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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.


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.

Q&A: On Equity (And Unions) At Nissan’s Miss. Plant

March 29, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Back in the early aughts, global automaker Nissan invested some $2 billion in 4.2 million square-foot vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Since May 27, 2003, the company has been producing as many as 10 different models there, and currently employs 4,350. However, the relationship between Nissan management and plant floor employees haven’t always been smooth. 

Right-To-Work Law Takes Effect In Michigan

March 28, 2013 2:08 pm | by David Eggert, Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said a right-to-work law that took effect Thursday is a milestone that will bring jobs to Michigan, while protesters promised to exact revenge at the polls for the contentious measure Snyder signed in December.

Ground Broken For ND Diesel Refinery

March 26, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc. and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners have broken ground for a diesel refinery in North Dakota. The $300 million Dakota Prairie Refinery on 318 acres west of Dickinson will process up to 20,000 barrels of oil daily.

Boeing To Lay Off 800 In Washington

March 25, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. is planning to lay off about 800 workers in the Puget Sound area of Washington by the end of the year. The company said Friday it will cut another 1,200 to 1,500 jobs through attrition and other means. The Daily Herald newspaper reports the job cuts will be mostly from the 747 and 787 jet programs in Everett, Wash.

Tough Laws, Reduced Ranks—What Next For Unions?

March 25, 2013 10:14 am | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From a sprawling United Auto Workers hall outside Detroit, John Zimmick has seen factories close and grown men cry when their jobs disappear. Through all the economic uncertainties of life in auto country, there has been one constant: the union.

NC, OR Daimler Trucks Plants To Lose Fewer Jobs

March 25, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America says it won't have to lay off 1,300 factory workers in North Carolina and Oregon as it warned in January and instead will cut about 600 jobs. Portland, Ore.-based Daimler Trucks says its Portland factory that builds Western Star trucks has cut its workforce by about 230 employees.

Coca-Cola To Cut 750 Jobs In U.S.

March 22, 2013 5:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business. The world's biggest beverage maker says the jobs cuts will be across the board and that affected individuals will be notified in coming weeks. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of the company's workforce of 75,000 in North America.

Opel Employees Reject Redevelopment Plan

March 22, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees at General Motor Co.'s Opel troubled German plant in Bochum have rejected a redevelopment plan, which means production there could end by late 2014. German news agency dpa said Thursday that a majority of the Bochum plant's workers rejected a redevelopment plan that would have left only 1,200 jobs there after the year 2016.

Poll: Low-Wage Workers, Bosses At Odds On Training

March 22, 2013 10:04 am | by Jennifer Agiesta, Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs. They are often skeptical about whether such programs are even worth the trouble, a new survey shows.

Metal Processing Plant To Locate In Fort Smith

March 22, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia-based manufacturer says it will invest $12 million in a metal processing plant at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith. The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority approved a plan Thursday to donate 11 acres of land for the new plant to be built by Phoenix Metals Co.

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