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Vestas To Cut 10 Percent Of CO Work Force

February 21, 2013 4:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More layoffs are coming to wind turbine manufacturer Vestas. The company announced Thursday it was cutting about 10 percent of its manufacturing work force in Colorado. It blamed the battle in Congress over a tax credit for wind generators. Congress last month granted a last-minute one-year extension of the $12 billion credit.

U.S. CEO Ridicules French Workers As Time-Wasting

February 21, 2013 4:23 pm | by Thomas Adamson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A straight-talking U.S. businessman and a European socialist government were never likely to become the firmest of friends, but a letter from Maurice Taylor, CEO of tire-maker Titan International, blasting the French work-ethic has ruffled France's feathers.

Anger After U.S. Boss Insults France's Workers

February 21, 2013 4:23 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

French workers have hit back at scathing comments made about them by an American tycoon. Maurice Taylor, the CEO of U.S. tire company Titan International told France's industry minister in a letter published by French media that he didn't want to take over a struggling tire plant as the workforce ''works only three hours.''


Ex-Hostess Brands Workers Eligible For Federal Aid

February 20, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa workers who lost jobs when Hostess Brands went out of business are eligible for federal income, training and job search benefits. The maker of Twinkies and other snacks ceased operations in November, laying off dozens of workers at a Waterloo bakery and distribution center, as well as truck drivers and local retail employees in Iowa.

Food Manufacturer To Open Plant In Clinton

February 20, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A food processor and manufacturer says it will open a $4.7 million production facility in Clinton, creating more than 200 jobs. Global Food Group says it will renovate an existing facility and create 224 jobs. The plant will produce sandwiches, quesadillas, tortillas and burritos for retail sales.

New Boeing Contract Splits Engineers, Tech Workers

February 20, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co.'s engineers have accepted a new four-year contract while technical workers rejected their offer and voted to authorize a future strike. The union representing both groups had recommended rejection of the contract because it would not provide pensions to new employees. They would have a 401k retirement plan instead.

EU: Mittal Steel Agrees To Suspend Cuts, Closures

February 20, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's executive arm says the boss of steel maker ArcelorMittal has promised to suspend planned job cuts and plant closures in Europe through June. The EU Commission said Wednesday that CEO Lakshmi Mittal agreed after talks with Industrial Commissioner Antonio Tajani late Tuesday to suspend all restructuring programs until the body publishes its plan to help Europe's steel industry this summer.

Manufacturing’s Evolving Workforce

February 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Bob Dean, Executive Director, Business Transformation, Cisco | Blogs | Comments

Pop culture references manufacturing as the factories of the 1800s or modern day overseas sweatshops — full of mind-numbing, remedial tasks in dark and dingy factories. Today’s manufacturing environments tell a much different story: clean and safe with employees managing advanced machinery that drives innovation and productivity. But are these stereotypes creating barriers to attract new employees to the industry?


Boeing Engineers, Tech Workers Voting On Contract

February 19, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union for Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers is counting ballots Tuesday on a contract offer and whether to authorize a strike. The vote comes as the company is trying to solve battery problems that have grounded its new 787s.

IMTSTV: National Engineers Week

February 19, 2013 11:41 am | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

As part of National Engineers Week, AMT partnered with the SME Education Foundation, Gardner Business Media, and Modern Machine Shop magazine to produce a video titled "Women in Engineering," featuring Becky Miller, a Quality Control Engineer at GE Aviation. The purpose of this video is to educate young women about the possibilities offered by a career in manufacturing.

Shell, BASF Offer Millions In Class Action Suit

February 15, 2013 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Brasil SA and BASF SA have offered more than $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with former workers allegedly contaminated at a pesticide plant in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's top labor court said Friday. The court said on its website that the two companies have offered to provide 884 workers with lifelong health plans with a "global value" of 52 million reals ($26 million).

CEO: $500M Plastics Plant Coming To WV

February 15, 2013 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A formal announcement could be made by month's end about plans for a $500 million plastics plant near Wheeling, the CEO of Texas-based Appalachian Resins said. James Cutler told the State Journal the plan includes a small ethane cracker, a plant that extracts some liquids from wet natural gas to make the chemical feedstock ethylene.

