need of new, well-trained people. Naturally, these concerns stem from a variety of flaws in the educational and training systems, and from a lack of foresight from manufacturers, who were not prepared for such a wide skills gap.

Survey: Brighter U.S. Economic Outlook Boosts Hiring

July 22, 2013 2:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists. Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said their companies added jobs in the April-June quarter, according to a report released Monday.

Detroit Leaders Defend Bankruptcy

July 22, 2013 12:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Detroit city leaders defend the decision to file for bankruptcy, saying there is no funding mechanism for its crushing debt. One big question remains: Whether or not the city will ask Washington for help once again. CBS News' Terrell Brown reports.

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