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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 7:59 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                       

Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.      

Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama and Vice President Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.      

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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.      

Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.               

Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 8:08 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.           

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

A new agreement with employers gives more than 300,000 tech-sector workers added guarantees that the "always connected" lifestyle enabled by smartphones won't infringe on their rights under France's famous 35-hour workweek.      

Ulta Creating Up To 537 Jobs At Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Beauty products retailer Ulta Inc. will locate a distribution center in Greenwood, Ind. and create up to 537 jobs by 2018.                       

Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 10, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said.           

Judge Sets Hearing In Boeing Sale Lawsuit

April 10, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Kansas has set a hearing in the lawsuit against Boeing brought by two unions over pensions and retiree medical benefits.                   

GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 11:17 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                  

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Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 300K

April 10, 2014 8:43 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000.               

Auto Parts Maker Adding 200+ Jobs At N.C. Factory

April 9, 2014 3:36 pm | News | Comments

A British-based company that manufactures parts for automakers plans to expand a North Carolina factory by nearly 230 jobs over five years.                       

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats all but dared Republicans on Tuesday to resist the legislation, which would make it harder for companies to pay women less than men for the same work and easier for aggrieved workers to sue employers.          

GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 8:07 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                      

Intel Cuts 1,500 Jobs In Costa Rica

April 9, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Chipmaker Intel announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 1,500 jobs from its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica, a blow to a country that has used Intel's presence to build a high-tech sector.            

Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The Center for Worker Freedom said in a release that it would be a "betrayal" of the workers at the Chattanooga plant to recognize the UAW even though they voted 712-626 against the union in February.             

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.             

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.            

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