Manufacturing

  • Apple Assembly Line Gets Pay Raise, Fewer Hours

    Apple Assembly Line Gets Pay Raise, Fewer Hours

    By Peter Svensson NEW YORK -- Chinese workers who often spend more than 60 hours per week assembling iPhones and iPads will have their overtime hours curbed and their pay increased after a labor auditor hired by Apple Inc. inspected their factories. Continue Reading

  • Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

    Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

    By Ken Thomas WASHINGTON (AP) -- Praising manufacturing jobs, President Barack Obama was outlining ways of pairing factory output with university research in a bid to bring jobs back to the U.S. and help companies innovate. Obama was traveling Friday to a manufacturing plant run by aircraft engine maker... Continue Reading

  • American Manufacturers Importing Workers

    American Manufacturers Importing Workers

    By Parija Kavilanz NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them. Business for factories has surged recently, creating a huge demand for machinists, tool and die makers, computer-controlled machine programmers and operators. Continue Reading

  • Speed Puts Community Colleges Front And Center

    Speed Puts Community Colleges Front And Center

    By Justin Pope STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Co. is a high-tech job shop, crafting super-precise parts for machines used in everything from robotics to aerospace to oil exploration. Macomb Community College lies a few miles down the road in this Detroit suburb. Continue Reading

  • GM Plans To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

    GM Plans To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

    By Jeff Karoub DETROIT -- General Motors Co. plans to freeze its U.S. pension plan for longtime white-collar workers and give all salaried employees annual bonuses but not pay raises in an effort to hold down expenses, officials have announced. The Detroit-based automaker said roughly 19,000 salaried... Continue Reading

  • Manufacturers Providing Outsize Boost To Economy

    Manufacturers Providing Outsize Boost To Economy

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- American factories are humming - and driving the economy forward. Continue Reading

  • Obama Touting Manufacturing At Wisconsin Plant

    Obama Touting Manufacturing At Wisconsin Plant

    By Ken Thomas WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pointing to a rebound in manufacturing, President Barack Obama on Wednesday is visiting a Milwaukee plant that has brought back jobs to the United States. Continue Reading

  • GE To Hire 5,000 Veterans Over Next 5 Years

    GE To Hire 5,000 Veterans Over Next 5 Years

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business. The announcements Monday were part of a four-day event that the global conglomerate is hosting with partners in Washington, D.C., that focuses on issues such... Continue Reading

  • Obama's Call For Manufacturing Revival A Tough Goal

    Obama's Call For Manufacturing Revival A Tough Goal

    By Tom Raum WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it. Continue Reading

  • U.S. Auto Plants Continue To Add Jobs As Manufacturing Revival Rolls On

    U.S. Auto Plants Continue To Add Jobs As Manufacturing Revival Rolls On

    For U.S. automakers, 2011 was a comeback year. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group not only sold more vehicles than they did in the previous year, they also continued to add jobs, contributing to a revival in manufacturing within an industry that was but given up for lost. The latest... Continue Reading

  • Jobs, Energy, Values Top Issues In Obama Address

    Jobs, Energy, Values Top Issues In Obama Address

    In his State of the Union speech before Congress last night, President Obama sought to reassure recession-weary Americans that the economy is on the right track, by naming proposals aimed at helping the beleaguered middle class. He called it a "blueprint for an economy that's built to last," and one that... Continue Reading

  • Manufacturers Hire Thousands of New Employees

    Manufacturers Hire Thousands of New Employees

    It's time for good news. The country added 200,000 jobs last month, according to government data. And it may create 1.7 million jobs this coming year, according to economists' estimates compiled by Blue Chip Economic Indicators. And manufacturing, one of the most weakened sectors of our economy, has recently... Continue Reading

  • 300 Foxconn Workers In China Reportedly Threaten Suicide Seeking More Pay

    300 Foxconn Workers In China Reportedly Threaten Suicide Seeking More Pay

    Working in China's burgeoning manufacturing sector is proving exceedingly tough for many Chinese workers. Long hours and intense pressure to quickly churn out the latest high-tech gizmos destined for overseas markets have led to protests and even suicides among some workers, according to media... Continue Reading

  • The American Economy Has Recovered, At Least In Some Sectors

    The American Economy Has Recovered, At Least In Some Sectors

    Commentators have poured a lot of ink over the last few years picking apart who is suffering, and who isn't. It was men, then it was women. It was everyone, then it was the 99 percent (or rather, the 80 percent). It is young Americans, black Americans, brown Americans and Americans with only a high school... Continue Reading

  • Factories, Builders Boost Economy At End Of Year

    Factories, Builders Boost Economy At End Of Year

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since the late spring. And the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months. The data bolstered hopes that the economy is gaining momentum and helped Wall... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Service Firms Expanded In November At Slower Pace

    U.S. Service Firms Expanded In November At Slower Pace

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- Service companies, which employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force, expanded at a slower pace in November and a measure of employment at those firms fell. Separately, the government said orders to U.S. factories dropped for the second straight month. Continue Reading

