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Remington Plans $32M AR Expansion

May 21, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Remington Arms Company LLC says it will spend $32 million to expand the company's ammunition plant in Lonoke, Ark. Remington says the expansion will include the construction of a new building. Work is expected to begin later this year and finish up by next spring.

Does France Have The Right Plan To Revive Its Economy?

May 21, 2013 10:14 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The man charged with reviving France's shrinking economy and attracting businesses to invest there is gaining a reputation for doing the opposite. As the country's first-ever minister for industrial renewal, Montebourg told the world's largest steelmaker it is not welcome in France and exchanged angry letters with the head of an American tire company he was supposedly wooing.

GM Giving Paid Internships To 110 HS Students

May 21, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is kicking the tires on a unique new internship program for Detroit-area high school students. GM has hired 110 students for paid summer internships, the automaker said Monday in announcing the formation of the GM Student Corps, a program that combines service, education and mentoring.


Nebraska Company Reopens Iowa Manufacturer

May 21, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after a northwest Iowa manufacturer shut down its factory, the laid-off workers were back on the job Monday thanks to a Nebraska company that stepped in and bought the business. Thurston Manufacturing Co. of Thurston, Neb., moved swiftly to complete its purchase of Simonsen Iron Works of Spencer, Iowa, so it could rehire workers and keep the plant operating, Thurston co-owner Nick Jenson said.

GE Healthcare To Invest $17M In New SC Plant

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

GE Healthcare is investing $17 million in a Florence plant that will turn helium gas into supercool liquid needed for medical imaging. The company announced Monday it's building a 5,000-square-foot facility next to its existing magnetic resonance plant. GE expects 10 of the 50 jobs created to be permanent.

Manufacturing Gangnam Style

May 20, 2013 8:05 am | by Stacey Wagner, Manager, Workforce Systems Development, NIST MEP | Blogs | Comments

Baxter’s ability to work side by side with human counterparts has many people worried.  What if he and his robotic buddies stop dancing and take over all the manufacturing jobs?  What if people – and the wonderful human qualities they bring to manufacturing – become passé?

Problems Surface Over AZ's 2007 Immigration Law

May 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press | News | Comments

The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation's border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Is It Possible to Bring Manufacturing Back to the U.S.?

May 17, 2013 12:33 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

In the press, “reshoring” is defined as the repatriation of manufacturing operations from a low-cost country, back to the home country. In Washington, it stands as the repatriation of manufacturing operations from China, back to the U.S. But in reality, according to Young, it is the transfer of “some manufacturing production from a low-cost country back to the home country or to another country, low-cost or not.”


Building U.S. Manufacturing Strength

May 17, 2013 11:19 am | Articles | Comments

Douglas K. Woods, President of The Association For Manufacturing Technology, discusses the state of U.S. manufacturing, job development, and what the industry can expect going forward. While today’s manufacturing industry is more sophisticated and high tech than ever before, he says, the industry still needs to address some critical issues to be successful in the future.

Kentucky Plant To Add 100 Full-Time Jobs

May 17, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts maker is adding a new building and 100 full-time jobs to its operation in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products LLC broke ground Wednesday on its second expansion since November. Gov. Steve Beshear's office said the company plans to add an 87,000-square-foot building with a capital investment of up to $66 million.

Alcoa To Cut 500 Canadian Jobs

May 17, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aluminum smelter and parts-maker Alcoa said on Thursday that it will close down two production lines at a plant in Canada and cut about 500 jobs there because of lower aluminum prices. A major portion of a planned upgrade for the facility in Quebec is being pushed back by three years, to 2019, the company said.

Labor Group: Apple Making Progress At Foxconn

May 17, 2013 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group Apple Inc. joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are improving. But employees are still working more hours than the country's legal limit. The Fair Labor Association said Thursday that Apple's largest supplier, Foxconn, has made all recommended improvements to working conditions that were due by the end of December.

4-Month Strike At Peugeot Plant Ends

May 17, 2013 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A four-month strike at a car factory north of Paris has come to an end, although the workers say they will still fight a plan to close the plant. PSA Peugeot Citroen said Friday that it had signed an agreement with the CGT union to end the strike, which started in January. The CGT called the strike "suspended."


Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapses, Kills 2

May 16, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapsed on workers early Thursday, killing two people and injuring seven, in the latest accident spotlighting the often lethal safety conditions faced by those toiling in the global garment industry.

North Dakota Pasta Plant To Restart Production

May 15, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Noodles by Leonardo plant in Cando will start producing pasta again next week after six months of closed doors. The facility is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors.

U.S. Factory Output Falls In April

May 15, 2013 10:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries reduced output. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that manufacturing output dropped 0.4 percent in April from March. It was the third decline in four months and the biggest since October.

Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp To Cut 3,000 Office Jobs

May 15, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel and elevator maker ThyssenKrupp says it will cut 3,000 of its 15,000 office jobs over the next three years to streamline the company's administration. The company says the move is part of an effort to make its business structure more efficient and transparent.

Judge Slashes $240M EEOC Verdict To $1.6M

May 15, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has slashed a landmark $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle entered judgment Tuesday against Henry's Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Texas. Wolle says he must limit the judgment to $50,000 per employee, the cap included in the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses with fewer than 101 workers.

France Approves Major Labor Reform Package

May 14, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

France's parliament has passed a package of significant labor reforms Tuesday that the government hopes will help halt rising unemployment and jumpstart the country's stagnant economy. The bill is one of President Francois Hollande's signature pieces of legislation designed to overhaul the country's notoriously hidebound labor market.

Honda To Produce New Acura NSX In U.S.

May 14, 2013 2:23 pm | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's new version of its Acura NSX sports car will be produced at a new plant inside one of the automaker's former facilities in central Ohio, Honda said Tuesday. The new $70 million plant, called the Performance Manufacturing Center, will be inside the former North American Logistics facility and adjacent to Honda's existing factory in Marysville.

Automotive Supplier Breaks Ground In AL

May 14, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An automotive company is investing $12 million in an expansion that will lead to about 100 new jobs in southeast Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials were on hand Monday as HS Automotive Alabama Inc. broke ground for a new facility in Enterprise.

Bobcat Breaks Ground On $20M ND Facility

May 13, 2013 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bobcat Co. is investing $35 million in an expansion and renovations in Bismarck, about 3 ½ years after closing its manufacturing plant and laying off nearly 500 workers. The compact construction equipment maker broke ground Monday on a $20 million research-and-development facility at its existing site at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre.

Grainger CEO Talks Tools for Tomorrow

May 10, 2013 4:04 pm | Articles | Comments

As the required skill set for advanced manufacturing continues to evolve, many resources emerge to address workforce development needs in the industry. James Ryan, CEO of industrial distribution leader, Grainger, sat down with IMPO to discuss ways in which technical education has been a continued priority for his business — and why the skilled trades have more to offer than many people realize.

Don’t Wait ... Automate!

May 10, 2013 3:02 pm | by By Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3) | Articles | Comments

Recently, there has been a large amount of media coverage on the issue of automation technologies taking jobs, especially in manufacturing. Though we appreciated the focus on how technological advances in automation and robotics are revolutionizing the workplace, we were very disappointed in how they characterized the segment as “robots taking jobs” in America.

Homebuilders Can't Find Enough Qualified Workers

May 10, 2013 1:59 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Real Estate Writer | News | Comments

U.S. builders and the subcontractors they depend on are struggling to hire fast enough to meet rising demand for new homes. Builders would be starting work on more homes — and contributing more to the economy — if they could fill more job openings. In the meantime, workers in the right locations with the right skills are commanding higher pay.

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