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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Manufacturers Launch Program To Hire More Veterans

October 15, 2012 2:33 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the nation's leading manufacturing companies announced a new program Monday to help veterans gain the skills necessary to fill some of the estimated 600,000 high-tech, manufacturing jobs that remain open because employers can't find qualified applicants.

A Manufacturing History Lesson

October 15, 2012 8:38 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Recently, a metal worker made headline news, but not because of the quality of her craft or the dedication she showed on the job — she made headlines because she’s, well, a she. The skeletal remains of a female metal worker have been found in a grave in Vienna dating dating back to the Bronze Age (which began more than 5,000 years ago). Previously, it was assumed that only men worked in such fields during the Bronze Age.

Vestas Lays Off Roughly 200 At Windsor Blade Plant

October 12, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vestas says it has laid off about 29 percent of workers at its blade factory in Windsor, days after confirming it was laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton. The Danish wind turbine manufacturer said Thursday that the cuts in Brighton and Windsor amounted to about 18 percent of its remaining Colorado manufacturing workforce, suggesting about 200 people in Windsor lost their jobs.

U.S. Job Openings Dipped In August From July

October 10, 2012 2:26 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal on the job market. The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August. July's openings were also revised lower.

Vestas Laying Off 75 More CO Workers

October 10, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton, Colo. The announcement on Tuesday comes after the company cut 30 jobs in Brighton and 90 at its tower factory in Pueblo. The jobs are being cut because a federal wind production tax credit expires in December.

Cummins Plans To Cut 1,500 Jobs By End Of 2012

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

Indiana-based engine maker Cummins Inc. plans to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year. Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger said in a statement Tuesday that the company made the decision because of "uncertainty regarding the direction of the global economy." He didn't say where the job cuts would be made.

Same Skills, Different Problems

October 10, 2012 8:21 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes, when we decide to engage in process improvement or business improvement endeavors, we feel like we need to hire or contract people with special skills. The truth is, we probably have the right skills already inside of our businesses.

Special Metals Lays Off Workers In WV, KY

October 9, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Special Metals' parent, Precision Castparts Corp., announced the layoffs Monday. Precision Castparts spokesman Dwight Weber attributes the decision to adverse market conditions. He tells media outlets that the laid-off workers will be recalled as business improves. They primarily work in production and maintenance.

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