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Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector.

Sony To Cut 5,000 Jobs By March 2015

February 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television, and other businesses. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

Oreo Maker Mondelez To Close Philly Bakery

February 7, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money.                

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UAW Critics Take Differing Approaches To VW Vote

February 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the more vocal Republican critics of efforts to unionize the Volkswagen assembly plant in Tennessee are taking opposing approaches to a pending vote over United Auto Workers representation next week.              

Manufacturing Economic Environment Is A ‘Concern’

February 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

The Manufacturing Institute recently honored Denise Stanislawczyk, Operations Manager of ABB’s Measurement Products, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award. In this interview, Denise discusses women's place in the field, current challenges in the industry, and how those challenges might be overcome.

NC Would 'Do Anything' For Boeing Plant, 7K Jobs

February 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Assembling one of the largest package of tax breaks and other incentives in North Carolina history earned the state consideration for as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs — but its $683 million offer was dwarfed by Washington state's winning promise of nearly $9 billion in corporate sweeteners.

Fears Of Slowdown Sharpen Focus On Jobs Report

February 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Stock markets have sunk after signs of weaker growth in the United States, Europe, and China. Turmoil in developing countries has further spooked investors. The upheaval has renewed doubts about the Federal Reserve's next steps.       

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 331K

February 6, 2014 1:48 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.                      

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Group: Bangladesh Workers Threatened Over Union

February 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A human rights group said Thursday that garment factory owners in Bangladesh have been intimidating and threatening workers who try to organize trade unions.                           

Volvo To Cut 4,400 Jobs In 2014

February 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volvo CEO Olof Persson said the job losses, which include the previously announced reduction of 2,000, will affect employees worldwide in group truck operations, as well as in technology, sales, marketing, IT, finance, and human resource departments.

GM Holden Cutting 2,900 Jobs In Australia

February 6, 2014 9:34 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Ashlynne McGhee reports live for ABC News on Holden's decision to cease manufacturing in Australia. This news provides a big blow to a country that was recently told Ford will also stop Austrialian production.            

Wis. Plan For Worker Training Gets Support

February 5, 2014 1:47 pm | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to spend $35 million to help technical colleges train people for high-demand jobs, as well as do more to help find work for people with developmental disabilities, found widespread support Tuesday at a legislative hearing.

Silicon Valley Economy Back At Dot-Com Era Highs

February 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The region added nearly 47,000 jobs in 2013, up 3 percent over the previous year, and the total number of jobs has surpassed pre-recession levels. Many are high wage jobs — 45 percent of households now earn more than $100,000, and per capita income is above $70,000 a year, much higher than the state average of about $44,000.

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U.S. Plastics Manufacturing Growth Continues

February 5, 2014 9:52 am | by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association | News | Comments

The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which represents the nation’s third largest manufacturing industry, supports President Obama’s efforts to create jobs and strengthen the middle class by expanding the economy and negotiating sensible trade agreements.

Kellogg To Close N.C. Plant, Cut Nearly 200 Jobs

February 5, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. says it plans to close its Charlotte snack factory as part of an effort to cut costs, eliminating nearly 200 jobs. Kellogg also said Tuesday that it will close two production lines at its snack factory in Cincinnati.       

Survey: Companies Add 175,000 Jobs In January

February 5, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Payroll processor ADP says companies added 175,000 jobs last month. That's down from 227,000 in December, which was revised lower. But it was much better than the government's official figure of just 74,000 new jobs in December.       

Labor Board Tries Again To Change Union Rules

February 5, 2014 9:37 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board proposed rules Wednesday that would allow unions to hold workplace elections more quickly. That could make it easier for unions to organize and help them reverse decades of steep membership declines.   

Recruit And Retain: Strategies To Close The Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 4, 2014 9:22 am | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company | Articles | Comments

Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market, and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.

Volkswagen's U.S. Workers Will Vote On Union

February 3, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen AG says it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at the plant Feb. 12 through 14. Workers at the Chattanooga plant will vote on whether to let the UAW establish a German-style works council.  

GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal At German Plants

February 3, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saturday's announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.

March In Spain To Protest Coca-Cola Plant Closures

February 3, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.                 

Owner Of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

International Nutrition is outsourcing production of the livestock and poultry nutritional supplements it makes following the Jan. 20 fire and collapse of the three-level southwest Omaha plant, company owner and president Steve Silver said in a written statement. The industrial accident killed two workers and injured 17 others.

Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager Gets 41 Months

January 31, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has sentenced a former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa to 41 months in prison for harboring and exploiting workers who were in the U.S. illegally.                      

Obama Asks CEOs For Help Hiring Long-Term Jobless

January 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is asking major corporations for their help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work. CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa, and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part. More than 300 companies have signed on so far, the White House said.

Aviation Technical Services To Create 500 Mo. Jobs

January 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Aviation Technical Services | News | Comments

The company’s Kansas City facility will be its first location outside the state of Washington. Expanding to Missouri will put Aviation Technical Services closer to some of its largest customers, allowing it to improve customer service and expand its client base. 

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