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KY Plastics Plant Reopening In Madisonville

October 31, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A plastics company that has plants in four other Kentucky cities plans to reopen a facility in western Kentucky, creating 400 new full-time jobs in Madisonville. Berry Plastics Corp. announced Tuesday it will begin reconfiguring the Madisonville plant, with production expected to begin next year. The company closed the facility, which had about 140 workers, earlier this year after redistributing production to other locations.

U.S. Manufacturing Needs A Brand Makeover

October 31, 2012 8:07 am | by Eileen Markowitz, Thomas Industrial Network | Blogs | Comments

Great things are possible when bright, ambitious young people have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to real-world applications, and contribute meaningfully to the growth of a company, a sector — and ultimately the economic vitality of our nation. To engage this new generation, we must restore — and elevate — the U.S. manufacturing brand.

Plans To Close Indiana Factory Draws Protest

October 30, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several dozen people lined the road outside a northern Indiana factory to protest a company's plans to close it and move its production work to Mexico. People shouted "Keep our jobs in America!" and "Made in the U.S.A.!" during the protest outside the Cequent Performance Products factory. Mich.-based TriMas Corp. announced this month it expected to shut down the 450-worker plant that makes trailer hitches.

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Strikes Loom Ahead For Bombardier

October 29, 2012 2:24 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier could face strikes in both of its business units as workers at its rail plant in La Pocatiere, Que., have taken a step towards joining Learjet employees in the U.S. on separate picket lines. The strike in Wichita, Kan., has reached four weeks, the longest in the business aircraft unit's history, surpassing a three-week strike in 2006.

Gilman Promotes Skilled Trades At High School Job Fair

October 26, 2012 12:48 pm | by Gilman USA | News | Comments

Weiland, COO of Gilman USA, represented the company at Grafton High School’s inaugural Manufacturing Job Fair Oct. 23. The goal of the job fair was to introduce students to potential careers in manufacturing and skilled trades. Ten local manufacturing firms exhibited at the job fair.

Developing The Workforce Of Tomorrow (Part 2)

October 26, 2012 8:12 am | by Patricia Riedl, Booz & Co.; Maria Ferrante, PMMI | Articles | Comments

For many years, manufacturing has been characterized as a less than desirable career choice, so the Gen Ys look at manufacturing as a last resort — or not an option at all. Parents are under the impression that jobs are not stable, pay is low and the environment is dirty. But the reality is that today’s manufacturing jobs require a highly skilled workforce to operate and maintain high tech, highly automated equipment.

After Government Lifeline, Peugeot Finds 600 Jobs

October 25, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hours before a high-stakes meeting with the government, Peugeot Citroen says it has found a company able to take over the site of the auto plant it wants to close and hire 600 of the workers whose jobs were on the block. The announcement comes a day after France offered Peugeot a  $9.1 billion lifeline in loan guarantees but demanded influence in decision-making.

New Machinery Ready At Steelmaker Gerdau's Plant

October 24, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steelmaker Gerdau is unveiling new machinery at a Michigan steel facility as part of the company's ongoing expansion. The company on Wednesday is marking the completion of construction of a continuous caster at its North American special steel facility in Monroe, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

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BASF Plant Being Constructed In Ascension Parish

October 24, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BASF is building a formic acid production plant in Ascension Parish that will create 20 new jobs. Gov. Bobby Jindal and company executives were at the groundbreaking Tuesday, at the company's 2,600-acre complex in Geismar, which is home to nearly two dozen chemical plants.

Ford Closes Belgian Plant In 2014; 9,500 Jobs Hit

October 24, 2012 10:31 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford will close a car plant in Belgium — one of its main European factories — by the end of 2014, a move that will result in 4,500 direct job losses and 5,000 more among subcontractors. Half a century after construction on the Genk plant started, Ford told a management council there that production was winding down since slumping European sales has forced a restructuring of its plants.

Dow Chemical To Slash 2,400 Jobs, Close 20 Plants

October 24, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dow Chemical Co. will eliminate about 2,400 jobs and close roughly 20 manufacturing facilities as part of a restructuring plan aimed at coping with slowing economic growth in Europe and elsewhere. The manufacturing giant said Tuesday that the job cuts amount to 5 percent of the company's workforce worldwide.

Developing The Workforce Of Tomorrow (Part 1)

October 24, 2012 8:12 am | by Patricia Riedl, Booz & Co.; Maria Ferrante, PMMI | Articles | Comments

In the next few years, thousands of Baby Boomers are going to retire, leaving factory jobs to Generation Y, who will be presented with dual challenges; increasing productivity and making the overall U.S. economy more competitive.  The transition between the generations of workers will be difficult because the two generations are profoundly different in terms of attitude, skills, and work styles.

