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US jobless claims fall, manufacturing holds up
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U.S. economic growth showed signs of becoming more self-sustaining as the number of Americans claiming new jobless benefits fell back to a four-year low, and manufacturing activity in the Northeast picked up this month. But the impact of higher oil prices also was starting to be seen in data. Producer prices racked up their biggest increase in five months in February, while manufacturers in New York state reported a surge in input costs in March. The recent gains in oil and gasoline prices have raised concerns the higher costs could start to squeeze businesses and consumers and put a dent in the recovery. Still, producer prices last month did not rise as much as economists had expected, and underlying inflation pressures were contained. More




Obama's gift to British prime minister is welder's one-of-a-kind creation
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President Barack Obama chose a gift made in the U.S. — and his home state — for the president and first lady Michelle Obama to present among gifts given to British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife on a recent diplomatic visit. It is a one-of-a-kind Braten 1000 Series Grill handmade by Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers, a small manufacturing shop in Paxton, Ill., a town of 4,600 people. More

Caterpillar to expand SC manufacturing facility; 80 new jobs expected
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Caterpillar Inc. announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., that will nearly triple the square footage. The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat products. The additional capacity will bring the production of large hydraulic cylinders from the company's Joliet, Ill., facility to Sumter. Once the expansion is completed, the Sumter facility will be the primary source for small and large hydraulic cylinders for North and South America. The expansion in Sumter will allow the Joliet facility to focus on increasing production for other components currently produced in Joliet. When the expansion is fully operational and at full capacity, it is anticipated Caterpillar will add more than 80 jobs over a two-year period, according to a news release. More

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Apple wants to improve bonding of plastic and metal in building new iPhones
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Rather than use unreliable adhesives, Apple is exploring new ways to permanently bond plastic and metal parts to build better portable devices like the iPhone. The concept was revealed in a new patent application discovered by AppleInsider entitled "Ultrasonic Bonding of Discrete Plastic Parts to Metal." It describes melting a portion of a plastic component onto a rough metallic surface, allowing the two to permanently fuse. More

MSUB prepares students for energy industry
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Justin Stein, a second year welding student at Montana State University-Billings, said he has a good feeling about finding a job after graduation. "There's a lot of the oilfield overflow coming to town," Stein said. "And it's just making a huge demand, especially in Billings, for welders." The MSUB College of Technology graduates about 30 welders per year, but that's not nearly enough to keep up with demand throughout the region. More


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Online welding fundamentals course for nonwelders, managers
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The Online AWS Welding Fundamentals Seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of welding. The course covers the basic science and practical application of the most commonly utilized welding processes, along with other essential topics such as welding terminology, weld design, welding safety, electrical theory, the weldability of metals, and welding quality control. Presented in 11 easy-to-understand online modules, this engaging multimedia seminar is the perfect introduction for students, managers, and nonwelders. More

Report shows companies that training improves profits
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Improving employees' skills also will improve the bottom line, workforce training experts say. But how, actually, can that be measured? A report from the nonprofit Job Opportunity Investment Networt tried to do exactly that, going beyond back-of-the-envelope calculations to prove that the approach it advocates is effective. More



Danish vehicle supplier bringing 250 jobs to Georgia
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A Danish automotive supplier plans to open a $15 million manufacturing facility in Dublin-Laurens County, Ga., where it expects to employ 250. Dinex Group, which makes and distributes exhaust and emission control products for the heavy-duty diesel engine and vehicle industry, picked Georgia after what was called "an extensive multistate search" that included more than 50 site visits. More


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Mitchell schools pursue welding programs at high school, MTI
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There's a need for welders in the region, and the Mitchell, S.D., school district is working to fill that void by adding welding programs next fall at the high school and post-secondary levels. The Mitchell City Council recently adopted resolutions to help secure $107,500 in Community Development Block Grant funding through the Governor's Office of Economic Development for a welding program at the Mitchell Career and Technical Academy. It begins operation in the fall 2012 semester in the soon-to-be-vacated Mitchell Technical Institute north campus building. The entire program will cost $211,000. More



