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Yamaha Expanding Vehicle Production In Georgia

June 12, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. say they've opened a second assembly plant in Newnan and will hire 100 employees to work on a new utility vehicle. The Japanese company also said this week that it has completed transferring all of its ATV production to the Coweta County plant south of Atlanta.

CAT Workers OK 6-Year Deal At Wis. Plant

June 12, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Union members have ratified a six-year labor contract at Caterpillar Inc.'s plant in South Milwaukee. The new contract freezes wages and pensions but includes a $4,000 signing bonus and shortens temporary layoffs. Caterpillar says the Peoria, Ill.-based company is pleased to have reached what it believes is "a fair, reasonable and comprehensive agreement."

More Americans Quit Jobs, A Sign Of Confidence

June 11, 2013 2:18 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More Americans are quitting their jobs, suggesting many are growing more confident in the job market. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of people who quit their jobs in April jumped 7.2 percent to 2.25 million. That's just below February's level, which was the highest in 4 ½ years.

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GA Company To Set Up Shingle ME Plant

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

A Georgia-based company that manufactures cedar shingles is planning to locate a manufacturing plant in northern Maine that will create 78 new jobs. Gov. Paul LePage and Bryan Kirkey, CEO of Ecoshel, announced Tuesday that the shingle plant will be located at the former Levesque sawmill in Ashland.

Vermont Gas: Expansion Means New Jobs

June 11, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's only natural gas company says its expansion through Addison County will mean the addition of 14 jobs in the company. Vermont Gas has asked regulators for permission to expand its footprint from Chittenden and Franklin counties in northwestern Vermont south through Addison County.

Last Engineer Let Go At Idaho Hoku Plant

June 11, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An estimated $400 million polysilicon plant in eastern Idaho now has only eight workers, all security guards, after its last engineer exited last month amid dwindling hopes the facility will ever produce materials for solar panels. Hoku Scientific Inc., based in Hawaii, started building the plant in Pocatello about five years ago, as interest in solar energy grew and polysilicon prices rose.

Stripped-Down Harley Rebounds From Recession

June 10, 2013 2:33 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some motorcycle enthusiasts feared Keith Wandell might be the outsider who drove Harley-Davidson into the ground. Instead, he may be remembered as the guy who kept the motorcycle maker on the road. Wandell grabbed the handlebars at the motorcycle maker in the heart of the economic crisis in 2009. Harley lost $55 million that year, as buying a motorcycle stopped being an option for many consumers.

Obama Observes 50th Anniversary Of Equal Pay Act

June 10, 2013 2:27 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says that 50 years after enactment of the Equal Pay Act, the nation still faces gender wage disparities that must be fixed. "This is the 21st century," he declared. "It's time to close that gap." Obama raised the issue while observing the anniversary of the law signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

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American Auto Industry About To Go On A Hiring Spree

June 10, 2013 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95 percent of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, some auto and parts companies are doing something they've been reluctant to consider since the recession: Adding floor space and spending millions of dollars on new equipment.

GM To Lay Off 560 To Retool Engine Plant

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

General Motors is laying off 560 workers while it retools an engine plant near Detroit to build a new motor. GM says layoffs at the Romulus, Mich., factory will start in August and run to late 2015. The company is rebuilding the inside of the factory to make a new, more efficient V-6 engine.

What Manufacturers Can Learn From The Commandos

June 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Damian McKinney | Blogs | Comments

The world of manufacturing and the soldier seem very far apart at first glance, but they both operate in uncertain and rapidly changing environments. The workforce goes to work, while the military goes to war. Thankfully, in the work environment, people do not often die, but companies can fail and people’s livelihoods can be destroyed through bad decisions.

Nixon Announces Incentives For MO Company

June 7, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Missouri business that makes chrome-plated plastic auto parts is receiving state aid to train its employees. Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Missouri is providing up to $809,000 of job training services for 350 employees at SRG Global in Portageville. He says the training incentives are part of a $4.2 million capital investment by the company.

