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Administration, Allies Pushing for Minimum Wage Hike

June 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The increase has been a top second-term political priority for President Barack Obama and his allies in Congress. However, it is stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives.                    

Boeing Union Joins Fight Over Wash. Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions representing Boeing machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and thus how clean Washington state waters should be.                    

Re-Engineering The Manufacturing Enterprise

June 16, 2014 3:52 pm | by SME | Videos | Comments

Find out how customer-driven production challenges are met by re-engineering the manufacturing enterprise through case studies with Black & Decker, Aeroquip Corp. and Himont Corp.                   

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Police: Indian Factory Workers Kill CEO

June 16, 2014 1:55 pm | by Prasanta Paul, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.                

Giti Tire To Invest $560 Million, Create 1,700 S.C. Jobs

June 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Singapore-based company will produce both passenger and light truck tires in the new facility, which will combine manufacturing and distribution within its estimated 1.8 million square feet.                

Income Gap Widens as Factories Shut Down

June 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing's decline is a key factor in the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else, as people have been forced into far lower-paying work.                            

The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?              

Is the American Dream out of Reach?

June 13, 2014 11:09 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the belief that the American Dream is out of reach comes from the prevailing misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.              

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Running On Wind In America's Heartland

June 12, 2014 5:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. Find out what goes into making wind towers for General Electric.                 

Why Making Lights in America ‘Is Not Just an Option’

June 12, 2014 11:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After an unsuccessful tryst with China, Independence LED Lighting ended up establishing a new headquarters and manufacturing operation in Wayne, Penn., just under 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — reshoring all that production work to the U.S.

ConAgra Expanding Popcorn Facility in Indiana

June 12, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.                    

Franchises File Lawsuit Against Seattle for Equal Treatment

June 11, 2014 1:56 pm | by International Franchise Association (IFA) | News | Comments

The complaint alleges the new law illegally discriminates against franchisees and improperly treats them not as the small, locally-owned businesses they are, but as large, national companies.                  

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Take the Lead

June 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 63 percent of women in the non-agricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate, according to World Bank data.                     

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Perry Brings Fight for Tesla to California

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California and Texas are among a handful of states fighting for the planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.                 

Businesses Ramp Up Job Searches in April

June 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.                              

Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by Erica Werner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the nation's leading businesses are prodding lawmakers to act on immigration legislation as the issue enters a critical phase on Capitol Hill.                              

Silicon Valley Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

June 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.              

GE Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, SC to expand the company's advanced manufacturing capabilities.                                  

Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional | Blogs | Comments

The baby boomer generation occupies a major section of the working demographic, and while many are retired or retiring, a surprisingly large cohort will be working well into their later years.                 

Where Have All the Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.                   

Survey: Growth To Pick Up, Hiring To Remain Steady

June 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists.                       

CAT Closing 3 Illinois Plants

June 9, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to close three production facilities in Illinois and move the work to a plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.                              

AME Debuts Job Board, Connecting Workers With Manufacturing Jobs

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced the debut of the AME Manufacturing Job Board, a valuable resource for both job seekers and manufacturing companies across the country.               

Walmart Under Scrutiny at Annual Meeting

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The annual Walmart shareholder's meeting on Friday drew about 14,000 people. The company is under scrutiny on all fronts, as it faces stiff drops in revenue, a reduction in customers and ongoing labor disputes.             

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