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Manufacturing states post drops in unemployment
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State unemployment rates were steady in March from a month earlier and the nation's jobs recovery continues to be best in states heavy in manufacturing and worst in places hit hard by the housing bust. The national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March, down from 8.3 percent a month earlier and 8.9 percent a year ago. New York was the only state that had a higher unemployment rate this year than last. The Midwest, which was among the hardest hit by the recession but has been a huge beneficiary of the revival in manufacturing, now has the nation's lowest unemployment rate, at 7.4 percent. More



'Fast-track' welding students graduate at Cisco College
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It's like turning the tassel on a mortarboard, but with a welder's twist. At Cisco College in Abilene, Texas, recently, the 13 graduates of the school's first "fast-track" welding program stood to receive their certificates, and at their instructors' command, donned their welding hats — backward. "That's a sort of tradition in the welding industry. Now that these gentlemen have graduated, they've earned the right to wear their hats backward," said Mike Marks, welding instructor. The ceremony signaled the culmination of seven weeks of rigorous welding and job skills training by the first participants in the fast-track welding program. The program — a joint effort between Cisco College, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, the Development Corp. of Abilene and local employers — is designed to address the local shortage of qualified welders. More

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Metro Detroit's TechShop gives inventors, artists tools to create
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There's one thing every would-be inventor needs to get their ideas off of paper and into reality, and it's often the thing that's hardest to come by: tools. From wood and metalworking to computer programs and testing areas, it takes a lot of hands-on work to get an invention going. The founders of California-based TechShop realized this problem, and solved it. "TechShop was started in 2006 and it was really built out of (founder Jim Newton's) personal need to have access to tools," said CEO Mark Hatch, who joined the company in 2007. "But he didn't want to have to do work for other people to pay for those tools." More


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US manufacturing defying the naysayers
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Here's a pop quiz: Where did French tire-maker Michelin say in a recent announcement it will build a new global factory — China, Mexico or South Carolina? Answer: South Carolina. What state is about to become the biggest manufacturer of tires in the U.S.? Answer: That would be South Carolina, too. Anyone still thinking the U.S. has lost its manufacturing chops hasn't been to this part of the country. More

Metal fabricating company to open in Albany, La.
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A Memphis metal manufacturer plans to open a $7 million, 40,000-square-foot fabrication facility near Albany, La., officials announced. The new facility should be fully operational by August and employ about 100 people, said Brian Eason, president of Quality Iron Fabricators. The company plans to hire most of the workers locally, he said. A second phase of the facility should occur over the following 12 to 18 months, he said, and would more than double the size of the facility. More



Georgia home to Baxter International's new bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facility
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In support of the growth of its plasma-based treatments, which include treatments for immune disorders, trauma and other critical conditions, Baxter International Inc. announced that it will build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Georgia. Baxter expects capital investments at the Covington, Ga., site to exceed $1 billion over the next five years and to result in the creation of more than 1,500 full-time positions in Georgia and more than 2,000 jobs in total across multiple U.S. locations. More


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Westinghouse gets contract for underwater laser beam welding at nuclear plant
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Westinghouse has been awarded a contract to apply the Underwater laser beam welding process at Progress Energy's Robinson Nuclear Plant in Hartsville, S.C. This will be the first application of the ULBW process at a U.S. nuclear plant. The process has been applied previously in Japan. Developed jointly by Westinghouse and majority owner Toshiba Corporation in a collaborative effort, the ULBW process applies stress corrosion, cracking-resistant weld metal — under water — onto the inside diameter surface of aged components, serving as a method of mitigation and repair. More

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Manufacturing propels Washington state's job growth
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Companies like Terex, a builder of aerial lifts, have hired hundreds of new workers as demand slowly rises. Washington state's manufacturing sector added 14,600 jobs — most of that growth in the Seattle area — over the 12 months ending in March, leading all other sectors, according to data released by the Employment Security Department. More


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AWS revises specifications for safety in welding, cutting, allied processes
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A revised edition of the American Welding Society's ANSI Z49, Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes, has been published. The standard known as Z49.1:2012 supersedes the 2005 edition. The 68-page book is the standard for the protection of persons from injury and illness and the protection of property (including equipment) from damage by fire and explosions arising from welding, cutting, and allied processes. The standard is for the guidance of educators, operators, managers, and supervisors in the safe setup and use of welding and cutting equipment, and the safe performance of welding and cutting operations. More

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South Dakota manufacturer searching for skilled workers
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The bright flash of a welding torch may be one of the bright spots in the economy as South Dakota manufacturers look for skilled employees. Workers in many parts of the country may be struggling to find jobs, but a Mitchell, S.D., manufacturer is struggling to find workers. "The lack of being able to get skilled welders is throttling our production and we could do a lot more. We have the business," Trail King President and CEO Bruce Yakley said. Trail King in Mitchell builds large equipment and supply trailers and is losing business because they don't have enough workers, specifically welders, to build their products fast enough. It's because of a strong agricultural economy, the recovering construction industry and the booming oil industry. More


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Little welder has big plans
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For 10 -year-old Noah Hamson, learning to weld was something he's had his heart set on for a long time — nearly a year. It all started last fall. A friend and fellow second-grader at Faith Christian School in Foreston, Minn., brought a piece of scrap metal he had welded to show his classmates. "I thought it was really cool, so I kept begging my dad to show me," Noah said. Kelly Hamson, Noah's dad, went to college for welding and knew his way around the shop. But it took a little prodding from junior for him to share his craft. More



Now, to get students to fill gap for skilled work
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Bob Kill says his mission is to undo a stereotype. "We've told a whole generation of kids that manufacturing is not a good career," the CEO of Enterprise Minnesota said minutes before he testified at a Senate hearing. "It's a second choice." A second choice that can have first-rate pay, benefits and job security. Kill oversees a Minneapolis nonprofit consulting firm that helps small and midsized manufacturers find properly trained workers. He was among eight business leaders who testified about a skills mismatch that has left 600,000 manufacturing jobs (4,900 in Minnesota) begging for qualified applicants, even as millions of Americans remain unemployed. More

Climax adds portable welding equipment line
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Climax Portable Machine Tools is expanding the scope of portability in manufacturing technology with five new automated welding and cladding systems — a product line it introduced following its recent acquisition of Bortech Corp. Climax, which has headquarters in Newberg, Ore., and Duren, Germany, specializes at supplying custom-built boring and machining systems. More


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Job shops need marketing, skilled workers to grow
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Manufacturing is growing, in part fueled by reshoring, but job shops need to become savvy marketers to attract new business, says Mitch Free, CEO of MFG.com., an online marketplace that helps companies source custom parts, tooling and other products. In a survey of 259 small manufacturing companies, MFG.com found that 78 percent are optimistic about their sales and profits for 2012. Just under half reported they are operating at 70 percent or more of capacity. The report notes that the rule of thumb in the job shop industry is that companies reach the breakeven point when they are running at 75 percent of capacity. More

 
 
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