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Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | 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. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily...

Ford Hires Employees, Invests $129M In Assembly Plant

August 28, 2014 2:51 pm | by Close-Up Media | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company reported the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in...

Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used...

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Agco Laying Off Employees In Hesston

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agco, an agriculture machinery manufacturer, is laying off 24 hourly workers at its plant in Hesston and more cuts are expected. The plant's human resources manager, Tom Nutting, says ...           

New York Sees Surge In Local Alcohol Production

August 27, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2011, New York state was home to five hard cider-makers. Now, it boasts 29.The significant increase is part of an overall uptick in the number of alcohol producers in the state, as more and more consumers turn to ...      

Bombardier Workers Turn Down Latest Company Offer

August 27, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at Bombardier in Thunder Bay, Ontario, have rejected the latest offer from the transportation company. Unifor Local 1075 says its members, who have been on strike since ...           

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Beer Puts People To Work

August 27, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Beer Institute | News | Comments

This Labor Day, a new analysis and infographic and from the Beer Institute demonstrates how one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside.  From farmers to factory workers, and truck drivers to tavern owners, beer puts people to work ...

Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs. The company said Monday that it will close facilities in ...       

Cabinet Manufacturer To Add 80 West Virginia Jobs

August 25, 2014 8:32 pm | by Jonathan Mattise - Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent kitchen cabinet manufacturer plans to add 80 jobs and invest $30 million at its West Virginia facility. American Woodmark Corporation announced Monday it will expand its South Branch manufacturing center ...      

Manufacturing Should Bite-The-Bullet Over Militarized Police

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the turmoil in Ferguson, the concern regarding a vastly over-armed police force, or even militarized police force, has become a rife topic for debate. While the argument over providing officials with firepower has been a debate for some time, The Economist has taken to ...

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Fall

August 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid ...            

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What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?          

Lawmakers: Remington Laying Off 105 In New York

August 19, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama. Sen. James Seward of Oneonta and Assemblyman Marc Butler of Herkimer County tell local media that ...

Dixon Plant To Expand, Add 40 Jobs Over 3 Years

August 16, 2014 4:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturing company plans to expand its plant in the northern Illinois town of Dixon, adding 40 new jobs over the next three years. Sauk Valley Media reports BorgWarner is planning a $9.4 million investment. The Dixon plant has been open for 50 years and ...

Alabama Jobless Rate Jumps To 7 Percent For July

August 15, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7 percent last month, keeping joblessness in the state well above the national average, according to figures released Friday. The July unemployment rate, announced by Gov. Robert Bentley's office, was ...  

Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2014 ...

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Deere To Lay Off 600 At Midwest Sites

August 15, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as ...

Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls Again In July

August 15, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent, the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate and a six-year low, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security. The July figure represents a ...

Minnesota Sheds Jobs; July Unemployment At 4.5%

August 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota has experienced a loss of 4,200 jobs in July but its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains at 4.5 percent. State officials provided the figures Thursday. They also say 3,600 fewer jobs were added in June than ...    

Cisco To Lay Off Up To 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations ...   

Vera Bradley To Cut Manufacturing At Indiana Plant

August 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs. The producer of quilted accessories will cut about a quarter of the plant's manufacturing capacity by ...

Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 12, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would ...   

U.S. Job Openings In June Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 11:28 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a...

Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

Florence Losing 65 Jobs Amid Company Restructuring

August 9, 2014 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A welding equipment company with a plant in South Carolina is restructuring and that means the loss of about 65 jobs in Florence. Area media outlets report that ESAB Welding and Cutting Products announced Friday that the restructuring is ...

State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Stephen Singer - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economics are dismissing the complaint as ...

Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 8, 2014 8:28 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract and put in imminent danger the jobs of ...

Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                    

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