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Opportunities abound in aerospace manufacturing
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If there was one definitive theme to Don Majcher's presentation at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' 2012 Annual Conference in Cleveland, it was that there are myriad opportunities in the aerospace industry for savvy suppliers. "The aerospace industry is a growth industry," declared Majcher, who is vice president, technology and innovation partnerships, for the Ohio Aerospace Institute. There's certainly plenty of data to back that up. Aerospace manufacturers exported more in 2010 — $80.5 billion worth of products — than any other sector, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. More



Worker shortage? Teach teens manufacturing skills
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During her sophomore year at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis., Tara Britten ditched class and was in danger of expulsion. "They thought I was stupid," Britten says. "Nobody would challenge me at the level I needed to be challenged at, so it made me angry and bored." Her attitude changed last fall when the 16-year-old junior started participating in a nonprofit program called Second Chance Partners that teaches high school students skills they can use for manufacturing jobs. Britten, who was not expecting to graduate, is now earning $8 an hour working for a local manufacturer and completing her high school curriculum. She's also learning such skills as welding and reading blueprints and is confident she can get a shipyard welding job that pays $15 an hour and offers benefits when she graduates next year. More

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Airbus to build assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.
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Airbus announced that it will build an assembly plant in Alabama to make passenger airplanes, giving the European aerospace giant its first foothold in the United States to compete with archrival Boeing. The plant is expected to cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production, likely to be four planes a month by 2017. It also will create about 2,500 construction jobs, officials have said. More

Orders to US factories rise for 1st time in 3 months
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Orders placed with U.S. factories rose in May for the first time in three months, easing concern that manufacturing is faltering. Auto sales for June also exceeded analysts' estimates. The 0.7 percent increase in bookings followed a revised 0.7 percent drop in the prior month, the Commerce Department said in Washington. The median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg News survey called for a rise to 0.1 percent. More


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Belgian aerospace company to open plant in Oklahoma
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Officials say a Belgian aerospace company will open a plant in Stillwater, Okla., creating 250 jobs by 2014. ASCO Inc. will build in the former MerCruiser manufacturing facility on Perkins Road in Stillwater. Officials say the company will initially invest $60 million and employ 250 people by 2014. The second phase of development would bring an additional $30 million to $40 million in capital investment and another 350 jobs by 2015. The company designs and makes aircraft components and assemblies for Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer commercial jets. More

Helium shortage deflates Syracuse, NY, balloon sales, threatens research
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Helium shortages all over are posing problems for the industries that depend on it. The physicists who recently came close to finding the "God particle" are using helium for their research. Helium is used in MRI machines, in making microchips, fiber optic cable, shipbuilding and welding. All of those uses are first in line before the giant Elmo balloon that stays aloft for weeks. More



Automotive supplier opening factory in Alabama
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Officials say another Japanese automotive supplier will be operating in east Alabama by this fall. M-Tek will make parts for the Honda Odyssey and Pilot and the Acrua MBX at an industrial park near Talladega. Talladega County's economic development director, Calvin Miller, says the plant should be running by October. Getting an existing building ready for production is expected to cost $6.5 million. The company is expected to have about 200 workers and a payroll of $7 million after three years. More


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Raytheon wins $636 million US missile defense contract
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U.S. arms maker Raytheon Co. said it had won a $636 million contract to continue work on the key interceptor for the U.S. ground-based missile defense system, despite several intercept failures in recent years. The contract was awarded by Boeing Co. the prime contractor on the missile-defense program, and runs through 2018. It covers development, fielding, testing, and operation of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which is designed to engage high-speed ballistic missile warheads in space. Raytheon did not say how many of the warheads were included in the contract. More

New Hamphire community college plans manufacturing center
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Great Bay Community College is taking the next step toward New Hampshire's goal of establishing advanced manufacturing training programs across the state. The college has signed a lease in Rochester, N.H., where it plans to open a new Training and Academic Center in January. The center will include classroom and administrative space, as well as a 4,000-square-foot lab where students will be trained for high-tech manufacturing jobs. More



Welding trade sees pickup in hiring despite worker shortage
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Welders have taken it on the chin during the economic meltdown. No skyscrapers or big buildings to construct, no jobs. Work dried up. But even before the Great Recession, experts with the American Welding Society had been warning about a shortage of welders for years because vocational training programs and trade schools had lost out on teaching the next generation of blue-collar tradesmen. "There was a lot of focus on graduating from high school and going to college," said Cindy Weihl, a spokeswoman with the Miami-based AWS, of the changing ambitions of America's up-and-coming workers. When the recession hit, a huge shortage of welders revealed itself, Weihl said. More


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Pipeliner business on upswing; workers, families, adjust to life in the Ohio Valley
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When a long-sleeved shirt can stand up on its own, Nancy Hanson knows she did her job right. The secret is a large dose of heavy starch added to the washer. When the garment dries it is practically stiff as a board, giving the fabric the ability to repel millions of sparks that fly when a welder is at work on a natural gas pipeline job. Hanson, a worker at the State Cleaners of Martins Ferry, said business at the dry cleaning store has been on the uptick since about the second week of May because of the influx of Marcellus and Utica shale drilling workers in the Ohio Valley region. More



Schenectady welding school sparks job opportunities for grads
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After a decade as a cook and with his first child on the way, Donald VanVlack decided to become a welder — an abrupt change to a career he knew nothing about. "Absolutely nothing," VanVlack said on a recent morning at the Modern Welding School in Schenectady, N.Y., where he is training. Minutes before, Jeff Daubert, school vice president, had given VanVlack, 28, his certification from the American Welding Society. More


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Hiring now: Welders wanted, women welcome
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While millions across the country struggle to find a job, a small but growing number of women are turning to manufacturing and welding jobs for a paycheck. "I get a lot of questions like, 'Why would you want to weld?' " said Anna Wild, a welder at the Wyoming Machine Company in Stacy, Minn. "The way that they ask me, it's like why would you want to do that." For Anna and millions of women in manufacturing, the idea of putting on a welding mask or forging steel is a no-brainer. These are high paying jobs requiring a skill that is in demand. More


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Oregon's surprising manufacturing sector could be base for economic rebound
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The Portland, Ore., area's manufacturing sector is a bright spot for the slowly recovering economy, poised to take off if basic problems of worker training and industrial space get some attention. That's the consensus of economists, workforce development officials and private industry leaders. It may be a surprising outlook, given that some people would answer "wine" if asked what Oregon makes. But advanced manufacturing — and not just Intel's computer chips — is a significant player in the state's economy. More
 


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Instant Brake Grinder from Metabo
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