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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

Lear Factory Investments Will Create 100+ Jobs

September 17, 2014 11:56 am | by Andy Richardson | News | Comments

U.S. automotive manufacturer Lear Corporation plans to create 100 jobs as part of a multi-million pound investment to more than double the size of one of its Sunderland factories.                     

U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.                            

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GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

ZF Buying TRW Automotive For About $11.74B

September 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive for approximately $11.74 billion.                                             

UAW Works to Organize Support at Mercedes-Benz Alabama Plant

September 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The United Automobile Workers (UAW) continues to try to organize workers at Mercedes-Benz's plant in Alabama just as the automaker is expanding the plant so it can make more than 300,000 vehicles annually.             

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing Plans $12M Expansion in Charleston

September 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by State News Service | News | Comments

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility and is expected to create 50 new jobs in the process.                  

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Hundreds of Workers On Strike at Lear Corp. Plant

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Charles D. Wilson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling fast-food-like wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana.                              

Nucor Buying Gallatin Steel for $770M

September 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest.                                    

Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 1:11 pm | by Dieter Pape | Articles | Comments

Time means everything in manufacturing, and clocks that are synchronized to display the same, accurate time aren’t just a convenience. They are required for efficient, compliant operations.                  

GreenTech Automotive Says Mississippi Factory Built

September 12, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles.                               

Nevada Governor Enacts Tesla Tax Break Package

September 12, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State.                         

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Guinness World Record Set During America's Largest Manufacturing Technology Show

September 11, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To raise awareness of the vital role the manufacturing industry plays in the U.S. economy, a record breaking mosaic was made that incorporates $65,000+ worth of coins - the amount of money manufacturing contributes to the U.S. economy each second.

Applications for U.S. Unemployment Rise to 315K

September 11, 2014 9:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department says that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, the most since late June.                               

Saunders Creates Manufacturing Jobs For Blind And Disabled Americans

September 10, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saunders Mfg. Co., Inc. is creating new opportunities to keep many Americans who are blind, visually impaired, or have significant disabilities working.                            

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, not Just Training

September 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks.                 

Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs it promises to bring. 

U.S. Industry Pay Hikes Since the Recession

September 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite steady job growth and a drop in the unemployment rate from 10 percent during 2009 to 6.1 percent in August, most Americans have received little increase in pay.                        

Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 9, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

St. Paris manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.                           

U.S. Job Openings Near 13-Year High

September 9, 2014 11:13 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of U.S. job openings remained near the highest level in 13 years in July, and companies also stepped up hiring that month to the fastest pace in nearly seven years.                     

Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturer Haier Opening Tech Center

September 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haier America, a division of the multi-national home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, announced plans today to locate its North American Tech Center in Evansville, IN, creating 50 new high-wage jobs by 2015. 

Survey of Execs: U.S. Pay Likely To Stagnate

September 8, 2014 11:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

According to a survey by Harvard Business School alumni, U.S. workers face a dim future, with stagnant or falling pay and fewer openings for full-time jobs.                           

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls for Younger Workers

September 8, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Though U.S. job growth slowed last month, the unemployment rate fell, especially for younger demographic groups.                                        

Mercedes To Build New SUV at Alabama Plant

September 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes has announced plans to start building a fifth model, the ML Coupe, at its Alabama plant next year.                                         

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