Manufacturing workers in demand
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Job opportunities in manufacturing and healthcare are on the rise, but the nature of that work likely won't stay the same. "They are changing as almost all employment has evolved with rapid advancements of technology," said Connie Loden, executive director of Manitowoc County's Economic Development Corp. According to the Wisconsin's WorkNet website, operated by the Department of Workforce Development, registered nurses, personal and home-care aides, home-health aides, and network systems and data communications analysts will have the highest demand in Wisconsin for the next six years. More

NY Fed: Manufacturing is expanding in region
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Manufacturing in the New York region, which includes parts of New Jersey and Connecticut as well as all of New York state, expanded in March at the fastest pace since June 2010, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported. In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia posted its highest reading since April 2011, and the number of people applying for unemployment aid last week fell back to a four-year low. More


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Shell selects Pennsylvania for Proposed ethylene plant
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Royal Dutch Shell said it has selected a site in Western Pennsylvania for a proposed ethane cracker that would utilize natural gas from the Marcellus Shale field. The company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, Pa., about 30 miles from Pittsburgh. Shell had also been considering Ohio and West Virginia for the site. More

NASA, GM team to develop 'Robo-Glove'
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With the help of General Motors, NASA has developed a new robotic glove that could help astronauts and auto workers reduce repetitive stress injuries. The work on the Robo-Glove is an extension of a partnership between the two that created the first humanoid robot in space. The robot, Robonaut 2, known as R2, currently is tweeting and performing astronaut-assist duties on the International Space Station. More


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Welding, wildlife shape metal artist from Nikiski, Alaska
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No pencil. Not a paintbrush. Never an eraser. When Pat Teakell taps the right side of his brain, his most effective artistic instruments are the ones he's always known. The 35-year-old oil field pipe welder's hands are best suited for his DeWalt 4-and-a-half inch angle grinder and his torch. His canvas? Steel covered in mill scale. His medium? Friction and flame. His art? Truly unique. More

US industrial production little changed in February
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Industrial production in the U.S. was little changed in February, restrained by a slowdown in manufacturing and a decline in natural gas extraction. The output last month at factories, mines and utilities compared with a median projection for a 0.4 percent gain in a Bloomberg News survey of economists. Production in January was revised to a 0.4 percent increase, initially reported as no change, data from the Federal Reserve showed in Washington. Manufacturing, which makes up about 75 percent of total output, rose at the slowest pace in three months. More


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Olive Branch facility will provide job-readiness options
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A soon-to-be purchased structure in Olive Branch, Tenn., won't just house job training. It'll be a career incubator and a testament to a unique partnership. The Regional Technology and Training Center also will be the "missing piece of the puzzle" sought for years by DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall. "We prepare kids for college," he said. "Now we're preparing them for life." More

NY students tour MTI to learn about advanced manufacturing
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Hundreds of students with an interest in manufacturing were no longer dreaming about it, but were actually doing it at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, N.Y. As part of the Dream It. Do It. program, MTI hosted a tour of its facility for 15 school districts in Chautauqua County. Dave Johnson, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier industrial services manager, said between 270 and 300 students visited to learn more about advance manufacturing careers. More



Registration open for 65th Annual Assembly & International Conference of IIW
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The International Institute of Welding invites you to experience Denver, Colo., during July 8-13 for its 65th Annual Assembly and International Conference. The American Council of IIW is pleased to host this extraordinary event at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Denver Colorado Convention Center. An international conference on "Welding for Repair and Life Extension of Plants and Infrastructure" will accompany the assembly. More

How General Cable Lincoln is developing its next generation of skilled manufacturing workers
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Lately, General Cable Corp.'s Lincoln, R.I., manufacturing facility has been doing something that it hardly ever had to do for decades: hiring. It's not that business had been slow. It's just that up until recently, hardly anybody ever left the wire-and-cable factory, which IndustryWeek named one of the magazine's 10 Best Plants for 2011. Until a hiring spurt over the past 18 months, the plant just north of Providence was a poster child for the aging workforce in manufacturing. More

 


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