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.
Kimberly Janvier, Irene Rombaut, Shawn Farrell and Sylvan Blake were working at the Co-Op refinery on Oct. 6, 2011 when the explosion occurred. They say that they all suffered severe physical injuries in the blast and they and their family members also suffered severe emotional distress and anxiety after the explosion.
Kellogg Co. says it plans to close its Charlotte snack factory as part of an effort to cut costs, eliminating nearly 200 jobs. The Charlotte plant produces cookies including Famous Amos, Austin Sandwich Creme and Iced Animals.
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.
The United Auto Workers says employees at Volkswagen's workers Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will vote Feb. 12-14 on whether they want the union to represent them. The vote follows an agreement between the UAW and the Germany-based automaker, which decided not to challenge a unionization vote.
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.
Employees, family members, trade unionists and sympathizers left the plant in Fuenlabrada and walked 15.5 miles on Sunday to Puerta del Sol square, giving away Pepsi cans and chanting "No to the closures." Coca-Cola Iberian Partners plans to close four of its 11 plants and lay off 1,253 workers.
The 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.
CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part. Although the unemployment rate has declined to 6.7 percent, long-term joblessness in the U.S. remains a major problem.
Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money and sex. Prosecutors are planning to call several witnesses at Friday's sentencing hearing for Hosam Amara to recount abuses before a May 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors, Inc.
Federal mining regulators issued 135 citations during December impact inspections. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 24 orders following inspections at 11 coal mines and two other mines.
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said. The investment will boost production capacity by 15 percent, or about 55,000 units, as the company retools and upgrades the plant, Ford said.
More Novartis employees have lost their jobs in Lincoln as the drug maker continues to restructure its manufacturing plant there. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the company laid off 27 and eliminated 58 open positions earlier this month.
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 19,000 last week to 348,000, the highest in about a month. But the broader trend in applications remains low. The Labor Department says that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased just 750 to 333,000. The increase follows three weeks of declines.
The company, based in Amberg, Germany, will invest $30 million over five years, with plans to open the first phase by the end of 2014. The company would hire 350 workers in the first phase and 300 in the second phase, paying an average of $12.50 an hour, or about $25,000 a year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's seeking votes for a new measure aimed at extending jobless benefits for people who have been out of work the longest. The Nevada Democrat told reporters Wednesday he's short of the 60 votes needed to end Republican delaying tactics against the measure.
The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa says it will close its western Pennsylvania plant and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs. Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States.
Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee. The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs. Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year.
At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.
Unemployment rates fell in four-fifths of US states in December and rose in just two, though most of the improvement stemmed from unemployed Americans giving up on their job searches. The Labor Department says that employers in 30 states added jobs, the fewest to report gains since August. Nineteen states reported job losses.
The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers' claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment.
Ford Motor Co. will use rotating shifts — two weeks on, two weeks off — to avoid indefinite layoffs at its assembly plant, located west of Cleveland. Ford said Monday that rotating shifts for 1,000 workers at its Avon Lake plant will begin in August and continue until a new product launch in 2015.
California's jobless rate remains above the national average of 6.7 percent. Despite adding 235,700 jobs in 2013, higher-wage sectors such as manufacturing and construction posted declines in December. Manufacturing saw the biggest drop, with 6,000 fewer jobs.
Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Intel and Texas Instruments cutting a combined 6,100 jobs to Ralph Lauren's new 'Made in USA' Olympic attire. Also, Chrysler is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat and Chinese police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion.
The nation's union membership rate held steady last year. There were gains among private sector workers' unions but they were largely offset by losses in state and local government.