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Chemical Blast at GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                             

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

Obama: I Act Alone

June 30, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class.                    

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Court: Wal-Mart Must Compensate Workers

June 30, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.                

Five Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against.

West Coast Port Shutdown Could Cost $2.5B Per Day

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new study shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs. 

Survey: Industrial Sector Plans To Add Jobs Amid Growing Optimism

June 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by McGladrey | News | Comments

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period.                   

Ikea Raising Hourly Pay for U.S. Workers

June 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.                         

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Chrysler Investing $63M in Michigan

June 25, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group has confirmed plans to invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the suburban Detroit facility.                                

Obama's 'Maker Faire' and Women in Manufacturing

June 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Morning Joe, MSNBC | Videos | Comments

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever White House "Maker Faire," meeting with entrepreneurs and inventors who are hoping to pave a way for an American manufacturing comeback.               

GE To Locate Center Near Ohio River

June 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co.'s new U.S. global operations center will be in Cincinnati, along the Ohio River.                                           

Senate Backers of Long-Term Jobless Aid Trying Again

June 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate supporters of legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits are backing a new approach in hopes of pressuring the House to reinstate the program after a lapse of six months.                    

Alcoa Expands in Indiana for Jet Engine Parts

June 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by American Foundry Society (AFS) | News | Comments

The new 320,000-sq.-ft. facility will expand Alcoa's reach from structural engine components for business and regional jets to large commercial aircraft, including narrow- and wide-body and military airplanes.           

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Hillary Clinton Announces Youth Jobs Push in 'Job One' Initiative

June 24, 2014 11:40 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton is encouraging companies to train and hire young people, offering a new jobs pitch during her family's annual domestic policy summit as she considers another presidential campaign.              

Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.            

June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alstom SA's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.          

China Expands Investment in U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year.                            

Mass. House Passes Minimum Wage Compromise

June 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation's highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.               

Automotive Firm Navistar To Cut Jobs

June 19, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama automotive firm Navistar is preparing to consolidate an engine production plant and cut 280 workers in Huntsville.                       

Obama Pledges To Build Up U.S. Manufacturing

June 18, 2014 10:12 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high tech equipment, President Barack Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition.    

CEOs More Optimistic on Hiring, Sales

June 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by a more positive outlook toward hiring and sales.                                

First NAFTA Infiniti/Mercedes Engines To Roll of Line

June 17, 2014 12:23 pm | by Graeme Roberts, The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Nissan Motor's luxury unit Infiniti said its Decherd powertrain plant, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler, would start production on June 26.                        

Administration, Allies Pushing for Minimum Wage Hike

June 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The increase has been a top second-term political priority for President Barack Obama and his allies in Congress. However, it is stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives.                    

Boeing Union Joins Fight Over Wash. Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions representing Boeing machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and thus how clean Washington state waters should be.                    

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