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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 8:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                    

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 2:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology — @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.             

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Obama Says Students Need Help Getting 'In-Demand Jobs'

April 7, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."         

Michigan Boosting Efforts For Auto Industry Jobs

April 7, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades, officials said.            

The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The #AAMeter — which tracks President Obama’s promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term — now stands at 114,000 jobs created.                 

Fruit Of The Loom Moving Some Operations From Ky. To Honduras

April 4, 2014 3:42 pm | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown, Ky. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money.          

Falling Crane Kills 1 At Michigan Steel Facility

April 4, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit.                              

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: CAT Avoids Taxes; CBS Adds Sound To Tesla

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a senator's accusations that CAT has avoided billions in taxes to CBS' "audio error."                

Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                    

Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                    

CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Caterpillar company is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.                         

Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 7:43 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.              

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Crews Enter Nuclear Waste Dump

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Two crews of eight made the initial descent into the half-mile deep Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, and no airborne radiation was detected, the agency said.                

Applications For Jobless Aid Rise To 326K

April 3, 2014 8:42 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.        

Survey: More Business Owners Ready To Hire

April 3, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

The survey taken in January and February finds that 37 percent of owners are optimistic about their companies' prospects for the next six months, up sharply from 22 percent in a survey last fall.           

Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 7:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that making a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality" about the political landscape in Tennessee.  

Mid-Sized Manufacturers Continue Growth Expectations In 2014

April 2, 2014 2:51 pm | by Prime Advantage | News | Comments

CFOs predict increasing revenues, capital investments and hiring while expressing concern about health care costs, maintaining margins and the competition for skilled labor.                       

Ford's Russian Joint Venture Cutting 950 Jobs

April 2, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                       

Senate Jobless Bill Advances

April 2, 2014 11:54 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The bill would renew benefits for the long-term unemployed, generally those who have been off the job for more than 26 weeks. An estimated 2.7 million workers have been affected since the program expired at the end of last year.    

Survey Shows Companies Added 191K Jobs In March

April 2, 2014 8:44 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Payroll processer ADP says private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. ADP also revised February's job creation up to 153,000 from an originally reported 139,000.                   

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                 

Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 1, 2014 3:35 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?          

Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.               

Tests Show More Workers Contaminated At Nuke Dump

April 1, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.              

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