  • In Tough Economy, Toyota Plant Brings Miss. Jobs

    In Tough Economy, Toyota Plant Brings Miss. Jobs

    By Holbrook Mohr BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) -- Before Toyota came, Cassius Perry was struggling like many in this hilly, sparsely populated region of north Mississippi that's shed thousands of furniture manufacturing jobs since the 1990s. The young father of three went to school to be a barber, but ended up... Continue Reading

  • Yogurt Maker's Planned Expansion Will Create 400 New Jobs In Idaho

    Yogurt Maker's Planned Expansion Will Create 400 New Jobs In Idaho

    The Greek government may have it debt woes, but it appears Greek-style yogurt is a way to make money hand over fist -- at least in the U.S. The treat's growing popularity is a boon for Chobani Greek Yogurt, manufactured by upstate New York-based Agro Farma, which announced plans this week to open a second... Continue Reading

  • So Many U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, So Few Skilled Workers

    So Many U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, So Few Skilled Workers

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturers are failing to fill thousands of vacant jobs, surprising when 14 million people are searching for work. Continue Reading

  • Can Tax Reform Create Jobs?

    Can Tax Reform Create Jobs?

    There is perhaps nothing so politically fraught in this country as taxes. The size of government, the purpose of society, human freedom -- taxation brings up some heavy stuff. Our country was founded thanks to taxes, after all. So naturally, in the political debate over our jobs crisis, taxes has become a... Continue Reading

  • Despite Setbacks, Skilled Trades Offer A Bright Future For Many Americans

    Despite Setbacks, Skilled Trades Offer A Bright Future For Many Americans

    America has a self-image problem when it comes to the kinds of jobs we do. Travel to nearly any corner of the nation and you'll likely encounter people who believe Americans don't make anything anymore. That's not true, of course, but in daily life it's often difficult to prove that we still do. Aside from a... Continue Reading

  • Machinist Turns Skill Into Labor Of Love

    Machinist Turns Skill Into Labor Of Love

    Machining helps drive industry in America. Without precision-made parts, many of the products that people rely on day in and day out wouldn't function properly for very long -- if at all. The process involves the use of a wide variety of machine tools to cut or form material, usually metal, to precise shapes... Continue Reading

  • America's Youth Reconsiders Skilled Trades

    America's Youth Reconsiders Skilled Trades

    Despite the nation's current weak job market, the demand for workers qualified to perform many skilled labor jobs continues to grow, leading to forecasts of severe shortages in some fields as more and more baby boomers retire. A recent poll of 40,000 employers worldwide by Manpower Inc. showed that employers... Continue Reading

  • Former Home Health Aide Turns To Manufacturing For Brighter Future

    Former Home Health Aide Turns To Manufacturing For Brighter Future

    Altheha DrePaul is an example of the modern face of immigration in the U.S. Originally from Guyana, she came to America a decade ago and began working as a home health aide. Like so many workers in recent years, however, she was laid off in 2006, revealing an uncertain future. Undeterred, DrePaul decided to... Continue Reading

  • Not Your Father's Blue Collar Job: A Look At Skilled Worker Today

    Not Your Father's Blue Collar Job: A Look At Skilled Worker Today

    By Beth Braccio Hering Imagine a 1950s auto mechanic stepping into a modern repair shop. While some familiar hand tools would remain, the worker would be stunned by the sophisticated diagnostic equipment needed to work on ordinary cars equipped with computers and electronic components. The mechanic's high... Continue Reading

  • Hot Jobs For Skilled Workers

    Hot Jobs For Skilled Workers

    Looking for a skilled trade job or trying to find a new career path that actually has job openings? Check out our collection of hot job lists -- all with the skilled worker in mind. Continue Reading

  • Ford May Add 10,000 U.S. Jobs, Move Fusion Production North

    Ford May Add 10,000 U.S. Jobs, Move Fusion Production North

    The Detroit Three have been steadily adding jobs in recent years as the nascent economic recovery has struggled to gain a foothold. Now, with negotiations underway with the United Auto Workers for a new four-year contract, reports have surfaced that Ford Motor is seeking to add up to 10,000 jobs in the U.S.,... Continue Reading

  • Manufacturer Fined After Worker Killed By Giant Blender

    Manufacturer Fined After Worker Killed By Giant Blender

    An Australian brake-pad manufacturer has been fined more than $125,000 following a March 2008 incident in which a worker was killed while cleaning an industrial-size blender. An investigation found the company, FIP Brakes International in suburban Sydney, had a "significant number of safety failings" that... Continue Reading

  • Manufacturers Bringing Business (And Jobs) Back To America

    Manufacturers Bringing Business (And Jobs) Back To America

    The revival in manufacturing in America's heartland has been driven in part by the increasing costs associated with importing goods from China, India and other Asian nations where labor has traditionally been cheap. With the cost of oil rising and a weak dollar eating into profits, many manufacturers are... Continue Reading

  • Math, Science And Engineering Graduates Pick Other Careers

    Math, Science And Engineering Graduates Pick Other Careers

    Governments are desperate to lure children into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects at school. STEM, after all, will be the driving force of the 21st century economy. But it turns out, getting students to study asymptotes and dynamic semantics in college isn't enough. At graduation, a... Continue Reading