Campbell Soup To Close Mexico Plant

February 15, 2013 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Jersey-based Campbell Soup Co. says it will close its plant in the town of Villagran in central Mexico. The move will eliminate about 260 positions. The company will continue to employ about 70 current Mexico staff members in research and development sales, supply, marketing and general management.


Walker Manufacturing Lays Off 30 In Harrisonburg

February 14, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Walker Manufacturing has laid off 30 workers at its plant in Harrisonburg. A spokesman for Walker's parent, Tenneco Inc., tells media outlets that the layoffs are due to a drop in demand for products made at the plant. Mike Alzamora says these products include mufflers, catalytic converters and other vehicle parts.

On Heels Of The SOTU, Obama Pushes Manufacturing

February 14, 2013 12:43 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During his State of the Union address, President Obama said "our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." And, as CBS News' Major Garrett reports, the president toured a factory in North Carolina to drive that message home.

Obama Asks Congress To Deploy Mfg 'Institutes'

February 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

President Obama asked Congress to do more for American manufacturing. Just after stating that the manufacturing industry has created more than 500,000 jobs in the last three years, and that companies like Caterpillar and Apple are bringing jobs back to America, the President outlined his plan to see Congress approve fifteen manufacturing innovation institutes.

Alpla Chooses KY For Manufacturing Operations

February 13, 2013 9:59 am | by Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce | News | Comments

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Alpla, Inc., an Austrian-based plastic packaging company, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green, Kentucky, creating 72 new, full-time jobs and investing more than $22.4 million in the Commonwealth.

Unions Sue Again To Block MI Right-To-Work Law

February 12, 2013 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor unions are asking a federal judge in Detroit to block part of Michigan's right-to-work law from taking effect in late March. The lawsuit filed Monday is the second to challenge the law in recent weeks. It prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Tire Workers Confront French Police Over Layoffs

February 12, 2013 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers fired flares and paint bombs and riot police answered with tear gas in a standoff Tuesday over layoffs at a French plant for U.S. tiremaker Goodyear, amid tensions over a slump in Europe's car industry that has hurt automakers and their suppliers.

HP Sets Labor Guidelines For Chinese Suppliers

February 11, 2013 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest personal computer maker, is vowing to crack down on its Chinese suppliers in an effort to reduce the use of low-paid student interns and other temporary workers. The guidelines unveiled Friday are the latest attempt by a major U.S. technology company to weed out labor abuses at Chinese factories that manufacture the gadgets for an Internet-connected world.

Container Plant Adds 90 Jobs In Prineville

February 11, 2013 10:07 am | by Rachel Rees, Bend Bulletin | News | Comments

Sisters-based GFP Emergency Services has opened a new facility in Prineville and created jobs for 90 people to revamp shipping containers for use as temporary housing, medical and other facilities. And more jobs appear headed to the city, with a Madras-based company's plans to start another container-conversion business in Prineville.

Obsolete Industries Won’t Drive Economic Growth

February 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News | Blogs | Comments

New technologies and industries inevitably outpace older ones. When analog became obsolete, digital took over. LCD TVs gradually buried CRTs. And those who cling to obsolescence (beyond what the market dictates, that is — see the untimely incandescent ban) are left behind.

Why Aren't Small Businesses Hiring?

February 8, 2013 3:16 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

NBC News host, JJ Ramberg, discusses the hiring climate, and why many small businesses have been reluctant to add staff. The drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt some confidence while the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions.

ThyssenKrupp To Cut 2,000 Jobs In Cost-Saving Drive

February 8, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp says it will slash at least 2,000 jobs by 2015 as part of a cost-saving drive as the company copes with high commodity costs and the struggling European economy. Essen-based ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe says a further 1,800 jocbs may be lost as it sells parts of the company.

Fujitsu Cutting 5,000 Jobs In Restructuring

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

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is slashing 5,000 jobs, or nearly 3 percent of its global workforce, as it seeks to boost profitability by reshaping its computer-chip business and its overseas operations. Fujitsu said Thursday the job cuts will be completed by the end of this fiscal year next month, and will rely on early retirement, layoffs and other methods. Details were undecided.

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