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SC Governor Signs Boeing Incentives Bill

April 24, 2013 10:10 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday signed legislation to provide $120 million in incentives to the Boeing Co. for its expansion plans in the state. "Boeing is a part of the fabric of South Carolina, and this solidifies our relationship with Boeing going forward," Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

EEOC Seeks Damages For Disabled IA Plant Workers

April 23, 2013 2:14 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A now-defunct Texas company that put mentally disabled men to work at an Iowa turkey plant for decades is due in court to defend itself against allegations that it subjected the men to physical and verbal abuse. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Henry's Turkey Service on behalf of 32 former workers.

Kalamazoo's Bell's Brewery Plans MI Plant

April 23, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bells Brewery Inc. is seeking the Escanaba City Council's approval Thursday to buy property and build a manufacturing plant in the Upper Peninsula city. MLive.com reports that the Kalamazoo-based beer-maker on Friday offered $35,000 for 3.15 acres in the Whitetail Industrial Park. Bell's offer says it will build the plant within 18 months and says it will employ five people.

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Canadian Company Plans SD Wind Tower Plant

April 22, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canada-based company plans to manufacture wind towers in a building it purchased in the eastern South Dakota city of Brandon. The Argus Leader reports that Marmen Inc. promotes itself as the largest wind tower manufacturer in North America. The company has said it plans to hire 200 people at the new plant.

Survey: U.S. Budget Tightening Not Hurting Business

April 22, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington's budget tightening is having a minimal effect on businesses, a survey of business economists released Monday shows. The National Association for Business Economics survey asks how higher taxes and lower government spending effected businesses in the first three months of 2013.

IL Auto Parts Maker Gets State Help To Expand

April 19, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is giving an auto parts maker $4.4 million in tax breaks and other incentives after the company agreed to add 300 jobs at its plant in eastern Illinois. The department said Thursday that North American Lighting Inc. will add the jobs at its plant in Paris as part of a $50 million expansion.

Toyota To Build Lexus ES 350 At KY Plant

April 19, 2013 10:19 am | by Toyota | News | Comments

For the first time, a Lexus vehicle will be produced in the United States. The Lexus ES 350 will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky in 2015, Toyota announced today. The move will generate 750 new jobs. To support the new dedicated assembly line, Toyota will invest $360 million in the Georgetown plant.

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Rise To 352K

April 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March's sluggish hiring may be temporary.

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German Industry Pay Offer Short Of Union Demand

April 19, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employers in Germany's key manufacturing sector are offering a pay increase that falls well short of the 5.5 percent raise a union is seeking for some 3.7 million workers. The employers' association in the southern region of Bavaria is offering a 2.3 percent increase over a 13-month period, news agency dpa reported Friday. The IG Metall union is seeking the bigger raise as part of a 12-month deal.

New Businesses Bring Jobs To Appomattox

April 18, 2013 2:18 pm | by ABC13 | Videos | Comments

Things are looking up for business in Appomattox: Tractor Supply is almost ready to open their doors and the locally owned TriTech Solutions just recently popped up. Three local entrepreneurs started the most recent TriTech Solutions. Members of the town say this business has the potential, and the precision, to go a long way.

VW Dropping Third Shift At Chattanooga Plant

April 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is dropping the third assembly shift at its Chattanooga plant. As first reported by WRCB-TV, the move will eliminate 500 temporary jobs. Volkswagen spokesman Guenther Scherelis said strong domestic demand for the Passat drove adding the third shift.

SC House Approves $120M For Boeing Expansion

April 18, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation giving the Boeing Co. $120 million in incentives for their expansion plans in South Carolina is one vote away from reaching the governor's desk. The House voted 115-2 Wednesday to approve the bill. Another vote would send it to Gov. Nikki Haley, who is sure to sign it. The Senate approved the measure last week.