Manufacturing Plant Expanding, Hiring In Idaho

October 23, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes equipment for the electric power industry has announced it's more than doubling the size of its plant in the northern Idaho city of Lewiston. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announced the project that will break ground in November. The expansion will give the company room for more than 750 employees in Lewiston. The Lewiston facility currently has 150 employees.

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Some Laid-Off Aberdeen Workers Called Back

October 23, 2012 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A wind turbine blade manufacturer in Aberdeen has called back 15 of the 92 employees who were laid off last month, after receiving new orders. Molded Fiber Glass has received orders from the General Electric Co. for the 40-meter blade that it normally makes and also for a new, larger blade, Plant Manager Dave Giovannini told the American News.

Idaho Manufacturing Plant To Expand, May Add 750 Jobs

October 22, 2012 9:30 am | News | Comments

A company based in Washington state that makes equipment for the electric power industry has announced it's more than doubling the size of its plant in the northern Idaho city of Lewiston. The expansion will give the Pullman-based company room for more than 750 employees in Lewiston.

Machinists Union Talks To Boeing Employees In S.C.

October 22, 2012 9:19 am | News | Comments

Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing's North Charleston plant. The informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees. But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing after the company announced it was building an assembly plant in South Carolina.

Cummins To Lay Off At Least 150 At IN Plants

October 19, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. will lay off at least 150 workers at its southern Indiana factories as part of its plan to cut up to 1,500 jobs worldwide by year's end, a company spokesman said. The layoffs will affect workers at the company's Fuel Systems Plant in Columbus, Columbus MidRange Engine Plant or the Seymour Engine plant, Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said.

AMD To Cut Nearly 1,800 Jobs

October 19, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says it will cut nearly 1,800 jobs, about 15 percent of its workforce, by the end of the year in order to reduce spending in the face of dwindling sales. AMD is the world's second-biggest maker of microprocessors for personal computers and PC sales are falling. That's partly due to more consumers shifting away from PCs and doing their computing on tablets and smartphones.

Nissan To Add Shift, 800 Jobs At TN Plant

October 19, 2012 2:13 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs. Gov. Bill Haslam made the jobs announcement at an economic development conference. Haslam said it's the first time the plant will operate on three shifts.

Former RIM Employees Get Help With Job Search

October 19, 2012 10:23 am | by David Friend, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Thousands of Canadians have been left jobless as BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion struggles to overcome a number of hurdles, but the City of Waterloo hopes a jobs center it opened this week will help the unlucky ones. As word spreads about the Tech Jobs Connex center, a trickle of former RIM employees have called to meet with organizers in hopes they're be quickly catapulted back into a position at another tech company.

GM To Hire 3,000 Workers From Hewlett-Packard

October 19, 2012 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house. The move is part of a larger GM strategy to have more control over the technology it uses in cars and to run its business. The H-P employees already work on GM projects. GM says that making them full-time employees will hold costs steady and speed up the transformation of the company's computer-related work.

Strike Forces Toyota To Suspend S. Africa Production

October 18, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. was forced Wednesday to suspend production at its Durban plant in eastern South Africa as a result of a strike by workers at a local supplier demanding higher wages, local reports said. According to the South African Press Association, workers launched a strike at a Toyota Boshoku Corp. plant that mainly makes auto seats.

Beef Workers Laid Off After Another Recall

October 17, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Workers at an Alberta plant at the centre of a massive beef recall and E. coli scare have been laid off again as food safety officials review whether the facility can reopen. The 800 workers were called into work Tuesday to finish cutting beef carcasses as part of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency assessment of how the XL Foods Inc. plant operates.

Whirlpool Delays Layoffs From Evansville Center

October 17, 2012 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. says it is delaying planned layoffs at its development center in Evansville in part because some people have left their jobs ahead of the center's scheduled 2014 closure. The company informed state officials last month that it expected to start layoffs in November, but now says those job cuts won't begin until at least Dec. 31.

VT Helmet Factory To Double Jobs By Year's End

October 16, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont company that manufactures military helmets is going to be doubling its workforce by the end of the year. The company Revision Military has begun work at its Newport factory on a $21.6 million contract to make more than 90,000 helmets for the U.S. military. The contract will require the company to double its workforce from 40 to 80 people.

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