May U.S. Jobs Report In Spotlight At Time Of Concern

June 7, 2013 12:30 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The government's release Friday of the May jobs report comes at a time of anxiety over the U.S. economy and whether the Federal Reserve will soon scale back its extraordinary support. Economists expect another month of job gains roughly in line with April's increase of 165,000. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 7.5 percent, a four-year low but still historically high.

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Attracting Talent: A Lesson In Battling Perception

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Despite the common preconceived notion that increasingly automated operations are eliminating opportunities in the manufacturing sector, the widespread adoption of advanced production technologies is actually creating opportunities, and demand, for more skilled professionals.

Dubuque John Deere Plant Lays Off 65 Employees

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A John Deere plant in Dubuque has laid off 65 employees in its manufacturing section. John Deere spokesman Ken Golden says despite recent strong earnings, the decision is based on sales and demand in its construction and forestry division.

U.S. Employers Add 175K Jobs, Rate Up To 7.6 Percent

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows employers are hiring at a still-modest but steady pace despite government spending cuts and higher taxes. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April, the Labor Department said Friday.

Toyota To Exempt Workers With Young Kids From Nightshifts

June 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to exempt factory workers with preschool-age children from working nightshifts to support childcare, starting in September, sources familiar with the matter have said. The measure has already been introduced for some Toyota plant workers on a trial bases, kicking off October last year.

Tools For Tomorrow

June 6, 2013 8:04 am | by Grainger | Videos | Comments

Grainger has announced its sponsorship of 20 concerts throughout the Florida Georgia Line summer tour. During these stops, the duo will celebrate industrial trades professionals by honoring Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program recipients. In addition, Grainger recently launched a sweepstakes for a chance to win Florida Georgia Line tickets for these 20 shows.

Union Backers Protest OH Right-To-Work Bill

June 5, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor backers are making clear their opposition to a pair of bills aiming to strip Ohio unions of their power to compel membership and automatically collect dues. Hundreds showed up Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse, where the first — and probably the last — hearing was being held on right-to-work legislation proposed by Republican state Reps. Kristina Roegner and Ron Maag.

UT Study Shows Economic Impact Of VW Plant

June 5, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A research study by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville shows Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga is responsible for more than $643 million in annual income. The study also estimates that the plant increases state and local tax revenue by $53.5 million annually.

Toyota's IN Plant Adding Jobs

June 5, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it is hiring slightly more new workers than first expected as it increases production at its southwestern Indiana factory. The automaker announced last year that it would add about 400 employees to the Princeton factory's workforce so it could build 50,000 more Highlander SUVs a year.

Bosch Rexroth Receives 2013 “Jobs First” Governor’s ImPAct Award

June 5, 2013 11:53 am | News | Comments

Bosch Rexroth Corporation, which has a manufacturing campus in Bethlehem, PA, was honored with the Jobs First Award for the Lehigh Valley region for its job growth, commitment to sustainable business operations and for its collaboration efforts within its community.

Apple Poised For Silicon Valley Hiring Spree

June 5, 2013 10:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple expects to expand its Silicon Valley workforce by nearly 50 percent during the next three years, signaling the company's faith in its ability to keep coming up with hit products like the iPhone and iPad. The projections detailed in a report released Tuesday envision Apple hiring 7,400 more workers at its Cupertino, California, headquarters between now and the planned completion of a new office complex in 2016.

Where Cell Phones Go To Die

June 4, 2013 12:55 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Cell phones arrive in this town by the truckloads, where locals are experts in sorting through the electronic trash.

Aircraft Part Maker To Bring 100 Jobs To SC

June 4, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Davis Aircraft Products said Monday it expects to hire 100 people to work in the new $5.5 million plant when it opens next spring in Andrews, S.C. The company will make tubing for airplanes at the new plant. Davis Aircraft Products CEO Bruce Davis says he appreciated the support he got from state and local officials as he decided where to put his new manufacturing plant.

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