Ozark Manufacturer Announces $26M Expansion

April 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say SGL Carbon will invest $26 million in the company's manufacturing plant in Ozark, where it will add a new workshop. SGL Carbon now employs 90 workers at its plant, which makes graphite electrodes that are used in a process to recycle steel scrap.

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Bombardier Ramps Up CSeries Production

April 16, 2013 2:16 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier Aerospace doesn't expect to hire more foreign workers to build its new CSeries aircraft despite possible shortages in skilled labour in Canada. The aerospace giant has occasionally hired foreign engineers and temporarily uses its own employees from the U.S., China and Britain.

Locked Out Crystal Workers Head Back To Work

April 16, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Union members will soon head back to work at American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota, but they say the sting of a 20-month lockout will make their return difficult both for them and the company. A slight majority of union members voted to accept the company's contract offer over the weekend after rejecting the same terms four times before.

Advanced Manufacturing: GE’s Response To Full Employment

April 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Tom Kadala, Founder and CEO of Alternative Technology Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor for President Obama was asked what the two most pressing issues that kept him up at night, he replied, terrorist attacks and the US declining national competitiveness. The backdrop of 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs at a time when unemployment is near 8 percent has most certainly been his nightmare in the making.

Metal Company Brings 146 Jobs To South Carolina

April 12, 2013 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A metal fabrication company says it is coming to South Carolina's Anderson County and will hire nearly 150 workers. SMF Inc. plans to spend nearly $6 million putting its new plant in an existing building, opening in July. The company hopes to have 146 employees working in the plant by 2018.

ME Gun Manufacturer To Lay Off 110

April 12, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. is laying off more than 100 workers at its gun manufacturing plant in Saco. Spokesman Karl Johnson says 110 workers representing nearly a third of the plant's work force have been notified that they'll be let go between June 14 and July 1.

Nissan To Increase Pay At TN, MS Plants

April 12, 2013 10:02 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Mississippi and Tennessee. The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton, Miss., and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant.

Bristol-Myers Plans Major MA Expansion

April 12, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has announced a $250 million expansion of its central Massachusetts manufacturing complex that will eventually employ an additional 350 workers. The expansion announced Thursday will add space for developing biotechnology drugs, called biologics, and for manufacturing those products for clinical trials.

Bill Seeks To Help FL Manufacturing Sector

April 11, 2013 2:13 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill touted as a way to boost Florida's manufacturing sector by extending a sales tax break passed its first test in a state House panel Wednesday, overcoming scattered objections that it amounts to a giveaway without guarantees it would stimulate job growth.

SC Senate Approves $120M In Incentives For Boeing

April 11, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State incentives for Boeing Co.'s expansion plans in North Charleston are clearly ready for takeoff. The Senate voted 37-6 vote on Wednesday to approve $120 million for upfront expansion costs such as utilities and site preparation. Approval of the bill borrowing the money comes a day after Boeing Co. announced it's investing another $1 billion and creating 2,000 new jobs over eight years

Employers Eager For New Foreign Worker Program

April 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new W visa program would admit 20,000 low-skilled foreign workers starting in 2015 and could gradually grow up to a cap of 200,000 after five years. The number of visas would fluctuate, depending on unemployment rates, job openings, employer demand and other data.

Discouraging Jobs Report Raises Fear Of Slowing Recovery

April 9, 2013 4:33 pm | by PBSNewsHour | Videos | Comments

A disappointing jobs report has sparked fears of a slowing recovery. Although the unemployment rate dipped slightly, that reduction was attributed to people retiring or who had stopped looking for work. PBS' Judy Woodruff reports on why the job market in March took a sharp decline from the past two months.

Boeing Planning $1B Expansion In SC

April 9, 2013 2:15 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. is expanding in South Carolina and will invest another $1 billion, creating 2,000 new jobs during the next eight years, the aerospace giant announced Tuesday. Company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the company that operates a 787 assembly plant in North Charleston will expand its operations. The first of the new 787s made in South Carolina rolled off the assembly line about a year ago.

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